On the way home yesterday I happened to catch a radio essay by Walter Cronkite on NPR. In it he describes a story that Edward R. Murrow did on his program “See It Now” in 1954, reporting on McCarthy’s anti-communist efforts with a frankness and honesty that hadn’t been seen on network TV. It’s a powerful piece, spend a few minutes listening to it.

Two reactions: Work of this caliber is why I like NPR. And wow! Cronkite is fantastic!

Also on NPR, Nina Totenberg’s series on Justice Harry Blackmun’s just-released papers is quite compelling.