The Moon Above, The Earth Below (1989); executive producer, writer
A special marking the 20th anniversary of man’s first step on the moon with correspondents Dan Rather and Charles Kuralt. The program features footage of the Apollo 11 mission and a portrait of what Americans were doing on July 20, 1969.
Producers: Muriel Pearson, Bernard Seabrooks
Four Days in November (1988); executive producer, continuity writer
Correspondent Dan Rather covers the manner in which the news interrupted daily television and pieces together the events that followed: the death of the President, the death of the assassin and the national mourning that followed.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
The Wall Within (1988); executive producer, writer
Correspondent Dan Rather interviews six former servicemen, each of whom said he had witnessed horrible acts in Vietnam. Two of the men said that they had killed civilians, and two others said that they had seen friends die. Each talked about the effects the war had upon their lives — including depression, unemployment, drug use and homelessness.
Producers: Paul and Holly Fine
The Battle for Afghanistan (1987); executive producer, writer
Correspondent Dan Rather travels to the camps of the Afghanistan resistance fighters, the Mujaheddin, who have been waging an ongoing struggle against the Soviets armed forces, which invaded their country in 1979. Director Mike Hoover’s film dispatches, collected especially for this report, summarize key military actions that the Mujaheddin — supported by U.S.-provided weapons and materiel — has launched over the past three years.
Director: Mike Hoover
Writers Guild, Emmy
Twenty Years on the Road (1987); executive producer
Correspondent Charles Kuralt celebrates the 20th anniversary of his “On The Road” series, with a retrospective of portraits and vignettes of the people, places, and bits of history he has found on his travels on the back roads of America.
One River, One Country: The U.S. Mexico Border (1986); executive producer
Correspondent Bill Moyers examines the issues of immigration, economics and the special relationship that has developed between the U.S. and Mexico by talking to the people of the border who live and work in a world that is both Mexican and American.
The Burger Years (1986); producer, continuity writer
Bill Moyers interviews Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in the first television conversation with a sitting Chief Justice ever conducted in the courtroom of the Supreme Court. Mr. Burger addresses such topics as the reasons for his resignation from the Court, the origins of the U.S. Constitution, his relationship with other Justices, past Presidents, and the Congress, and his opinions on prayer in school.
The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America (1986); executive producer, co-writer
Reporter Bill Moyers talks to African Americans in a Newark, N.J., ghetto to show the problems of rearing children in households without fathers, and concludes with a panel of black citizens discussing the issues raised in the program. This documentary not only won more awards than any other program in the history of television; it also changed America’s welfare pattern during the Clinton years.
Producer: Ruth Streeter
Peabody, DuPont, Polk, Emmy, Writers Guild, among others
The Gift of Life (1985); executive producer, writer
A team led by newsman Bill Kurtis examines the ethical and personal issues involving organ transplant, including the progress of a man from Reading, Pa., and two youngsters at Children`s Hospital in Washington, D.C. The man, Al Lilly, will die without a liver transplant and the families of the children anxiously await kidney donors.
Producers: Paul and Holly Fine
Whose America is It? (1985); executive producer, writer
Correspondent Bill Moyers reports on illegal immigration into the U.S. and focusing on many aspects of the problem, such as the trend toward bilingualism in America and the practice of employers seeking cheap labor by hiring illegal aliens for much less than minimum wage.
Producer: Elena Mannes
Julliard and Beyond: A Life in Music (1982); executive producer, writer
”The world’s most exclusive trade school,” is the way some musicians referred to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City’s Lincoln Center. When Correspondent Charles Kuralt examined one of America’s leading music institutions, some students made it clear that they felt there was too much emphasis on technique and competition within the school, and not enough preparation of the students for the real world – where they tended to end up as music teachers rather than concert artists.
Director: Shareen Brysac
Pablo Picasso; Once in a Lifetime (1982); executive producer, writer
A walking tour of the exhibition, with the museum’s director of sculpture and painting, William Rubin, as personal guide.
The Cowboy, the Craftsman, and the Ballerina (1981); executive producer, writer
Correspondent Morley Safer reports on three masters of their respective crafts: cowboy Bob Douglas, boat-builder Bud McIntosh, and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
Inside Hollywood: The Movie Business (1981); executive producer, director, writer
Correspondent Charles Kuralt examines the business side of the motion picture industry.
