Firing Line episodes available for the first time through Amazon Instant Video

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
William F. Buckley's Firing Line television series
William F. Buckley's Firing Line television series

Thirty-two programs from William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Amazon Instant Video, which offers instant streaming of the programs on compatible devices. Featured guests on those programs, which date from 1972 to 1999, include Newt Gingrich, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Sowell, Margaret Thatcher, Joan Baez, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Those programs have been released gradually during the past two months, with each minirelease announced on the Library and Archives Facebook page.

Firing Line episodes from Hoover's collection first became available on DVD from Amazon in August 2008; this release brings the total to 169. Firing Line videotapes continue to be remastered from obsolete formats by a professional video preservation lab. For programs not available through Amazon, contact stewarts [at] stanford.edu (Stephanie Stewart) to purchase copies from the Hoover Archives.

Hundreds of transcripts of Firing Line programs are also available as free downloads from Hoover’s Firing Line database. Individuals may request copies of transcripts that have not yet been digitized by clicking on the “Request a transcript” link in the database; the Hoover Archives provides complimentary copies of up to three such transcripts, with additional copies at $5 each. When the Hoover Archives receives the request, it will digitize the transcript for the requester and add the digital copy to the database.

Firing Line was broadcast from 1966 to 1999, first as an hour-long show and later as a half-hour program. The Firing Line collection at the Hoover Institution Archives includes videotapes of about fifteen hundred shows, as well as transcripts, photographs, program preparation materials, and other items.