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Breaking Walls

335 EpisodesProduced by James ScullyWebsite

Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio.

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Columbia Presents Corwin: Fourteen August—08.14.1945

Seventy-four years ago today, on August 14th, 1945 Japan accepted the United States' terms of surrender, officially ending World War II.

That evening, Norman Corwin produced a special broadcast commemorating this event. Because the staff at CBS was unsure if and when Japan would accept the US' surrender terms, Corwin had very little time to prepare this piece. What he did prepare was a self-aware, fitting epitaph for the people of an exhausted nation, and an exhausted world.

Orson Welles was the narrator. It was broadcast coast-to-coast on CBS.

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