See You in Court (1980); executive producer
Law correspondent Fred Graham looks at the problem of excessive litigation in American society.
Producer: Irina Posner
American Dream, American Nightmare (1979); executive producer, writer
A two-hour investigation highlighting the highs and lows of key American social issues in the 1970s, hosted by Harry Reasoner. Includes footage of statements and interviews with Senator Edward Kennedy, President Richard Nixon, and Daniel Ellsberg.
Inside the Union (1979): executive producer
Correspondent George Herman traces the decline of American unionism as shown through the United Auto Workers.
Producer: Irv Drasnin
1968 (1978); executive producer, writer
Harry Reasoner hosts a two-hour investigation into one of the most important years in American history. Includes the FBI program of harassment against Martin Luther King; the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy; the decline and fall of the presidency of Lyndon Johnson by the course of the Vietnam War; the truth and the lies regarding the events of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; the secret CIA and Pentagon war against organizations opposed to the Vietnam War; the culture war that raged across the generation gap;and the secret FBI and CIA war against the black civil rights movement. Some of the revelations are astounding: the attempts by the FBI to induce Martin Luther King to commit suicide, the lies and distortion by Mayor Daley’s administration to justify its unrestrained use of police force during the Democratic convention, and the confessions of agents and provocateurs employed by the Pentagon to subvert the student anti-war movement and more.
Emmy, Writers Guild
The Business of Newspapers (1977); executive producer, rewrite
Reporter Hughes Rudd interviews a marketing consultant who compares the papers that he advises to toothpaste, a commodity to package and sell. The program continues with a look at two Boston newspapers, the Boston Globe and the Herald American, which compete for readership; and Phoenix, Arizona, where the sole newspaper, the Republic Gazette, has had one of its investigative reporters murdered, and citizens feel the news is being suppressed. Newspaper chains are examined, including the largest chain, Gannett and the Times-Mirror chain. The program concludes with a look at the Daily Press of Escanaba, Mich., whose editor was fired by the owner for not publishing a story.
Producer: Irina Posner
When Television was Young (1977); executive producer, director, writer
A two-hour retrospective of the social history of television programming, circa 1948-1961. Host Charles Kuralt starts out by describing the kinescope process, and then looks at some of the era’s highlights. Excerpts include Burns and Allen; news programs with Edward P. Morgan and Douglas Edwards; newsreels and propaganda; Art Carney and Jackie Gleason; children’s programs, including “Captain Video”; the growth of television; performers Milton Berle, Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, Alan Young, Dick Van Dyke and Lucille Ball; reporter Edward R. Murrow; the Korean War; blacklisting; Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy; Mary Martin and Noel Coward; and the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings.
Mr. Rooney Goes to Work (1977); executive producer, rewrite
Andy Rooney looks at various aspects of America and American life CBS prime-time feature .
Writer, producer: Andy Rooney
The Politics of Cancer (1976); executive producer, rewrite
A special news report about the actions of various political agencies concerning the management of the causes of cancer, and the obstacles they face. Correspondent Dan Rather examines how political forces can affect governmental agencies’ decisions regarding the control and management of the causes of cancer. Politicians responded with a host of laws designed to limit exposure to threatening substances.
Inside the FBI (1976); executive producer
CBS Reports followed two FBI agents for a total of six months to examine the myths and the realities of the Federal agents, their daily routines, frustrations, their strengths and weaknesses. In its national security role, Dan Rather reports that the Bureau has sometimes made its own definitions of “enemies of the state.” And,’ says Rather, in some instances it would bend the , law and then break it. The broadcast reviews the cases of Attorney Abdeen Jabara and Los Angeles Times Reporter Jack Nelson, both subjects of extensive FBI investigations, although neither has ever been accused of criminal offenses. The broadcast also includes interviews with informers who explain how they became deeply involved with the Bureau — and far more deeply than they had expected.
Writer, producer: by Howard Stringer
Inside Public Television (1976); executive producer
Charles Kuralt reports on issues affecting public TV—localism versus a national network, a lack of financing, developing further sources of financing in government or the foundations or the corporate sector.
