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November 19, 2010

University Press Audiobooks


Up until now the university press has been one area of the book industry that typically hasn't made its way onto audio book. These academic, nonprofit publishing houses publish great scholarly titles and now we are excited to present a new publisher that is making these works available for the first time on audio download:

University Press Audiobooks

University Press Audiobooks publishes titles from the Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, Princeton University Press, University of California Press, and many other presses of prestigious universities. We're starting with over 30 of their audio books authored by prominent scholars such as Edward O. Wilson, Harold Bloom, Robert Pinsky, and more. These initial works span a variety of academic disciplines from philosophy to science to politics just to name a few. Here are a few highlights in these disciplines:


Truth and Truthfulness by Bernard Williams - What does it mean to be truthful? What role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? No philosopher is better suited to answer these questions than Bernard Williams.

Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss - Many contemporary political thinkers are gripped by the belief that their task is to develop an ideal theory of rights or justice for guiding and judging political actions. But Raymond Geuss argues that philosophers should first try to understand why real political actors behave as they actually do.

The Secular Mind by Robert Coles - Best-selling author Robert Coles offers a profound meditation on how secular culture has settled into the hearts and minds of Americans. This book is a sweeping essay on the shift from religious control over Western society to the scientific dominance of the mind.


The Big Questions in Science and Religion by Keith Ward - Can religious beliefs survive in the scientific age? Are they resoundingly outdated? Or, is there something in them of great importance, even if the way they are expressed will have to change given new scientific context? Keith Ward, an Anglican priest who was once an atheist, offers compelling insights into the often contentious relationship between diverse religious views and new scientific knowledge.

On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson - With characteristic pungency and simplicity of style, Edward O. Wilson challenges old prejudices and current misconceptions about the nature-nurture debate. His goal is nothing less than the completion of the Darwinian revolution by bringing biological thought into the center of the social sciences and the humanities.

Primates and Philosophers by Frans de Waal - "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primatologist Frans de Waal tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality.


On Democracy by Robert A. Dahl - In this accessible and authoritative book, one of the most prominent political theorists of our time provides a primer on democracy that clarifies what it is, why it is valuable, how it works, and what challenges it confronts in the future.

Inventing the Job of President: Leadership Style from George Washington to Andrew Jackson by Fred I. Greenstein - Fred Greenstein examines the leadership styles of the earliest presidents, men who served at a time when it was by no means certain that the American experiment in free government would succeed.

The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan - The greatest obstacle to sound economic policy is not entrenched special interests or rampant lobbying, but the popular misconceptions, irrational beliefs, and personal biases held by ordinary voters. This is economist Bryan Caplan's sobering assessment in this provocative and eye-opening book.

And here are a few more titles that may be of interest:

Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry by Robert Pinsky

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present by Harold Bloom

And there are many other interesting titles all of which are worth looking at:

Browse Over 30 Titles from University Press Audiobooks

We look forwarding to adding many more titles from this great new publisher in the near future.


August 31, 2010

10 Free Introductory College Lectures to Download


The school year is here. Whether you are going back to school or not, it's a great time to learn about a new subject that interests you. We currently have over 125 Modern Scholar audio courses you can choose from. If you've not downloaded one yet, the Modern Scholar courses are recorded lecture audio courses taught by university professors. Each course has 14 lectures with each lecture lasting approximately 35 minutes, and each course comes with a book-length course guide. You can browse all the courses on audio download here:

Modern Scholar College Course Downloads

To help introduce you to more of the magnificent Modern Scholar series where great professors teach you, we're offering another 10 free lectures to download from 10 of their top courses. These recorded lectures are taught by eminent university professors.

Here are the 10 lectures you can download right now on MP3. Note: For downloading these files you have to right-click on the Download button and select Save Target As... Then it will allow you to download the file to an assigned place on your computer.

1. What Was the Enlightenment?

In this lecture Professor James Schmidt talks about what Immanuel Kant called "man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity". The Age of Enlightenment began the elevation of science and reason in Western civilization. It was an era where great thinkers began to think for themselves and question the absolute rule of religious and political authorities. Professor Schmidt talks briefly about many of the key figures of the Enlightenment including Denis Diderot, Isaac Newton, Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, and Voltaire, and he talks about where the ideas of the Enlightenment prospered primarily in England, Germany, and France.

2. The Buildup to World War I

Learn how the "The Great War" started in this lecture from Professor John Ramsden on the buildup to World War I. He talks about the rise of Germany as an imperial power which sought to rival Britain. Ramsden also describes the alliances that had formed at the dawn of the 20th century such as the Franco-Russian Alliance which the British would eventually join and the alliance between Germany, Austria–, Hungary, and Italy. As these alliances began to entangle, Germany saw itself as being threatened and when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June of 1914 it lead to a series of events which triggered the world's first truly global war. At the end of the lecture Ramsden examines which nation was most responsible for the war and he cites that most contemporary historians blame Germany.

3. How Words Can Change Reality

In this lecture Professor Michael Drout introduces rhetoric through the Speech-Act Theory outlined in John L. Austin's influential work How to Do Things With Words in which Austin posits the locutionary, illocutionary, and perlocutionary speech acts. Professor Drout provides examples of how these speech acts are used in everyday life to influence reality. He also shows how people misuse these speech acts to get what they want such as when politicians make promises about things they don't have any control over. It's an introduction to the world of rhetoric.

4. Introduction to Dinosaurs

In this lecture Professor John Kricher provides a concise overview of what modern science currently knows about dinosaurs. A lifelong dinosaur lover, Kricher explains the basic facts, including size and weight ranges, dinosaur intelligence, and how they have survived into modern day in the form of birds. Ever since the first fossils were identified in the early 19th century, our dinosaur knowledge has evolved rapidly, and this lecture represents the most current developments.

5. Quick History of Christianity from Jesus to the Crusades

If you're curious about the Crusades, this lecture from professor Thomas F. Madden sets the stage for what became a 400 year war between Christians and Muslims over the Holy Land and between competing sects within these religious ideologies. This lecture focuses on the history of Christianity from its humble beginnings to its rise to prominence in the Roman Empire with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, the development of the Papacy, and the formation of the Byzantine Empire. It's an informative lecture covering a lot of Christian history from the time of Christ to the start of the First Crusade in the 11th century.

