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June 6, 2014

Public Speaking Tips on Free Audio & Video

Need to boost your confidence before that next speaking engagement? Have no fear, LearnOutLoud has collected the best public speaking tips on free audio & video. For years, we've been showcasing the best tips available to help you become a better speaker, and here you'll find public speaking fundamentals, a breakdown of useful phrases to get you started, and a dissection of a masterpiece speech by Martin Luther King. Learn strategies that will help you make that next speaking gig go smoothly, clearly, and confidently by clicking any of the links below:

1. The Art of Public Speaking

Before Dale Carnegie penned How to Win Friends and Influence People, he co-author The Art of Public Speaking with Joseph B. Esenwein in 1915. This book has finally been recorded on audio by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox. The unabridged audio book runs 19 hours and contains 31 chapters for how to improve your public speaking. The last 15 sections of this audio book are real speeches by famous men to function as a study aid. Download this free self help classic available on Librivox.

2. Carmine Gallo: Three Secrets All Inspiring Messages Share

Carmine Gallo is the author of Talk Like TED and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. In this talk Gallo brings his message that if you want to inspire people with your message, then it has to be understandable, memorable, and emotional. He breaks down each of these three secrets. Gallo also reminds us that you've gotta have passion for your vision and what you are inspiring people to do. He uses examples from Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, and other business leaders about how to passionately communicate your message.

3. The Columbian Orator

Master public speaking with the classic work on oratory: The Columbian Orator edited by Caleb Bingham and published in 1797. This book contains many rules of oratory as well as dozens of great speeches throughout history. Widely used in American schoolrooms in the 19th century, this book was highly influential on many famous American speakers including abolitionist Frederick Douglass and politician Horace Greeley. The works of oratory included in this volume can be downloaded individually and include:

* Oration on Eloquence
* Speech in Congress, 1789 (Washington)
* Speech of a Roman General (P.Emilius)
* Exhortation on Temperance in Pleasure (Blair)
* Judah's Plea for Benjamin before Joseph (Philo)
* Plea on behalf of Thomas Muir (Muir)
* On the Starry Heavens (Hervey)
* Paper, a poem (Franklin)
* Speech before the Roman Senate (Cato)
* Dialogue between Duellist, Savage, and Mercury
* Speech of an Indian Chief
* On the Creation of the World (Blair)
* Lines Spoken by a Little Boy (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1766 (Pitt)
* Scene from the Farce of Lethe (Garrick)
* Eulogy of Dr. Franklin (Fauchet)
* Epilogue to Addison's Cato
* Self-Conceit, an Address by a small boy
* Dialogue between Howard and Lester
* Christ's Crucifixion (Cumberland)
* The Wonders of Nature (Hervey)
* Dialogue on Physiognomy
* Oration at the Festival of Gratitude (Carnot)
* Address to the President of the United States (Adet)
* President's Answer (Washington)
* The Oppressive Landlord, a Dialogue
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Mansfield)
* On the Day of Judgment (Davies)
* Christ triumphant over the apostate Angels (Milton)
* Slaves in Barbary, a Drama in two Acts (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Pitt)
* Plea Before a Roman Court (Socrates)
* Dialogue on Cowardice and Knavery
* Speech in the British Parliament (Sheridan)
* Extract from an Oration against Catiline (Cicero)
* Description of the first American Congress (Barlow)
* Speech of a French General (Buonaparte)
* Reflections over the Grave of a Young Man (Hervey)
* Scene from the Drama of 'Moses in the Bulrushes'
* Speech of a Roman General (G. Cassius)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1784 (Erskine)
* Address to the People of the United States (Washington)
* Dialogue on the Choice of Business for Life
* Speech of a French General (Buonaparte)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1777 (Pitt)
* Dialogue between School-master and School Committee
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Pitt)
* On the general Judgement Day (Dwight)
* On the Works of Creation and Providence (Hervey)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1778 (Fox)
* The Conjurer, a Dialogue (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1775 (Pitt)
* Speech of the Caledonian General (Galgachus)
* Modern Education, a Dialogue
* On the Existence of God, a Sermon (Maxcy)
* The Dignity of Human Nature (Burges)

Download this classic work of on public speaking as an MP3 download through ejunto.com.

4. Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Watch this course covering the Fundamentals of Public Speaking taught by professor Deborah Bridges at the University of Houston. This course contains 7 lectures and over 4 hours of instruction which cover beginning theory and practice of informative and persuasive communication. Professor Bridges sticks close to the textbook in this course covering essential areas of public speaking and teaching how you can improve your skills in this area. The course is available on streaming video through YouTube.

5. Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

One of the most popular Librivox audio books on our site is Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser. This book's subtitle is A Practical Handbook of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, and Oratorical Terms, for the Embellishment of Speech and Literature, and The Improvement of the Vocabulary of Those Persons Who Read, Write, and Speak English. The book introduces the importance of the useful phrase and how best to use this book in building your vocabulary. It then dives into 15,000 useful phrases in alphabetical order. This 15-hour unabridged audio book is read by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox, and is available on MP3 audio download. Expand and empower your use of the English language with this classic vocabulary-building text!

6. Art of Public Speaking: Share a Vision - Martin Luther King's Dream

The Great Courses is offering this free video lecture from their course The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Professor John R. Hale uses Dr. King's speech as an example of a great inspirational speech. He discusses the beginning of the speech and why it is not nearly as remembered as the final "I Have a Dream" part of the speech. He talks about how Dr. King invoked Abraham Lincoln and used Biblical phrasing in much the way Lincoln did in his day. And he mentions King's ongoing optimism throughout the speech which helped to inspire the crowd. Professor Hale emphasizes points that you can use from the "I Have a Dream" speech to optimize your own public speaking ability.

7. The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills Podcast

Listen to over 100 free podcasts on The Public Speaker's Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills Podcast. Hosted by Lisa B. Marshall, these 10-minute podcasts nail home topics such as how to introduce yourself and remember names, how to use body language, how to improve conversations, and how to calm your nerves before that big public speech. And she's an excellent speaker!

 

May 20, 2014

I Have a Dream Speech Analysis

It's the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. The "I Have a Dream" speech was our very first Free Resource of the Day back on March 1st, 2006, and we're happy to feature it again on this 50th anniversary. Today we are featuring it on our podcast to be streamed on audio or downloaded:

Great Speeches in History Podcast

Welcome to our Resource of the Day e-mail! One of our favorite free titles in our free directory is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s classic "I Have a Dream" speech. Delivered on August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King's passionate call for justice and equality was the battle cry for the civil rights movement in America.

It is the first and latest podcast listed on our "Great Speeches in History Podcast". If you click "Listen to Podcast" you will hear it, or if you scroll down the page (past the reviews) you'll see it and you can click "Download File - 7.7 MB" to download it. It's not listed yet on iTunes but if you "Subscribe Free" to the podcast then the "I Have a Dream" speech will download in iTunes. Please check out the other great speeches we feature on the podcast as well.

You can also get this great speech from the ultimate site for getting great American speeches on audio, AmericanRhetoric.com. Also on this page we link to a video of the speech on YouTube:

I Have a Dream Speech on Audio & Video

Also we have a few bonus free resources that feature analysis of the 'I Have a Dream' speech:

Why MLK's 'I Have a Dream' Speech Has Such Historic Impact

Learn more about the historical significance of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and why it is considered a great speech with this free recent talk from the Aspen Institute given by philanthropist David Rubenstein. Rubenstein takes a look at some of the most famous speeches in history and analyzes why they are considered great from the historic time they were delivered to the rhetorical devices that were used in the speeches. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" fits most of the criteria, except that King improvised from his originally written text to deliver the final stirring "I Have a Dream" oration. Rubenstein puts the speech in historical context and points out that the speech really didn't come to prominence until after Martin Luther King's death in 1968.

Art of Public Speaking: Share a Vision - Martin Luther King's Dream

The Great Courses is offering this free video lecture from their course The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Professor John R. Hale uses Dr. King's speech as an example of a great inspirational speech. He discusses the beginning of the speech and why it is not nearly as remembered as the final "I Have a Dream" part of the speech. He talks about how Dr. King invoked Abraham Lincoln and used Biblical phrasing in much the way Lincoln did in his day. And he mentions King's ongoing optimism throughout the speech which helped to inspire the crowd. Professor Hale emphasizes points that you can use from the "I Have a Dream" speech to optimize your own public speaking ability.


