Radio: The Week in Review

Much of the time, television lurches through the nation's living rooms like an amiable slob—firing off six-shooters, taking pratfalls, scattering money. But on Sunday afternoons, TV slicks down its hair and straightens its tie. Last week TV went on a bigger than usual cultural binge and to the surprise of many proved vastly entertaining as well.

Two of the best shows, typically, ran opposite each other. NBC's Wide Wide World whisked its audience all over the map. The camera lazed its way down the Mississippi, poked into a New Jersey lane where lovers walked and old men raked autumn leaves, wandered...

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