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Welcome to Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture. Learn from the past through voices that made history. The podcast brings voices from the past that make history alive through their personal accounts, public speeches, and entertainment programs.  The voices are of political leaders, common citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times.  I provide a short introduction to the recording and another at the end to provide historical context.

This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network composed of family friendly podcasts that bring a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network by clicking on this link,  Let me know what speakers you would like to hear in the future and I will work to find the recordings.  I am a professor of history at the University of Minnesota.  Check out my personal website at to learn more about me.

This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Google Play,,Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites:, the HistoricVoicesPodcast Facebook page, and the Historic Voices Podcast YouTube channel. Follow our Twitter account, @historicvoices  

Please post comments to the individual episodes, post to the iTunes podcast review and rating section, and email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, 

Nov 21, 2017

We feature an episode from old time radio, the CBS News Radio Series, You Are There. The docudrama is “The Pilgrims Sail to America in 1620”. Several PDF documents accompany this podcast to provide more information: Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony, Mayflower Ship and Voyage to America, and Mayflower Compact.

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Nov 11, 2017

In this podcast episode, we feature Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense and his speech “Final Address to the West Point Academy Cadets”. In addition to this audio episode, I also provide several PDF documents: first, a transcript of this speech and secondly an overview of his life of service to the nation through the...

Nov 5, 2017

The Battle of Luzon, fought 9 January – 15 August 1945, was a land battle of the Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II by the Allied forces of the U.S., its colony the Philippines, and allies against forces of the Empire of Japan. The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control...

Oct 12, 2017

In a change of pace with this first podcast episode of the second season, we feature an episode from old time radio, the CBS News Radio Series, You Are There. The docudrama is “Columbus Sailing to the Americas on October 12, 1492”.

Created by CBS Radio, it blended history with modern technology, taking an entire...

Sep 18, 2017

In this podcast episode, we feature Walter Winchell and his news broadcast that included information about Italy surrendering during World War Two.

The imperial ambitions of the Italian Fascist regime aspired to restore the Roman Empire in North Africa and the Mediterranean were partially met with the annexation of...