Radio: In Again, Out Again

Few listeners knew where the broadcast was coming from. Even studio technicians of Washington's WOL were in the dark. The program was being piped into the station by telephone, but the control panel gave no clue about its origin. Mysteriously unavailable were WOL General Manager William B. Dolph and Program Director Madeline Ensign. The whole thing had a fine conspiratorial flavor, which was quite in keeping with the business at hand—a radio interview with burly, gap-toothed Jan Valtin (real name: Richard Julius Herman Krebs), who has been hiding out fearful of lethal attention from the GPU and Gestapo ever since he...

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