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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Dec 24, 2013

The Columbia Workshop was an experimental program on CBS from 1937 to 1947, with a break during the war years. 

It featured programs about the technical side of radio, about sound effects and microphones and how music can enhance radio drama. 

It also featured Orson Welles in Hamlet and MacBeth, and radio plays based on short stories and poetry by authors both historic and contemporary. 

But its most famous broadcast was its adaptation of the Archibald MacLeish work The Fall of the City, about the relentless march of Fascism.

Pictured here, left to right, are actor Orson Welles, producer/director Irving Reis, and author/poet Archibald MacLeish, working in the Manhattan Armory with over 200 extras, performing this week's featured show:  The Fall of the City, first broadcast on April 11, 1937.