October 27, 2003 Commentator Walter Cronkite discusses the program he hosted in the 1950s which used real network correspondents to tell historical stories as if those stories were being televised live. The program taught history, and had a secret history of its own. All the writers were victims of the McCarthy-era blacklist. They used the tales of Joan of Arc, Galielo, and others to make thinly disguised points about contemporary witch-hunts.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1480691/1480692" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
September 9, 2003 Commentator and former CBS-TV anchorman Walter Cronkite recounts the events of early September 1970, when four commercial jet planes were hijacked. Passengers on one of the planes rose up and overpowered their capturers. The other three planes later exploded in fireballs as the calendars in America read September 11th. A fifth plane was also taken and blown up. All these events were reported at the time by Cronkite, but are now largely forgotten, even though they represent the birth of skyjacking as a weapon of terrorism (as oppose to a flight to freedom.)
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1426387/1426388" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
July 21, 2003 Newsman Walter Cronkite recalls the United Press World War II radio drama that used actors to portray its reporters in the field. While the real Walter Cronkite was covering the air war over Germany, an actor played "Walter Cronkite" in the series, 'Soldiers of the Press,' as part of a media public relations war.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1344424/1344425" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor