You Are There

Episode Inventory

Totals

Total episode: 90 (64 unique scripts)
Surviving episodes: 60 (+1 special episode, "CBS: The Listening Years")

Timeline

7 July 1947-9 July 1950
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

Inventory

Episodes at Internet Archive website

CBS Is There

These seven episodes were the first summer run of the series. Each aired Monday, 7:00 PM.

  • The Assassination of President Lincoln
    Episode 01, 7 July 1947, not available Event date: 14 April 1865 Used as an audition recording 28 March 1947
    Repeated as Episode 09, 14 December 1947
    Repeated as Episode 40, 5 September 1948
  • The Storming of the Bastille
    Episode 02, 14 July 1947, available
    Event date: 14 July 1789
    AKA "The Citizens of Paris before the Bastille"
    Repeated as Episode 11, 28 December 1947
  • Columbus Discovers America
    Episode 03, 21 July 1947, not available
    Event date: 12 October 1492
    Reports from the three ships in the New World and from rejoicing Europe
    Repeated as Episode 45, 10 October 1948
  • Witchcraft Trials at Salem
    Episode 04, 28 July 1947, not available
    Event date: 29 June 1692
    John Daly reports the trial of 71-yeaer-old Rebbecca Norse, tried for witchcraft
    Repeated as Episode 12, 4 January 1948
  • Sir Francis Drake Defeats the Spanish Armada
    Episode 05, 4 August 1947, available
    Event date: 29 July 1588
    Harry Marble, Ernest Chappell, John Daly
    Repeated as Episode 16, 1 February 1948
  • The Defense of The Alamo
    Episode 06, 11 August 1947, available
    Event date: 6 March 1836
    Repeated as Episode 15, 25 January 1948
  • The Last Days of Pompeii
    Episode 07, 18 August 1947, not available
    Event date: 26 August 79 AD
    A CBS report, in Pompeii to broadcast a sporting event, turns his attention to the sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The report describes the doom descending upon Pompeii before he is suffocated by volcanic dust.
    Repeated as Episode 25, 11 April 1948
  • CBS: The Listening Years
    Special broadcast, 6 November 1947, available

    Although presented in the form of a CBS Is There episode, this special broadcast to commemorate National Radio Week, was not part of the regular series. The program recreates coverage of great radio events, rather than the events themselves, noting listening peaks. Includes portions of three World War II broadcasts. Contents include:
    Japanese surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo harbor, ending World War II, 1 September 1945
    First broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, 16 May 16 1931
    Prince Edward's abdication message on radio, 11 December 1936
    The Ohio State Penitentiary fire, 21 April 1930
    President Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural address, 4 March 1933
    President Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" radio address, 6 January 1941
    President Franklin Roosevelt's request for Congress' declaration of war with Japan, 8 December 1941
    A conversation between New York and London, December 1943
    A report from London on D-Day with beachhead recording by George Hicks, 6 June 1944

These episodes were the fall-winter run of the series. Each aired Sunday, 2:00 PM.

