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December 28, 2015

Best Librivox Readings on our YouTube Channel

YouTube de-monetized our channel because of these audio books so we took them all down. Most Librivox audio books you can already find on other YouTube channels.

In the coming months we’ll be adding dozens of the best free audio books from the site Librivox onto our LearnOutLoud.com YouTube channel.

Check Out Our YouTube Playlist of the Best Librivox Recordings

We’ve carefully picked out the best solo narrations from the best volunteer narrators who also have the highest quality recordings of the most popular audio books the site has to offer. We’ve uploaded each of these audio books unabridged as single YouTube videos. In the descriptions of the videos we’ve also added the timings of chapters so you can easily skip to the chapter you want to go to. We’ve also attempted to compress the video files as best we can so you don’t eat up too much of your data plan if you’re listening on-the-go. Right now we’ve got about 15 audio books to choose from, but we’re going to be adding many more soon! Click the playlist on the embedded video above to see what we’ve got. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel! We’re going to be adding a lot of great content there in the coming year!

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November 30, 2015

4 Talks from Authors of Bestselling ISIS Books

Learn about ISIS from the authors of four of the best reviewed and most popular books on the group. These four talks are like a mini-course into the messy political and ideological circumstances that gave rise to such a horrific group. The authors also provide some informed suggestions as to what can be done to counter this terrifying organization.

1. Joby Warrick on Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

In this talk from early October 2015 at Politics and Prose bookstore, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick talks about his recently released book Black Flags. He tells the story of the rise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who founded the group which would become al-Qaeda in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and although al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006, the group he founded would ultimately become the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and then in 2013 after having expanded into Syria, call itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Warrick talks about some of the more frightening figures he met in his research for the book, and he explains the ideology and goals of ISIS. The Q&A provides many more interesting facts as Warrick provides insightful answers to good questions from an informed audience.

2. Michael Weiss on ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

If you’d like to delve deeper into the complexity of ISIS and the situation in Syria and Iraq, then watch this 90-minute talk delivered in February of 2015 from the International Peace Institute featuring Michael Weiss, co-author with Hassan Hassan of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. In this dense talk Weiss outlines the sectarian conflicts which are being waged between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the region and how these conflicts are playing into the fight against ISIS. He covers how much of the leadership of ISIS comes from former Ba’athist military and intelligence officers who had served during Saddam Hussein’s rule. He discusses how ISIS is able to continually recruit more members when they have such a ruthless and radical ideology. At the end of the talk he answers many good questions from the audience. While Weiss believes the future of Syria and Iraq is grim, he provides some strategies that the U.S. can take to counter this totalitarian, mafia-like, terrorist organization known as ISIS.

3. William McCants on The ISIS Apocalypse

In this talk from the Brookings Institution in September of 2015, William McCants, author of the book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State, talks about how ISIS has grown to the extent that it has in recent years. He focuses on the doomsday ideology they espouse and how this differs from other terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. He points out the significance social media has played in recruiting new members of ISIS from countries throughout the World, and how large a role the Syrian civil war has played in their expansion. McCants has an optimistic view that ISIS will be defeated by their many enemies in the region, and suggests that their primary motives are establishing and expanding the Islamic State and not necessarily conducting terrorist attacks in foreign countries.

4. J.M. Berger on ISIS: The State of Terror

In this talk from May of 2015, J.M. Berger talks about aspects of the book he co-authored with Jessica Stern called ISIS: The State of Terror. Berger talks about the rise of using social media within ISIS which has been so critical to their recruiting and to their notoriety. He attempts to explain their ideology which is both apocalyptic and millenarian. He suggests that to deal with this group of an estimated 30,000-50,000 members, we need to provide counter propaganda and alternatives to Sunnis who might potential join their ranks. In the Q&A time, Berger is questioned as to how a group that is so violent and sociopathic can recruit so many people. Berger explains that the Internet has been instrumental in uniting large amounts of people around all sorts of crazy beliefs, whether it be conspiracy theories or the radical ideology of ISIS.

For more on ISIS check out this 2014 documentary from FRONTLINE:

The Rise of ISIS

Watch this PBS Frontline documentary on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Starting with the withdrawal of American ground troops, this documentary examines the political climate of Iraq and the conflicts between Shiites and Sunni Iraqis since that time. After increased dissatisfaction with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his support of Shiites, the Sunni insurgency began to grow. Aided by the rise of ISIS in the Syrian Civil War, the group began driving out Iraqi government forces in key western cities in Iraq. The documentary concludes with ISIS controlling large portions of both Iraq and Syria, and revealing their notorious human rights abuses and war crimes. With interviews from U.S. intelligence officials and members of the Obama administration, the documentary examines the increased recent involvement of the U.S. in the region and the possibility of putting ground troops back in Iraq. This 50-minute documentary is available to stream for free from the PBS Frontline website.

And for a decent debate on ISIS check this out:

Containment Is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated

Watch or listen to this debate from back in August of this year with the motion “Containment Is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated”. In the debate, foreign policy experts argue over what the Obama administration’s next steps should be in dealing with ISIS. The side for ISIS being defeated proposes that simply containing ISIS in the region poses a threat to the surrounding region and the enemies of ISIS around the World, and that this threat will only grow over time. These foreign policy experts do not advocate putting “boots on the ground” of U.S. troops, but they feel a much stronger resolution needs to be put in place to roll back and defeat ISIS.

The side for containing ISIS and staying the course with the current U.S. policy, feels that containment is the best option at this time while we wait for the conflict to play out, and that ultimately the turmoil in Syria and Iraq are not our battle to win. They also cite the lack of political will for a full scale war against ISIS in the wake of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have cost the U.S. an estimated $3 trillion and have cost the lives of over 6,000 American troops and an estimated 200,000 Iraqis and Afghans.

It’s a good debate that helps to make sense out of a very complicated and messy situation in the Middle East and the results of the debate are quite interesting. Towards the end of the debate questions are received from the audience including questions from David Petraeus and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The debate can be watched on YouTube or downloaded on MP3 from the Intelligence Squared U.S. website.




October 28, 2015

500 Best PBS Documentaries for Free Online

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers many free educational documentaries, but you might not have the time to tune in and watch them. What you may not know is that they have 100s of their documentaries available for free online. Some of the popular series they offer which feature many free documentaries include:

Frontline – Documentaries that covers current political and social issues

American Experience – Documentaries that cover interesting events and people in American history

NOVA – Documentaries covering a wide variety of topics in popular science

Nature – Documentaries covering wildlife

Most of these documentaries can be streamed through the PBS.org website, while some of them PBS is offering on YouTube now as well. On LearnOutLoud.com we’ve collected some of the best free PBS documentaries that you can stream online and we’ve embedded many of them on our site along with links to them on PBS.org or YouTube. Before we start featuring these we will have you note:

Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play PBS documentaries on the PBS.org website. Sorry!

Start browsing these great PBS documentaries below:

Browse Over 150 Free PBS Documentaries (a variety of PBS documentaries from various PBS affiliates along with some PBS podcasts mixed in there)

Browse Over 150 Free Frontline Documentaries

Browse Over 100 Free NOVA Documentaries

Browse 50 Free Nature Documentaries

Browse 30 Free American Experience Documentaries

All in all about 500 free PBS documentaries to choose from! We’ll help you out with choosing some by highlighting ones that look the most interesting. Here’s a list of PBS documentaries we thought you might enjoy.

You might want to watch a few of the documentaries from the American Masters series which features biographies of great artists, actors and writers from the United States:

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Billie Jean King

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

And here is a variety of other PBS documentaries that might peak your interest:

10 Buildings that Changed America

The Ascent of Money – Niall Ferguson sets out to explain the financial history of the world in this ambitious 4-hour documentary.

Faces of America – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts these biographical episodes profiling these 12 renowned Americans – professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s

Is School Enough?: Learning Beyond the Classroom

Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance and Martin Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary

Your Life, Your Money – Program to help you manage your money.

And here are some key programs from PBS Frontline. If you’ve never seen a Frontline documentary you simply must watch one. Frontline has won a total of 57 Emmys, and 15 Peabodys! They’re the best:

Can You Afford to Retire?

The Card Game – Investigating the massive consumer loan industry.

A Class Divided – One of the most requested programs in FRONTLINE’s history.

College Inc. – Investigating the $400 billion higher education industry.

Digital Nation – Exploring life in our digital age.

Dropout Nation – Looking at the hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States who quit high school.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

Generation Like – Investigating the intersection of kids, corporations and the Internet.

God in America – Special 6-hour presentation brought to you by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE.

The Interrupters – Fantastic 2-hour documentary from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

The Meth Epidemic

Money, Power and Wall Street – A 4-hour look at what the heck happened with the financial meltdown.

The Mormons – The history and contemporary practice of Mormonism.

The New Asylums – Why are nearly half a million mentally ill people serving time in America’s prisons and jails?

The Persuaders – A look at the advertising and public relations industries.

The Pot Republic – Investigates marijuana in California and the USA.

Secret State of North Korea

United States of Secrets – A look at the U.S. government’s massive and controversial secret surveillance program.

And we won’t stop there. Let’s take a look at a few of the programs from American Experience. One of their major series covers the Presidents of the United States so we’ll point out a few of those:

Clinton: The American Experience

The Presidents: Reagan

JFK: American Experience

The Presidents: Nixon

The Presidents: FDR

And a few more from American Experience:

The Abolitionists – Docudrama covering William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke.

Cold War Roadshow – Nikita Khrushchev’s tour of the U.S. in the fall of 1959.

Henry Ford – A biography of the man who led the American auto industry.

Mount Rushmore – Everything you wanted to know about America’s most famous granite cliff.

Silicon Valley – The story of the invention of the microchip.

War of the Worlds – Documentary on Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast.

And here are some interesting science-related documentaries from NOVA:

Ape Genius – What separates humans from our closest living relatives.

Car of the Future

Finding Life Beyond Earth

Life’s Greatest Miracle – Trace human development from embryo to newborn through stunning microimagery.

Marathon Challenge

The Pluto Files – Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at Pluto.

Rise of the Drones

Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun

Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine

And a few from the PBS series Nature:

American Eagle – Learn about our national bird!