Producer: Paul Greenberg
The American Way of Cancer (1975); executive producer, rewrite
Dan Rather reports on the state of cancer research in the United States circa 1975. Examines food additives and cancer among asbestos workers in Patterson, New Jersey and arsenic workers at the Asarco copper smelter in Tacoma, Washington.Dan Rather reports on the state of cancer research in the United States circa 1975. Examines food additives and cancer among asbestos workers in Patterson, New Jersey and arsenic workers at the Asarco copper smelter in Tacoma, Washington.
Producer: Judy Crichton
The Guns of Autumn (1972); executive producer
Dan Rather narrates a documentary on the sport of hunting and the two billion dollar-a-year business that it had become in the United States. Includes interviews with hunters and scenes of hunting as well as facts and figures.
Writer, producer, director: Iry Drasnin
Conversations with Eric Sevareid (1975-1977); executive producer of all broadcasts. Director of some, continuity writer for all.
A series of hour long one-on-one discussions, illustrated with stock footage, including:
- John J. McCloy (two hours)
- George F. Kennan (two hours)
- Willy Brandt
- Mary Peabody, Marietta Tree, Frances Fitzgerald (grandmother, mother, daughter)
- Leo Rosten
- Robert M. Hutchins
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
- Ann Morrow Lindbergh
Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington (1975); executive producer
Andy Rooney’s lighthearted but serious look at the far-reaching problems of government.
Writer, director: Andy Rooney
A Tale of Two Irelands (1975); executive producer
In Belfast, correspondent John Laurence, interviews two young men—one Protestant, the other Catholic—and shows how adjoining neighborhoods are being rearranged into “tribal compounds.” The men, their families and friends are shown in their homes, their churches and their pubs, the three centers of social activity.
Producer, director, writer: Howard Stringer
Hadelman: The Nixon Years (1975); executive producer
A two-part show in which Mike Wallace interviews H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s Chief of Staff and principal figure in the Watergate affair on the operation of the Nixon Administration
Four Portraits in Black, (1974); executive producer, writer
This CBS News Special, studied the lives and aspirations of four black families who have reached middle-income status and includes a national survey conducted by CBS News. This two-hour documentary and panel discussion, hosted by correspondent Hal Walker, provides a portrait of four middle-class African-American families, as well as an analysis of the current state of the black community in America.
The Palestinians (1974); executive producer
Interviews with hijackers, life in camps, discussion with Arab spokesmen.
Producer, writer: Howard Stringer
Five Presidents on the Presidency (1973); executive producer, continuity writer
CBS correspondents interview Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon on the power struggle between Congress and the president, the press, the Soviets, and accountability to the American people. Highlights include each president assessing his strengths and weaknesses as president, the decision-making responsibilities of the president, and their disappointments in office.
You and the Commercial (1973); executive producer, rewrite
An investigation into deceptive television commercials. Among the active foes of the broadcast were the agencies, sponsors, and President of CBS itself, Arthur Taylor, who furiously opposed it. Taylor told Dick Salant, CBS News President, that the documentary could cost CBS as much as $50 million in revenue. Some of the largest advertising agencies had already told him they would take their business to other networks. CBS aired the program anyway.
Producer, director, writer: Irv Drasnin
The Israelis (1973); executive producer, writer
What started out as a reconnaissance into the national character of Israel was interrupted by the Yom Kippur war (October 6 – 25, 1973). Amos Elon, author of the book of the same name upon which this investigation was based, is the principal host. The questions raised then are still relevant today.
The Last King of America (1973); executive producer, continuity writer
Correspondent Eric Sevareid in street clothes interviews Peter Ustinov acting as George III, the last king of America about his attitude toward the American Revolution and the colony in general.
Director: Howard Stringer
Shanghai (1973); executive producer
A look inside one of the three largest cities in the world, Shanghai, where a cultural revolution continues to change the social and economic face of the city and its people. Under severe constraints, Irv Drasnin interviews the members of Shanghai’s Revolutionary Committee and high officials of the’ government to explore the new Chinese perspective and the consequent problems facing-the post-revolutionary government.
Producer: Irv Drasnin
Misunderstanding China (1972); executive producer
On the eve of the first opening to China after World War II, Irv Drasnin compiled stock footage to show everything wrong we felt about the Chinese, from Fu Manchu through the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924. This documentary, made at the time of President Nixon’s famous visit to the PRC in 1972, examines sources of popular American attitudes and misunderstandings about China, briefly traces the history of contacts between Chinese and Americans, and shows how popular literature and films have helped perpetuate the stereotyped images many Americans have of Chinese people. Narrated by Charles Kuralt.
