Radio: Finest Hour

Radio last week had one of its finest hours. It was a passion play, The Son of Man, arranged by Archibald MacLeish and broadcast by the Columbia Broadcasting System.

To make the play, Poet MacLeish reverently lifted pieces from the four gospelers and from Bach's B Minor Mass, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion. These fitted elements he reconciled into a compelling drama. And he reconciled the whole drama, in a way that has seldom been done, with the special predicaments of broadcasting.

"I got the idea," explained MacLeish, "that the radio way...

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