The Beauty of Ugly

The Gorilla King

My Life as a Turkey

An Original DUCKumentary

Why We Love Cats and Dogs




August 13, 2015

Sign Up for The Great Courses Plus

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Our friends at The Great Courses have chosen to offer to LearnOutLoud users a deal that is almost too good to be true! They are soon launching their new video subscription service called The Great Courses Plus featuring over 5000 lectures (and currently about 200 courses) and they want LearnOutLoud users to test it out! They’ve allowed the first 250 LearnOutLoud users that sign up to beta test this amazing new service. All you need to do to sign up is click the link below and enter in the invitation code LEARNOUTLOUD and your email and then create an account and you’re in. Please Note: Signing up for an account does require you to enter in a credit card but we assure you that you will never be charged anything and you will have no obligation to join after the beta period.

Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you:

Sign Up for The Great Courses Plus

Here is a write-up on the program that The Great Courses gave to us that explains it in more detail:

As part of our ongoing desire to offer our users unique content and opportunities, we have been given access to a free beta to a great new educational service launching publically later this year.

Later this fall, The Great Courses, the leader in lifelong learning, will be launching The Great Courses Plus – a new video subscription learning service featuring nearly 5,000 lectures from their library of courses. Before launching the commercial subscription, The Great Courses will open the service FREE to select audiences as a “Beta” test of the new product’s performance, and we have been given a special invitation code exclusive to LearnOutLoud users. The free subscription is only during their beta period, and only being offered to a small exclusive audience. The beta is expected to last until late September. When the beta test is finished, your subscription will be cancelled and you will be under no obligation to join.

The Great Courses Plus will be the purest form of ‘lifelong learning’ that The Great Courses has offered in its 25 year history, and includes these great features:

-Over 4,600 lectures from the best courses in The Great Courses library of content, including the Smithsonian courses
-Courses and lectures cover subjects in History, Science, Professional Development, Cooking & Wine, Photography and much more
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To take advantage and get your free subscription, simply visit www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and enter your email address and the code ‘LEARNOUTLOUD’ in the orange box on the home page, click ‘Submit’, and then finish the sign-up process. The sign-up process does require a credit card to ensure you are a real person, but you will not be charged now or in the future.

We hope you can take advantage of and enjoy this unique opportunity. It won’t be free for very long, so be sure to act soon!

Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you:

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June 12, 2015

200+ Best Free Snag Films Documentaries

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Unfortunately as of May 2020 SnagFilms has shut down. They had a good run!

SnagFilms.com is a great resource for free streaming movies boasting over 10,000 free movies you can watch with limited commercial interruption. One genre they excel at is documentary and we went through all of their documentary categories in depth to pick out over 200 of the best documentaries that they have available. We’ve added these docs to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection which features over 2000 quality free documentaries. You can browse over 200 of the best documentaries from Snag Films right here:

Over 200 of the Best Free Documentaries from Snag Films

Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Snag Films movies right now. Sorry!

We’ve gone through this Snag Films list and selected some of the documentaries we thought our audience might be particularly interested in. Check out these worthwhile docs:

The 5 Keys to Mastery – Examine how to succeed with successful people like Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Stephen Tobolowsky, Linus Torvalds, Julius Axelrod, Wendy Rieger, and more.

6 (and a half) Secrets of Love – Documentary featuring love gurus John Gray and Pat Allen.

Afterlife – Peer into the afterlife as it is explored through modern scientific research.

The Atomic Cafe – Famous documentary utilizes historic footage to humorously show the horrors of the atomic age and the Cold War.

Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words – This film provides Ayn Rand’s own recollections and reflections.

Bring Your A Game – A collection of prominent African American voices examine the plight of black men and boys.

Capturing the Friedmans – Award winning film casts an intimate look at this peculiar American family.

The Corporation – A critical examination of the institution that has come to dominate the planet.

Crazy Wisdom: The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics – A look at this history of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University started in 1974 by by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Gregory Corso, Chцgyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many other well known poets, artists, and intellectuals.

Decoding Deepak – Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra has a critical eye turned on him by his son, filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra.

Drugs Inc. – National Geographic series covering a variety of drugs including crack, ecstasy, hallucinogens, and more.

Father Thomas Keating: The Contemplative Life – Learn about the life of Father Thomas Keating and his practice of “centering prayer”.

Feng Shui: Creating Environments for Success and Well-Being – Discover the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui and bring harmony into your environment.

Heaven on Earth: Buddhism
Heaven on Earth: Christianity
Heaven on Earth: Hinduism
Heaven on Earth: Islam
Heaven on Earth: Judaism
Heaven on Earth: Paganism
– Series of brief documentaries explores 5 major World religions and paganism.

In Another Life: Reincarnation In America – A look at reincarnation from top experts in the fields of reincarnation research, past-life therapy, and Eastern spirituality.

The Incredible Human Body – National Geographic unveils many amazing examples of the power of our human bodies.

Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – An overview of the politics and social effects of America’s obesity epidemic.

Leonard Bernstein Omnibus – Learn about music from one of the greatest conductors of all time about music in this series of talks and performances by Leonard Bernstein.

The Nature of Existence – Ambitious documentary on the meaning of life.

Nelson Mandela: Free at Last – Chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s freedom struggle.

Ram Dass: Answering Life’s Questions – Spiritual teacher Ram Dass takes a shot at life’s most pressing questions.

Remembering – Documentary all about human memory.

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny – Doc on the popular president hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich.

Secret Fear – Documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia – A look at the enormously popular encyclopedia website.

Uncorked: Wine Made Simple – Learn the basics of wine in this informative documentary.

The Weather Underground – Fascinating documentary on the radical left-wing organization that formed in 1969.

Waiting to Inhale – Doc looks at the heated debate surrounding marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States.

Super Size Me – Popular documentary by Morgan Spurlock featuring him eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days.

Yoga, Inc. – Documentary on the business of yoga and what may be lost in the process.




May 17, 2015

100+ Best Free Documentaries on Hulu

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Note: Hulu’s free ad-supported movies have now been removed from their site. Sorry!

Hulu.com is known for their TV shows, but they also feature a lot of great movies including many documentaries. We went through their full documentary catalog and picked out the highest quality documentaries we could find to add to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection. The result is over 130 quality documentaries that you can watch for free with limited commercial interruption.

You can browse all the Hulu.com documentaries right here:

Browse Over 130 of the Best Free Documentaries on Hulu.com

Here are some of the best documentaries on Hulu.com:

3 Magic Words – A spiritual documentary focused on life’s big question, “Who am I?”.

American Dream – Academy Award-winning documentary film from 1990 covering an unsuccessful strike in the heartland of America against the Hormel Foods corporation.

Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged – A look at Ayn Rand’s famous book and it’s vision of America.

Capitalism: A Love Story – Michael Moore’s take on American capitalism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Charles Bukowski: Born Into This – Good portrait of the novelist and poet “laureate of American lowlife”.

Examined Life – Documentary featuring philosophers such as Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler.

Happiness Is – Documentary on the pursuit of happiness featuring His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp as well as happiness authors Daniel Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin and Darrin McMahon.

Hell House – Interesting look behind-the-scenes of a Christian-themed haunted attraction, in Cedar Hill, Texas.

Hoop Dreams – One of the greatest documentaries ever made from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James.

John Wooden: Values, Victory, and Peace of Mind – UCLA basketball coach John Wooden spreads his recipe for success in this documentary.

King: Man Of Peace In A Time Of War – A salute to Dr. Martin Luther King featuring Colin Powell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, and many more celebrated figures.

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance – Unique documentary film that features no words and focuses on nature and its clash modern day living.

Looking for Fidel – Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone sits down with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie – Self portrait of Bud Clayman who struggles daily living with mental illness.

The Secret – The worldwide phenomenon is here on Hulu!

Style Wars – Classic 1983 documentary on graffiti and hip hop culture in New York City.

Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie – Amazing and terrifying archival footage covering the history of nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1963.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement – Academy Award nominated documentary on the role the government played in the 1993 “Waco Siege” on the Branch Davidian church.

What the Bleep Do We Know!? – Documentary blends fiction and nonfiction along with popular science and spirituality to examine the connection between quantum physics and consciousness.

Enjoy these and many more documentaries from Hulu.com!




April 13, 2015

50 Best Podcasts You Can Learn From

best50podcasts.jpgSince we launched our LearnOutLoud.com Podcast Directory back in September of 2005, we’ve featured 100s of podcasts in our Free Resource of the Day Emails. We’ve seen great new podcasts rise to the top, and many more podcasts fade away into oblivion. We even had our moment in the sunshine with many of our very own LearnOutLoud.com Podcasts being featured and awarded in the iTunes Podcast Directory. After 10 years of podcasting history and to commemorate our LearnOutLoud.com 10th Anniversary, we’ve put together this list of the 50 best podcasts you can learn from. Over the years we’ve tried to seek out great podcasts that might not be the top ranked podcasts on iTunes, but nevertheless are amazing educational resources. Listen and subscribe to some of the best of the best podcasts from the first decade of podcasting! We’ve tried to rank them according to which podcasts are best!

1. Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast

There’s not much motivational content on our site that can rival Zig Ziglar’s Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast. Ziglar passed away in 2012 at the age of 86, and we must feature his podcast which includes 300 individual podcast episodes from the audio archives of Zig Ziglar! Listen to podcasts on Wisdom, Hope, Faith, Gratitude, Overcoming Fear, Discipline and Commitment, Success, Emotions and Attitudes, Values, Persistence, Happiness, Goals, Positive Thinking, Relationships, Forgiveness, Sales Advice, Parental Wisdom, Ethical Leadership, Love and Romance, and we could go on and on and on. Each of the podcasts has a description below it, so it should be easy to pick out ones in the areas you need motivation. Listen to one of the greatest motivators of all time with over 9 years of podcasts from Zig Ziglar! Note: It may take a moment to load because the podcast feed is quite massive.

2. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast

Since 2005 a group at Stanford University has been podcasting talks from some of the most successful people in business and technology. The speaker generally gives an overview of their experiences as an entrepreneur along with advice for anyone looking to start a business. On this podcast you’ll hear from such thought leaders as Sal Khan of the Khan Academy, author Guy Kawasaki, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and people from Google, Yahoo, and dozens of other companies you’re probably familiar with. They have all their podcasts up on the feed going back ten years! Learn from these successful business & technology thought leaders.

3. Oprah.com’s Spiritual Channel Podcast

In 2008 Oprah Winfrey launched a series of podcasts. Her first and most popular podcast featured Eckhart Tolle teaching a 10-part course on his book A New Earth. That podcast has since become Oprah.com’s Spiritual Channel Podcast and she continues to update it with interviews she conducted on her Soul Series on Oprah Radio and other spiritual audio programs from Oprah.com. Now on the podcast you’ll find hour-long Oprah interviews with spiritual teachers such as Wayne Dyer, Elizabeth Lesser, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Larry Dossey, Byron Katie, and many other teachers and bestselling authors in the field of spiritual growth. And of course the Eckhart Tolle 10-part course is still on the podcast. These podcasts are available on MPEG-4 audio & video and can be played through Quicktime or iTunes.

