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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Mar 25, 2014

When the DuPont Company was getting a bad name for profiteering from World War I, they decided to fight back by sponsoring a patriotic radio program.  Cavalcade of America first aired in 1935. 

DuPont hired the most prestigious writers for the show - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and poets Carl Sandburg and Stephen Vincent Benet.  They also used famous Hollywood movie actors in major roles, rather than radio actors.

These factors made Cavalcade of America one of the most professional programs ever to air.  This episode, All That Money Can Buy, first ran on October 20, 1941.