Radio: Under the Gun

For most of its 30 minutes, Time for Defense (Tues. 10 p.m., ABC) moves in a familiar groove: detailed battle reports by Department of Defense officials, interviews with top brass, music by the U.S. Air Force band. But for several tense minutes each show, listeners are carried from their armchairs across 6,000 miles of the Pacific. Last week they were pressed hard against a low stone wall rimming a Korean rice field and hearing the clatter of U.S. .50-cal. machine guns as they sprayed an enemy-infested hillside.

The vicarious, on-the-spot experience comes over the...

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