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Lear (Orson Welles Commentaries)

Orson Welles provides commentary, interviews, and thoughts about the state of the nation and the world in the tumultuous times after World War II.

10 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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3 Audio CDs


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"Bikini Atomic Test"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Orson Welles
Orson Welles
is best known as a temperamental actor, director, and writer. He acted in movies, on the stage and in radio plays. He is not so well known for his political beliefs and social commentary except through his scripts and movies. In 1945, near the end or after the end of World War II, Orson Welles with BeardLear, the airplane manufacturer, sponsored Welles in a 15 minute radio series that featured opinion pieces or interviews. After Lear advertised its new home radio units, some with televisions, recording equipment, and shortwave radio, the Lear announcer provided a disclaimer saying that the opinions of Mr. Welles are his own and do not represent Lear.

One of the most famous causes Welles championed on the show involved commentary about an incident in South Carolina where a just discharged African-American soldier, Isaac Woodard, was removed from a bus and beaten so badly by police officers that he was left blind. No one was ever convicted of the crime and Welles, who was a follower and supporter of the civil rights movement, brought this issue to the public, criticising the South Carolina government for it's lack of action.

The show, which was on ABC, ran through 1946. When Lear dropped sponsorship in 1946, the show was cancelled. However, Welles was not ready to give up the show. He searched desperately for a new sponsor to no avail.

See also: the extensive Orson Welles Collection.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    10 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 12 min
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      10 shows - total playtime 2 hours 12 minutes
      1. Lear 450923.mp3
      2. Lear 451209 Snippett Doris Miller Interview.mp3
      3. Lear 460623 The Opa Is Dead.mp3
      4. Lear 460630 Bikini Atomic Test.mp3
      5. Lear 460721 Opa One Year Extension.mp3
      6. Lear 460728 Affidavit Of Isaac Woodward.mp3
      7. Lear 460804 The Peacemakers.mp3
      8. Lear 460811 To Be Born Free.mp3
      9. Lear 460818 Welles Film Banned.mp3
      10. Lear 460825 The Place Was Batesburg.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    10 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 12 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      10 shows - total playtime 2 hours 12 minutes
      1. Lear 450923.mp3
      2. Lear 451209 Snippett Doris Miller Interview.mp3
      3. Lear 460623 The Opa Is Dead.mp3
      4. Lear 460630 Bikini Atomic Test.mp3
      5. Lear 460721 Opa One Year Extension.mp3
      6. Lear 460728 Affidavit Of Isaac Woodward.mp3
      7. Lear 460804 The Peacemakers.mp3
      8. Lear 460811 To Be Born Free.mp3
      9. Lear 460818 Welles Film Banned.mp3
      10. Lear 460825 The Place Was Batesburg.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    10 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 12 min

    Disc A001

    1. Lear 450923
    2. Lear 451209 Snippett Doris Miller Interview
    3. Lear 460623 The Opa Is Dead
    4. Lear 460630 Bikini Atomic Test
    5. Lear 460721 Opa One Year Extension

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    Disc A002

    1. Lear 460728 Affidavit Of Isaac Woodward
    2. Lear 460804 The Peacemakers
    3. Lear 460811 To Be Born Free
    4. Lear 460818 Welles Film Banned

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A003

    1. Lear 460825 The Place Was Batesburg

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