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Political Science 101

Want to learn about the ideas and history of Political Science? Learning on audio can be one of the best ways to introduce yourself to many of the various political philosophies. Through lectures, speeches, and free audio books on classic political theories you can understand the ideas behind political movements throughout history.

Authors on this Topic

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK for two terms, and earned his place in history by leading the country through the difficult period of World War II. However, his mark upon history also extends to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as making many memorable speeches that are still relevant today.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was a complex man with an interesting public and private life. His legacy has many aspects to it: father, husband, and President. He led a private life shrouded with mystery and a few scandals, which would come to the public's attention many years after his assassination in Dallas, Texas in 1963.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his contribution to the African American civil rights movement in the United States. Born Michael King, Jr. on January 15, 1929, King was the son of a reverend and a former teacher.
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1981 to 1989. As president, Reagan served during the end of the Cold War, one of the most tumultuous and controversial times in modern American history.

Publishers on this Topic

American Rhetoric

American Rhetoric is the Internet's leading resource for free downloadable and streaming audio of historical speeches.
Speechworks

Speechworks is a publisher and retailer specializing in famous speeches, biographies and events available on the following formats: CD, VHS and DVD.

Titles on this Topic

Activism, Anarchism and Power
 
Activism, Anarchism and Power
by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky speaks about his life and work.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform?
Civil Disobedience & Life Without Principle
Civil Disobedience & Life Without Principle
by Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's primary essay on how to interact with Government. Here the author argues that a citizen must always uphold conscience over what is prescribed by law.
Civil Disobedience and the Liberator
Civil Disobedience and the Liberator
by Wendy McElroy

Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's argument for the deliberate violation of laws for reasons of conscience....
Common Sense
Common Sense
by Thomas Paine

Common Sense is perhaps the work single most responsible for the American Revolution.
Communism
Communism
by Richard Pipes

From the acclaimed Modern Library Chronicles comes an exploration of a promising theory that when put to practice wreaked havoc on the world.
The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx

Undoubtedly one of the most influential writings of all time, the Communist Manifesto divided the globe for almost a century.
Conservative Tradition
Conservative Tradition
by Patrick N. Allitt

Preserving the traditions and values of the past and applying them to the future—this is the core of the Conservative attitude.
Democracy in America
Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville's renowned analysis of American democracy still has relevance today. In 1831...
Emma Goldman Essays
 
Emma Goldman Essays
by Emma Goldman

"In the eighteen-nineties and for years thereafter, America reverberated with the name of the 'notorious Anarchist,' feminist, revolutionist and agitator, Emma Goldman."
The Founding Documents Podcast
The Founding Documents Podcast
by Various Authors

The Founding Documents Podcast is a periodic showcase presented in audio format. Here you will be able to listen to the declarations, speeches and essays that form the core principles of U.S. Government.
Francis Fukuyama: The End Of History Revisited
 
Francis Fukuyama: The End Of History Revisited
by Francis Fukuyama

The End Of History Revisited with Francis Fukuyama speaking at a seminar hosted by The Long Now Foundation.
The Future of Freedom
The Future of Freedom
by Fareed Zakaria

American democracy is, in many people's minds, the model for the rest of the world....
A History of Freedom
A History of Freedom
by J. Rufus Fears

This course examines the history of the most important single idea in the Western political tradition: freedom.
The History of the Peloponnesian War
The History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides

The History of the Peloponnesian War is an account of the Peloponnesian War in Ancient Greece, fought between the Peloponnesian League (led by Sparta) and the Delian League (led by Athens) in the 5th Century BC.
Introduction to Political Philosophy
 
Introduction to Political Philosophy
by Steven B. Smith

This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition.
Is This Still the Age of Socialism?
 
Is This Still the Age of Socialism?
by Alan Charles Kors

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute Lecture Program assists in sponsoring lectures each year at the college, university, and preparatory school levels.
John F. Kennedy Inauguration Speech 1961
 
John F. Kennedy Inauguration Speech 1961
by John F. Kennedy

In his 1961 inaugural speech, John F. Kennedy spoke of the challenges posed by the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union and urged "both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors".
KCRW's Left, Right, and Center Podcast
KCRW's Left, Right, and Center Podcast
by Robert Scheer

Provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty, KCRW's weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality.
Mill's On Liberty
Mill's On Liberty
by John Stuart Mill

Mill's thinking about freedom in civic and social life examines fundamental principles shared among conservative, liberal, and radical politicians.
Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
by Mark Kurlansky

From the prize-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author comes a provocative history that persuasively argues that the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II could have been avoided by nonviolent means.
The People and the Ballot: A History of American Party Politics
The People and the Ballot: A History of American Party Politics
by Joshua Kaplan

The study of political parties gets straight to the heart of American politics.
Plato - The Republic Podcast
Plato - The Republic Podcast
by Plato

The Republic is an influential work of philosophy and political theory by the Greek philosopher Plato, written in approximately 360 BC.
Plato's Republic
Plato's Republic
by David Roochnick

Plato's Republic, more than 2,000 years after its appearance, and in spite of the many provocative directions those “footnotes” have taken, still remains astonishingly relevant in its own right.
Political Philosophy
Political Philosophy
by Grahame Lock

This audio course examines the major periods in the history of Western political thought and questions the political and social order.
Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance
Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance
by Joshua Kaplan

This exciting course introduces vital works of political theory from history's greatest minds.
Politics
Politics
by Aristotle

Although over two millennia old, Aristotle’s Politics remains central to the perplexing questions posed in the study of political science.
Power Over People
Power Over People
by Dennis Dalton

This course contrasts two conflicting views that have long shaped political theory and practice—idealism and realism.

The Prince
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli

Machiavelli lived in Renaissance Italy in a time marked by violent hatred between the Italian city-states.
Rights of Man
Rights of Man
by Thomas Paine

Written in 1791 as a response to Edmund Burkes Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paines Rights of Man is a seminal work on human freedom and equality.
The Role of Government in our Society
 
The Role of Government in our Society
by Milton Friedman

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute Lecture Program assists in sponsoring lectures each year at the college, university, and preparatory school levels.
The Second Treatise on Government
The Second Treatise on Government
by John Locke

One of the leading liberal thinkers in 17th century England, Locke's ideas were drawn on heavily by Thomas Jefferson when writing the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
by Christopher Hitchens

Thomas Paine is one of the greatest political propagandists in history. The Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation.
A Time for Choosing (aka
 
A Time for Choosing (aka "The Speech")
by Ronald Reagan

"This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government..."
Undergraduate Colloquium on Political Science
 
Undergraduate Colloquium on Political Science
by Alan David Ross

Political issues facing the state of California, the United States...
Utopia Podcast
Utopia Podcast
by Sir Thomas More

Written in 1515, Sir Thomas More's famous narrative describes what could be considered the perfect society, and questions whether a perfect society is possible.
Visions of Utopia: Philosophy and the Perfect Society
Visions of Utopia: Philosophy and the Perfect Society
by Fred E. Baumann

With the characteristically human abilities to reason and imagine comes, apparently inevitably, the longing for imaginary but plausible places and conditions...
War and Democracy in the Ancient and Contemporary Middle East
 
War and Democracy in the Ancient and Contemporary Middle East
by Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson, Professor of Classics at California State University at Fresno, leads a discussion on the nature of war throughout civilization and how it might enlighten us about the contemporary troubles in the Middle East.
War is a Force that Gives us Meaning with Chris Hedges
 
War is a Force that Gives us Meaning with Chris Hedges
by Chris Hedges

Veteran New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges has covered conflicts in Bosnia, El Salvador and Israel.

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