February 26, 2014
To celebrate Black History Month this February, we've scoured the LearnOutLoud archives in search of the best free videos, audio books, speeches, and podcasts we can find as a primer on the subject. To that end, we've come up with a content-rich selection of historical books, important memoirs, key speeches and other resources that will give you a well-rounded introduction to African-American history. Included in this list, you'll find material that covers the legacy of slavery in America up to the Civil Rights Movement, with special attention given to important figures such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X and more. We think after trying these ideas out you'll have a great jumping off point in your exploration of a vital, evolving story that has indelibly shaped the American experience from the very beginning.
1) African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle
This course introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930, focusing on selected individuals who have shaped and been shaped by modern African-American struggles for freedom and justice. Clayborne Carson is a professor in the History Department at Stanford University.
2) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
First published in 1845, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass became Frederick Douglass's most well known work. It is as the name implies his autobiography. Frederick Douglass was born a slave and underwent horrendous treatment at the hands of his owners. He later escaped to the north and became an outspoken abolitionist. Not only did he have a great life story to tell, his skill in telling it has long been admired. Douglass traveled throughout Europe lecturing about slavery.
After publication, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass quickly became a best seller and within three years there were over 11,000 copies published in the United States, had been reprinted nine times and had been translated into two languages (Dutch and French). The book was so well written that some argued that an ex-slave could not be as articulate as Frederick Douglass demonstrated himself to be. Of course, Douglass did write the book and it stands today as a monument to the human spirit and what may be achieved with hard work no matter where in society somebody may begin.
3) Twelve Years a Slave
Download the audio book version of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. This book has now been adapted into the major motion picture 12 Years a Slave, and the movie has received widespread critical acclaim. Solomon Northup's slave narrative covers the 12 years he was kept in bondage in Louisiana and provides a factual first-person account of slavery at that time. The book was a bestseller when it was published, but it fell into obscurity for almost 100 years before it was rediscovered in the 1960s. This book is read by Rob Board at Librivox.
4) Uncle Tom's Cabin
Listen to Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic American novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. One of the bestselling novels of its time, the book vividly depicts African American slavery and it had a profound influence on the abolitionist movement. This unabridged 18-hour audio book is dynamically narrated by John Greenman and available on MP3 download through LibriVox.org.
5) The Souls of Black Folk
Listen to an unabridged recording of W.E.B. Du Bois' classic work of African-American literature The Souls of Black Folk. Published in 1903, Du Bois begins his collection of essays on race with the statement that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." The essays that followed were instrumental to the intellectual argument for the black freedom struggle in the twentieth century.
6) American RadioWorks presents Say It Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches
This hour-long audio documentary from American RadioWorks is an excellent introduction to great African American speakers of the last century. In chronological order it covers speeches all the way back to Booker T. Washington's address at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition up to Barack Obama's recent speech at the Democratic National Convention. The hour-long documentary features excerpts of the speeches with interviews and commentary on their significance, and if you liked a particular speech American RadioWorks offers each speech individually as streaming audio so you can listen to it in its entirety. The hour-long audio documentary is free to listen to on streaming audio from the American RadioWorks site. They also have a follow up audio documentary entitled Say it Loud which highlights ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present.
7) BMA: Black Media Archive Podcast
Listen to hundreds of podcasts from notable African and African-American speakers. The Black Media Archive Podcast has collected a wide range of multi-media including speeches, archival video, movies, music, and more. They feature speeches from Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, James Baldwin, Barbara Jordan, Ossie Davis, Langston Hughes, and dozens of other influential black leaders over the course of the past 100 years.
8) Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
Building upon the achievements of Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, the King Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate's life and the movements he inspired. The Institute's endowment supports programs that serve as an enduring link between Stanford's research resources and King's dream of global peace with social justice. Now Stanford University's King Research and Education Institute freely provides streaming audio of over 20 of Dr. King's most famous speeches and sermons.
Here are the speeches you can listen to there:
28 February 1954 - Rediscovering Lost Values
5 December 1955 - Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting
4 November 1956 - "Paul's Letter to American Christians"
7 April 1957 - The Birth of a New Nation, Sermon delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
17 May 1957 - "Give Us the Ballot," Address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
17 November 1957 - "Loving Your Enemies," Sermon Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
16 April 1963 - "Letter From Birmingham Jail"
23 June 1963 - Speech at the Great March on Detroit
28 August 1963 - I Have a Dream, Address at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
18 September 1963 - Eulogy for the Martyred Children
10 December 1964 - Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
25 March 1965 - Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March
4 July 1965 - "The American Dream"
5 June 1966 - "Guidelines for a Constructive Church"
4 April 1967 - Beyond Vietnam
9 April 1967 - "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life"
11 June 1967 - "A Knock at Midnight"
16 August 1967 - "Where Do We Go From Here?," Delivered at the 11th Annual SCLC Convention
27 August 1967 - "Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool"
4 February 1968 - "The Drum Major Instinct"
3 March 1968 - "Unfulfilled Dreams"
31 March 1968 - "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution"
3 April 1968 - I've Been to the Mountaintop
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February 12, 2014
With Valentine's Day coming up, many people are turning their hearts and minds towards that special someone. For many, this time is not only a celebration of love, but it also gives us a chance to ponder how we might further cultivate romance in our lives. We've decided it was a great time to collect some of our favorite videos, audiobooks and podcasts centered around the search for lasting love. Whether you are still trying to find your soul mate, need some pointers on how to communicate with your partner, want to energize your intimacy, or pine for a commitment that will last, these selections can guide you along the path to true romantic fulfillment.