6. Essentials of the Supreme Court

In this introductory lecture Professor Kermit Hall lays out the basics of the Supreme Court from its origin in the U.S. Constitution. He focuses on how it developed from the limited early role it played in the United States to the powerful force it plays in American society today where it interprets the constitution and provides rulings on the legalities of major issues such as slavery, abortion, and more. If you want to learn about the Supreme Court or refresh what you might've learned in the past, then this lecture is a good place to start.

7. What is a Star?

Professor James Kaler shares his genuine awe and lifelong fascination with the stars in this opening lecture. He describes what a star and provides info about our closet star, the Sun. Kaler covers the colors, brightness, and sizes of stars, the history of stars, and the number of visible stars. The lecture will help you put things in perspective in relation to our universe.

8. A Brief Biography of Thomas Aquinas

In this introductory lecture to the Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Professor Peter Kreeft provides a brief biography of a theological titan. Kreeft views Aquinas' prolific body of work as an important bridge between Greek philosophy and the early western philosophers such as Descartes. Seeing no division between faith and reason, Kreeft describes Aquinas as a quintessential truthseeker who was willing to take from secular and religious sources alike in the formation of an inclusive philosophy that is still vibrant and alive to this day.

9. The History of Literary Journalism

In this lecture Professor William McKeen discusses the history of journalism in America and specifically journalism which took on a literary quality of storytelling. Through his research Professor McKeen unearths journalism which resembles what would become the late 20th century art form of literary journalism espoused by authors such as Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and other creative nonfiction writers. The last half of this lecture focuses on Mark Twain and the literary merit he brought to his journalistic efforts. McKeen reads an extensive excerpt from Mark Twain's amusing report on the state of journalism in Tennessee.

10. Evaluating Alexander the Great

Professor Robin Fox begins a thorough biographical portrait of Alexander the Great in this first lecture for The Modern Scholar Series. Describing his subject right off the bat as probably the greatest king and conqueror the world has ever seen, Fox offers a brief sketch of the Alexander as a historical figure and then provides the context of Alexander's time, place, and the most important people in his life. From the start Alexander's relatively short, but incredibly eventful reign was chronicled by court historians, and this has proven to be a mixed blessing for modern analysts when it comes to separating fact from fiction.

Enjoy these free sample lectures. At LearnOutLoud.com we plan to listen to all of these Modern Scholar courses! Join us in listening to the classes of some of the best teachers in the world.


July 29, 2010

100 Best Novels on Audio Book


At the close of the 20th century the publishing company Modern Library (which is now owned by Random House) published a list of the best 100 novels of the 20th century. This list was compiled by a prestigious board of authors and literary enthusiasts including Daniel J. Boorstin, A. S. Byatt, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Vartan Gregorian, Edmund Morris, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William Styron, and Gore Vidal. We've taken their list and sought out all the novels that are currently available on audio book and generated a list of our own. Ones that aren't available on audio are noted. Also a number of novels that are in the public domain now are available as a free audio download and we have noted those as well. Most of them we feature on LearnOutLoud.com, but for a few of them we link to Amazon.com. We'll continue updating the list as more of these novels make their way to audio book.

1. ULYSSES by James Joyce (Free Download!)

2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce (Free Download)

4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

13. 1984 by George Orwell

14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

15.TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright


22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O'Hara (Not on Audio)

23. U.S.A. (trilogy): The 42nd Parallel, 1919, The Big Money by John Dos Passos

24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster

26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell (Not on Audio)

30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford (Free Download)

31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James (Free Download)

33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

36. ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell

44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley (Not on Audio)

45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad (Free Download)

47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence (Free Download)

49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer (Not on Audio)

52. PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

57. PARADE'S END by Ford Madox Ford

58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton (Free Download)

59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm (Free Download)

60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather (Not on Audio)

62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones


64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger (Not on Audio)

65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad (Free Download)

68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton (Free Download)

70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell

71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul (Not on Audio)

73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh


77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling

79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster



82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul

84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

87. THE OLD WIVES' TALE by Arnold Bennett

88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

89. LOVING by Henry Green (Not on Audio)

90. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy

93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles

94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys (Not on Audio)

95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

96. SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron

97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles


99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy (Not on Audio)

100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington


July 29, 2010

2010 Audie Award Winners


The Audie Awards took place on May 25th, 2010 in New York City. For those of you who've not heard of the Audies, they are basically the Oscars for audio books.

Here are some highlights of the winners which we feature on LearnOutLoud.com:

Audiobook of the Year
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Author: Nelson Mandela
Narrator: A Full Cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle, and Alan Rickman

The Help
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell

Audiobook Adaptation
Maltese Falcon
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Narrator: Full Cast

Great Expectations
Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
Author: Charles Dickens
Narrator: Charlton Griffin

Personal Development
Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Author: Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Narrator: Po Bronson

Anne Frank Remembered
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Author: Miep Gies and Leslie Gold
Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat

Business Information/Educational
Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About Business
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Author: Jeffrey J. Fox
Narrator: Jeffrey J. Fox

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
Publisher: Tantor Media
Author: Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman
Narrator: Michael Prichard

Church People: The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Author: Garrison Keillor
Narrator: Garrison Keillor and a Full Cast

Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction
The Word of Promise: Complete Audio Bible NKJV
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Word
Narrator: A Full Cast including Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, and others

Literary Fiction
Wolf Hall
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Author: Hilary Mantel
Narrator: Simon Slater

Narration by the Author or Authors
Odd and the Frost Giants
Publisher: Harper Children's Audio
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman

The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Publisher: Random House Audio
Author: Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
Narrator: Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan

And check out the Audie Award Winners from the past four years:

2009 Audie Award Winners

2008 Audie Award Winners

2007 Audie Award Winners

2006 Audie Award Winners


July 22, 2010

Free Liberal Speeches & Lectures

For the past four years we've featured hundreds of free audio & video resources as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these resources we've selected the top 15 free resources from leading liberal and progressive thinkers. You can check them all out by clicking the links below:

1. Howard Zinn with Special Guests: Lannan Readings & Conversations

In this recorded event from the Lannan Foundation, Howard Zinn introduces dramatic readings from Voices of a People's History of the United States which is a companion to his A People's History of the United States, and features speeches, letters, poems, songs, memoirs, and protests from voices of resistance throughout American history. This live event features Jane Fonda reading Susan B. Anthony, Marisa Tomei reading Emma Goldman, and many more reknowned actors reading from activists throughout American history. This recording is available on streaming audio & video. Lannan also offers it on as an Enhanced Podcast that contains photographs as well as Chapter Markers that allow you to jump directly to individual readings from this Lannan event.

