A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 7, 1952

What are people talking about in the U.S. this week? One of the ways TIME'S editors try to find the answer to this important question is a weekly report on "Topic A"—a special summary in which a number of TIME correspondents report on the most-talked-about subjects in their communities each week. Topic A serves as a kind of test of the impact of major news stories. More important, it helps TIME'S editors form a picture of the news that has caught the interest of many people in cities, villages and on farms across the...

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