Producer, director, writer: Irv Drasnin
What’s New at School? (1972); executive producer, writer
Correspondent Charles Kuralt takes a look at radical changes in education taking place in America’s primary schools. Two classrooms are visited: One is a traditionally run class in New York state, the other an “open classroom” in Devil’s Lake, NJ, where students are encouraged to learn and develop in accordance with their own interests.
Mayor Daley: A Study in Power (1972); executive producer, writer
An investigation into the political rule of Richard Daley, through interviews with Mayor Daley of Chicago and others, and the type of power politics that kept Daley in office for a quarter of a century. Correspondent Charles Kuralt looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the man and the party machine that gained control of local politics and wielded influence at the national level.
An Essay on the Mafia (1972); executive producer, co-writer
Luigi Barzini and Nicholas Pileggi joined producer Howard Stringer for an historical review of the roots of the Mafia, including scenes of the Mafiosi operating in New York. When this documentary screened for the officers of CBS News, Perry Wolff was told to get out of town at once, even before it broadcast. The experts were Luigi Barzini and Nicholas Pileggi. What Mr. Wolff didn’t know was that the Mafia was investigating them.
Producer: Howard Stringer
The Selling of the Pentagon (1971); executive producer, re-writer
This documentary, narrated by Roger Mudd, concentrated on three areas of Pentagon activity to illustrate its theme of public manipulation: direct contacts with the public, Defense Department films, and the Pentagon’s use of the commercial media–the press and television. While the controversial nature of the subject-matter was clearly understood by the producers, and a strong reaction was anticipated, the virulence and the direction of this reaction could not have been foreseen. In the end, the furor surrounding The Selling of the Pentagon would serve as a significant benchmark in evaluating the First Amendment Rights of the broadcast media. This broadcast so outraged the Administration that the outtakes were subpoenaed. The fight in Congress resulted in first Amendment privileges finally being given to broadcasting.
Producer and director: Peter Davis
Emmy, Polk, Peabody, among others
New Voices from the South (1971); executive producer, re-writer
A look at three new governors from the south: Reubin Askew of Florida, Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, and Jimmy Carter of Georgia.
Producer: Robert Chandler
But What if the Dream Comes True? (1971); executive producer, re-writer
Eight weeks were spent interviewing and following every conceivable moment of an affluent banker and his upper-middle-class family in Birmingham, a community near Detroit; revealing Americans’ malaise over the traditional ethic of success and competition. Narrated by Charles Kuralt.
Producer: Robert Markowitz
American Film Festival Blue Ribbon
The American Revolution: A Conversation with Lord North (1971); producer, director
An experimental hour in which Eric Sevareid interviewed Peter Ustinov, who portrayed Lord North, the Prime Minister at the time of the American Revolution.
A Black View of South Africa (1970); executive producer, re-writer
Nano Mahomo narrated this documentary and won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming-Individuals. Mr. Mahomo was born in the Orange Free State in South Africa and studied law at the University of Cape Town, but his studies were cut short due to his political activities and he became a film maker in the 1960’s. Contains films smuggled out of South Africa showing apartheid.
Producers: Irv Drasnin and Nano Mahomo
The Catholic Dilemma (1970); executive producer, writer
Filmed in Italy, Ireland, and the United States, this broadcast looks at the current upheaval and crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, notably the debate between theologically conservative priests and the politically radical or “worker” priests within the hierarchy. Italian writer Luigi Barzini points out in his narration that “the Church was the only institution which survived the fall of the ancient world, the end of the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution. Now the Church is making a mighty effort to survive a crisis of civilization — and it is having trouble.”
A Day in the Life of the United States (1970); executive producer, writer
What were Americans doing on July 20, 1969, the day man first landed on the moon? Forty-three CBS camera crews set out across the country and recorded some of the smaller stories on July 20, 1969. Charles Kuralt narrates scenes of a man in Birney, Montana, breaking in a mare; Vietnam veterans returning home, arriving at Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco; a montage of conversations from around the country; an immigrant family arriving from Romania; a black artist in Chicago painting a wall; people playing slot machines and participating in quick weddings in Las Vegas; a cheesecake factory; a potter throwing a dish; a family having breakfast; scenes from Newport, Rhode Island, prior to the opening of the Newport Folk Festival; coal miners working in Kentucky; a visit to an Air Force base in Omaha, Nebraska; a look at a commune being built in Taos, New Mexico; a discussion about the problems in American cities; attempts to save the life of a young girl in an understaffed New York City hospital; scenes of Hawaii; and Americans watching the moon landing.