2. 1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address by John F. Kennedy

Listen to John F. Kennedy's 1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address delivered on July 15, 1960 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. He addresses his Catholic faith and hopes that "no American, considering the really critical issues facing this country, will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me because of my religious affiliation." Kennedy also contrasts his platform of change with the "old ways" of 1960 Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon. Finally he addresses the "New Frontier" that America faced in the 1960 election. This speech is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric.

3. Ralph Nader: The Good Fight

In this talk delivered at Cody's Books in San Francisco, controversional presidential candidate and lifelong grassroots political activist Ralph Nader talks about the themes of his book The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap. Delivered to a crowd of progressives, Nader tells them the best ways to directly influence their representatives and dismisses anyone who feels they cannot create change in the policies of their government. Naders talks about issues seldom mentioned by Republicans or Democrats, such as the United State's bloated military budget, the confrontation of corporate crime, fraud, and abuse, and the concentration of the corporate mass media on the public airwaves. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download through FORA.tv.

4. Discourses on Iraq and the Middle East by Noam Chomsky

There's so much going on in the Middle East right now and it is certainly causing a lot of controversy. In today's free resource of the day, MIT professor and renowned author Noam Chomsky offers his opinions of what has recently transpired. Chomsky is a very sharp mind and while many disagree with him his perspective is decidely a valuable one. Check out our entire Noam Chomsky Audio & Video Resource.

5. HBO: Real Time with Bill Maher Podcast

One of the most popular podcasts in our podcast directory currently is HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher Podcast. Host and comedian Bill Maher features a panel of guests discussing current events in politics. There is a week-long delay on the audio podcast from when the show airs, and they currently feature the previous 7 episodes on the podcast feed, along with some extra material from each show that wasn't aired on HBO.

6. Cornel West with Amy Goodman: Lannan Readings & Conversations

In this inspiring oration from the Lannan Foundation, African American intellectual Cornel West calls for revival in America's democratic tradition which draws on our religious, philosophical, and literary history. This speech demonstrates West's charismatic speaking talent in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. This talk is available on streaming audio.

7. The Great Society by Lyndon Johnson

Today's resource of the day is President Lyndon Johnson's address in 1964 that put forth his vision of The Great Society: a society in which our prosperous nation eventually fulfills everyone's basic needs and sees to it that everyone is given education and opportunity to live out their hopes and dreams. The ideas in this speech lay out the agenda of the Great Society program that Johnson initiated the next year. This speech is available from American Rhetoric on streaming audio.

8. Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times: Conversation with Studs Terkel

Author and radio broadcast personality Studs Terkel recently passed away at the age of 96. In this hour long streaming video interview, Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler interviews Studs later in his life. It is a fascinating and funny interview which covers much of Terkel's life and his philosophy on life in America. He also openly expresses his opinions about the media and the politicians today. Although in his 90s at the time, Terkel lucidly reminisces about his life and the lessons he has learned from it. This video is available to stream through YouTube.

9. President Obama's Weekly Radio Address

President Barack Obama gives a series of radio addresses to the country that are updated weekly. With these weekly speeches Obama lays out his strategy for tackling the big issues facing Americans today, including the financial crisis, the war in Iraq, climate change and more. A great way to learn more about Obama's policies, this podcast is also a handy way to stay abreast of current events.

10. Message To The Grass Roots by Malcolm X

In his "Message To The Grass Roots" speech Malcolm X rallies African Americans to rise up for revolution against white people and form a black nation separate from the United States. He argues against the non-violent principles of the civil rights movement and sees self-defense and violence as central to the African American struggle in the U.S. This speech shows a different side of the black struggle for human rights in the 1960s. It's available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric.

11. Emma Goldman Essays

From the folks at Audio Anarchy comes this collection of essays from one of history's most well known anarchists and feminists: Emma Goldman. In these essays Goldman writes of what anarchism stands for, as well as essays about prisons, woman's suffrage, and more. These essays are well read by Audio Anarchy's narrators and available on MP3 Download.

12. 1988 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address by Ann Richards

Ann Richards was the former Governor of Texas and recently passed away at the age of 73. Listen to the speech which earned her national attention. At the 1988 Democratic National Convention she delivered a witty and heartfelt speech which conveyed traditional Democratic values. This speech is available from American Rhetoric on streaming audio and MP3 download.

13. The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind

In this lecture from the University Channel, author and journalist Ron Suskind delivers a rousing lecture on his book The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies Since 9/11. He weaves a narrative of America's War on Terror since 9/11, providing examples of how it is being conducted. Suskind delivers his message with wit and outrage, keeping listeners engaged throughout. This lecture can be downloaded on MP3 audio.

14. Fighting World Hunger by George McGovern

In this talk from the Miller Center of Public Affairs, former U.S. Senator George McGovern discusses how he became involved in fighting world hunger and the methods and ideas he has for how we will do so in the future. He also throws in some comments regarding the war in Iraq and how it is distracting America from issues such as world hunger. This talk is available on MP3 download.

15. The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney

In this interview presented by UCTV, science scholar Naomi Oreskes dialogues with author Chris Mooney about his book "The Republican War on Science". Here Mooney gives his opinion that the Bush Administration has consistently interfered with scientific progress due in large part to moral and economic interests. Oreskes uses her scientific background to give some context to Mooney's arguments, and the result is a short debate that shows viewers how raw data can change according to who's presenting it. This dialogue is available on streaming video and downloadable video from Google Video.