4. 1 Year Daily Audio Bible Podcast

Want to get through the entire Bible in a year? This podcast will take you through the entire Bible in 365 separate podcasts to be listened to over the next year. Each podcast is read by Nashville, TN based record producer Brian Hardin. Instead of going through the Bible chronologically, he selects four different passages for each podcast, which go through books of the Old and New Testament simultaneously, along with a Proverb and a Psalm. If you’d like to read the Bible more, but can’t find the time of day, then try listening to the entire Bible in one year with the Bible In a Year Podcast.

5. Frontline Audiocast – PBS Podcast

The PBS Frontline series are some of the best documentaries available on public television, but it’s often difficult to carve out time to sit down and watch them. Now Frontline has released a group of their documentaries as audio podcasts and they actually work really well as just audio. Since most of the Frontline documentaries feature talking heads interviews along with narration they don’t really require the visual component. Also Frontline has done the service of inserting audio of the name of the person who is talking before each interview. Each podcast runs about an hour.

6. Zencast Podcast

Zencast has been offering Zen Buddhism teachings on podcast for many, many years now and the great thing is they’ve kept almost all their podcasts up on their feed so each of them can still be downloaded. They’re now up to over 400 podcasts! Zencast host Gil Fronsdal teaches many classes. Other frequent speakers on Zencast include Joseph Goldstein, Tara Brach, and Jack Kornfield. These podcasts are essential listening for anyone looking to learn more about Zen Buddhism. Caution: This feed is huge so it may take time to load.

7. Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing Podcast

Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing is a podcast devoted to helping listeners improve their writing skills. Taking a nuts and bolts approach, these short podcasts clarify common errors in English grammar in precise detail. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you should use lie or lay in a sentence, or if that comma splice was used correctly, this podcast will give you the answers. Listen to the latest podcasts from Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty. And her podcasts started an empire. Check out more Quick and Dirty Tips Podcasts.

8. TEDTalks Podcast

One of the first podcasts we ever featured! The TEDTalks Podcast features key talks from the TED Conference covering the latest ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, and other areas. Many years later and they’re still featuring new talks every week so you may want to subscribe to this one.

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.)

10. 12 Byzantine Rulers: The History of The Byzantine Empire Podcast

With the History of the Byzantine Empire Podcast, Lars Brownworth examines the 12 rulers that have come to represent a unique era in Roman history; a period marked by decline. With an excellent handle on the subject and concise delivery, Brownsworth devotes each episode to an Emperor; describing the man, how he came to power, how he ruled, and what his legacy was thereafter. When taken as a whole, each bite-sized character profile tells the overall story of the Roman Empire as it struggled to survive during the middle ages.

11. Plato – The Republic Podcast

The Republic by Plato is one of the most influential works of philosophy in history. In the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato’s teacher and protagonist Socrates sets out to find an answer to the question: “What is justice?”. Along the way Socrates discusses the ideal city-state and his theory of forms, which includes his famous allegory of the cave. This podcast contains all eleven books of The Republic unabridged. It is read by the professional British narrator Patrick Horgan and is available on MP3 download.

12. NPR: Fresh Air Podcast

What podcast list would be complete without NPR’s Fresh Air?! In 2007 NPR started offering their popular radio show Fresh Air for free as a podcast. Host Terry Gross has been interviewing persons in arts & entertainment and other fields for over 40 years now. Currently on the feed the podcasts go back about three months.

13. Sounds True: Insights at the Edge Podcast

Listen to the best podcast yet from the publisher Sounds True! In this podcast Tami Simon, founder of Sounds True, interviews spiritual teachers, visionary writers, and living luminaries about their newest work and current challenges of their inner inquiry and outer contribution to the world. Subscribe to this great podcast today!

14. English as a Second Language Podcast

This podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English listening and speaking. Their podcast feed features their regular show which covers vocabulary in a variety of situations and also their English Cafe podcast which includes English discussion on various topics to help listening comprehension. Learning Guides, which include transcripts, can be downloaded on their site ESLpod.com. The ESL Podcast is hosted by Dr. Jeff McQuillan, former professor of applied linguistics and education. For anyone looking to learn English, this is one of the best free resources available on the web. They’re now up to over 1000 podcasts!

15. Seminars About Long Term Thinking Podcast

From The Long Now Foundation comes this fascinating series of Seminars About Long Term Thinking. 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 to over a decade of podcasts!

16. Heart of Darkness Audiobook Podcast

Joseph Conrad’s classic novella Heart of Darkness has recently been made available for free on audio download. LoudLit.org and LiteralSystems have produced this professional sounding audio book that is narrated by Tom Franks. Listen to the highly symbolic tale of Marlow’s journey down the Congo River. This unabridged audio book is available on MP3 Download from and can also be subscribed to as a podcast.

17. History According to Bob Podcast

For many years now, Bob Packett has serviced the world with his podcast, History According to Bob! This retired history professor operating out of Kansas explores a large canvas – from the smallest historical artifacts to decade-spanning cultural upheaval with the sort of down-home, approachable style that is the earmark of a great teacher.

18. Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac Podcast

The Writer’s Almanac Podcast hosted by Garrison Keillor is a wonderful way to start your day. Though well known already for being the figurehead of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, Keillor has been offering this daily dose of poetry and history for many years as well. Each episode typically begins with a note on a person or event that has shaped a given day in history, followed by a poem rendered in Keillor’s peerless style. Enjoy!

19. Inside Out Weight Loss Podcast

Listen to this podcast from Personal Life Media hosted by leading diet and weight-loss coach Renee Stephens. Renee features over 250 podcasts on her feed and she encourages listeners to start with the first podcast which covers her personal story of how she overcame compulsive overeating along with the methods of weight loss she’ll be using in the podcast. Instead of focusing on a diet plan or what you should or shouldn’t be eating or doing, Renee focuses on transforming the mind so that you can in turn transform your body. Using techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, and Positive Psychology, Renee teaches listeners how to lose weight from the “inside out”. She does multi-part podcasts on How to Eat, Exercise Motivation, Intent-ful Eating, Fixing a “Broken” Metabolism, and much more. Enjoy this epic podcast on weight loss!

20. Great Speeches in History Podcast

After all these years still our most popular LearnOutLoud.com podcast! Our Great Speeches in History Podcast showcases classic speeches from great orators throughout history. Featuring great speeches like the “I Have a Dream” speech, the Gettysburg Address, and many more famous speeches. Please download, listen, and subscribe to our popular podcast!

21. A Tale of Two Cities Podcast

Check out this free unabridged professional recording of A Tale of Two Cities, released by Literal Systems. Listen to this sweeping historical novel set in London and Paris around the time of the French Revolution. The audio quality is top notch and Jane Ayer’s narration is superb. This classic 14-hour audio book is available on MP3 download as a podcast from Literal Systems.

22. The History of Rome Podcast

After five years of podcasting The History of Rome Podcast, host Mike Duncan has completed the entire history of the rise and fall of the Rome. In his 179th and final episode he talks about the journeys through Roman history that he has taken in the podcast. This podcast is one of the most popular podcasts on our site with a 4.6 star rating out of over 40 ratings and many glowing reviews. All 179 podcast episodes are up on the feed. Get hooked on the history of Rome! The History of Rome Podcast is a chronological attempt to trace the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Starting with Rome’s founding by the mythical twins Romulus and Remus, this series hosted by Mike Duncan is an ongoing account of the people and events that shaped the western world. A must for any student of history and an invaluable resource for anyone that needs a ground level survey of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

23. The EntreLeadership Podcast

Dave Ramsey is a bestselling financial author and radio host, and his team runs one of the most popular business podcasts on iTunes, The EntreLeadership Podcast. The podcast is hosted by Chris LoCurto, who conducts excellent interviews with today’s top business authors and leaders. At the beginning of each episode you’ll hear a lesson from Dave Ramsey himself. After the lesson LoCurto conducts an interview, and currently on the feed you can listen to interviews with leadership experts like John C. Maxwell, Robin Robins, Patrick Lencioni, Stephen M.R. Covey, Jim Collins, Tony Dungy, Tony Hseih, and, of course, Dave Ramsey. Get great business advice from over 90 podcasts dating back to 2011!

24. Meditation Peace: Free Guided Meditation Exercises Podcast

The Meditation Society of Australia provides this series of podcasts featuring several guided meditations. These well-directed meditations focus on a specific subject matter and are accompanied by music. The narrator also provides many meditative insights along the way. Enjoy these free meditations from the Meditation Society of Australia.

25. Vanity Fair’s Writers Reading Podcast

Vanity Fair’s Writers Reading Podcast features many of today’s best authors reading from their latest books. They haven’t updated the feed in a while, but currently on the podcast feed you’ll hear award-winning prison journalist Wilbert Rideau read from his book In the Place of Justice, Norris Church Mailer reading from her memoir about her life with her husband Norman Mailer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills reading from his new book Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, Jonathan Safran Foer on his first nonfiction work exploring factory farming entitled Eating Animals, and many other highly respected writers including Augusten Burroughs, Tracy Kidder, Taylor Branch, Gay Talese, Jay McInerney, and more.

26. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Podcast

In his own irreverent style Dan Carlin attacks the historical record in the Hardcore History Podcast. Each month, Carlin selects a different topic or person in history, spanning from the ancient to the present depending upon his mood, and brings his humorous and sometimes provocative opinion to bear on it. The editorial tone Carlin takes is usually funny, and while some of what he argues is controversial, his command of the subject can never be questioned.

27. SermonIndex Classics Podcast

Listen to these podcasts from SermonIndex. These podcasts cover many aspects of Christianity and Christian Living, including sermons from Billy Graham, Corrie Ten Boom, Jim Cymbala, David Wilkerson, Zac Poonen, Keith Green, A.W. Tozer, Duncan Campbell, Ian Paisley, Leonard Ravenhill, and many other popular preachers from throughout the 20th century. For more free classic sermons check out the offerings we feature from Sermon Index.

28. NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S. Podcast

One of the best things to listen to on audio is a debate. The full rhetoric comes through in the speakers, making it very exciting to listen to. NPR has created a debate podcast where they confront controversial topics. They’ve been podcasting these debates since 2007 and they have one a month. The podcast feed goes back about six months. Have a listen to these fantastic debates.

