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Audio Interview with William L. Shirer

William L. ShirerWilliam L. Shirer, author of Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich and volumes of 20th Century Journey: A Memoir of a Life and the Times, speaks with Don Swaim in this 1984 interview about being a radio correspondent in the early days of radio journalism. Shirer tells a truly remarkable story about working for CBS Radio during WWII doing war coverage and trying to get interviews with people like Winston Churchill.

Edward R. Murrow got him a job at CBS on one condition: they wanted to hear his voice first. The irony in that, however, was that when he was hired, they ended up not using him on the air.

Listen to other stories about his work with CBS during WWII, like his depiction of Hitler and Churchill, by clicking on the link below.

Listen to the William L. Shirer interview with Don Swaim, 1984
(25 min. 48 sec.)

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For over a decade, many of the best writers of the English language found their way onto Don Swaim's daily two-minute CBS Radio show, Book Beat. His New York-based program was derived from longer interviews, sometimes 40-minutes in length. Found exclusively here, Wired for Books proudly webcasts these conversations in their entirety using RealAudio.

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