The Right Coast

February 22, 2005
Firing Line On Line
By Maimon Schwarzschild

The Hoover Institution has digitised some of William F. Buckley's Firing Line programs over its more-than-thirty year (longer-than-Johnny-Carson) run: some programs are offered for sale in VHS form, and Hoover lists all the Firing Line episodes and is asking for expressions of interest in which further programs to make available.

Meantime, the website is offering free (Real Media) Firing Line clips and several complete programs, including the final Firing Line program; an hour-long interview with former President Reagan; an interview with Barry Goldwater; and a fascinating program about Whitaker Chambers with Chambers' biographer Sam Tannenhaus. (Keep scrolling down: the free downloads are noted as "Real Media".)

(My uncle Henry Schwarzschild was a Firing Line guest twice: once about capital punishment, which my uncle was against; and once about amnesty for Vietnam-era draft offenders, which my uncle was for. Hoover hasn't -- yet -- digitised these episodes, but if there is popular demand...)