 

February 26, 2014

Famous Books and Speeches of People from Black History

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:

1954:
28 February 1954 - Rediscovering Lost Values
1955:
5 December 1955 - Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting
1956:
4 November 1956 - "Paul's Letter to American Christians"
1957:
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
1963:
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
1964:
10 December 1964 - Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
1965:
25 March 1965 - Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March
4 July 1965 - "The American Dream"
1966:
5 June 1966 - "Guidelines for a Constructive Church"
1967:
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"
1968:
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

 

January 22, 2013

Obama's Second Inaugural Address & Other Presidential Inaugural Addresses

Barack Obama: Second Inaugural Address

Yesterday President Barack Obama took the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States and delivered his second inaugural address. He spoke of many of the ongoing issues he has faced during his presidency including ending a decade of war, and the ongoing economic recovery. He made many references to American history, and our collective effort to carry out the ideals of our founding fathers. This speech is available on streaming video from YouTube and on MP3 audio download from American Rhetoric.

Barack Obama: Second Inaugural Address

Go back and hear Obama's First Inaugural Address delivered four years ago:

Barack Obama: First Inaugural Address

And you might also want to go way back in time to 1995 when a younger, more relaxed Barack Obama (who was not yet a Illinois State Senator) talked about his first book Dreams from My Father:

Barack Obama Talks About Dreams from My Father

And here are some more Presidential Inaugural Addresses:

Dwight D. Eisenhower: First Inaugural Address

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: First Inaugural Address

George W. Bush: Second Inaugural Address

Harry S. Truman: Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address

Lyndon Baines Johnson: Inaugural Address

Richard M. Nixon: First Inaugural Address

Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address

 

January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches on Audio

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, and we have a great many audio & video resources to help you learn about Dr. King and to hear his voice from his many recorded speeches. Our big resource page is our MLK Out Loud page which you can access here:

MLK Out Loud Resource Page

Also we have added our Martin Luther King, Jr. audio & video author page which features all of the audio & video titles we have that are directly by Martin Luther King including audio of his speeches and writings:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Audio & Video Resources Page

The best free resource for listening to Dr. King's speeches comes from Stanford University's King Research and Education Institute, which freely provides streaming audio of over 20 of Dr. King's most famous speeches and sermons:


Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute

Here are the speeches you can listen to there:

1954:
28 February 1954 - Rediscovering Lost Values
1955:
5 December 1955 - Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting
1956:
4 November 1956 - "Paul's Letter to American Christians"
1957:
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
1963:
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
1964:
10 December 1964 - Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
1965:
25 March 1965 - Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March
4 July 1965 - "The American Dream"
1966:
5 June 1966 - "Guidelines for a Constructive Church"
1967:
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"
1968:
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

And of those speeches, here are some speeches by Martin Luther King that we've featured in the past (for many of these below we link to other sources where you can listen to and even download the audio of the speech):

Eulogy for the Martyred Children (Available from the King Institute)

Listen to this eulogy from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after the killing of four children during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on Sunday, September 15, 1963 killed four girls, and marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King's words are particularly poignant today in light of the recent violent tragedies in the United States.

I Have a Dream Speech

Delivered on August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King's passionate call for justice and equality was the battle cry for the Civil Rights Movement in America. The 17-minute speech called for an end to racism in the United States during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement.

I've Been to the Mountaintop Speech

On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. The night before he was assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his prophetic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. In this stirring speech Dr. King looks back on his life and is thankful for all the positive changes in civil rights that occurred in his lifetime, and he is grateful to have lived in the second half of the 20th century when masses of people all over the world were standing up for freedom and human rights.

"The Drum Major Instinct" Sermon

Listen to this inspiring sermon from Martin Luther King, Jr. In this speech, delivered in the year he was assassinated, Dr. King looks back on his life and hopes he will be remembered as a "Drum Major for Justice". King sees the importance in the "drum major instinct" that drives us to lead and be recognized, but points out through Christ's teachings that the greatest leaders are those who serve others and put justice before their own gain.

Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

Listen to this brief yet powerful speech that Dr. King delivered upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In the speech Dr. King talks of the ongoing "creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice" in the United States which by that time had led to the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. And King speaks of his hope that "mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed and join together in brotherhood."