29. The Masters of The Secret Podcast

This podcast features conversations with teachers that were featured in the movie The Secret. Bill Harris, director of the Centerpointe Research Institute, conducts the conversations which cover the spiritual and practical applications of the law of attraction by the teachers that are interviewed. The teachers included in this podcast are John Assaraf, Hale Dwoskin, Joe Vitale, Jack Canfield, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, and James Ray.

30. Healthy Living Radio Podcast

Browse over 400 podcasts covering just about every imaginable aspect of health! This podcast from the Cooper Aerobics Center and Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas features over 400 healthy living podcasts going to back to 2005. Many of them feature Dr. Ken Cooper, also known as the “father of aerobics”, who introduced the world to the concept of aerobics with his 1968 book Aerobics. Since that time he’s authored dozens of books and created the Cooper Aerobics Center and Cooper Institute for health and wellness research. This podcast features numerous members of the Cooper Institute including Dr. Cooper, Dr. Tedd Mitchell, Dr. Abram Eisenstein, and Dr. Nina Radford talking about a wide variety of topics including cancer prevention, vitamins, exercise, weight loss, heart disease, depression, and many, many more health topics. They also interview a lot of experts on health. For example on Oct. 8, 2007 they interviewed Dr. John J. Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. And on Feb. 27, 2006 they interviewed Dr. Daniel G. Amen on brain health. Dr. Amen authored the bestselling book Making a Good Brain Great. So much amazing healthy living information on one podcast that we are embarrassed we haven’t featured yet!

31. Jung Podcast

This podcast is devoted to the understanding of the analytical psychology of the great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jungian analyst John Betts (who graduated from the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland) introduces listeners to Carl Jung’s theories of the structure of the psyche, the Anima & Animus, the Persona, Jungian dream interpretation, active imagination, individuation, and more! John Betts is incredibly lucid and articulate in describing these theories, providing real life examples and quoting Jung and other Jungians as he goes along. It’s basically a course on Jung, and one would do best to start with Betts’ first podcasts and work his or her way through them.

32. Take Control of Your Career and Your Life with Marcus Buckingham Podcast

Listen to or watch this podcasted class offered by Oprah.com, featuring bestselling author Marcus Buckingham. This eight-step course explores finding fulfillment in your career. Marcus Buckingham guides 29 students that are seeking personal success in their business and life. Throughout the course Marcus teaches you how to leverage your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. This podcast is available on audio & video download (for some reason the streaming doesn’t seem to be working too well). Enjoy the course!

33. The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Podcast

Philosophy Professor Peter Adamson hosts a series of 20 minute philosophical history lessons that endeavor to provide listeners with a more rounded approach to the subject. While Adamson does offers his expert analysis on titans like Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and other well-known thinkers, he also focuses equal scrutiny on Islamic figures such as al-Ghazali, or the Jewish mystics that contributed to Kabbalistic thought. In sum, the series offers a thorough, ever-growing and ultimately even-handed overview of how the major philosophical (and corresponding religious) traditions developed throughout human history.

34. Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast

Listen to Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer deliver talks from her TV & radio ministry. In many podcasts, she discusses busyness and how to confront time management from a Biblical perspective. Enjoy these podcasts which go back over four months!

35. iTunes: Meet the Author Podcast

A wide array of contemporary authors are joined by special moderators in the Meet the Author podcast series presented by Apple. Authors of the latest best-selling fiction and non-fiction books converge on the Apple Store in New York City for a lively discussion on their latest works, as well as a Q&A period from the in-store audience. Guests in the growing interview archive include Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, Tim Ferriss, James Patterson, George R.R. Martin and more!

36. Music and the Brain Audio Podcast

Watch or listen to this great series from the Library of Congress on streaming video or audio podcast. Project chair Kay Redfield Jamison convenes scientists and scholars, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists, and other experts to talk about cognitive neuroscience and music. Here are some of the lectures in the series: “The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature”: In this short talk, author Daniel Levitin suggests that in human history music came before language, and that throughout history music has almost always been accompanied by movement. “Depression and Creativity Symposium”: Kay Redfield Jamison, Dr. Terence Ketter, and Dr. Peter Whybrow take a look at depression and bipolar disorder and their possible connection to creativity. They specifically discuss artists like Vincent van Gogh, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn. “The Mind of an Artist”: Cognitive psychologist Michael Kubovy and composer Judith Shatin suggest that language and music are very closely related in the brain, and Kubovy shows findings on the brain’s reaction to different types of music in comparison to the cognition of language. “Music, Criminal Behavior, and Crime Prevention”: Norman Middleton of the Library of Congress Music Division starts the lecture with providing examples of how music has been used in regards to preventing crime and treating criminals. Then Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott talks about ways of discouraging criminal activity and anti-social behavior through the use of music in different environments. “Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy”: Jayne Standley, director of the Music Therapy Program at Florida State University, introduces music therapy and the many ways it has been applied in the medical profession while showing video examples of successful music therapy. Enjoy these and many more lectures on “Music and the Brain” in this series of talks from the Library of Congress.

37. 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.

38. The Forum at Grace Cathedral Podcast

San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral has long hosted a series of Forum discussions with special guests that are on the cutting edge of faith-based work. Grace’s current Dean, Jane Shaw, hosts guests on a wide range of topics, with a current emphasis placed on how the arts have impacted our understanding of the nature of God. Recent talks have tackled the current state of interfaith relations, the history of religious architecture, the meaning of money, music’s role in spiritual expression, and the question of where religion is headed as humanity dives into an increasingly pluralistic modern world. Always thought-provoking, Shaw and her guests take on each topic with a welcoming, inquisitive spirit that invites everyone into the discussion at hand. Guests currently on the feed include Michael Pollan, Sandra Day O’Connor, Dinesh D’Souza, T.C. Boyle, Matthew Fox, Elaine Pagels, Rob Bell, Jim Wallis, and many other distinguished guests.

39. HBO: Real Time with Bill Maher Podcast

One of the most popular podcasts in our podcast directory 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.

40. Change Nation Podcast

The Change Nation Podcast features interviews with leading experts and inspirational speakers about ways individuals can make positive changes in their personal and professional lives. Host Ariane De Bonvoisin talks with authors and speakers and other great teachers of change. Topics covered include getting organized, starting a business, finding a job, nurturing a relationship, getting fit, eating right, and much, much more. Ariane is an excellent host and many recent interviews are available as both audio & video podcasts. Definitely check out this podcast and you might also want to check out Ariane De Bonvoisin’s site: www.first30days.com.

41. Catalyst Podcast

The Catalyst Podcast features an impressive collection of many podcast interviews with leadership authors and experts in the areas of business and church ministry. It stems from the Catalyst Conference which is a Christian leadership conference that features many of the speakers that are interviewed on the podcast. Become a better leader in every area of your life with the Catalyst Podcast.

42. Gary Renard Podcast

Listen to the Gary Renard Podcast co-hosted by professional voice artist Gene Bogart as he talks with author Gary Renard about the ideas in his books such as The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality. Renard’s books draw heavily from the ideas of A Course in Miracles and he provides insight into many teachings from A Course in Miracles in these podcasts. Renard has been podcasting for years now and there are now over fifty podcast episodes to listen to. Check them out!

43. UCSF Mini Medical School Audio Podcast

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In this series from the University of California, San Francisco, faculty members and other nationally-recognized experts give the latest findings on a variety of health and medical related topics. Learn the latest in medical research from the University of California, San Francisco with these audio & video podcasts.

44. The Potter’s Touch Audio Podcast

The Potter’s Touch Video Podcast

With The Potter’s Touch Podcast on audio & video, Bishop T.D. Jakes brings an empowering message to his audience on how God wants us to succeed in life. Using a forceful, energetic delivery that can’t help but stir an audience, Jakes has become one of the leading voices in a modern evangelical movement that is focused on delivering a biblically-based call to take responsibility for one’s life. With a no-nonsense style that doesn’t take a minute for excuses, Jakes teaches that with God’s help, we can overcome the inner and outer demons that are holding us back from becoming what we were always meant to be.

45. Philosophy: The Classics Podcast

In this podcast, British author Nigel Warburton reads from his book Philosophy: The Classics (now in its 3rd edition). The book examines and summarizes 27 classic works of philosophy. Currently on the podcast feed, Warburton reads chapters from his book summarizing classics such as Plato’s The Republic, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Descartes’ Meditations. His introductions to these works are clear and concise, and his narration is adequate for the material. Subscribe to this work of philosophical generosity.

46. Revealing World Religions Podcast

Revealing World Religions Podcast is offered by ThinkingStrings.com and features the narrated text of Revealing World Religions by Dr. Cynthia Eller of Montclair State University. This podcasted audio book features these 10 modules covering many of the World’s Religions. All of these are currently available on the feed and work as introductions to these religious traditions.

47. Love Language Minute with Dr. Gary Chapman Podcast

Noted relationship counselor Gary Chapman hosts these short daily insights based on his bestselling book The Five Love Languages . Each episode is under a minute and touches on the various barriers people face in the way they communicate their feelings with one another. Framed within a spiritual perspective, these podcasts offer valuable tips on how to speak more freely and love more fully.

48. Serial Podcast

iTunes has announced their picks for the best podcasts of 2014 and their pick for the best new podcast is Serial Podcast. Here’s a little bit about this compelling podcast that everyone is talking about. As one of the main creative forces behind NPR’s radio program “This American Life”, journalist Sarah Koenig has worked for decades bringing the the every day stories of real people to the level of an art form. Starting as a This American Life spinoff, Koenig and fellow producer Julie Snyder created the Serial Podcast as a means to tell one true life story over the course of several episodes. Each episode ends on something like a cliff-hanger and given the real-life nature of what is explored, the ending is unpredictable. In the inaugural season, listeners have been enthralled by the murder case of Adnan Syed who was accused and sent to prison for the death of his girlfriend Have Min Lee in 1999. With this true-crime story that dissects young love, murder and the criminal justice system, Koenig and Snyder parcel out new details with each episode in a winning formula that flows like a page-turner. The podcast is updated weekly and there’s still enough time to binge-listen so you can get caught up before the mystery is resolved. Start listening today!