1) John Gray Relationship Advice Videos
Bestselling "Mars and Venus" author John Gray presents a series of short relationship advice videos on his YouTube channel. Each segment takes on a specific topic and dissects what the basic emotional underpinnings are that might be causing trouble. Whether you are looking for advice with unrequited love, feel bored in a current relationship, or are facing a communication problem that has stopped you from growing with your significant other, Gray's videos provide a warm outlet for guidance. In all John Gray has over 140 videos currently to choose from, all lasting about 5 to 10 minutes.
2) Understanding Conversations Between Women and Men
In this lecture linguistics professor and bestselling author Deborah Tannen describes many of the basic differences between in communication between men and women. She starts with an example she discovered when examining the conversations of kids and teenagers. Girls tended to talk to each other face to face while boys generally sat at angles or parallel and looked around the room while they talked to each other. She mentions many other general patterns of behavior in the communication habits of men and women and hopes that by becoming more aware of these differences we can become more understanding in our communication with the opposite sex.
3) This is Your Brain on Love
Helen Fisher, one of the world's leading experts on romantic love, identifies four broad personality types, each governed by different chemical systems in the brain. Love is no longer blind, thanks to pioneering scientific research, based on her unique study of 40,000 men and women. Fisher explains each type, shows you how to identify your own type, and helps you use nature's chemistry to find and keep your life partner.
4) The Love Language Minute Podcast with Dr. Gary Chapman
Noted relationship counselor Gary Chapman hosts these short daily insights based on his bestselling book The Five Love Languages. Each episode is under a minute and touches on the various barriers people face in the way they communicate their feelings with one another. Framed within a spiritual perspective, these podcasts offer valuable tips on how to speak more freely and love more fully.
5) Deepening Intimacy: A Free Course from Sounds True
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Sounds True has launched a new FREE video event series entitled "Deepening Intimacy: Essential Insights for the Most Important Relationship of Your Life". This 16-part series features Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaking with relationship experts like John Gray, Harville Hendrix, and many more. In the first interview which lasts about 50 minutes, Tami interviews Harville Hendrix and his wife Helen Hunt as they discuss ways to keep a relationship vital. Their emphasis is on bringing zero negativity to a marriage and the ways they worked with negativity in their own relationship. Join in on watching this 16-part video series to help you enhance your intimate relationships.
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January 31, 2014
Want to improve your productivity this year? Want to boost your performance at home and at work? Check out these 6 free audio & video learning resources on ways to help you manage your time and boost your productivity. These videos, podcasts, and audio books contain a wealth of information for productivity improvement from productivity experts.
1. Time Management
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch is best known for his talk "The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" which he gave while he had terminal cancer about a year before he passed away on July 25, 2008. After that lecture he gave another great lecture at the University of Virginia in November 2007 on "Time Management". Pausch clearly learned from the best when it came to time management and in this hour long talk he packs in advice on time management for almost every area of your life such as prioritizing tasks, managing meetings & phone calls, delegating assignments, dealing with email, and also taking time to say thank you. He ends the lecture with a poignant reminder that the more efficient you are the more you can spend time with the ones you love because some day you might wake up and find out you don't have much time left.
2. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Make an effort to more effectively manage your time! Listen to this short motivational audio book by British author Arnold Bennett. Written in 1910 this manual for managing your time contains ways to not only increase your productivity but also improve the quality of your daily life. Bennett addresses white-collar workers who begrudgingly work the standard 40 hours per week and see little time for anything else.
He points to ways people can take advantage of the extra time they have away from work to improve the quality of their lives. He suggests waking up earlier, reading or reflecting on the train to work (or in today's case listening to audio books during your commute!), and taking advantage of the evenings and weekend time to improve yourself through reflection, the arts, and literature. It is a great examination on how we use our time and it's only 1 Hr. 30 Min. long. It is well narrated by Mark F. Smith at LibriVox.org.
3. Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfillment
Daniel Goleman is the author of the bestselling books Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence, and he now has a new book out: Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. He recently gave a talk on this book at Intelligence Squared in London. In this talk Goleman speaks about our digital age and the ability of technology to continually distract us and steal our attention. He goes into the psychology of paying attention to ourselves and others, and how the ability to focus and pay attention is essential to success in our personal and professional lives. He speaks briefly on mindfulness and the importance of practicing paying attention, particularly among the technologically-obsessed youth. After his talk Goleman fields tough questions from the British audience. This talk is available on the Intelligence Squared YouTube channel.