Martin Luther King: Live Speech on Racial Discrimination

Listen to this rare recording of a 1 hour speech that Dr. King gave on March 24, 1963, the same year of his "I Have a Dream" Speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963. This speech takes a more comprehensive look at the history of African Americans and their journey from slavery to segregation to the civil rights movement. Delivered in the midst of this movement, Dr. King calls for urgency in fighting racial injustice and for nonviolent action in dealing with the moral issues of racism. He surveys the many aspects of the civil rights movement at the time and provides his wisdom on all these aspects. Listen to this excellent speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. available from the Forum Network on streaming audio.

Plenty of great resources to help you celebrate the holiday!

 

December 19, 2012

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speeches on Video

The Nobel Prize Awards were given out earlier this month, including the Nobel Peace Prize which instead of going to an individual went to the entire European Union "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe".

Nobelprize.org now offers video lectures from the past 10 years by the recipients of all of their prizes along with some videos from the 20th century. We'll start off pointing out some of the lectures of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. You can check them all out right here:

Nobel Peace Prize Lectures

Here are some of the highlights:

2009: Nobel Lecture by Barack H. Obama which he received "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

2007: Nobel Lecture by Al Gore which he received along with the non-profit he founded, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

2006: Nobel Lecture by microfinance economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below".

2005: Nobel Lecture by Mohamed ElBaradei, the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way".

1993: Nobel Lecture by Nelson Mandela (who won along with Frederik Willem de Klerk) "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa".

1989: Nobel Lecture by the 14th Dalai Lama for his struggle for the liberation of Tibet that has consistently opposed the use of violence.

1979: Nobel Lecture by Mother Teresa "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace."

1964: Nobel Lecture by Martin Luther King, Jr. for leading non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in the United States.

Watch some of these historic speeches on the topic of peace. Most of them run about 20 minutes long:

Nobel Peace Prize Lectures

Beyond the Nobel Peace Prize Lectures you can watch video lectures on Nobelprize.org of Nobel Prize recipients in Literature, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine. Most of these go back about 10 years.

The Nobel Prize in Literature Lectures - Lectures by Doris Lessing, Orhan Pamuk, Harold Pinter, V.S. Naipaul, and more.

The Nobel Prize in Economics Lectures - Lectures by Paul Krugman, Daniel Kahneman, Joseph E. Stiglitz, and more.

The Nobel Prize in Physics Lectures

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Lectures

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Lectures

Enjoy these lectures from Nobelprize.org!

 

November 28, 2012

Rest in Peace Zig Ziglar

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The great motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar has passed away at the age of 86. He was a bestselling author with books on motivation & goals, leadership, and sales & marketing. He gave talks and wrote books all the way up to the end of his life. His thoughts on retirement were: "Retire? I'm not going to ease up, let up, shut up, or give up until I'm taken up. In fact I'm just getting warmed up!" He recorded many of his inspiring talks and books on audio and we feature a large collection of those on LearnOutLoud.com:

www.learnoutloud.com/zigziglar

Today we'll feature a interview that he did on C-SPAN back in 2002 in which he discusses his autobiography:

Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

In this episode from C-SPAN's Booknotes program, Zig Ziglar discusses his book Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar. Ziglar starts the interview by talking about his Christian faith and his thoughts on political and business leaders in America. In the second half of the talk he provides a glimpse into his life as a public speaker and many of the ideas he communicates in his motivational speeches including one of his primary mottos: "You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." He discusses many of the entrepreneurial adventures he took throughout his life and some of the lessons he learned. Learn about the life of one of the greatest motivational speakers ever!

Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

And you might also want to check out his free podcast:

Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast

Zig Ziglar inspired listeners to achieve their goals for over 40 years as an author and public speaker. This podcast contains excerpts from Ziglar's recordings with advice and anecdotes on many topics. He began podcasting in 2006 and they kept all of his podcasts up on the feed. Listen to dozens of Zig Ziglar's motivational podcasts today.

Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast

We'll miss you Zig!

 

October 22, 2012

Kennedy's Cuban Missile Crisis Speech



50 years ago today, on October 22nd, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nation-wide televised address about the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba and the U.S. plan of action during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Watch or listen to Kennedy's speech during one of the major confrontations of the Cold War.

Cuban Missile Crisis Address to the Nation by John F. Kennedy on Audio Download and Streaming Video

The confrontation ended on October 28, 1962, when Kennedy and United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached a public and secret agreement with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Had a nuclear conflict, or possibly World War III, been initiated it has been estimated that 100 million Americans and over 100 million Soviets would have perished.