  • The Exile of Napoleon
    Episode 08, 6, 7, and 13 December 1947, available
    Event date: 31 July 1815
    Napoleon gambles with his life to regain the crown
    Repeated as Episode 50, 14 November 1948
  • The Assassination of President Lincoln
    Episode 09, 14 December 1947, available
    Event date: 14 April 1865
    Repeats Episode 01, 7 July 1947
  • The Sailing of the Pilgrims
    Episode 10, 20, 21, and 27 December 1947, not available
    Event date: 6 September 1620
    A live, quayside report as The Mayflower sets sail
    Repeated as Episode 34, 13 June 1948
  • The Storming of the Bastille
    Episode 11, 28 December 1947, not available
    Event date: 14 July 1789
    AKA "The Citizens of Paris before the Bastille"
    Repeats Episode 02, 14 July 1947
  • The Salem Witchcraft Trials
    Episode 12, 4 January 1948, available
    Event date: 29 June 1692
    Repeats Episode 04, 28 July 1947
  • The Burr—Hamilton Duel
    Episode 13, 11 January 1948; not available
    Event date: 11 July 1804
    Reports the historic duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in Weehawken, New Jersey. Only the first half survives.
    Repeated as episode 29, 9 May 1948
  • The Signing of the Magna Carta
    Episode 14, 18 January 1948, available
    Event date: 19 June 1215
    Repeated as Episode 30, 16 May 1948
  • The Defense of The Alamo
    Episode 15; 25 January 1948, not available
    Event date: 6 March 1836
    Repeats Episode 06, 11 August 1947
  • Sir Francis Drake Defeats the Spanish Armada
    Episode 16; 1 February 1948, not available
    Event date: 29 July 1588
    Repeats Episode 05, 4 August 1947
  • The Dreyfus Case
    Episode 17, 8 February 1948, available
    Event date: 8 September 1899
    Reports the dramatic events of the second trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus by a French military court and his last-minute pardon.
    Repeated as Episode 41, 12 September 1948
  • The Assassination of Julius Caesar
    Episode 18, 15 February 1948, not available
    Event date: 15 March 44 BC
    Reports on events associated with the Ides of March
    Repeated as Episode 73, 24 April 1949
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
    Episode 19, 22 February 1948, available
    Event date: 21 July 1861
  • The Execution of Joan of Arc
    Episode 20, 29 February 1948, available
    Event date: 30 May 1431
    Repeated as Episode 39, 29 August 1948
  • The Oklahoma Land Run
    Episode 21, 7 March 1948, not available
    Event date: 22 April 1889
    Repeated as Episode 69, 27 March 1949
  • The Death of Socrates
    Episode 22, 14 March 1948, available
    Event date: 399 B.C.
  • Philadelphia, July 4, 1776
    Episode 23, 21 March 1948, not available
    Event date: 4 July 1776
    Repeated as Episode 37, 4 July 1948
  • Pre-empted nationwide by New York Philharmonic Easter Concert
    28 March 1948
  • The Monitor and The Merrimac
    Episode 24, 4 April 1948, not available
    Event date: 9 March 1862
    Repeated as Episode 56, 26 December 1948
  • The Last Days of Pompeii
    Episode 25, 11 April 1948, available
    Event date: 26 August 79 AD
    Repeats Episode 07, 25 August 1947
  • The Battle of Plassey
    Episode 26, 18 April 1948, available
    Event date: 22 June 1757
    Re-enacts The Battle of Plassey where Robert Clive won India for the British Empire. On the scene reporters describe the superior native forces, the bravery of the British-led Sepoys, the terrifying elephant charge which Clive turned back by his resourceful methods of warfare, his "shocking" innovation of ordering his men to take cover for protection from artillery fire, and the false rumor of his desertion which swept the British ranks during the heat of battle.
  • The Fall of Troy
    Episode 27, 25 April 1948, not available
    Event date: 1184 B.C.
    Repeated as Episode 47, 24 October 1948

The series is retitled You Are There.

