Get With the Program: "Firing Line"

May 24, 2017
1:00pm Eastern Time
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This is the first in Current's series of screenings of historic public TV shows, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act. Airing on both public and commercial TV from 1966–99, William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" served as a venue for in-depth discussion about a wide range of political and intellectual matters. How did this show come to be on public TV? What impact did it have on public affairs shows, politics and American viewers? We'll discuss these questions and more as we watch clips from classic "Firing Line" episodes courtesy of the Hoover Institution Archives.

Video Descriptions

50th Anniversary of Firing Line

Clips courtesy of Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University. Episodes from the Firing Line Collection appear in the following order: Program Number 16, “The Future of Conservatism” Program Number S0252, 618, “Ten Years of Firing Line: 1966-1976: Part II” Program Number S0677, 1529, 1529R, “Firing Line 1966-1986:Personalities” Program Number S0251, 617 "Ten Years of Firing Line: 1966-1976: Part I” Program Number S0677, 1529, 1529R, “Firing Line 1966-1986: Personalities” Program Number S0392, 919, “Is There a Role for the Private College?” Program Number S0896, 2102, 2102R, “Firing Line: Twenty-Five Years and Still Going Strong” Program Number S0152, 411, “The Nixon Experience and American Conservatism” Program Number 83, “The Economic Crisis” Program Number S0678, 1530, 1530R, “Firing Line 1966-1986: A Potpourri of Persuaders” Program Number S0677, 1529, 1529R, “Firing Line 1966-1986: Personalities” Program Number S0679, 1531, “Bill Buckley and Firing Line Get Roasted” Program Number S0252, 618, “Ten Years of Firing Line: 1966-1976: Part II” Program Number S0896, 2102, 2102R, “Firing Line: Twenty-Five Years and Still Going Strong” Program Number S0252, 618, “Ten Years of Firing Line: 1966-1976: Part II” Program Number S0678, 1530, 1530R, “Firing Line 1966-1986:A Potpourri of Persuaders” Program Number S1161, 2732, “Do Economics and Morality Have Anything in Common?” Program Number FLS113, 111, “A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That U.S. Industry Does Not Need Protection” Program Number S0306, 726, “A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Senate Should Ratify the Proposed Panama Canal Treaties”

Allen Ginsberg on "Firing Line"

Woodward and Bernstein on "Firing Line"

Muhammad Ali on "Firing Line"

Victor Navasky and Roy Cohn on "Firing Line"

Reagan and Buckley Debate the Panama Canal

75 minutes

Moderators

Panelists

  • Heather Hendershot

    Professor of film and media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of "Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line"

  • Henry Cauthen

    Henry J. Cauthen began with South Carolina ETV when it was an experiment in a high school in Columbia, South Carolina. Under his leadership it grew to a network of 11 television stations, 9 FM radio stations, and a 32 channel nationwide satellite system. Among the programs SCETV presented to the country was William F. Buckley’s highly acclaimed “Firing Line”. During his career Cauthen served on many of public broadcasting boards and commissions. His other services included appointment by President Nixon to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Carnegie Commission for the future of Public Broadcasting. He was originally appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board by President Bush and then reappointed by President Clinton. and in 1994 he was elected Chairman of the Board of CPB. Cauthen retired from SCETV in 1998.

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