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July 22, 2010

Free Conservative Speeches & Lectures

For the past four years we've featured hundreds of free audio & video resources as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these resources we've selected the top 20 free resources from leading conservative thinkers. You can check them all out by clicking the links below:

1. A Time for Choosing (aka "The Speech") by Ronald Reagan

Listen to this famous speech delivered by Ronald Reagan during the 1964 U.S. presidential election campaign on behalf of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. In the speech Reagan delivers a powerful message against socialism and the expanding influence of the U.S. government in many sectors of American life. He also presents his case for using "peace through strength" to win the Cold War and defend democratic freedom against the expanding communism of the Soviet Union. This speech contains the backbone of Reagan's political philosophy which he carried out as president into the 1980s. The speech is available on MP3 download and streaming audio through American Rhetoric.

2. The Role of Government in our Society with Milton Friedman

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 94. Listen to a historical debate between Friedman and Democratic Senator Joseph S. Clark recorded in the early 1960s. Friedman comes through loud and clear in advocating his belief in laissez-faire capitalism and the disadvantages of government intervention. Friedman's ideas on economics have become highly influential in America and throughout the world. This debate is available on MP3 digital download and streaming audio from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. (The audio is a little rough at the start of this recording, but it improves and is understandable.)

3. 1964 Republican National Convention Address by Barry Goldwater

In this classic Republican speech, 1964 Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater lays forth many of the principles of modern conservatism. Goldwater is especially adamant in his stance for use of force against Communism with his statement "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice". He also confronts bureaucracy and centralization of government power as major problems facing the politics of his day. This speech is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric.

4. Is This Still the Age of Socialism? by Alan Charles Kors

In this lecture from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, award-winning professor and historian Alan Charles Kors delivers an impassioned denouncement of socialism and ponders why the United States and other liberal democracies do not denounce socialism with the same fervor that is used in attacking Nazism. Professor Kors points out the atrocities of socialist and communist regimes throughout the 20th century and how they cost many more innocent lives than Hitler's Nazi government. He feels it is appalling that the crimes of Communist regimes are not taught along side the crimes of the Nazis in schools, and that the collapse of Communism is not commemorated with the same reverence as the victory over Nazi Germany. This lecture is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

5. Conservatism by Karl Rove

In this speech from the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove addresses the Twenty-First Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner and lays out the accomplishments of the modern conservatism movement. Delivered in early 2005, shortly after the re-election of President George W. Bush, Rove speaks a lot about the character of President Bush. Rove also lays forth some of the areas which he feels conservatives must push forward on such as spreading liberty, reforming welfare and social security, and committing to traditional conservative values. This hour-long streaming audio program is available from the Ashbrook Center.

6. Why America Is So Great by Dinesh D'Souza

Listen to Dinesh D'Souza's lecture "Why America Is So Great", as he discusses why he feels America is a great nation, and he defends the nation against its many critics around the world. This lecture is a brief introduction to D'Souza's book What's So Great About America. This 17 minute lecture is available on MP3 download and streaming audio from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

7. Winning the Cultural War by Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston delivers this dramatic speech against the political correctness that he feels is creating a new civil war in the United States. He cites extreme examples of the madness of our times and encourages students to practice civil disobedience against the oppression of political correctness that is plaguing our culture. This speech is available from American Rhetoric on streaming audio and MP3 download.

8. Decadence: Ancient and Modern by Russell Kirk

In this online audio lecture, Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind, compares the decadence of our time to the decadence of the Greek and Roman civilizations that preceded us. Kirk tosses in a plethora of references to ancient cultures and it's an amusing and interesting lecture.

9. In Depth: Francis Fukuyama

In this interview with political philosopher and author Francis Fukuyama, he discusses many of his books including America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. Much of the discussion is over Iraq which Fukuyama opposed and he has since openly criticized Neoconservatives even though Fukuyama is a conservative himself. He fields many questions from callers across the political spectrum. This free interview is available on streaming video.

10. Shelby Steele on Why Barack Obama Cannot Win

Even though Barack Obama did win, author Shelby Steele provides some interesting criticisms of Obama and of the issue of race in America. In this talk delivered at Cody's Books, author Shelby Steele talks about his book A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win. Steele contends that presidential candidate Barack Obama is a politician unto which people are projecting all of their various political hopes, but that Obama is not expressing his true convictions and if he does so, he risks losing the election. As a black conservative author, Steele points out the various masks that African-Americans have worn throughout the past century for white Americans and argues that Obama is also wearing the mask of a "black identity". This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from FORA.tv.

11. The Conservative Soul by Andrew Sullivan

In this talk offered by the Cato Institute, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan discusses his book The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back. Known as a gay, Roman Catholic conservative, Sullivan confronts the conservatives in power today warning against the religious certainty on which their policies are often based. Political commentator David Brooks has read Sullivan's book and gives a brief critique of it, noting that religion in the United States is not as uniform as Sullivan proposes. Listen to this talk available on streaming video from FORA.tv, and on MP3 download through the Cato Institute website.

12. Intellectuals Then and Now with Norman Podhoretz and Sanford Pinsker

In this streaming audio presentation from Boston University's World of Ideas show, noted speakers Norman Podhoretz and Sanford Pinsker discuss the historical role of the intellectual in American society. Starting in 1952 and going to the present, these speakers explain how America became more hospitable in the post-war years to its artists and scientists. Both lecturers give arguments on how these intellectuals in turn have responded to America, and how their influence has shaped modern culture.

13. Condoleezza Rice at Princeton

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered this keynote address at the 75th Anniversary of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She puts the contemporary issues of foreign policy within the context of American history, especially in relation to post-World War II foreign policy and the Cold War. Rice affirms her conviction that the quest for democratic governance and political freedom in the Middle East is a continuation of the ideals exercised throughout American history. This address is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from the University Channel.

14. Federalist Society Audio Podcast

Listen to dozens of podcast from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. These podcasts examine legal and political issues from a conservative or libertarian viewpoint with panels of diverse opinions addressing the issues. Currently on the feed you'll find podcasts covering direct democracy, property rights, religion and the public square, America's role in the world, morality & the law, controversies involving lawyers and attorneys, gay marriage, voting rights, and a whole lot of other issues. You'll also be able to hear addresses from prominent conservatives such as Rudy Giuliani, George W. Bush, Clarence Thomas, and many others. Listen to and download these free podcasts from the Federalist Society.

15. Is Manliness A Virtue? by Harvey Mansfield

Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield delivers a talk that is sure to get you thinking about the role of manliness in our society. Just as feminism has been studied and had a profound influence in the world particularly in the last half century, so too Mansfield believes that the virtue of manliness should be studied to determine what it characteristically is and is not. This lecture is available from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and is available as on streaming audio and video as well as MP3 download.