49. Ram Dass Here And Now Podcast

Listen to classic recordings of author and spiritual teacher Ram Dass (also known as Dr. Richard Alpert) on his “Ram Dass Here And Now Podcast”. Each 30 minute podcast is introduced by Raghvindra Das (Raghu Markus) of the Love Serve Remember Foundation who has long been a follower of Ram Dass. After the intro we hear one of Ram Dass’ unique talks about his discoveries as a psychologist at Harvard, his psychedelic research with Timothy Leary, and his travels to India where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. The podcasts are delivered in the form of a narrative of Ram Dass’ life, so start out with the first podcast (located at the bottom of the podcast feed) in which Ram Dass discusses his frustrations with being an “empire builder” during his professorship at Harvard, and the psychedelic trip which changed his state of consciousness.

50. Life Habits Podcast

Listen to one of the most highly rated and popular personal development podcasts in iTunes, as host Karel Vredenburg delivers the Life Habits Podcast. Karel has been podcasting since back in 2008, and he now has over 80 podcasts episodes you can choose from covering a vast amount of topics related to good and bad habits in all aspects of our lives. Drawing ideas from some of the best personal growth teachers, Karel delivers knowledge on life habits in a brief amount of time. Browse this podcast and find some topics that interest you.




April 10, 2015

100 Best Audio Books of All Time

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While we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at LearnOutLoud.com, we came up with this list of the 100 best audio books of all time! This least features some of our best-selling and most highly rated audio books, including many Audie Award winners. We tried to focus specifically on titles that were great on audio, including audio original programs (titles not available in book format) and audio books that have great narration. We broke the list up by category and ranked the audio books according to their greatness within each category. Here’s the top 100 audio books of all time that we sell on audio download directly through LearnOutLoud.com! Starting with the best self development titles:

SELF DEVELOPMENT: (25 Audio Books)

1. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

4. Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn

5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Read by Eckhart Tolle

6. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

8. The Goals Program: Setting and Achieving Your Goals by Zig Ziglar

9. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

10. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman, Read by Gary Chapman

11. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, Read by M. Scott Peck

12. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

13. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

14. Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer

15. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health written and read by Andrew Weil

16. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brene Brown

17. The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegel

18. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

19. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life – Lecture Series by Daniel G. Amen

20. The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

21. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

22. Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron

23. Walking through the Storm: Living with Cancer Series by HumanMedia.org

24. Take Charge Of Your Mind by John Selby

25. It Works by R.H. Jarrett (for $1.00!)

BUSINESS: (15 Audio Books)

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

2. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

5. The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Money by Brian Tracy

6. The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, read by the author

7. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, read by Stephen J. Dubner

8. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

9. Winning by Jack Welch & Suzy Welch, read by Jack Welch

10. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom written and read by Suze Orman

11. Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, & Rick Warren

12. Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

13. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? written and read by Seth Godin

14. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, & Bruce Patton

15. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, ready by Malcolm Gladwell

LITERATURE: (20 Audio Books)

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Read by Sissy Spacek

2. The Crucible by Arthur Miller, with a full cast featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Stacy Keach

3. Hamlet: Arkangel Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Read by Michael York

6. Beloved by Toni Morrison, Read by Toni Morrison

7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

8. Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales narrated by Gillian Anderson, LeVar Burton, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Alan Rickman, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, and other great actors

9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, read by Donald Sutherland

11. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Read by Patrick Stewart

12. Odyssey of the West I – A Classic Education through the Great Books: Hebrews and Greeks by Professor Timothy B. Shutt

13. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, read by Jeremy Irons

14. The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection Read by Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price

15. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Read by Maya Angelou

16. Plato’s Republic with a Full Cast from Agora Publications

17. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

18. Oedipus the King by Sophocles with Full Cast

19. Poems of Rumi ready by Robert Bly & Coleman Barks

20. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, read by Jeremy Irons

RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY: (15 Audio Books)

1. The Bible: The New Testament Narrated by Gregory Peck

2. The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler

3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

4. Do YOU Do It, or Does IT Do You? by Alan Watts

5. Islam, A Short History by Karen Armstrong

6. Mindful Living: A Collection of Teachings on Love, Mindfulness, and Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

7. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

8. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

9. The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

10. Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing by Jed McKenna

11. Desiring God by John Piper

12. Truth is a Pathless Land by Jiddu Krishnamurti

13. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential written and read by Joel Osteen

14. Experiments in Truth by Ram Dass

15. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything written and read by Christopher Hitchens

HISTORY: (10 Audio Books)

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

2. A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

4. Great Speeches Of The 20th Century

5. John Adams by David McCullough

6. Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan’s Radio Addresses

7. A People’s History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century by Howard Zinn, read by Howard Zinn and Matt Damon

8. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

9. Sir Winston Churchill: His Finest Hour

10. Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know about American History But Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis

BIOGRAPHY: (5 Audio Books)

1. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Narrated by Selma Blair

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

4. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

5. Bossypants written and read by Tina Fey

SCIENCE: (5 Audio Books)

1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Read by Bill Bryson

3. Basic Human Anatomy by John K. Young

4. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman

5. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

MISCELLANEOUS: (5 Audio Books)

1. Spanish I (Comprehensive) by Dr. Paul Pimsleur

2. The Story of Classical Music by Darren Henley

3. Aristotle by Thomas C. Brickhouse, narrated by Charlton Heston

4. On Writing written and read by Stephen King

5. David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall




March 30, 2015

Best Free Audio & Video Learning Resources of All Time

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At LearnOutLoud.com we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! And a fun way to celebrate has been looking back on all the greatest free audio & video resources we’ve featured over the past 10 years! We’re almost up to email #2,000 of our Free Resource of the Day Emails, which we’ve been sending out since March of 2006 (one year after our official launch in March of 2005). We’ve gone back over this lengthy list and picked out the best of the best. We wanted a top 100 list, but there was just too much good stuff, so we’ve made a top 150 list of the best free resources we’ve featured. It’s a dizzying array of free audio & video that we’ve somehow attempted to rank according to greatness. Here it is, from the past 10 years of learning out loud!

1. I Have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’ll start here. The “I Have a Dream” speech was our very first Free Resource of the Day back on March 1st, 2006. It’s always been one of our favorite free titles in our free directory. 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.

2. The Words of Christ: From the Book of Matthew

This audio book, released by ThoughtAudio.com isolates everything uttered by Christ in the gospel according to Matthew. Extracted from the narrative of the Bible, Christ’s message is distilled to its core values. Simple in its language yet still potent in its ever-present challenge to humanity, this is as unfiltered of a view of the gospel as one might ever find. This recording is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the gospel from a new point of view. This audio book is available to download from LearnOutLoud.com.

3. Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? by Professor Michael Sandel

In this complete, 12-lecture video course from Harvard University, Professor Michael Sandel presents his popular course which explores difficult moral dilemmas and how we respond to them. In the first lecture he presents a few complex moral dilemmas and asks his class how they would respond to these conundrums. Through the answers students give he brings into question the assumptions behind their moral reasoning. He briefly addresses the ideas of utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham and tells of a true case which brings into question Bentham’s creed of “the greatest good for the greatest number”. It seems to be an excellent course and it is being offered totally free from Harvard University on streaming video through YouTube.

4. Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do

Self development expert Anthony Robbins speaks at the TED Conference on what motivates people. Robbins insists that he isn’t a motivator, but instead he is out to find what motivates people and what it is that makes the difference in the quality of people’s lives. He discusses briefly the core human needs that drive people. This talk is available on streaming video, video download, and MP3 audio download from TED.com.

5. Wired for Books MP3 Page

Wired for Books is offering a page full of downloadable MP3 interviews with many of the best authors in contemporary literature. Compiled from the 1980s CBS Radio show, Book Beat, these interviews feature journalist Don Swaim spending roughly a half hour with the author discussing their books. Swaim seems to have done his research and to have read the works of the authors he interviews. The interviews seem very relaxed and off-the-cuff. Here’s a list of some of the people Swaim interviews: Douglas Adams, Maya Angelou, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, William F. Buckley, Anthony Burgess, William Burroughs, Raymond Carver, Joan Didion, E. L. Doctorow, Bret Easton Ellis, Joseph Heller, John Irving, Erica Jong, Garrison Keillor, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Tan, Studs Turkel, John Updike, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Elie Wiesel, and hundreds more. Just click to the MP3 page and remember to download these files by right-clicking on the Download File link and selecting Save Target As… Then it will allow you to download the file to an assigned place on your computer. Listen up!

6. The Art of Living

In Stanford’s Art of Living video course, four professors examine what it takes to live a well-lived life, using the world’s great literature as a base for study. With a series of lectures based on the works of Plato, the Bible, Shakespeare and the great philosophers, the course takes on the great questions that drive us forward, such as love, work, art, science and more. In the end, this course endeavors to open a dialogue with these great works in the hopes of giving students the skills they can build and use as they go about creating an ideal life.

7. Poetry Out Loud: Audio Guide

Download and listen to this series of MP3s from the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud program. This audio guide features some of the most famous poems of all time read by distinguished actors and writers. The Poetry Out Loud audio guide hosted by Dana Gioia offers a valuable educational overview of the art, history and overwhelming social importance of poetry. Throughout the series, Gioia collects crucial insight from writers, teachers and actors that can help the student gain a better understanding of how to understand and appreciate a given poem. In what is perhaps the most satisfying treat of this collection, listeners are given the chance to hear famous voices such as Anthony Hopkins and Angela Landsbury as they recite classics from Shakespeare, Yeats, Frost to Eliot and many more. Download and listen to this series of MP3s from the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud program.

8. Stephen R. Covey on Living a Principle-Centered Life

Dr. Steven Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People gives an outstanding address at Montana State University on living a principally-centered life. He explains how those who live without principles tend to evaluate themselves according to what others think. He also encourages the incoming freshman he is addressing to not cram their studies in order to just get by in college, as that is a bad habit that Covey confesses he had which robbed him of much of the value of his early college education. This streaming video lecture is available on YouTube.

9. Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson

Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Chris Anderson follows up his bestselling book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, with his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. And in practicing what he preaches, Anderson and his publisher Hyperion are giving away his new audio book for free! We’ve listened to the prologue and it sounds like a very interesting book regarding the future of business in the digital age. You can download this audio book unabridged on iTunes, Audible.com, and Wired.com. The book is narrated by Mr. Anderson himself.

10. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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. Listen to this speech on streaming audio or download it on MP3 from American Rhetoric.

11. John Wooden on True Success

The legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden passed away in 2010 at the age of 99. Under Coach Wooden, UCLA won a record ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period. John Wooden left a legacy of leadership wisdom through his numerous books including his conception of “the Pyramid of Success”. In this talk delivered at the TED conference a few years ago, Wooden talks about true success being the satisfaction of knowing you that put forth your utmost effort in the game despite whether you win or lose. He readily quotes poetry and other sources of his inspiration throughout his life. This 20-minute talk is loaded with wisdom from a lifetime of success, and it is available on streaming video and video download from TED.com.

12. Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig

In this popular video from YouTube EDU, Professor Robert H. Lustig attempts to explain the American obesity epidemic as being due to the rise of sugar and fructose consumption over the past 30 years. He examines the history of high-fructose corn syrup and how it has made its way into drinks like soda, fruit juice, and sports drinks, along with many foods. He goes into a detailed biochemistry explanation of how fructose is converted into fat, and why he feels fructose is a poison with many of the same effects of alcohol. Lustig links these findings to the childhood obesity epidemic since children are drinking more and more high-fructose corn syrup beverages. He closes by advocating the elimination of sugar beverages, the increase of fiber in the diet, and more exercise. Caution: After watching this video you might never drink soda again!

13. The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams by Randy Pausch

You can now watch Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture on “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in its entirety on YouTube. If you’ve not heard of this lecture it was a lecture delivered on September 18, 2007 by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch who had been diagnosed with a terminal case of pancreatic cancer. In this lecture Professor Pausch talks about how to live your life through the many lessons he had learned in his quest for achieving his childhood dreams. With humor and upbeat energy, he also talks about the many ways in which he inspired his students to achieve their dreams, many of which he lived to see come true. Professor Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008, yet this lecture continues to inspire millions through Pausch’s enduring lessons about life.

14. Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently visited Stanford University and spoke on the centrality of compassion for the future of human society. In this talk he addresses the importance of educating all people about practicing compassion and using the mind to understand the views of others. He talks about his interest in science and how neuroscience is connecting with religion on the importance of mind in relation to holistic health. The Dalai Lama feels that cultivating compassion in the mind should no longer be confined to religion, but needs to be taught in the secular arena and backed up with scientific research. At the end of the talk he answers a number of questions from the audience. This talk is available on streaming video from YouTube.

15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to one of the all-time great works of American literature: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This edition from LoudLit.org is professionally narrated by Mary Woods and available unabridged on MP3 download. Hear the tale of Hester Prynne who is forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her bosom after she commits adultery and becomes pregnant in the 17th-century Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts. Download and listen to this American classic today!

16. 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.” Get your week started off by listening to the sage words of the man who ran one of the hottest companies on the planet. This title is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from American Rhetoric, and streaming video from YouTube.

17. Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Listen to this free 15-hour audio book by Henry David Thoreau. A quality narrator at Lit2Go has narrated the entire American classic and his narration sounds pretty good. Loaded with wisdom, Thoreau reminds us in this book that “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”, and Thoreau tries to point us towards transcending this fate. This book is available on MP3 download from Lit2Go and you can also follow along with the text there.

18. Human Behavioral Biology by Professor Robert Sapolsky

Certainly one of the best courses we’ve added into our Free Courses Collection is Stanford University Professor Robert Sapolsky’s course on “Human Behavioral Biology”. Sapolsky is an award-winning professor, superstar lecturer, and author of numerous books including Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A Guide To Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping. His course on “Human Behavioral Biology” is so good that The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) invited him to teach the course for their customers in an audio & video course entitled Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality. We’ve purchased and listened to that course in its entirety and it’s incredible! Now the course is being offered for free on video from Stanford University and it seems like basically the same course except more! The Teaching Company course runs 12 Hrs. and the free video edition at Stanford runs 36 Hrs. The course comprehensively covers human behavior from the perspective of biology from an in-depth look at the nervous system, limbic system, and hormones to the latest discoveries in neuroscience, genetics, and human evolution. Sapolsky attempts to give you a well rounded picture of the biology of human behavior today. And after that, he then takes a look at certain human behaviors which can be examined from this perspective including lectures on human sexual behavior, aggression, language, schizophrenia, and what makes up for the individual differences in humans. This 25-lecture course is available on video on YouTube.

19. 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 download from the American RadioWorks site.

20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician’s Nephew; The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Here’s a set of free audio books that is almost too good to be true. The C.S. Lewis estate has granted permission to Ancient Faith Radio to record and offer all seven books of the The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Currently Ancient Faith Radio is offering them all for free on MP3 audio download through a podcast feed. They are read by children’s radio host Chrissi Hart for her Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast. She has a pleasant British accent which is appropriate for the Narnia series and the audio books are well recorded. Download this classic collection of children’s literature including all 7 books: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician’s Nephew; The Last Battle. Amazing!

21. 1993 ESPY Award Address by Jimmy Valvano

Listen to this truly inspiring address by legendary American college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano, delivered just a few months before he died of cancer. Valvano encourages us to laugh, think, and cry everyday and to never give up which is the motto of The V Foundation which he established as a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. This 13-minute speech is available on streaming video through YouTube and MP3 Download through American Rhetoric.

22. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Audiobooks.org is now offering a free unabridged recording of Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. Listen as the soldier Henry Fleming enters the American Civil War, and is forced to transform from fear to courage. Told in an unflinchingly realistic and journalistic style, this novel ranks among the best American war stories. In The Red Badge of Courage, an idealistic soldier is forced to question the limits of his courage when he’s faced with the uncompromising realities of battle in the Civil War. Author Stephen Crane follows a young man on a bloody odyssey through a dream-like countryside where he confronts a relentless enemy, dazed comrades and ultimately, his own fragile psyche. Packed with succinct, poignant prose that vividly portrays a soldier’s constant anxiety, the book asks timeless questions of what war does to the men that fight it. Amazingly, Crane never saw combat directly, but it’s a testament to his enduring talent that many readers have assumed it couldn’t possibly have come from someone who didn’t experience war first-hand. It is professionally narrated by one of the all time great narrators Scott Brick, and is available on MP3 download from Audiobooks.org.

23. An Evening with Ray Bradbury

Renowned science fiction author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) gives aspiring writers some encouraging insight in this short lecture provided on streaming video by UCTV. Beginning with a list of essential practices he feels all writers should adhere to, Bradbury then demonstrates how events and people in his personal life fed his classic stories. Inspiring, funny and delivered with irreverent wisdom, Bradbury’s account of his career is a sincere argument for “writing what you know”. This talk is available on streaming video through YouTube.

24. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self Reliance is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous essay. This version, narrated by Brian Johnson from Zaadz, is both thought-provoking and inspirational. Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages. Throughout the essay there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. Download this free classic audio book on MP3 directly from LearnOutLoud.com.

25. 12 Shakespeare Plays from Speak the Speech

Check out a great resource for listening to Shakespeare’s plays on audio. Speak the Speech is a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online. Collaborating with a full cast of actors in Portland, Oregon, they’ve recorded some of the best audio versions of Shakespeare’s plays available and they’ve made them available for free on MP3 download through their website.

26. Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

American Rhetoric offers the speech in a number of different versions, one narrated by musician Johnny Cash, and others read by actors Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterson, and Jim Getty. Sam Waterson has portrayed Lincoln on TV and film and delivers the address in how we typically assume Lincoln to sound like. Jim Getty is one of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania’s “most recognized” residents as he often plays the role of Lincoln there, and his reading sounds like a historical reenactment. Johnny Cash strums the guitar on his reading and Jeff Daniels offers the most dramatic reading complete with orchestral accompaniment. The speech is about 2 minutes and 30 seconds and is available on streaming audio from American Rhetoric.

27. Introductions to World Literature by Peter Whitfield

Download these outstanding, brief introductions to classic literature written and read by Peter Whitfield and offered on MP3 download from NAXOS AudioBooks. Derived from his book A Universe of Books, Whitfield offers glimpses of the significance of a number of classic literary works from throughout history and around the world. We suggest starting with his introductory essay “The Life of Man – The Life of Books” in which he argues for the importance of reading the classics in contemporary life. From there you can pick and choose from a list of superb intros that are sure to spark your interest into reading some of the classics. Enjoy these free introductions from best publisher of classic literature: NAXOS AudioBooks.

28. Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

In this moving talk delivered at the TED conference, brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor provides a first-person account of her own stroke and the experience of losing control of her bodily functions as well the functions of the left side of her brain. Instead of it being a painful or frightening experience, she said the stroke put her in a intense state of bliss and nirvana. Sharing this experience became her motivation for recovery. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the TED.com website.

29. Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses

For decades now Jon Kabat-Zinn has been teaching mindfulness meditation as a technique to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. Along with his teaching, he’s also written the classic Wherever You Go, There You Are and most recently Coming to Our Senses. In this lecture from UCTV, Kabat-Zinn speaks about reintroducing you to yourself, and developing an awareness of this moment in a fast-paced, technologically advanced world. This video lecture is available to stream through YouTube.

30. Speech on Women’s Right to Vote by Susan B. Anthony

Listen to American civil rights leader Susan B. Anthony’s inspiring speech “On Women’s Right to Vote”. After casting her vote in the 1872 election, Anthony was arrested and brought to trial in the case of the United States v. Susan B. Anthony. She pleaded not guilty and in this famous speech she asserts that voting is her legal right as a United States citizen under the Constitution which promises all people the blessings of liberty. This speech is narrated by Antonia Bath and available exclusively through LearnOutLoud.com on MP3 download.

31. Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe, and Everything

Immerse yourself into the mind of Douglas Adams. The author The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy graced the world with one final appearance just days before his tragic death from a heart attack on May 11, 2001. Delivered at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Adams discusses his own personal favorite of his books Last Chance to See about his travels to faraway lands to see firsthand many endangered animal species such as the Aye-aye lemur of Madagascar, the Komodo dragon on the island of Komodo in Indonesia, and the Yangtze River Dolphin in China. With his own hilarious insights he describes these animals and his wild travels to observe them. He ends the talk by urging humanity to envision their place in the world in a way that can sustain all species including humans. This talk is available through YouTube on streaming video and audio & video download through the UCTV website.

32. The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this inspiring conversation released on video by the WGBH Forum Network, Pulitzer prize-winning historian and author of Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about Abraham Lincoln, the success of his presidency, and the men that made up his cabinet. Kearns discusses her take on Lincoln’s thought processes, what led him to make hard decisions, and why this soft spoken, physically gangly man was ultimately able to command the respect of a nation. Kearns speaks of her subject like she would a friend and gives equal attention to Lincoln’s cabinet, a group of one-time rivals that would later become committed loyalists at a time when the country needed his singular leadership.

