A Life on the Right: William F. Buckley

The Commentator Talks about Leaving the 'National Review'

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Listen: From 1999: Buckley Talks to 'On the Media' about the end of his TV Program 'Firing Line'

Listen: From 1989: Buckley on 'Fresh Air'

William F. Buckley

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William F. Buckley in 1979.

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The man often called the father of American conservatism is passing the torch. As he does, he stops to reflect on his life and a half-century spent in the political spotlight.

In addition to founding National Review magazine — he is currently listed as its editor at large — Buckley hosted the PBS program Firing Line from 1965-1999 and penned his syndicated column On the Right. He also wrote many well-received fiction and non-fiction books.

Buckley joins NPR's Lynn Neary and takes callers' questions about his life and legacy, which he writes about in his new autobiography Miles Gone By.

A Buckley Timeline:

• 1951: Publishes God and Man at Yale

• 1955: Buckley founds National Review

• 1962: "On the Right" column syndicated

• 1965: Runs for New York City mayor and receives 13.4 percent of the vote

• 1966: Serves as host of the weekly political TV program Firing Line

• 1980: Wins American Book Award for Best Mystery for Stained Glass

• 1991: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sources: National Review, Encyclopædia Britannica


William F Buckley, syndicated columnist and founder of National Review magazine. Author of Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography

Tucker Carlson, co-host of CNN's Crossfire and host of the new PBS program, Unfiltered



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