  • The Surrender of Sitting Bull
    Episode 28 2 May 1948; not available
    Event date: 21 July 1881
    The last great chief of the Sioux Nation decides to parlay with the white man. A day for which Americans should be ashamed.
    Repeated as Episode 57, 2 January 1949
  • The Burr—Hamilton Duel
    Episode 29, 9 May 1948, available
    Event date: 11 July 1804
    Repeats Episode 13, 11 January 1948. Only the first half survives.
  • The Signing of the Magna Carta
    Episode 30, 16 May 1948, not available
    Event date: 19 June 1215
    Repeats Episode 14, 18 January 1948
  • The Execution of Emperor Maximilian
    Episode 31, 23 May 1948, not available
    Event date: 19 June 1867
    The last crowned head of North America faces a firing squad.
    Repeated as Episode 53, 5 December 1948
  • The Betrayal of Toussaint L'Ouverture
    Episode 32; 30 May 1948; lost
    Event date: 6 May 1982
    Napoleon's treachery ends the fight for liberty in San Domingo.
    Repeated as episode 60; 23 January 1949
  • The Battle of Hastings
    Episode 33, 6 June 1948, not available
    Event date: 14 October 1066
    William, the Duke of Normandy, conquers King Harold and becomes king of England.
    Repeated as episode 63, 13 February 1949
  • The Sailing of the Pilgrims
    Episode 34, 13 June 1948, available
    Event date: 16 September 1620
    Repeats episode 10; 20, 21, and 27 December 1947
  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    Episode 35, 20 June 1948, available
    Event date: 16 May 1868
    The suspenseful Senate vote to decide whether to remove the president from office.
    Repeated as Episode 65, 27 February 1949
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
    Episode 36, 27 June 1948, not available
    Event date: 8 February 1587
    The story of the queen who chose to die for what she believed in, rather than live by the grace of another.
    Repeated as Episode 70, 3 April 1949 (AFRTS)
  • Philadelphia, July 4, 1776
    Episode 37, 4 July 1948, available
    Event date: 7 July 1776
    Repeats Episode 23, 21 March 1948
  • Lexington, Concord and Merriam's Corner
    Episode 38, 22 August 1948, not available
    Event date: 19 April 1775
    Reports on "the shot heard 'round the world" and the start of conflict between the British and Colonial armies.
    Repeated as Episode 76, 15 May 1949
  • The Execution of Joan of Arc
    Episode 39, 29 August 1948, available
    Event date: 30 May 1431
    Repeats Episode 20, 29 February 1948
  • The Assassination of President Lincoln
    Episode 40, 5 September 1948
    Event date: 14 April 1865
    Repeats Episode 01, 7 July 1947
  • The Dreyfus Case
    Episode 41, 12 September 1948, not available
    Event date: 8 September 1899
    Repeats Episode 17, 8 February 1948. Armed Forces Radio Services only.
  • The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
    Episode 42, 19 September 1948, available
    Event date: 25 June 1788
    Governor Randolph of Virginia changes his mind, ending the bitter divisiveness of the Constitutional Convention.
  • The Trial of Ann Hutchinson
    Episode 43, 26 September 1948, available
    Event date: 7 November 1637
    Closed-minded Puritians put the first American feminist on trial.
  • The First Battle of Bull Run
    Episode 44, 3 October 1948, available
    Event date: 21 July 1861
    The supremely confident Federals meet a strong Confederate force.
  • Columbus Discovers America
    Episode 45, 10 October 1948, available
    Event date: 12 October 1492
    Repeats Episode 03, 21 July 1947
    Reports from three ships and rejoicing in Europe.
  • The Trial of Marie Antoinette
    Episode 46, 17 October 1948, available
    Event date: 16 October 1793
    The rabble of the French Revolution try the ex-queen, with little thought of justice.
  • The Fall of Troy
    Episode 47, 24 October 1948, available
    Event date: 1184 B.C.
    Repeats Episode 27, 25 April 1948
  • The Election of Thomas Jefferson
    Episode 48, 31 October 1948, available
    Event date: 17 February 1801
  • Lee and Grant at Appomattox
    Episode 49, 7 November 1948, available
    Event date: 9 April 1865
    Reports from the Appomattox courthouse, the day the Civil War ended.
  • The Exile of Napoleon
    Episode 50, 14 November 1948, not available
    Event date: 31 July 1815
    Repeats Episode 08, 6, 7, and 13 December 1947
  • The Hanging of Robert Emmett
    Episode 51, 21 November 1948, not available
    Event date: 20 September 1803
    The leader of an unsuccessful Irish rebellion is about to be hanged. Will he renounce his rebellion to save his soul?
  • Conquest of The Grand Canyon
    Episode 52, 28 November 1948, not available
    Event date: August 1869
    Major John Wesley Powell concludes the first expedition to float down the entire length of the Colorado River.
  • The Execution of Maxmilian
    Episode 53, 5 December 1948, available
    Event date: 19 June 1867
    Repeats Episode 31, 23 May 1948
  • The Conspiracy of Cataline
    Episode 54, 12 December 1948, available
    Event date: 5 December 63 B.C.
    The Roman Senate debates whether to void their constitution and the reign of law. Will they condemn the five conspirators to death?
  • The Hanging of Captain Kidd
    Episode 55, 19 December 1948, available
    Event date: 23 May 1701
    The strange and surprising true story of the career of the famous pirate.
  • The Monitor and The Merrimac
    Episode 56, 26 December 1948, available
    Event date: 9 March 1862
    Repeats Episode 24, 4 April 1948
  • The Surrender of Sitting Bull
    Episode 57, 2 January 1949, available
    Event date: 21 July 1881
    Repeats Episode 28, 2 May 1948
  • The Sentencing of Charles I, King of England
    Episode 58, 9 January 1949, available
    Event date: 27 January 1649
    Charles refuses to acknowledge the power of the Puritans, insists on Divine Right, and is sentenced to die.
  • Mutiny in the Colonial Army
    Episode 59, 16 January 1949, available
    Event date: 8 January 1781
  • The Betrayal of Toussaint L'ouverture
    Episode 60, 23 January 1949, available
    Event date: 6 May 1802
    Repeats Episode 32, 30 May 1948
  • Colonel Johnson Eats the Love Apple
    Episode 61, 30 January 1949, available
    Event date: 26 September 1820
    The town's leading citizen risks his life to be the first to eat a "poisonous" tomato, which escapes its evil reputation.
  • The Trial Of John Peter Zenger
    Episode 62, 6 February 1949, available
    Event date: 4 August 1735
    Andrew Hamilton's brilliant defense of John Peter Zenger creates a free press in America.
  • The Battle of Hastings
    Episode 63, 13 February 1949, available
    Event date: 14 October 1066
    Repeats Episode 33, 6 June 1948
  • The Fall of Savonarola
    Episode 64, 20 February 1949, available
    Event date: 7 April 1498
    The ruler of Florence, Italy, is tricked into an ordeal by fire.
  • The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    Episode 65, 27 February 1949, not available
    Event date: 16 May 1868
    Repeats Episode 35, 20 June 1948
  • Alexander the Great Seeks Mastery of the World, Part I—Peace Offer
    Episode 66, 6 March 1949, available
    Event date: 30 September 331 B.C.
    Darius offers half his kingdom for peace. Will Alexander accept?
    First of three-part episode
  • Alexander the Great Seeks Mastery of the World, Part II—Battle for Asia
    Episode 67, 13 March 1939, available
    Event date: 1 October 331 B.C.
    The Greeks are outnumbered twenty to one, but Alexander is confident.
    Second of three-part episode
  • Alexander the Great Seeks Mastery of the World, Part III—Mutiny in India
    Episode 68, 20 March 1949, available
    Event date: 8 September 331 B.C.
    Third of three-part episode
  • The Oklahoma Land Run
    Episode 69, 27 March 1949, available
    Event date: 22 April 1889
    Repeats Episode 21, 7 March 1948
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
    Episode 70, 3 April 1949, available
    Event date: 8 February 1587
    Repeats Episode 36, 27 June 1948
  • Perry's Dash to the North Pole
    Episode 71, 10 April 1949, available
    Event date: 6 April 1909
    Rear Admiral Robert Edwin Peary claimed reaching ninety degrees north latitude, the North Pole. His daughter is interviewed by Robert Lewis Shayon.
  • Napoleon Returns from Elba
    Episode 72, 17 April 1949, available
    Event date: 7 March 1815
    The Emperor gambles his life to regain the crown of France.
  • The Assassination of Julius Caesar
    Episode 73, 24 April 1949, available
    Event date: 15 March 44 B.C.
    Repeats Episode 18, 15 February 1948
  • The Death of Montezuma
    Episode 74, 1 May 1949, available
    Event date: 30 June 1520
    Will Montezuma betray his people to save his own life? The story is also known as "Montezuma and The Spaniards."
  • The Impeachment of Samuel Chase
    Episode 75, 8 May 1949, available
    Event date: 1 March 1805
    The impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase.
  • Lexington, Concord, and Merriam's Corner
    Episode 76, 15 May 1949, available
    Event date: 19 April 1775
    Repeats Episode 38, 22 August 1948
  • Fort Sumter
    Episode 77, 22 May 1949, available
    Event date: 12 April 1861
    The confederate attack on Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War.
  • The Siege of Leyden
    Episode 78, 29 May 1949, available
    Event date: 3 October 1574
    The Spanish have surrounded the Dutch and are starving them out. Will help come in time?
  • The Capture of John Wilkes Booth
    Episode 79, 5 June 1949, available
    Event date; 16 April 1865
    The assassin of President Abraham Lincoln is trapped in a burning barn by Northern Cavalry.
  • Caesar Crosses the Rubicon
    Episode 80, 12 June 1949, not available
    Event date: January 49 B.C.
    Reports on Ceasar crossing the Rubicon in defiance of Pompey and the Roman senate, heralding the end of the Roman Republic.