16. Hollywood and the Three Lies by Michael Medved

In this streaming audio lecture released by the Ashbrook Center, film critic Michael Medved explains the three lies that he feels Hollywood has foisted onto American culture. He argues that the films produced in Hollywood reflect values that run counter to that of most Americans. Medved does feel this problem can be remedied, but this change can only come about if more audience members said "no" to something they don't like.

17. Faith in America Address by Mitt Romney

In this speech which former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney delivered at The George Bush Presidential Library on December 6, 2007, he focused on the role of religion in American life and politics. Romney speaks of the importance of religious freedom as being essential to American life. He talks about his own Mormon faith, emphasizing that as president he is not in office to promote any one faith, but to be the voice of the people he is representing. This address is available from American Rhetoric on MP3 download and on streaming audio & video.

18. George W. Bush: Farewell Address to the Nation

Listen to President George W. Bush's Farewell Address to the Nation which he delivered last Thursday, January 15, 2009. In the speech President Bush refers to many of the major events which happened during the eight years that he was Commander in Chief. He talks about some of the tough decisions he made and the sacrifices that were made over the past seven years to defend America from another terrorist attack. And President Bush emphasizes that America must lead the cause of freedom abroad and never let down its guard. This 13-minute speech is available on MP3 download and streaming audio & video.

19. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel

In this book forum from the Cato Institute, John Stossel (Co-Anchor of ABC's 20/20) discusses his latest book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel-Why Everything You Know is Wrong. In his entertaining, no-nonsense style Stossel advocates opening up K-12 education to the free markets because he feels American public schools are falling behind the rest of the world and competition would give school systems the necessary kick they need to get America's schools back on top. This audio program is available on MP3 download as well as streaming audio and video.

20. 1980 Republican National Convention Acceptance Address by Ronald Reagan

The Republican National Convention is going on this week. Listen to Ronald Reagan's address at the 1980 Republican National Convention. He confronts the major issues of his day including the energy crisis and the stagnant economy, and he offers his conservative ideas for resolving these issues. Reagan also addresses the threat of the Soviet Union and what his foreign policy platform is in regards to the Soviet Union. He ends his speech with a moment of silent prayer. This speech is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric.

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May 17, 2010

Free Pimsleur Downloads

SpanishPhase1Unit01blogfeature.jpgA few weeks ago we announced that for the first time ever you can download Pimlseur's comprehensive language learning courses on MP3 audio download. To help introduce you to these programs we are now offering 50 free Pimsleur language learning lessons that you to download in 40 different languages. Each free lesson contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures to learn.

If you're traveling to faraway lands this summer and don't know the language, then Pimsleur courses are the perfect way to comprehensively learn a language quickly. Browse all of the Pimsleur courses we currently have to offer. Each course includes a sample from the first unit of the course:

Browse Over 80 Pimsleur Language Learning Courses

And please download these free language learning lessons to try out the Pimsleur method and learn some basic language vocabulary as well:

Albanian, Unit 1 Free Download

Arabic - Eastern I, Unit 1 Free Download

Arabic - Egyptian, Unit 1 Free Download

Armenian Eastern, Unit 1 Free Download

Armenian Western, Unit 1 Free Download

Chinese - Cantonese, Unit 1 Free Download

Chinese - Mandarin I, Unit 1 Free Download

Croatian, Unit 1 Free Download

Czech, Unit 1 Free Download

Danish, Unit 1 Free Download

Dari - Persian I, Unit 1 Free Download

Dutch, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Arabic Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for French Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for German Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Haitian Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Italian Speakers I, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Korean Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Persian (Farsi) Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Russian Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Spanish Speakers I, Unit 1 Free Download

Farsi - Persian, Unit 1 Free Download

French I, Unit 1 Free Download

German I, Unit 1 Free Download

Greek (Modern) I, Unit 1 Free Download

Haitian - Creole I, Unit 1 Free Download

Hebrew - Modern I, Unit 1 Free Download

Hindi, Unit 1 Free Download

Hungarian, Unit 1 Free Download

Indonesian, Unit 1 Free Download

Irish, Unit 1 Free Download

Italian I, Unit 1 Free Download

Japanese I, Unit 1 Free Download

Korean I, Unit 1 Free Download

Lithuanian, Unit 1 Free Download

Norwegian, Unit 1 Free Download

Ojibwe, Unit 1 Free Download

Polish I, Unit 1 Free Download

Portuguese (Brazilian) I, Unit 1 Free Download

Portuguese - European, Unit 1 Free Download

Romanian I, Unit 1 Free Download

Russian I, Unit 1 Free Download

Spanish I, Unit 1 Free Download

Swahili, Unit 1 Free Download

Swedish, Unit 1 Free Download

Swiss German, Unit 1 Free Download

Tagalog, Unit 1 Free Download

Thai, Unit 1 Free Download

Turkish, Unit 1 Free Download

Twi, Unit 1 Free Download

Ukrainian, Unit 1 Free Download

Urdu, Unit 1 Free Download

Vietnamese, Unit 1 Free Download

Enjoy these free language learning lessons from Pimsleur. Learn a new language this summer!


May 12, 2010

Free Audio Downloads Section on TeachOutLoud

Free Audio Downloads

Over 700 free educational titles have now been published through our self-publishing TeachOutLoud service. So we've now added a new section to our TeachOutLoud site devoted entirely to free audio downloads and podcasts that have been published there. You can now browse over 700 free titles in our TeachOutLoud Free Stuff Section:

TeachOutLoud Free Stuff

You can browse by all our categories. Here are the categories along with how many free titles we have in each category:

Arts & Entertainment (152 items)

Biography (11 items)

Business (110 items)

Education & Professional (90 items)

History (16 items)

Languages (27 items)

Literature (31 items)

Philosophy (38 items)

Politics (29 items)

Religion & Spirituality (170 items)

Science (15 items)

Self Development (231 items)

Social Sciences (25 items)

Sports & Hobbies (68 items)

Technology (22 items)

Travel (26 items)

To access this new free section you can now click FREE STUFF tab which is always at the top of all TeachOutLoud pages on www.teachoutloud.com.

