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The Enduring Legacy of The Wizard Of Oz

A black and white photo of the cast of The Wizard of Oz in costume.
Library of Congress
Publicity still showing main characters from 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz. Hollywood: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939.

Somewhere over the rainbow, The State of Things is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the film adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 1939 movie is best known for its hit musical numbers, fantastical plotline and use of Technicolor. Judy Garland’s career took off after she portrayed Dorothy Gale on her journey through the magical land of Oz, and the film has since become an American cultural touchstone. For the next Movies on the Radio, we want to hear your “Wizard of Oz” memories. When did you first see the film? What scene still sticks with you? Do you think this 80-year-old film still resonates today? We’ll talk about “The Wizard of Oz” and its legacy with film experts Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes.

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.