With the idea that one way to defend civilized activity is to persist in it, CBS's educational division planned a series of talks by U.S. historians (Tuesday afternoons 4:15 to 4:30 E.W.T.). Since most weekday, daytime radio fare might be called appealing but could hardly be called instructive, the idea seemed fair enough. Of the headaches involved:
One was pedagogical: the U.S. housewife is not likely to get a sense of history from one earful a week.
One was personal: some historians, like Cornell's brilliant Carl Becker, refused to broadcast.
A third was pure misfortune: the first speaker, Columbia's Professor Carlton J. H. Hayes,...