While at Washington University, Huston Smith was the host of two television series, the Religions of Man* and Search for America. Ernest William Hocking appears in Part 15 of Search for America, entitled "Man’s Cosmic Status."
From the Vedanta Video Search for America abstract:
"Huston Smith interviews William Ernest Hocking professor emeritus of philosophy at Harvard University and Paul Tillich university professor at Harvard on man’s place in the universe. Is man the highest spirit the universe contains? Is the universe hostile, friendly, or neutral to man’s deepest aspirations? Is this the best of all possible worlds?"
Huston's interview with Hocking begins at 13:26: "Man’s Cosmic Status with William Ernest Hocking and Paul Tillich."
In this series, the inquiry turns from descriptive to normative values, from the 'is' to the ‘ought'. Focusing on fifteen crucial problems confronting the American people, from foreign policy decisions to matters of personal faith, it asks: What values should guide us toward the solution of these problems? Featured Personality: Huston Smith, a pioneer in Educational Television, Huston Smith is known to the television public for his two previous series: The Religions of Man and Science and Human Responsibility. For eleven years Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis, he moved in 1959 to become the first Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, since the early days of that institution. An authority in comparative philosophy, Dr. Smith is the author of The Religions of Man and The Purposes of Higher Education."
Huston Smith also edited a book version of Search for America for Prentice-Hall in 1958 with Richard T. Heffron and Eleanor Wieman Smith which includes Hocking's essay, "Man's Cosmic Status."
*The Religions of Man first appeared in book form in 1958. Revised as the World's Religions it became one of the most widely used college textbooks on comparative religion and has been translated into twelve languages.