With over 700 free titles to choose from we wanted to give you some guidance as to some of the best free titles we've discovered over the course of TeachOutLoud publishing history. Here are some the best free audio downloads on TeachOutLoud that you may want to check out:

Book Writing for Fun and Profit & The Book Author's Copyright Protection by Brian Scott

Free Motivational Audio Book: Monday Again?! by Marquese Martin-Hayes (which has been download over 1500 times now!)

10 FREE Audio Downloads by Evangelist Ron Mitchell - Covering numerous aspects of Christian living.

Free Business Law Lectures by Prof. Jay Garrett with Texas A & M University - Commerce

35 Free Excerpts from The Laugh Makers: A Behind-The-Scenes Tribute To Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers by Robert L. Mills

Ten Language Learning Podcasts from LingQ.com

15 FREE Audio Downloads by Michael Greer - Including numerous inspirational and motivational titles.

Destroy Your Self-Defeating Voice & Your Neuroplasticity Mindset by Raj Gavurla

Developing Emotional Power (Free Download) by Nationally Acclaimed Speaker John Santangelo

30 Wasted Years: A Journey in Self Motivation (Free Download) by Jeff Grundy

AM Focus for Free! by Patrick Porter, Ph.D.

PM Dreamtime Session for Free! by Patrick Porter, Ph.D.

Billy Brown And The Mystery Package for Free!

Over 30 Titles from Law of Attraction teachers Beth and Lee McCain including 20 free podcasts titles

Over 30 Free Titles from Lorman Educational Services including discussions of: Physicals: Should Physicians Know?, Fairness Between Departments with Different Standards, and Corporate Code of Ethics

Sweeney Todd Audio Tour For Free!

50 Audio Titles by Dr. Leslie M. Moore, as she teaches in the areas of yoga and metaphysical studies including 20 free titles.

The Science Of Being Great by Wallace Wattles; special edition put together by Michele Blood

Three Free Titles from Success Coach Steve Chandler: Desire, Freedom, and The Owner/Victim Choice

Dare to Live Without Limits and The Power of Attraction - Free inspirational downloads from author and motivational speaker Bryan Golden.

Free Hindi Scriptures including a 4-Part Audio Book of the Krishna Leela and a 6-Part Audio Book Valmiki Ramayana narrated by Prati Dhwani

Spiritual and Personal Growth Titles from Dr. Maurice Turmel including 2 free downloads

Free Personal Finance Audio from the Northern Trust Corporation

Sales success programs from Al Argo, including a free title The Think Thank Tank.

Albert Anderson on Human Nature & World Community - Free downloads on philosophical topics delivered by Philosophy Professor Albert Anderson

Meditatio Talks (Meditation Talks): To the Monks of Gethsemani Abbey by Fr. Laurence Freeman

Introduction to Your Mind (Two free guided meditations)

Two great free titles by professional freelance writer Brian Scott Go Ahead, Make Me Laugh! Comedy Writing and How To Plan A Home Office That Works For You

14 Downloads on Jewish Philosophy by Rabbi Nathan Glick (Now All Free!)

Lisa Hendey on The Handbook for Catholic Moms (Free Download)

17 Downloads Including Over 10 Free Downloads from Life & Business Soul Coach Michelle Casto

Six Audio Programs by Robert Rabbin (Including Three Free Downlaods - He is the creator of RealTime Speaking and a renowned public speaking guru, message master, and communication strategist

Over 300 Free Downloads from Unleavened Bread Ministries! - A committed group of self-sacrificing Christians offering teachings to empower true disciples to walk in the steps of Jesus

Six Downloads (Including Three Free Downloads) by the Possibility Diva Kim Harris Including Free Downloads 7 Prosperity Principles and Best of Dialogues w/Kim

Two Free Meditations by Wellness Coach Patty McLucas: Body Scan and MBSR Meditation

15 Free Audio Downloads from Clear Web Services - with advice on SEO services, cost per click, web design and online marketing

Free excerpts from Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why by Ian Fletcher of the U.S. Business & Industry Council

Hey que tal? Podcast - Free Spanish Lessons from Argentina by Pablo Apiolazza

26-Week Internet Marketing Plan Podcast - Host David Bain interviews successful internet marketers

WIN Without Competing! Podcast with Dr. Arlene Barro - author of WIN Without Competing! which explains step-by-step how to implement the Right Fit Method to achieve career success

Jennie HK's Podcast where she encourages you to decide what your lifestyle priorities are first, and then craft a business that will enable you to live into those priorities - whether it is around your kids, a thirst for travel or simply being able to work from home

Kids Stories and Fairy Tales - The Palace of Stories Podcast

Managing Thought: Forward Thinking Gentle Reminders Podcast by speaker & author Mary J. Lore offering gentle reminders and advice on how to manage your thoughts in everyday circumstances

Untether.tv Video Podcast with host Rob Woodbridge featuring Casual Conversation with Mobile Industry Rock Stars

Heritage in Focus Podcast from the Heritage Foundation

The Art of Retouching Video Podcast - Host John Ross Conducts Video Tutorials of Adobe Photoshop Image Manipulation and Retouching

History of Japan Podcast - Cameron Foster leads a tour through the best and most important bits of Japanese history

Addiction Education Blog Podcast - Howard LaMere and Dr. Darryl Inaba on addiction education, recovery and addiction in the news

French Flashcard Podcast with host Lexis Rex

PhotoTips Video Podcast Hosted by Pro Photographer James Beltz

Two New Podcasts from the Meditation Society of Australia: Learn to Meditate Podcast and the Childrens Meditation Podcast

5 Podcasts on Dog Arthritis by Chris Durin

The Gnostic Podcast - Host Jay Forrest Proclaims and Explains a Modern Gnostic Christianity

Better You Radio Podcast with Professional Certified Coach Terri Zelenak-Hase

The Partially Examined Life Podcast - Philosophy Podcast featuring Mark Linsenmayer, Wes Alwan, & Seth Paskin discussing many different philosophers and their ideas

Live Wire! Radio Podcast - featuring music, scintillating conversations, sketch comedy and performances from the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon

Help! My Business Sucks! Video Podcast - with Andrew Lock helping entrepreneurs to "get more done and have more fun"

Law Advice Now Podcast - Free Legal Advice to All with David Sibert

Smart Simple Marketing Podcast by Marketing Consultant Sydni Craig-Hart

Little Things Matter Podcast - Todd Smith Teaches How to Improve Your Life One Thing At A Time

Think and Grow Rich Podcast

And we could go on and on with the fascinating free stuff that has been published. You can check it all out here:

Over 700 Free Audio Downloads on TeachOutLoud


April 23, 2010

Download Pimsleur Language Programs

Download Pimsleur

LearnOutLoud.com is very excited to announce that for the first time ever you can download Pimlseur's comprehensive language learning courses on MP3 audio download. We are now offering over 80 of their comprehensive Pimsleur courses in over 50 languages!

