Radio: Cultivated Groaner

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During the past seven years Edgar Bergen has made himself a national figure largely by talking to himself. He has done this with the aid of an apparatus called Charlie McCarthy, which has become an even more popular national figure, and probably more human to a larger number of people than any inanimate object in world history. It takes only the mildest indulgence in the world of fantasy to be persuaded that Charlie, a fellow of infinite and raucous wit, is actually alive.

Last week, as usual, millions of U.S. citizens gathered at...