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'On a Note of Triumph'

Radio writer, director and producer Norman Corwin
Radio writer, director and producer Norman Corwin

On May 8, 1945, 60 million Americans tuned in to hear On A Note of Triumph, Norman Corwin's radio masterpiece marking the end of World War II in Europe. Lauded by Carl Sandburg as "one of the all-time great American poems," it was the most listened-to radio drama in U.S. history.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the historic broadcast, NPR offers the original presentation as it was first heard and a 1995 documentary produced by Mary Beth Kirchner along with Corwin -- now 95 -- to commemorate the radio classic.

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