Radio: What Will Socrates Say Next?

Skyscrapersful of radiomen hardly ever heard of the guy, but Aristocles, the son of Ariston (Plato for short) is one of radio's best scripters. He proved it recently, when the Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council (TIME, Nov. 25) gave Plato's scripts an airing—three times a week over Boston's WHDH.

By cutting and simplifying Plato's far-from-Basic Greek, the Dialogues have been brought over into something very like Basic English. Last week, Bostonians tuning in on a chat between Socrates and Adeimantus On Tyranny (The Republic, Book VIII) might have thought they were hearing a couple of Harvard scholars fogging their horn-rimmed glasses...

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