50 years later eight countries have detonated nuclear weapons and acknowledge that they possess nuclear weapons: the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, the People's Republic of China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. And it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear weapons, though it does not acknowledge having them. South Africa has the unique status of a nation that developed nuclear weapons but has since disassembled its arsenal. The Federation of American Scientists estimates there are more than 19,000 nuclear warheads in the world as of 2012, with around 4,400 of them kept in "operational" status, ready for use.



 

January 30, 2012

Best Commencement Speeches on Audio & Video

Get inspired with this list of the 10 best commencement speeches available on audio & video. While college commencement addresses are aimed at graduates, the wisdom they contain can be inspirational for everyone, no matter what stage of life you're at. Since colleges have been putting out more videos in recent years there are now many commencement addresses available on YouTube. And we've also discovered that the C-SPAN video library also features many great commencement addresses from the past twenty years or so.

We've selected these top 10 best commencement speeches mixing some historic commencement speeches with some great modern commencement addresses as well:

1. 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs delivered this commencement address at Stanford University and it's one of the more inspiring commencement addresses we've ever had a chance to hear. Jobs tells three stories of endurance through his education, his career, and his diagnosis with cancer, and through it all his advice is: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." This title is available on streaming video.

2. 1963 American University Commencement Address by John F. Kennedy

In this famous address delivered a few months before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy spoke of peace. Delivered at the height of the Cold War, Kennedy expressed his goal for peace that wasn't a "Pax Americana" based on American weapons of war. He spoke of the U.S. intentions around the World and against many of the policies of the Soviet Union. Many of Kennedy's words on peace still ring true today such as his statement: "For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

3. J.K. Rowling Speaks at the 2008 Harvard Commencement

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling delivers some wise words of wisdom during her Harvard Commencement address in 2008 which she entitled "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination". She talks about how failure in her life after a divorce and when she was living in poverty helped her to eliminate everything that wasn't most important to her. And she talks about what she learned of human good and evil in her work for Amnesty International. She points out how fortunate the graduates of Harvard are and encourages them to succeed and fail and live rich lives.

4. 2001 Harvard Commencement Address by Bono

Rock star Bono addresses Harvard graduates in this 2001 Commencement Address. He talked about his journey with economist Jeffrey Sachs to encourage debt cancellation in Africa in the Jubilee 2000 campaign. He encouraged graduates to rebel against indifference and create an America where anything is possible. The address is full of inspiring words from the U2 frontman and activist.

5. Oprah Winfrey's 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey packs as much advice as she can into this 30 minute Commencement Address which she gave to the Stanford graduating class of 2008. Through stories in her own life, she relays life lessons like: "Grow into being more of yourself", "Listen to your gut", "If it doesn't feel right don't do it", "If you're not sure what to do, get still", "If you struggling, then help others who are struggling". And there are many more lessons relayed here in Oprah's wonderful speech.

6. 1978 Harvard University Commencement Address: A World Split Apart by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In one of the most ambitious commencement speeches ever delivered, the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn accessed the Western political and cultural situation in the year 1978 and many of his criticisms still hold true today. While in exile from the Soviet Union, he spent a number of years in the United States and this address is his analysis of the Western predicament. In this comprehensive one hour speech he discusses Western politics, the media, our role in Vietnam, the lack of courage in our leadership, Soviet communism, commercialism and materialism, and the spiritual state of Western man. He delivers the speech in Russian and it is simultaneously translated into English. This speech is offered on streaming audio through Google Video.

7. 1990 Commencement Address at Wellesley College by Barbara Bush

First Lady Barbara Bush imparted some words of wisdom in her well received Commencement Address at Wellesley College back in 1990. She emphasizes what's most important in life, provides some humorous anecdotes, and even quotes Ferris Bueller. In this brief 10 minute speech she receives thunderous applause.

8. Randy Pausch Inspires Graduates at the 2008 Carnegie Mellon Commencement

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch is famous for his "Last Lecture" which he delivered shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A few months before his death he delivered this brief and inspiring speech at the Carnegie Mellon commencement on what's really important when you look back at your life.

9. 2000 Boston University Commencement by Tom Wolfe

Watch this turn of the century commencement address from the great American author Tom Wolfe. While most commencement address speakers urge students to go out and change the world and fight the system, Tom Wolfe reminds graduates to keep up the current greatness of America and of our tremendous wealth and openness as a country. He praises our middle class virtues and laughs at movie actors and rock stars and other "intellectuals" who tear down the ordinary virtues of America with satire and cries of indignation. Throughout the talk Wolfe gives some of his own hilarious observations on America at the turn of the 21st century. It's a unique commencement address from one of America's most keen observers and most entertaining writers.

