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The Words At War Radio Program

In 1943, the United States Office of War Information (OWI), in cooperation with The Council on Books in Wartime, and the National Broadcasting Company combined to suggest a Radio program dramatizing some of the more important of these books.

The Council on Books in Wartime was a non-profit organization founded in the Spring of 1942 by booksellers, publishers, librarians, and authors, with the purpose of channeling the use of books as “weapons in the war of ideas,” the Council’s motto. Its stated aims were “the promotion of books to influence the thinking of the American people regarding the war, to build and maintain the will to win, to expose the true nature of the enemy, to disseminate technical information, to provide relaxation and inspiration, and to clarify war aims and problems of peace. (Source: TheDigitalDeliftp.com)

Words at War Episode 1 “Combined Operations: the Commandos”

NBC Words at War Episode 1 aired on June 21, 1943. “Combined Operations: The Official Story of the Commandos” The dramatization will deal with the training of the commandos and the attack on St. Nazaire.

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Words at War Episode 3 “They Call It Pacific

NBC Words at War Episode 3 aired on July 2, 1942 Words at War They Call It Pacific The book drama series is proud to present Clark Lee’s “They Call It Pacific.

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Words at War Episode 4 “The Last Days of Sevastopol”

Words At War. July 17, 1943. “The Last Days Of Sevastopol”. Sustaining. A very well done dramatization of the siege of this valiant Russian city by the Nazis, and its brave defenders. An announcement is made that this was the first book in history that was delivered to its publisher entirely by cable. The Last […]

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Words at War Episode 5 “The Ship”

Words At War. July 24, 1943. “The Ship”. Sustaining. An exciting narrative about the British cruiser H. M. S. Artemis as she battles the Italian navy off the coast of Malta. Adapted from the book “The Ship’” by C. S. Forester.

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Words at War Episode 6 “The Land of the Silent People”

NBC Words at War July 31, 1943. From The Land Of Silent People Based on Robert St. John’s book as he saw it happen. He tells of the horrors that he saw in Yugoslavia and later Greece in just a few short weeks in 1941. He tells of the bombing of the people on Bloody […]

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Words at War Episode 7 “Prisoner of the Japs”

This is the story of an American newspaperwoman who happened to be in Hong Kong on the day the Japanese attacked, and what happened to her as a “prisoner of the Japs.” The author appears after the drama and comments about the Japanese during the war.  Based on the book Prisoner of the Japs by […]

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Words at War Episode 8 “Love at First Flight”

NBC Words At War Episode 8 Love At First Flight” Released August 14, 1943. The funny and musical portrait of the making of a Naval Aviator, Lester Dowd. Adapted from the book “Love At First Flight by Charles Folding and Ottis Conner.  

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