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Albert Burke's "A Way of Thinking" Broadcast Transcriptions

Identifier: MS-1245

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Transcriptions of Dr. Albert Burke's educational television show, "A Way of Thinking," broadcast from 1960-1962. The show was broadcast on forty local stations throughout the United States, including on Sundays in Knoxville, Tennessee, where it was sponsored by the Appalachian National Life Insurance Company.


  • circa 1960-1962


This material is written in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)


Transcriptions of Dr. Albert Burke's educational television show, "A Way of Thinking," broadcast from 1960-1962.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Albert Burke was born in 1919 to Russian immigrants Samuel Edwards Burkenblit and Helen Hamburg. He later shortened his last name Burkenblit to Burke. Burke received his B.A. and M.A. in Earth Science from UCLA. He completed graduate work at Harvard in 1951, and received his doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. After going to Yale in 1952 to teach geography, he married Ruth C. Burke, a research scientist at Yale, with whom he had two children.

He lived in several countries throughout his life, including Russia, China, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Latin America. He and his wife also lived amongst native people in the American Southwest. He spoke a wide range of languages including French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, and Bulgarian.

Before gaining national recognition as a conservationist and pioneer of educational television, the first show of Burke's television career, "This is Your World," appeared in 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut. A national educational initiative with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and the Educational Television and Radio Center, in 1956-1957 gave him the opportunity to host "Geography for Decision" as he was serving at the American Institute of Resource Economics. His long relationship with NBC began with this initiative, and in 1957 he became Educational Broadcasting consultant for the company.

He later became known nationally for his Sunday night commentaries called "A Way of Thinking" and later a series called "Survival." Burke's most popular series "Probe--with Dr. Albert Burke" went on air in 1962. Burke published his book called Enough Good Men: A Way of Thinking in 1962, which stemmed from environmentalist ideas of his many shows. Burke died in 1999.


This collection is in two folders.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA