Ricochet member and Pajamas Media star Ed Driscoll just dropped me a line, noting that the Hoover Institution has made available online more than 170 episodes of Firing Line, the tapes of which reside in the Hoover archives.
I’m enjoying the archives of Firing Line immensely; they’re wonderful time capsules of the issues the nation struggled with during the three decades the show aired, and for what they tell us of the aesthetics and the state of television production at various times. (The episode with Groucho, early in the show’s history, looks like it was shot on a Wayne’s World-esque set; Groucho makes occasional cracks about the sparseness of the studio audience.)
An excerpt from that episode with Groucho. I'd love to learn what the Ricochetti make of Firing Line after lo these many years--especially those too young to have seen the show when it first aired.