Voices from the Russian Underground (1970); executive producer, continuity writer
Three Russian intellectuals describe the repression of dissent in the Soviet Union in exclusive film shot in Russia by CBS correspondent William Cole. Recently expelled from Russia for “activities incompatible with the status of a foreign journalist”, Cole talks of his experiences with Harry Reasoner. The three Russians are author Andre Amalrik, writer Vladimir Bukovsky and historian Pyotr Yakir. Included is an “underground” audio tape by imprisoned poet Aleksandr Ginzburg.
Producer: Irv Drasnin
The Battle of East St. Louis (1969); executive producer
Black activists and white policemen agreed to a weekend long encounter session in a local motel after riots. This news special examines how that session involving eighteen of the angriest citizens of East St. Louis, Illinois, may have helped to allay a racial crisis. Reporter Hughes Rudd briefly reviews the history of race problems in East St. Louis, and reports on the interracial citizens’ committee, which participates in the sensitivity training session. Includes a session involving both black-face and white-face role-playing. The program closes with Rudd’s review of the present situation.
Producer: Peter Davis
Football: 100 Years Old and Still Kicking (1969); executive producer
Correspondent Charles Kuralt explores the idea that football is more than a game in America, featuring films of football heroes, including Jim Thorpe and Knute Rockne.
Producer: Irv Drasnin
The Japanese (1969); executive producer, co-writer
Edwin O. Reischauer, was the most successful ambassador to Japan in postwar history. His pictorial essay discusses recovery, growth, and westernization of Japan into a world industrial power. He compares its ties to the cherished old and adaptation to the new technological world, and explains how the Japanese handle environmental problems of overcrowding and overpopulation. He also shows the temperament and life styles of the Japanese. The Imai family is shown at home, at work, in the city’s nightclubs and with the children at school. Also seen are Japanese baths, a puppet theater, a rice farm, and sample of TV variety shows.
Peabody, Emmy, and others
The Great American Novel: Moby Dick (1969); executive producer
Narrators George C. Scott and Charles Kuralt use words from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to describe the voyage of a modern-day fishing schooner as it sails the Gulf of Alaska in search of halibut in an attempt to see if the situations described by Melville were analogous to modern day fishing experiences. They weren’t.
Producer: Arthur Barron
Once Upon a Wall: The Great Age of Fresco (1969); producer, writer
Luigi Barzini surveys the history and style of fresco painting through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. His tour of the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit of Florentine frescoes shows the process used to save frescoes which were threatened by the 1966 flood in Florence, Italy.
The Savage Heart: A Conversation between Eric Hoffer and Eric Sevareid (1969); producer, director
Two one-hour interviews with Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman who wrote The True Believer, a best selling analysis of mass movements.
Back on the Road with Charles Kuralt (1969); executive producer
Charles Kuralt’s returns to the back roads of America to discover people and places that make no headlines but make up the texture of American life. Included are a Maryland man who finds water with a divining rod, a New Orleans street vendor, wild horses and windmills, a Louisiana one-room schoolhouse, a California ghost town, and a ride in a 100-year- old San Francisco cable car.
Writer: Charles Kuralt
Of Black America: a seven-part series (1968); series executive producer
- Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed; produced, co-wrote with Andy Rooney
Narrator Bill Cosby reviews the numerous contributions of African-Americans to the development of the United States. From the perspective of the turbulent late 1960s, the fact that their positive roles had not generally been taught as part of American history, coupled with the pervasiveness of derogatory stereotypes, was evidence of how black people had long been victims of negative attitudes and ignorance.
Peabody, Emmy, and others
- The Black Soldier
Narrator Bill Cosby reviews the history of African-American participation in America’s armed forces with paintings, drawings, cartoons and etchings of famous battles, and news footage of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
- Black World; young African-Americans visit Ghana
- Body and Soul, narrated by Ray Charles and Andy Rooney
- The Heritage of Slavery
- In Search of a Past
- Portrait in Black and White
The Great American Novel (1968); executive producer
The novels, Babbit and The Grapes of Wrath, are re-examined to see if Sinclair Lewis and John Steinbeck’s visions of America continue to prevail.
