Firing Line episodes available through Amazon Instant Video

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
William F. Buckley's Firing Line television series
William F. Buckley's Firing Line television series

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.

Firing Line episodes from Hoover's collection first became available on DVD from Amazon in August 2008; this release brings that total to 172. 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.