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Between Americans

I doubt many of our readers in the Washington, DC-area are familiar with Ed Walker’s The Big Broadcast, which I’m going to do my small part to change. Every Sunday night starting at 7PM, Mr. Walker plays three hours worth of old-time radio shows, with particular emphasis on the radio dramas like “Dragnet” and “Johnny Dollar.” I don’t usually go out of my way to listen, but if I’m in the car on Sunday nights I always tune in, even for the “crummy commercials.”

Last night, Ed selected a recording of Orson Welles reading a piece written by Norman Corwin entitled “Between Americans.” The broadcast aired on December 7, 1941, a day that all Americans were doing a great deal of thinking about the uncertain future of the nation.

It’s not really about baseball, but around the 7:30 mark of the first clip below there’s a real gem. I’ve posted all three parts of the clip, I encourage you to take a little time to listen and start your week off with a little reflection on where we’ve all been and what may be ahead.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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