Producer Arthur Barron
The Gold Rush of ’68 (1968); co-producer
Economic report on the gold crisis of 1968.
The Italians (1967); producer, co-writer
A pictorial essay freely adapted from Luigi Barzini’s book The Italians. Barzini presides over a selective tour of Italy, discussing the Italian people, their culture, customs, and history. Barzini looks at the following aspects and examples of Italian life: a dowry parade and wedding; the ritual of Italians taking walks; Italian opera; how Italians use their hands to speak ; Mussolini’s effect on Italians; the Courtship habits of Italian males; Sicily and its Mafia involvement; the Catholic Church and the Communist Party in Italy; the pleasures of people watching in Rome; and the effects of industrialization.
Our Friends, The French (1966); producer, writer, director
A witty exploration of the long relationship between the United States and France. Eric Sevareid’s objective is to find out why, despite officially friendly relations, the French since Benjamin Franklin’s time have had an unofficial disdain for Americans. Sevareid meets the French “man in the street” at his favorite café, and has breakfast with a typical French family, learning that French television doesn’t carry American situation comedies because the French cannot understand a father who isn’t treated like a king. Also covered: a press conference with President de Gaulle in which he sometimes refuses to give answers to questions he has planted himself. Two top French journalists are also interviewed, members of the same family but on opposite sides of the fence in their opinions of Americans. There is a discussion of France’s atomic power, in which Gen. Pierre Gallois explains his ideas of developing it as a means of making France independent, but the program also shows how the French atomic strike force is powerless with American-made tanker planes. Severeid also reveals some shocking new heresies making an appearance in France: much of the population submitting to the anti-French idea that good food may come in cans, and that a French housewife may be happy even if she has a refrigerator.
1945 (1965); producer, writer
Correspondent Eric Sevareid explores the impact of events leading up to the end of World War II on the world, with an emphasis on East-West relations.
The Great Conventions: The Republicans (1964); producer, writer
Correspondent Eric Sevareid looks at the patterns of Republican politics, as reflected in conventions from 1920 to 1948. This fascinating hour of historical recollection and analysis of Republican conventions offers a clearly defined look at the conventions of the ‘20s, an analysis of Republican problems after the conventions of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and a thorough review of the convention of 1952. The 1952 Republican Convention was the first seen coast to coast on TV. The floor fights were astonishing, and the final choice, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was not the party’s first choice. This documentary also analyzes the conservative splits within the Republican Party from 1932 through 1964.
The Great Conventions: The Democrats (1964); producer, writer
Correspondent Eric Sevareid looks at the patterns of the Democratic Party, the oldest and most successful political group in the world. Spanning the years from 1932, a time when the Democracy was the minority party of the United States, up to the 1964 as the Democrats approach the election year as the party in power.
The Roots of Freedom: In Defense of Rome (1964); producer, writer
A discussion between Correspondent Eric Sevareid and famed classical scholar Dr. Moses Hades of Columbia University on the greatness of Rome’s legacy to the world, which leads famed Dr. Hades to say: “Without Rome, Greek civilization might have perished forever, and Christianity might never have touched the western world.” Dr. Hadas discusses the organizational genius of the Romans, their laws, their government, their trade, their roads, their spirit, all of them provocative, and some of them startling to the modern mind. Taped on location among the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Readings by James Mason and Bill Travers.
John F. Kennedy (1964); producer, writer
Mrs. Kennedy thanks the world for the condolence messages was was unable to answer. This program was broadcast live in Europe and noted for its early use of satellite.
The Homosexuals (1963); executive producer, re-writer
The first network documentary on homosexuals with correspondent Mike Wallace.
Producer: Harry Morgan
The Law and Lee Oswald (1963); producer
A panel show moderated by Dan Rather.
The Roots of Freedom: The Golden Age of Greece (1963); producer, continuity writer
Eric Sevareid, together with the King and Queen of Greece, take the home viewer on a tour of the Parthenon to analyze the varied glories of the Periclean age of Greece.