The comprehensive courses feature thirty 30-minute lessons along with a reading booklet and one hour of audio reading lessons for a total of 16 hours of language learning on audio. In just 30 minutes a day you'll go from being a beginner to a proficient speaker of the language in about a month. And as you progress up each up each level you will become a fluent speaker mastering pronunciation, accent, and even cultural knowledge. The pricing for the comprehensive courses starts at $119.95, a full 65% off the CD list price of $345.00.

Browse all of the Pimsleur courses we currently have to offer. Most courses include the first unit of the course for free as an audio sample:

Browse Over 80 Pimsleur Language Learning Courses on MP3 Audio Download

Here are their most popular comprehensive courses to download:

Mandarin Chinese Comprehensive Courses:

Chinese - Mandarin I

Chinese - Mandarin II

Chinese - Mandarin III

French Comprehensive Courses:

French I

French II

French III

French Plus

German Comprehensive Courses:

German I

German II

German III

German Plus

Italian Comprehensive Courses:

Italian I

Italian II

Italian III

Italian Plus

Japanese Comprehensive Courses:

Japanese I

Japanese II

Japanese III

Spanish Comprehensive Courses:

Spanish I

Spanish II

Spanish III

Spanish Plus

And here are all the other comprehensive Pimsleur language courses we feature on audio download:

Arabic - Eastern I

Arabic - Eastern II

Arabic - Eastern III

Arabic - Egyptian

Chinese - Cantonese





Farsi - Persian

Greek - Modern I

Greek - Modern II

Haitian Creole

Hebrew - Modern I

Hebrew - Modern II

Hebrew - Modern III



Korean I

Korean II




Portuguese (Brazilian) I

Portuguese (Brazilian) II

Portuguese (Brazilian) III

Portuguese - European


Russian I

Russian II

Russian III







Here are all the ESL comprehensive courses we've added on audio download which are targeted at speakers of various languages that want to learn English:

English for Arabic Speakers

English for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers

English for Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers

English for French Speakers

English for German Speakers

English for Haitian Speakers

English for Hindi Speakers

English for Italian Speakers I

English for Italian Speakers II

English for Korean Speakers

English for Persian (Farsi) Speakers

English for Portuguese (Brazilian) Speakers

English for Russian Speakers

English for Spanish Speakers I

English for Spanish Speakers II

English for Spanish Speakers III

English for Vietnamese Speakers

Along with the comprehensive courses, we've also added a number of their compact courses on download which cover the basics of a language in 10 lessons and feature a reading booklet along with an audio reading lesson. Here are the Compact Courses:


Armenian Eastern

Armenian Western







Swiss German


Start learning a new language today!


February 12, 2010

100s of Leading Thinkers on 10 Great Podcasts

leading_thinkers_podcasts.jpgCheck out over a 1000 interviews and talks with 100s of leading thinkers on these 10 great podcasts featuring thought leaders from across the spectrum of ideas. For the past five years we've featured hundreds of podcasts as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these resources we've selected the top 10 best podcasts that feature an abundant amount of interviews and talks with today's leading thinkers. Here are podcasts we've selected, along with some suggested audio books that we offer on download from authors featured in each podcast:

1. Commonwealth Club Radio Program Podcast

The Commonwealth Club of California has been bringing fascinating speakers to their forum since 1903. Their podcast feed currently features four years of speaking events! Recent speakers include Timothy Ferriss, Simon Winchester, Arianna Huffington, Robert Reich, Andre Agassi, Deepak Chopra, Taylor Branch, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Noam Chomsky, Chris Anderson, Michael Moore, Christopher Hitchens, Madeleine K. Albright, and literally hundreds of other speakers with podcasts going back to 2006!

This forum also features panel discussions on a variety of topics such as the Summer of Love, America's Budget Crisis, Religion in U.S. Culture and Society, Moving Forward in Iraq, Capitalism 3.0, The Politics Of Food, Health of Africa, and Digital Health. Scroll down the list of their podcasts and you're sure to find something that interests you.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
Supercapitalism by Robert Reich

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever Edited by & with Commentary by Christopher Hitchens

2. NPR Series: Books That Changed the World Podcast

This podcast is certain to get you interested in some of the books that have had the most impact in global history. Grove/Atlantic published a series of books by prominent writers focusing on the most significant works of literature that introduced groundbreaking ideas and altered the course of human history. This NPR series features 30-minute interviews that were conducted over time with the authors of all these books on NPR's Talk of the Nation program hosted by Neal Conan and featuring live callers from across the United States. In this series you'll hear:

  • Francis Wheen talks about Das Kapital and separates the ideas of Marx from the many applications of Marxism throughout history.
  • Karen Armstrong discusses how The Bible has been used historically in the traditions of Judaism and Christianity.
  • Christopher Hitchens speaks about Thomas Paine's views on the rights of man, religion, and the revolutions of his time.
  • Military historian Hew Strachan discusses Napoleonic military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's On War and how it influenced much of military strategy going into World War I & II.
  • Philosopher Simon Blackburn talks about Plato's The Republic including Plato's controversial arguments against art and democracy.
  • Darwin scholar Janet Browne talks about Darwin's theory of evolution and the significance of his book Origin of Species in science history.
  • Islamic studies professor Bruce Lawrence talks about The Koran and tries to explain its many interpretations throughout history.
  • Conservative author and satirist P.J. O'Rourke talks about Adam Smith's 900-page tome The Wealth of Nations and some of the brilliant ideas that Smith came up with about free markets while living in a largely agrarian society.

