Newsmen Howard K. Smith, Richard C. Hottelet, Robert Pierpoint, Eric Sevareid, Winston Burdett, Daniel Schorr, and David Schoenbrun comment on the top news stories of 1956, particularly the Middle East and communism.
Edward R. Murrow is the moderator.
Highlights: More on the Vanguard satellite failure, British television pokes fun at US failure to launch the satellite, Moscow comments on "America's desperate effort," humorous reaction from France, Europeans laughing while feeling sorry for the US, a recap of the failure reported from Florida, Dr. John P.Hagen explains the failure to newsmen, a man on street comments on the fiasco. Also, report news voice from Moscow. From Paris, David Schoenbrun and Robert Pierpont report.
Announcer: Blair Clark.
Khrushchev's visit to California, includes a trip to San Francisco, Khrushchev's verbal duel with Spyros Skouras of 20th Century Fox, comment by Marilyn Monroe, Mayor Poulson remarks in Los Angeles and Khrushchev's retort.
Walter Cronkite anchors.
We are an Eyewitness as U.S.S.R. Premiere Khrushchev visits in Washington and tours Pittsburgh, Chicago, Des Moines, San Francisco, Los Angeles, plus a visit to the Roswell Garst farm in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Highlights broadcast of Khrushchev's headline making address before the U.N. General Assembly.
The report of the Warren Commission says Lee Harvey Oswald, working alone, killed President John F. Kennedy. This discussion is largely an emphatic and often hotly argued rebuttal to the commission's findings. It begins with "The only way you can believe the Warren Report is to not read it" and ranges through charges of incompetence on the part of the Dallas police and destruction and misrepresentation of evidence by the FBI, and accusations of carelessness, as well as suppression of evidence and testimony, on the part of the commission.
Included in this heated debate the timeline to all activities on that tragic day, November 22, 1963, filmed interview accounts by eyewitnesses, transcription highlights of the Warren Commission Report and eerie details concerning those individuals who were involved, directly and indirectly in the assassination's, who are now dead under mysterious circumstances.
Panelists: Mark Lane, hired as counsel to protect the dead Oswald's interests by Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, is the author of "Rush To Judgement." Journalist Leo Sauvage has written "The Oswald Affair." Harold Weisberg recently published "Whitewash: The Report On The Warren Report." Editor Penn Jones wrote, "Forgive My Grief." Historian Jacob Cohen calls himself "by and large a defender of the commission." Syndicated columnist Jim Bishop is the moderator. Journalist/correspondent David Schoenbrun introduces the program.
NOTE: After repeated requests, and silence from members of the Warren Commission during the production of this special TV presentation, producer Mel Bailey received acceptance from the commission to participate in a follow up report, stated at the beginning of this broadcast.
There is also mention by David Schoenbrun that Bailey is now working on a program featuring these members and their reflections of the commission and its staff.
It is not known if this program was ever completed or broadcast.
NOTE: Occasionally transmission audio interference is heard but not often and not interfering with the comprehension of this almost three hour round table discussion, sans commercials.
Betty and Barney Hill are a New Hampshire couple who claim they were captured by the crew of a flying saucer. They have no direct recall of their encounter except for seeing a strange object in the sky. The story of what they believe happened after this sighting has been assembled with the help of hypnosis.
A panel of scientists and reporters question the Hills and John G. Fuller, author of a book about their experiences, "The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours Aboard a Flying Saucer."
Panelists: Prof. James McDonald, University of Arizona; Dr. Leo Sprinkle, University of Wyoming; Dr. Carl Sagan, Harvard University; Leon Jaroff, science editor, Time magazine; Edward Edelson, science editor, World Journal Tribune.
The panel discusses other reports of UFO's and their investigation by the Air Force. David Schoenbrun is the moderator.
November 11th, 1964-January 27th, 1968 (ABC)
A news analysis program hosted by Howard K. Smith. The series focused mainly on the war in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Report. "Eyewitness Notes From Hanoi." Harrison Salisbury of the New York Times talks to ABC News correspondent David Schoenbrun. Includes commercials promoting ABC shows.
Howard K. Smith reports
The death of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Naser Hussein at age 62. His successor will be Anwar Sadat.
CBS journalist discusses the death of Hussein and its world consequences with Robert Cox. President Richard M. Nixon makes a statement. Nixon meets with Pope Paul at the Vatican St. Peter's Square. Both the Pope and Nixon are heard. Author John Dos Passos is dead at age 74.
Commercials include, Mercury Montego for 1971, Ronzoni tomato sauce with olive oil, Lestoil grease cutting cleaner, and Totem waste paper bags.
A dramatization of the July, 1945 summit meeting between Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Clement Atlee to determine the fate of a defeated Germany, plan for the invasion of Japan and carve up Europe into two separate and mutually hostile spheres of influence.