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Monday, May 17, 2010
Firing Line with William F. Buckley
Firing Line with William F. Buckley

DVDs of thirty more programs from William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Featured guests on those programs, which date from 1967 to 1987, include Noam Chomsky, Billy Graham, Groucho Marx, Huey P. Newton, and Hoover's own Thomas Sowell. Beyond perennial topics such as bias in the media, foreign policy, and Medicare, Buckley tackles jazz, humor, and the Warren Report. Two anthologies, on world leaders and personalities, reprise memorable moments from the show's first two decades.

Firing Line episodes from Hoover’s collection first became available on DVD from Amazon in August 2008; this latest release brings the number to 108. Firing Line videotapes are gradually being remastered from obsolete formats. For programs not available through Amazon, please contact janelq [at] (Janel Quirante) to purchase copies from the Hoover Archives.

More than 250 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 $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 1,500 shows, as well as transcripts, photographs, program preparation materials, and other items.