The Roots of Freedom: Athens, Where the Theater Began (1963); producer, writer
This dramatized exploration of the genesis of the theater includes Alfred Drake, Rosemary Harris and Donald Madden in the distinguished cast. Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, American theater’s brilliant husband and wife team, relates the history of the Theater of Dionysus, the vast amphitheater situated just below the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. As narrators, they trace the development of Greek drama up through Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Aristophanes. Ms. Fontanne acts in a number of dramatic scenes, and excerpts from “Prometheus Bound” (Aeschylus), “Antigone” (Sophocles) and “Lysistrata” (Aristophanes) are featured.
The First Lady (1962); producer, writer
Readings from the papers and diaries of First Ladies, and an adaption of one chapter from Perry Wolff’s book, A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. With correspondent Harry Reasoner, aided by actresses.
A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John Kennedy (1962); producer, writer
On the night of February 14, 1962, three out of four television viewers watched Jacqueline Kennedy give a tour of the White House, after she had redecorated it with historical paintings and antique furniture owned by previous residents. Four nights later, ABC rebroadcast the program to a sizable national audience before it then moved on to syndication in more than fifty countries around the globe. In all, it was estimated that hundreds of millions of people saw the program. It was also the first prime-time documentary to target a female audience.
Emmy, Peabody and many other awards.
Berlin: Act of War (1961); producer, director, writer.
The Berlin Wall was built directly under the cameras that CBS placed at the Brandenburg Gate. Narrated by Charles Collingwood.
Airpower (1956 – 1957); producer, writer of 23 scripts
Twenty-six broadcasts on the history of aviation, from the invention of the airplane to supersonic planes and missiles, with special emphasis on the military use of air power in World War II.. This first commercial documentary series in network television was narrated mostly by Walter Cronkite. It had five network runs, and has been in syndication and on cable for many decades. The broadcast “Target Ploesti” was rejected five times by the Air Force, and was instrumental insetting the boundaries of Pentagon participation in network news broadcasts. Music was composed by Norman Dello Joio, who won a Pulitzer in 1957, and Georges Antheil. Detailed information regarding the following 26 broadcasts can be found here.
- The Day North America is Attacked
- The Early Days
- The Luftwaffe
- Pearl Harbor
- The Battle of Britain
- Fools, Daredevils and Geniuses
- The 1930s
- Target Ploesti
- Conquest of the Air
- The Japanese Perimeter
- Interdiction and Blockade
- Operation Strangle
- Advance the Bomber Line
- The Winning of France
- Victory in Europe
- Defeat of Japan
- The Cold Decade – Airlift
- The Cold Decade – To the Yalu
- The Cold Decade – Korean Stalemate
- The New Doctrine
Adventure (1953-1955); executive producer, director, writer of many segments
This experimental, non-sponsored series began nature reporting on American television. It was the first time that the life sciences — including ecology, evolution, anthropology, heredity, and environmental concerns — were first touched upon consistently in a weekly series.
The show married science and culture through a format including: interviews with The American Museum of Natural History staff members and other scientists, personalities, and celebrities; the presentation of American Museum of Natural History exhibitions, halls, and artifacts; the execution of scientific experiments; film clips; dancers illustrating scientific concepts; mime shows illustrating historical and cultural events; and the creation of ingenious set pieces demonstrating how natural phenomena work.
The136 shows were hosted by Charles Collingwood, and all CBS correspondents including Mike Wallace, Douglas Edwards, and Edward P. Morgan narrated. A full description of the existing 120 broadcasts can be found in the Catalog of the American Museum of Natural History Archives, Garland Press, 1987.
Two Peabody Awards, and many Ohio State Awards.
The Republican and Democratic Conventions and Election Night (1952); producer (among many others)
The CBS Morning News, The CBS Saturday News (1951-1952); producer (among many others)
The Guiding Light – WBBM, the CBS Radio division of CBS Corporation (1950); ghost writer
Worked seven weeks as a ghost writer for Irna Phillips.
Report Uncensored – WBBM, the CBS Radio division of CBS Corporation (1950); producer, writer
Seven-part investigative series on narcotic addiction in Chicago, narrated by Fahey Flynn.
The Quiet Answer – WBBM, the CBS Radio division of CBS Corporation (1948); producer, writer
This seven-part documentary series on race relations in Chicago was the first time audio tape recorders were used to record interviews, and directly stimulated improved local legislation. Narrated by Fahey Flynn.
Chief Musical Producer (1948-1950)
Chicago Symphony Concerts on CBS; hundreds of WBBM house orchestra broadcasts.