April 21, 2004 Former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev once loomed large over America, a symbol of the Cold War menace. Former CBS-TV anchorman Walter Cronkite recalls the rise and fall of the once-fearsome Kremlin leader. See photos from Khrushchev's historic 1959 visit to the United States.
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March 9, 2004 Commentator Walter Cronkite marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed event in television news. In 1954, Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series took on the tactics of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who accused many in government and media of being Communist dupes. Cronkite says the pioneering broadcast by Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, helped pierce the bubble of McCarthy's demagoguery.
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February 12, 2004 Commentator and former CBS-TV anchor man Walter Cronkite remembers the work of his colleague, Eric Sevareid who died a number of years ago. When CBS expanded the evening news from 15 to 30 minutes in the early 1960s, Sevareid was brought in to bring news analysis to the program. He showed no emotion and his brought his exquisite reasoning and command of the language to each essay. We also learn about Sevareid's early experiences working for Edward R. Murrow in World War Two in Europe.
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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