During those depression years, mostly in the thirties, there was no television, and we did not have a telephone. We kept up with what was happening in the world through the radio and daily newspapers and magazines, plus once a week, current news events in History class.
There was a lot of news about such things as the romance of King Edward in England and his subsequent abdication to marry Wally Simpson. There were stories about the Dionne Quintuplets, Crashing of the Hindenburg, Many stories about The Roosevelt Regime.
Plus stories about personalities like Thomas Edison, Will Rogers, and Admiral Byrd.