CBC Television Network

Live and Learn

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1959 to 1965

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired Wednesday evenings from October 1959 to May 1965. Repeated Sunday afternoons.

Live And Learn offered viewers a chance to take courses in the comfort of their living rooms. It was produced by the CBC in cooperation with the University of Toronto; it was first broadcast in Toronto on CBLT, but later picked up by stations along the network.

The first course, Course of Knowledge, was on psychology with Prof. Carleton Williams, which was followed by a series of subjects usually based in the humanities.

Other subjects followed: Focus on Physics with Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey; Perception and Learning with Robert Wake and Russell Wendt; Conditions for Life with David Baird; The Old New World, a course in archaeology;  The Plant Kingdom, a course in botany,  completed the series.

The program proved very successful in education circles. In 1960 it won an award from Ohio State University for its course in French which was recognized as a stimulating and authoritative presentation of French history and culture through the French language and through French literature.

Written by John Corcelli – May, 2005