4. David Allen: Getting Things Done
In this Google Talk David Allen introduces some of the ideas in his bestselling book and time management system Getting Things Done. He provides advice on dealing with email, creating to-do lists, and getting into the right quadrant in order to get the most done. He includes many nuggets of wisdom from the decades he has spent studying and perfecting his system of time management. This 45-minute talk is available on streaming video on YouTube.
5. Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More Podcast
The Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less Podcast offers weekly ideas on how to enhance productivity. Whether you are trying to organize your desk, want help prioritizing your workload, or need advice on how to fit in exercise time, these podcasts offer clever solutions to everyday obstacles. The host delivers his valuable insight with a snappy sense of humor and a knack for finding clear solutions that you can begin applying immediately to your work and life.
6. Authors@Google: Marci Alboher & Tim Ferriss
Work Less & Do More! In this @Google Talk Author Tim Ferriss discusses his bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Also featured on the talk is Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. Both authors discuss the ways in which individuals can stop being overloaded with work and start doing the things they're really passionate about.
Ferriss tells his story about how he went from working 70 hour weeks to traveling the world and becoming a world champion kickboxer and tango dancer all while keeping his job and learning to delegate his workload. Alboher talks about how she went from being an overworked lawyer to becoming a part time lawyer and part time writer while living in different parts of the world. They give tips about how they accomplished their multifaceted lives and encourage listeners to not delay pursuing their passions until retirement.
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December 18, 2013
We've finally finished our Best of 2013 Audio Books List. At LearnOutLoud.com we've assembled a list of the best new and most popular audio book releases from 2013. You can check out all of our new releases here:
Popular 2013 Audiobook New Releases
All the audio books on our list are available on Audio Download. To make it easy, we've divided this list of the best new releases from 2013 into categories. We've picked a selection of audio books from our most popular categories. Here is a selection of great audio book gifts from the categories of Self Development, Business, and Religion & Spirituality:
Best Self Development Audio Books of 2013:
1. Hero by Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret)
2. Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence by Debbie Ford, Foreword by Wayne Dyer
3. The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting by Brene Brown
4. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
5. What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra
6. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
7. Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life by Joel Osteen
8. When Pain is the Doorway by Pema Chodron
9. Sometimes You Win - Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell
10. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson
Best Business Audio Book of 2013:
1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
2. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
3. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence by Joe Navarro
5. Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets by Jim Rogers
Religion & Spirituality Audio Book Gifts:
1. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, Narrated by Meryl Streep
2. Seeking Heaven: Sound Journeys into the Beyond by Eben Alexander
3. Body and Mind Are One: A Training in Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
4. God Is Not Mad at You by Joyce Meyer
5. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
Best of Biographies, A&E, and Literature
Do you enjoy listening to literature or learning about the life of a renowned individual. We've made our selections for the Best of Biographies, A&E, and Literature on Audio Book in 2013.
Best Biographies of 2013:
1.I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
2. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
3. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
4. Salinger by David Shields & Shane Salerno
5. Wilson by A. Scott Berg
Best Arts & Entertainment Audio Books of 2013:
1. Si-cology 1 by Si Robertson
2. Attempting Normal by Marc Maron
3. Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show by David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, & Brian Posehn
4. Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
5. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Best Literature Audio Books of 2013:
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
4. Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
5. Tenth of December written and read by George Saunders
Best of History, Politics, & Science
If you love onfiction we've got some of the best history, politics, & science audio books released in the past year. Browse this selection of the Best of History, Politics, & Science Audio Books of 2013.
Best History Audio Books of 2013:
1. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
2. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
3. Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek
4. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch
5. The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester
Best Political Audio Books of 2013:
1. Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews
2. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh
3. The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies by Jonathan Alter
4. The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic by Mark R. Levin
5. Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas by Sarah Palin
Best Science Audio Books of 2013:
1. The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman
2. An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
3. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
4. Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance by Majid Fotuhi
5. Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
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December 11, 2013
After the passing of Nelson Mandela last week, we've put together this tribute page of Nelson Mandela speeches, interviews, documentaries, and audio books:
Nelson Mandela Audio & Video
If you don't know about Nelson Mandela's amazing life story, we highly recommend today's free resource:
The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
This 2-hour PBS FRONTLINE documentary covers Nelson Mandela's amazing life story, from his radical political activism in Johannesburg as a youth to his over 20-year imprisonment, and then to his remarkable rise as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 in which he presided over the dismantling of apartheid. This documentary features excellent footage from all periods in Mandela's life along with interviews of the people closest to him. It's a story that must be heard to be believed. Watch this superb documentary from PBS online.
The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
A few other free resources we'll point out:
Mandela's 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Speech
Over 30 Nelson Mandela Videos on C-SPAN
An Hour-Long Interview With Nelson Mandela on Charlie Rose
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