Listen to these podcasts on Books That Changed the World!

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
On the Wealth of Nations by P.J. O'Rourke

The Qur'an: A Biography by Bruce Lawrence

Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography by Janet Browne

Plato's Republic by Simon Blackburn

Clausewitz's on War by Hew Strachan

Thomas Paine's Rights of Man by Christopher Hitchens

The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong

Marx's Das Kapital by Francis Wheen

Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey: A Biography by Alberto Manguel

3. We The People Stories Podcast

From the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania comes this podcast featuring politicians, historians, journalists, authors, and other notable figures discussing issues related to the U.S. Constitution and other contemporary issues facing America. Each podcast is typically an hour long and features an interview or a panel discussion on a specific topic. Their podcast feed goes all the way back to 2004 with over 150 podcasts available!

Political figures featured on the podcast include Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, Bill Bradley, Justice Stephen Breyer, John McCain, Pat Buchanan, George McGovern, Justice Antonin Scalia, and more. Authors, historians, & journalists featured include Cornel West, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, Dinesh D'Souza, Tavis Smiley, Walter Isaacson, Dave Isay, Tom Brokaw, Ken Burns, Naomi Wolf, Jon Meacham, John C. Bogle, and others. There's also a number of panels discussing various constitutional issues throughout U.S. history. Enjoy this podcast, loaded with capitivating talks from the National Constitution Center.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism by John C. Bogle

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The New American Story by Bill Bradley

4. Seminars About Long Term Thinking Podcast

From The Long Now Foundation comes this fascinating series of Seminars About Long Term Thinking. These dozens of podcasts with leading thinkers go back all the way to 2003! Podcasts on the feed include CEO Philip Rosedale talking about the game Second Life, Chris Anderson talking about The Long Tail, founder and president of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales speaking on vision, author Jared Diamond discussing his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, writer Bruce Sterling speaking about The Singularity, musician Brian Eno chatting with Will Wright (creator of the video game "The Sims" and forthcoming "Spore"), and dozens of other interesting podcasts on topics like climate change, human life extension, etc. Have a listen. Recent podcasts feature anthropologist Wade Davis, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, Michael Pollan, Niall Ferguson, Francis Fukuyama, Sam Harris, and Chris Anderson.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (FOR FREE OF COURSE!)

5. TEDTalks Podcast

The TEDTalks Podcast features key talks from the TED Conference covering the latest ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, and other areas. Now on their podcast feed they feature podcasts going back six months and some of the leading thinkers they currently feature include William Ury, Jason Fried, Barry Schwartz, Bruce Feiler, David Brooks, and many more. They're featuring new talks every week so you may want to subscribe to this one.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
Rework by Jason Fried

Getting to Yes by William Ury

The Social Animal by David Brooks

6. After Words - C-SPAN Podcast

Each week C-SPAN airs and podcasts their After Words program which features the authors of the latest nonfiction books being interviewed by journalists, public policy makers, and legislators. It's a podcast worth subscribing to as they almost always have an interesting guest who's recently finished their book pitted against an interviewer who often has opposing view points and isn't afraid to ask the tough questions.

In past podcasts they've featured Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on his book Freefall, Jane Goodall on her book Hope for Animals and Their World, Greg Mortenson on his book Stones into Schools, Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner on their book SuperFreakonomics, Peter Schweizer on his book Architects of Ruin, Chris Hedges on his book Empire of Illusion, and a number of authors talking about their latest works. After Words proves to be another brain-stimulating podcast from C-SPAN.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson

Hope for Animals and Their World by Jane Goodall

War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges

7. HumanMedia.org Podcasts

HumanMedia.org produces Public Radio Programs featuring voices of vision, conscience and compassion. Most of the programs are written and produced by David Freudberg and they feature hundreds of programs for sale on download and CD on their website at HumanMedia.org. Their podcast series provides captivating excerpts from their programs. Currently on the feed they feature shows with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, comedian Sid Caesar, mind-body researcher Herbert Benson, and many other interested guests. Enjoy these free podcasts from HumanMedia.org.

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
The Breakout Principle: Maximize Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being by Herbert Benson & William Proctor

When God Smiles by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

And we also feature over a dozen titles from the Human Media archive available on audio download:

Human Media Audio Downloads

8. Barnes & Noble.com's Meet the Writers Podcast

Listen to this series of 15-minute interviews offered by Barnes & Noble. Host Steve Bertrand talks with authors of many of the most popular books available asking questions about their writing career and their latest books. Their list of podcasts extends back to 2006 with over 200 interviews! Some of the authors interviewed include James Bradley, John Hodgman, Sarah Vowell, Naomi Wolf, Arthur Agatston, M.D., Simon Winchester, Cokie Roberts, Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Carter, Martha Beck, Marilu Henner, Samantha Power, Dean Ornish, John Gray, Ph.D., Newt Gingrich, Tommy Lasorda, Madeleine Albright, David Sedaris, Anne Geddes, Yann Martel, Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, Judy Blume, Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Dungy, Michael Beschloss, Michael Ondaatje, Khaled Hosseini, Robert Kurson, Michael Chabon, Chuck Palahniuk, Elaine Pagels, Anne Lamott, Thomas Ricks, Tavis Smiley, Mireille Guiliano, Eric Schlosser, Chuck Klosterman, Joan Didion, Augusten Burroughs, Frank McCourt, Tim Russert, and David Maraniss. Plenty of podcasts to choose from!

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
The South Beach Diet Supercharged by Dr. Arthur Agatston & Dr. Joseph Signorile

Word by Word by Anne Lamott

The Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels

9. 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. (Note: They have quite a large podcast feed so it may take a moment for it to load on our site, but it's worth the wait.)

Audio books by leading thinkers on this podcast:
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Voices of Black America: Historical Recordings of Speeches, Poetry, Humor & Drama 1908-1947

10. NPR: Fresh Air Podcast

NPR has been podcasting their popular radio show Fresh Air for free as a podcast for a number of years now and it continues to be one of the top podcasts in iTunes. Host Terry Gross has been interviewing persons in arts & entertainment and other fields for over 30 years now. Currently on the feed the podcasts go back two weeks and they generally feature 2-3 stories per episode with great interviews in each segment.

Enjoy this massive collection of audio downloads from leading thinkers!

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