Episodes are once a month.

  • The Trial of Aaron Burr
    Episode 81, 30 October 1949, available
    Event date: 1 September 1807
    Will Burr be acquitted as the Constitution seems to dictate?
  • The Trial Run of the Tom Thumb
    Episode 82, 27 November 1949, available
    Event date: 28 August 1830
    Douglas Edwards reports from Baltimore, Maryland, about a race between a horse and the Tom Thumb steam locomotive, 28 August 1830. Features authentic recordings of the actual "Tom Thumb."
  • The Crowning of Charlemagne
    Episode 83, 25 December 1949, available
    Event date: 25 December 800 A.D.
    Bill Leonard reports from Vatican City as Pope Leo III prepares to offer the crown of Roman Empire to Charlemagne, 25 December 800 A.D.
  • The Surrender of New Amsterdam
    Episode 84, 22 January 1950, available
    Event date: 1 September 1664
    Will Governor Stuyvesant offer resistance to the English?
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
    Episode 85, 19 February 1950, available
    Event date: 25 October 1854
    British horsemen charge superior Russian forces and are slaughtered.
  • The Stamp Act Rebellion
    Episode 86, 19 March 1950, available
    Event date: 1 November 1765
    American colonists revolt against taxation without representation.
  • The Battle of Thermopylae
    Episode 87, 16 April 1950, available
    Event date: 480 B.C.
    Three hundred Spartans hold off half a million Persians of Xerxes.
  • The Trial of William Penn
    Episode 88, 14 May 1950, available
    Event date: 5 September 1670
    A jury refuses to be intimidated and preserves the integrity of British justice.
  • The Women's Rights Convention
    Episode 89, 11 June 1950, available
    Event date: 7 September 1853
    The start of a campaign for the right vote and equal rights for women.
  • Boston Tea Party
    Episode 90, 9 July 1950, not available
    Event date: 16 December 1773
    Final episode. Some question that episode was not broadcast.