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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, http://lifepodcast.net.  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 http://arendale.org to learn more about me.

This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Google Play, Castbox.fm,Player FM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: Arendale.org and the HistoricVoicesPodcast Facebook page. 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, arendale@umn.edu 

Sep 5, 2018

(S02-E09) In this podcast episode, we feature Oliver North and his testimony before Congress about the Iran-Contra Affair.

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Dec 23, 2017

S02-E08 President Reagan shares an inspiring four-minute Christmas message with the American people. Accompanying this message, is an article that explores the role that his Christian faith was expressed in his personal and political life.

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Dec 18, 2017

S02-E07 We feature Bob Hope with the annual USO Christmas show. Bob Hope and others entertained our troops during WWII through the USO show hosted somewhere in the Pacific.

Beginning with WWII, Bob Hope and his band of entertainers traveled for decades at Christmas time to bring cheer and laughter and a little bit of...


Dec 7, 2017

An important U.S. Supreme Court case affected religious practice and speech in public schools. It was the Good News Club versus Milford Central School case from 2001. This audio file provides the actual argument before the Supreme Court. The voices include the attorney representing the Good News Club and voices of the...


Dec 7, 2017

SO2-E06 U.S. Supreme Court case affected religious practice and speech in public schools. It was the Good News Club versus Milford Central School case from 2001. We will hear the voice of Justice Clarence Thomas as he delivers the opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Under New York law, Milford Central School...