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Firing Line Broadcasts


From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. The broadcast collection includes administrative files, program preparation materials, photographs, transcripts, sound recordings, and videotape copies of the 1,505 programs. Support for videotape preservation has been provided by the Mericos Foundation and the National Television and Video Preservation Foundation.


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Firing Line episodes available through Amazon Instant Video

More than one hundred seventy programs from William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Amazon Instant Video, which offers instant streaming on compatible devices.

May 16, 2012
Resolved: That Firing Line Fans Want to Know Why All Episodes Aren't Available 

There’s a long answer and a short answer to this question. Because the short answer—“because not all of them have been preserved yet”—only leads to more questions, here’s the long answer....

May 11, 2011
Is Firing Line the New Sex? (with apologies to Mary Eberstadt)

Since its publication in Policy Review last year, Mary Eberstadt's exploration of the effects of unlimited sex and food on advanced nations, "Is Food the New Sex?" has been a perennial favorite on the web.

November 09, 2010
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.

A select group of television broadcasts from the Firing Line collection held in the Hoover Archives is now available as DVDs.

September 11, 2008
Finding Aid to the Firing Line Broadcast Records Posted Online

A guide to the paper documents in the Firing Line broadcast collection is available online.

June 17, 2009
Firing Line Transcripts on Hoover Website

Sixty Firing Line transcripts are available on Hoover’s Firing Line database, with more to come.

May 28, 2009
Hoover Institution News Advisory: Hoover Institution Houses Broadcast Archive of William F. Buckley Jr's. Show Firing Line

The broadcast archive of William F. Buckley Jr.'s television show Firing Line is housed in the Hoover Institution Archives. In addition to the television show he hosted, Buckley, who died today, was a columnist, author, and founded National Review in 1955.

February 27, 2008
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Celebrating William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line

The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Firing Line, the legendary public…

July 26, 2016

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