10. Conan O'Brien's 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address

And for some comic relief in a commencement address, Conan O'Brien delivered a rapid fire comic routine at Dartmouth College last year. After many jokes to warm the crowd up he gets a little serious about his failure at hosting the Tonight Show and the importance of having your greatest fear realized. Through it all he learned that dreams do change and that can lead to a much more exciting life than was previously imagined.

In addition to this top ten you might also want to check out NPR's list of "The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever" with videos available for many of the speeches:

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

And here are some other good commencement addresses we listened to that have proven to be popular. Here are over dozen other commencement addresses in historical order. We're linking directly to these ones for the most part:

1941 Winston Churchill Address To Harrow School

Delivered in the midst of World War II, Churchill's speech to the Harrow School contains the lines: "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense."

George C. Marshall Introduces The Marshall Plan at the 1947 Harvard University Commencement

George C. Marshall introduces the Marshall Plan to rescue Europe after World War II.

1999 George Washington Commencement Address by Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu preaches for a new world and asks graduates to work for it.

1999 Agnes Scott College Commencement Address by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut gives a freewheeling and funny commencement address with some gems of wisdom for the graduates to remember.

2000 Antioch College Commencement by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal gives a politically charged taped audio address from death row for the Antioch College commencement.

2001 California State University at Fullerton Commencement by Nicholas Cage

Actor Nicholas Cage spreads his passion for movies and acting and art and life.

2001 Vassar College Commencement Address by Stephen King

America's Boogie Man Stephen King says life is short and then you die so give away what you have to the poor.

2004 Commencement Address at The College of William & Mary by Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart praises the youth generation and encourages them to fix what the previous generation has broken.

Bill Cosby's 2007 Commencement Address at Carnegie Mellon University

Bill Cosby urges you to not talk yourself out of being you and to be proud of being yourself.

Ellen at Tulane Commencement 2009

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres talks about how she overcame some of the tougher setbacks in her life.

2011 Commencement Address by Denzel Washington

Actor Denzel Washington tells graduates to not have something to fall back on, but instead fall forward and keep getting back up.

Dr. E.O. Wilson at the 2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Commencement

Biologist E.O. Wilson encourages us to rescue the biodiversity of the plant.

Tom Hanks Addresses the Yale Class of 2011

Actor Tom Hanks talks about the "ying yang thang" of life and how our faith can grow bigger than our fears.

There are still a lot more commencement addresses for us to listen to. We'll try to build on this list for a feature later in the year when students are graduating.



 

January 16, 2012

20 Free Famous Speeches by Martin Luther King


Happy Martin Luther King Day! Celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader by listening to some of his speeches.

Stanford University's King Research and Education Institute now freely provides streaming audio of over 20 of Dr. King's most famous speeches and sermons:


Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute

Here are the speeches you can listen to there:

1954:

28 February 1954 - Rediscovering Lost Values

1955:

5 December 1955 - Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting

1956:

4 November 1956 - "Paul's Letter to American Christians"

1957:

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

1963:

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

1964:

10 December 1964 - Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

1965:

25 March 1965 - Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March

4 July 1965 - "The American Dream"

1966:

5 June 1966 - "Guidelines for a Constructive Church"

1967:

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"

1968:

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

And if you've not yet listened to these speeches by Martin Luther King that we've featured in the past we highly encourage you to do so:

I Have a Dream Speech

I've Been to the Mountaintop Speech

Beyond Vietnam Speech

And for our comprehensive collection of audio & video resources about Dr. King check out:

MLK Out Loud Audio & Video Resources

Some of the new free resources we've added there this year:

African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle - Stanford course taught by Professor Clayborne Carson who is the author of many books on Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, and the director of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication - C-SPAN's video coverage of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the national mall which took place October 16, 2011 and features speeches by Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Dan Rather, and many others.

And also in the past year we added our Martin Luther King, Jr. audio & video author page which features all of the audio & video titles we have that are directly by Martin Luther King including audio of his speeches and writings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Audio & Video Resources Page

Plenty of great resources to help you celebrate the holiday!