Then Again Podcast

National Airport / ep. 4


In the fourth episode of Then Again, we examine the dramatic history of National Airport and highlight the hard work of President Roosevelt that made the airport possible.

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Waiting room at National Airport, 1941. (FSA/OWI photo by Jack Delano, via the Library of Congress.)

Production Details

Then Again takes a deeper look at urban histories. This season, we’ll be unpacking the coming and going of Washington residents by exploring the history of the city’s many forms of transportation. Join us as we uncover the stories and dramas of D.C.’s rivers, streetcars, highways, and airports.

Then Again is produced by Allison Arlotta, Melissa Wadley, Erika Rydberg, Victoria Riechers, David Ramos, and Elena Goukassian, in association with Knowledge Commons DC. Recorded at the DC Public Library’s Studio Lab.

Music: “Rain Stops Play” and “Thought Projection” by Ketsa.

President Roosevelt’s Airport Dedication speech comes from the FDR Presidential Library’s Master Speech File.

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National Airport, 1941. (FSA/OWI photo by Jack Delano, via the Library of Congress.)

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