Parting Words: Lights Out For Soap

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Host Robert Smith marks the passage of the long-running soap, Guiding Light.

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That's what the longest-running soap opera in history sounded like back in its radio days. "The Guiding Light" started on the wireless back in 1937. Fifteen years later, it moved to TV. This week, CBS canceled the program.

So tonight, our Parting Words come from the 72-year-old weeper.

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Unidentified Woman #2 (Actress): (As Mehta(ph)) Is there anything else?

Unidentified Man #2 (Actor): (As Ted) I don't think so. Only, don't do anything foolish while I'm gone.

Unidentified Woman #2: (As Mehta) What do you mean by that?

Unidentified Man #2: (As Ted) Oh, I don't think I have to go into any explanations.

Unidentified Man #3 (Actor): (As character) You don't have to wonder, Mehta, about what Ted meant when he said…

Unidentified Man #2: (As Ted) Don't do anything foolish while I'm gone.

Unidentified Man #3: (As character) You know exactly what your husband meant by that remark.

Unidentified Woman #2: (As Mehta) He warned me not to contact Dr. Hewitt(ph), but I'm not afraid of Ted or his threats. How very opportune, his going away at this time.

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Unidentified Man #3: (As character) We'll learn more about this in a moment.

SMITH: Hate to leave you with a cliffhanger, but "Guiding Light" has finally run out of moments. The last episode is September 18th.

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Smith. Don't do anything foolish while I'm gone.

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