Radio: Between the Ears

At a loss of $50,000, the Columbia Broadcasting System last week shoved Information Please off the air to broadcast an unsponsored program. It was a "documentary" on U.S. juvenile crime called The Eagle's Brood—the fruit of one of U.S. radio's most promising seedlings: the CBS Documentary Unit.

Edward R. Murrow, Columbia's new chief of news and public-service programs, had set up a five-man task force last fall "to do nothing but documentary programs, ten or twelve a year, which will all be broadcast at peak listening hours."* In only six months CBS had spent...

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