33. Eckhart Tolle on The Power of Now

Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle speaks intimately about his early life, his philosophy, and dealing with fame in this interview conducted by Krista Tippett for her NPR show “On Being”. Exploring the key ideas that have made Tolle’s books, such as The Power of Now and A New Earth so popular in the last decade, Tippett reveals a man dedicated to rising above the imprisonment of thought. Tolle talks about his spiritual awakening at age 29, and touches on several topics, including how to relate to others, how to realize your life calling, why our thoughts often mask the true nature of reality, and much more. Tolle also discusses how his newfound fame has put pressure on his spiritual work, admitting that it has been challenging given his preference for anonymity. In all, this profile of Tolle offers a great snapshot of a man that has had a huge influence on popular spirituality in the 21st century. This talk is available on streaming audio and MP3 audio download from the On Being website.

34. 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.

35. Introduction to Human Anatomy by Professor John K. Young

Learn about your body with this lecture delivered by Professor John K. Young on the axial skeleton of the human. Professor Young starts the lecture with some definitions of basic human anatomy terms. He then proceeds to cover the axial skeleton of a human starting with the cranium and proceeding down the spinal cord with many interesting tidbits along the way. Professor Young proves that studying human anatomy doesn’t require diagrams as we have our own human anatomical specimen right at our fingertips. He points out many of the bones along the way which you can touch while listening.

36. The History Of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Cozy up by the fireplace with this free version of Bertrand Russell’s classic 1945 book The History Of Western Philosophy. It’s a book we’ve always wanted to see on audio and didn’t think it was ever recorded. But it seems someone has uploaded an out-of-print recording of it to YouTube, and has even done the service of dividing it up by chapters which, for the most part, each cover a particular philosopher. This history of philosophy covers philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the early 20th century including chapters on such philosophical giants as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Descartes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, William James, and many more great minds. So you can listen selectively to the philosophers you are interested in, or listen to the entired 22 hour audio book. It is available to stream on a playlist through YouTube.

37. Spanish I, Unit 1

Download this first lesson from Pimsleur’s Comprehensive Spanish I language learning course. Spanish Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Spanish. Enjoy this free MP3 download from the worldwide leader in audio language learning: Pimsleur.

38. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

Remember when The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman was bestselling book? That was 10 years ago! Watch this classic MIT World lecture given by New York Times writer Thomas Friedman on the subject of his book The World is Flat. Like Friedman’s book, this lecture is an extremely interesting look at globalization and both the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the 21st century. It is available on streaming video from MIT World. See if his ideas stand the test of a decade’s time!

39. Jack Kornfield’s Dharma Talks

Listen to dharma talks by Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Kornfield offered through DharmaSeed.org. On the Dharma Seed website you can stream and download any of the 50 talks and we also feature the latest to stream and download on our page. In recent talks Kornfield discusses lovingkindness, the importance of joy in spiritual practice, and the freedom from attachment. He tells many wise stories throughout the talks. They’re all available on streaming audio and MP3 download from DharmaSeed.org.

40. Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology

In this TED talk Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and the author Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism, looks at ways healthy people can lead happier, more engaged, and more meaningful lives. While Seligman acknowledges that psychology has done a pretty good job over the past 50 years of making miserable people feel less miserable, he shows that there is a whole other realm of positive psychology which he and a group of other psychologists are only beginning to study. Seligman tells some of his findings on what contributes to healthy states of mind and what fosters genius. Going beyond the conventional, pleasure-seeking form of happiness, Seligman points to practices that truly give life meaning. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 audio download from TED.com.

41. The Best of Steve Pavlina’s Blog

Steve Pavlina’s popular blog “Personal Growth for Smart People” gets over 2 million visitors per month. Writing on topics as diverse as sleep optimization, natural food diets, relationships, and time management, Pavlina has displayed a fascinating willingness to adjust his lifestyle for the better. We’ve been avid readers of his blog for years and are excited to present his ideas on audio for the first time! Our free audio book features six of his most popular blog posts of all time. Download this free 1-hour audio book as an introduction to his unique take on personal growth. Included in this free sampler program are audio renditions of classic Pavlina blog postings.

42. Malcolm Gladwell: What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce

In this interesting talk delivered by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, he explores how the food industry went from looking for the perfect single spaghetti sauce recipe to a more diverse approach of creating a variety of spaghetti sauces to suit the desires of shoppers. He examines this trend through one of its main proponents Howard Moskowitz who used the field of psychophysics to create a variety of original sauces for Prego in the 1980s. Once this variability was proven to be successful it spread to the rest of the food industry, and Gladwell feels we are all happier for this increase in choices. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the TED.com website.

43. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage with Carl Sagan

This thirteen-part television series was written by astronomer Carl Sagan, his wife Ann Druyan, and astrophysicist Steven Soter. From the very first episode called “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean” Sagan takes us on a wonderful voyage across the cosmos as his spaceship travels through the universe’s hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, our Solar System, and finally the planet Earth. Sagan also describes the Cosmic Calendar and where humanity lies on its 13.8 billion year timeline. Watch all 13 hour long episodes of the original 1980 television series.

44. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Podcast by Mark Twain

This edition of Mark Twain’s great American novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the top free audio books on the internet. It is professionally narrated by Marc Devine and offered as an unabridged, 9-1/2 hour mp3 audiobook from Literal Systems. Listen to the classic tale of Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave Jim as they take a raft down the Mississippi River to escape the confines of civilized life. This audio book is available as a podcast and it can be downloaded or subscribed to. Enjoy this classic work of American literature!

45. 21 Meditation Exercises from Sounds True

Our good friends at the publisher Sounds True recently launched a section of their site which is their Guide to Meditation, designed for people who have heard about meditation but don’t know where to begin. The site features 21 free streaming audio meditations from many of Sounds True’s best teachers including Shinzen Young, Adyashanti, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, and more. These 21 meditations are divided into five categories. Listen to some of these great free meditations today!

46. How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin

Listen to this classic text on how to speak and write correctly in English. The author Joseph Devlin purports that the book “is merely an effort to help ordinary, everyday people to express themselves in ordinary, everyday language, in a proper manner.” Published in 1910 this book is still useful for learning how to create sentences, use figures of speech, write letters, and more. This download is available from Librivox.org on MP3 download and it is read by a number of their volunteer narrators including David Barnes, Kara Shallenberg, and Hugh McGuire. Start improving your writing and speaking today!

47. Presidential Biographer Edmund Morris in Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien

In this episode of the Jibber-Jabber series, late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien sits down with Presidential biographer Edmund Morris to chat about the diverse men that have made up the American Presidency. Morris spent 30 years of his career chronicling the life of Theodore Roosevelt, who provided a particularly extreme model of lifetime accomplishment that is almost beyond compare. Using Roosevelt as a jumping off point, Morris and O’Brien discuss how Presidents like Taft, FDR, JFK, Carter and especially Reagan came to assume the role of commander in chief, using their particular talent (or arguable lack thereof) to define a given age. Entertaining, anecdotal and psychologically perceptive, Morris zeroes in on the type of person that is attracted to the Presidency, and why some personalities failed where others flourished.

48. Tim Ferriss: The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek

Tim Ferriss presents some of the findings in his latest book The 4-Hour Body in which he used himself as a guinea pig to find out the fastest way to the best results when it comes to the human body. He talks about his diet & nutrition as well as his fitness best practices. He also covers how he dealt with insomnia and the impact of cell phone use on male sperm count (which generates a lot of questions in the Q&A). Ferriss also addresses some of the skeptics when it came to his first bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek. This talk is available on streaming video from YouTube.

49. Sam Harris on Waking Up

Best-selling author, philosopher, and neuroscientist Sam Harris discusses how a non-believer might approach spiritual transcendence in this conversation with secular humanist Greg Epstein. Recognizing that many religions try to address what will make human beings truly happy, Harris has always felt there was something valid to mindfulness practice and has been meditating for much of his life. Though meditational practice is steeped in various religious traditions, Harris argues that it is still possible for an atheist to experience a similar spiritual self-transcendence that is stripped of supernatural associations. He also addresses some of the meditation retreats he’s taken, the spiritual teachers he’s met, the problem he’s had with gurus, and the essential importance of love, family, and community. This talk is offered by the Humanist Community at Harvard University and is available for free on YouTube.

50. Music: Heart, Soul and Dollar by Robert Greenberg

Listen to this thrilling lecture delivered by charismatic professor Robert Greenberg and offered by the Chautauqua Institution. Dr. Greenberg has recorded more than 500 lectures on a range of composers and classical music genres for The Great Courses. In this lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, Dr. Greenberg provides his definition of music and gives examples of what constitutes as music that deserves our attention. He also talks about three performances that were forthcoming at the Chautauqua Institution, covering pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms. This lecture is available through FORA.tv on streaming video.

51. Dr. Dean Ornish on Healing

In this talk from the TED conference, holistic healing physician Dr. Dean Ornish prescribes easy and effective ways that you can prevent heart disease and other illnesses through changes in lifestyle and diet. He also points to the numerous ways in which diet and exercise can actually help to treat existing illnesses including cancer. Dr. Ornish addresses carbohydrates and fats and their relation to the obesity epidemic in America, along with ways people can lose weight and still be healthy. This talk is full of great pointers for improving your health. It is available on MP3 download and streaming video from TED.com.

52. The 20th Century on Trial: Norman Mailer

In one of Norman Mailer’s last public appearances (he passed away a few months later in November of 2007), this acclaimed author talks about his complex relationship with America. He looks back at his own literary career and offers his ideas on existentialism. Towards the end of the interview German author Gunter Grass joins him in conversation and they discuss Adolf Hitler who was the subject of Mailer’s final novel The Castle in the Forest. In this interview Mailer conveys his sharp wit and clear insights that were with him until the end. This talk was moderated by Andrew O’Hagan and conducted at the New York Public Library. It is available on streaming video from FORA.tv.

53. Is it Possible to Live with Total Lucidity? with Huston Smith & Jiddu Krishnamurti

In this great pairing between two spiritual thinkers in 1968, Huston Smith interviews Jiddu Krishnamurti on the question of how to live more lucidly in a world that seems determined to stifle inner clarity. As Krishnamurti sees it, the main reason human beings find it difficult to achieve true lucidity is due to a viscous cycle wherein fear has given rise to authorities that foster constant violence and division, both within ourselves and with regard to other people. During the course of this discussion that runs over the allotted 30 minute limit, Smith proves to be an able (and one might add, patient) spiritual sparring partner, carefully following Krisnamurti’s key points and countering when he finds certain ideas unclear.

54. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow

Check out this TED talk from psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who authored the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Csikszentmihalyi talks about how he became interested in psychology after World War II when he heard a lecture by Carl Jung. Csikszentmihalyi eventually began his psychological study of how average people become extraordinary which he attributes to the idea of “flow” when one become completely involved in an activity for its own sake. Csikszentmihalyi provides many examples of individuals who have tapped into this “flow” state. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the TED.com website.

55. Herbert Benson: The Relaxation Revolution

Learn about the science behind the beneficial effects of mind/body relaxation! Dr. Herbert Benson is an American cardiologist, a bestselling author on health and well-being, and the founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In this talk Dr. Benson discusses his latest book Relaxation Revolution which details the science behind the benefits of relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga, and repetitive prayer. While traditional medicine focuses on surgery and medication, Dr. Benson explains that more and more studies are showing the significance of stress and the importance of relaxation when it comes to holistic mind/body health. This talk is available on the Forum Network on streaming video through YouTube.

56. Neil Armstrong Hosts NASA 50th Anniversary Documentary

Neil Armstrong, who will forever be known as the first person to walk on the Moon, passed away at the age of 82 this passed away in 2012. In commemoration of Neil Armstrong and the whole NASA space program, NASA TV has posted to YouTube their documentary on the 50th Anniversary of National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Hosted by Neil Armstrong and featuring dozens of great American astronauts and scientists, this 90-minute documentary gives us a whirlwind tour of NASA since its formation in 1958. The documentary features amazing imagery and classic footage from the history of NASA, and it is available to watch on high definition video. From the Apollo missions of the 1960s, the Skylab space station of the 1970s, the Space Shuttle of the 1980s, the Hubble Telescope of the 1990s, and all the way up to the creation of the massive International Space Station in the 2000s, this documentary is a great introduction to the history of NASA complete with fun popular music of each era. Enjoy this look back at some of the greatest scientific achievements in the past 50 years.

57. Lewis & Tolkien: Scholars and Friends by Christopher Mitchell

In this streaming video released by UCTV, we are given a glimpse of the friendship between renowned authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Using diary entries, letters among friends and other direct sources as a basis, speaker Christopher Mitchell illustrates how a mutual religious faith between the two men formed the crux of their creatively fruitful relationship. A study first and foremost in how friendship can change lives, this is a must for anyone that wishes to learn more about two authors that have remained enduringly popular.

58. Introduction to Psychology by Professor Paul Bloom

Take PSYC 110 with Professor Paul Bloom at Yale University and learn the basics about your mind and brain. Bloom is the author of numerous books and popular articles including his most recent book How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. He’s a very good lecturer as well and in this course he’ll introduce you to key psychological topics like Freud, Skinner, language, consciousness, memory, emotion, sex & motivation, morality & the brain, and mental illness. Throughout the course he brings in numerous guest lecturers as well. You can watch this 18-hour course on YouTube or download it on audio & video through the Yale website. Note: To download this course you’ll need to click “SESSIONS” or “VIEW CLASS SESSIONS” on the Yale website.

59. 25 Life Purpose Lessons from Sounds True

Sounds True has launched a wonderful section of their site that features 25 Life Purpose Lessons to help you grow in your passions, your career, and your wealth. With 5-15 minute audio lessons from Sounds True’s best business & wealth teachers such as Rick Jarow, Mark Albion, John Mackey, Fred Kofman, and Vicki Robin, these 25 life lessons will propel you with vision & motivation. They’ve thoughtfully divided these lessons up into three sections.

60. The Surprising Science of Motivation by Daniel H. Pink

Learn how to better motivate yourself and others in this recent popular TED Talk. In this talk writer Daniel H. Pink lays out the facts about what drives the best results in business. In study after study any work that requires creative problem solving does not benefit from external rewards such as money. Only mechanical tasks benefit when there is reward and punishment, but when creative solutions are required, workers are more motivated when they feel there is intrinsic value to what they are doing. Pink lays out some of the ways businesses have benefited by implementing policies to encourage the best in right brained, creative thinking. This talk is available on MP3 download and streaming video from TED.com.

61. Worrying Well: How Your Brain Can Turn Anxiety and Stress Into Calmness and Confidence by Martin L. Rossman

In this audio & video presentation from UCTV Martin L. Rossman, MD takes a look at good worry and bad worry and the stress and anxiety bad worry can cause. He examines what is going on in the brain with these emotions and how we can use the power of the healing mind to reduce stress and anxiety. At the end he leads the group on a guided imagery meditation for reducing stress. This talk is available on MP3 download from the UCTV website and on streaming video from YouTube.

62. A Beautiful Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening by Dr. Sylvia Nasar

Listen to the truly inspiring story of mathematician John Nash as told by the author of A Beautiful Mind Dr. Sylvia Nasar. In this amazing one-hour lecture Dr. Nasar tells of the rise of John Nash as a genius in mathematics and his eventual downward spiral into paranoid schizophrenia which was followed by an amazing resurgence from his mental illness in his later years culminating in winning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. It’s a remarkable story and a must-watch lecture if you’ve never seen it before. Dr. Nasar delivers the story with clarity and heartfelt emotion. It is available on streaming video from MIT World.

63. Karen Armstrong in Conversation with Alan Jones

Watch this discussion between author Karen Armstrong and Rev. Alan Jones, the Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. They discuss Armstrong’s latest book The Bible: A Biography and Armstrong provides her interpretation of The Good Book. They discuss biblical criticism, biblical literalism, and the Golden Rule. They also confront the New Atheists who have recently attacked the Abrahamic religions. This talk is available on MP3 download and streaming video through FORA.tv.

64. Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe: The Great God Debate

In this debate Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe take a look at many aspects of religion starting with answering “What is God?” and then arguing the various merits of the religious and secular worldviews. Rabbi Wolpe argues that religious belief leads to more basic goodness for the individual and for society as a whole as believers are more charitable and do more good works than non-believers. Hitchens argues that much of religious practice is wicked such as missionaries who prosthelytize to those who are weak and vulnerable. It’s a very well conducted debate with both sides contributing strong arguments. This debate is available on streaming video from YouTube.

65. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel

In this hour-long talk delivered at Google, author and brain researcher Dr. Daniel Siegel explains his definition of the what the mind is. He takes us on a quick overview of the functions of the brain, from the spinal cord all the way up to the prefrontal cortex where he argues that the uniqueness of humans stems from. From his research and experience Siegel lays out nine integral functions of this part of the brain including reflective awareness, empathy, morality, and more. He then talks about his discovery of mindfulness and how the practice of mindfulness cultivates all these functions of the middle prefrontal brain. Dr. Siegel expresses his hope that along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, the 4th of reflection would be taught in education to help cultivate mindfulness and healthy brain function. This talk is available from Google and can be watched on YouTube.

66. Emerson and the Examined Life

Hear America’s former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky read passages from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson in this special event commemorating Emerson’s 200th year. Pinsky and Emerson scholars Richard Geldard and David M. Robinson discuss the life and practical philosophy of Emerson and the ways in which his essays still speak to us today. Pinsky reads from classic essays such as Self-Reliance, The Oversoul, and The American Scholar. This tribute to Emerson is available on streaming video from the Forum Network.

67. Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Pluto Files

With the Pluto Files, Neil deGrasse Tyson regales the audience with the story of how he became the central figure in the debate over whether or not Pluto was an actual planet. Since the most distant body in our solar system was humbled to “planetoid” status, he’s received angry letters from school children and teachers alike, which he feels is indicative of how protective we are over our nearest planetary neighbors. Ultimately, he argues that Pluto’s “demotion” has led to a breakthrough debate over planetary definitions, which in turn has broadened our grasp of how to research, classify, and explore the universe.

68. Faulkner at Virginia: An Audio Archive

Take writing classes from the great American author William Faulkner! In 1957 and 1958 Nobel Prize-winning American novelist William Faulkner served two terms as the University of Virginia’s first Writer-in-Residence. During this time Faulkner spoke and answered questions at many of the writing and literature classes and these lectures were recorded on audio. In these classes Faulkner speaks about his craft and what he feels the role of the writer is. He also answers questions about his novels and comments on many writers of the 20th century. Throughout the talks he reads a dozen times from eight of his works. Also featured in the archive are addresses he gave at numerous university events. This audio archive is available from the University of Virginia on streaming audio through Quicktime. The audio quality varies, but for the most part it is very listenable. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in literature!

69. Seth Godin on Standing Out

Seth Godin feels that days of status quo marketing through the television industrial complex are coming to an end. People are too busy to pay attention to the nonstop advertising of average products for average people. What grabs people’s attention is something remarkable, or rather something worth making a remark about. And their remarks spread the ideas or products to the world and make it a success. Learn about the cutting edge of spreading ideas with this talk by Seth Godin. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the TED.com website.

70. Modern Art History by Dr. Parme Giuntini

Watch 13 lectures from Modern Art History course which is being offered through YouTube from the Otis College of Art and Design. In these lectures Dr. Parme Giuntini, Director of Art History at Otis College of Art and Design, covers many schools of modern art including (in the order they developed) Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and more. She also provides the political and social context which these art movements arose from. Enjoy this free, 5-hour introduction to Modern Art from the Otis College of Art and Design.

71. Richard Feynman: The Messenger Lecture Series

The great 20th century physicist and teacher Richard P. Feynman now has a free physics lecture series online courtesy of Bill Gates. Gates purchased the rights to these 7 lectures and is now distributing them through Project Tuva which features the lectures as enhanced videos complete with annotations and transcripts. There are 7 hour long lectures contained in Project Tuva. Enjoy this course with one of the greatest physics teachers of all time.




February 20, 2015

Watch HBO’s The Weight of the Nation

In this excellent HBO documentary series being offered for free through YouTube, HBO filmmakers focus on the American obesity epidemic. Throughout the documentary health and nutrition experts are interviewed along with everyday people that are overweight or obese. The filmmakers travel the whole country to collect stories about all sorts of topics related to food and obesity. The documentary is in four parts but the episodes are basically all separate documentaries unto themselves so you can choose whichever ones you’re most interested in.

This 4-episode documentary starts out in “Part 1: Consequences” cataloging the massive health consequences of obesity from heart disease to type 2 diabetes. They look at why since the 1980s the amount of overweight and obese individuals in the US has risen to over two-thirds of the population.

In “Part 2: Choices”, the documentary takes a turn in the self-help direction focusing on what individuals can do to combat obesity including reducing caloric intake, eating healthier, and exercising more. Many obese individuals who have significantly lost weight are interviewed and they present the many creative ways in which they have gone about losing weight and keeping it off.

In “Part 3: Children in Crisis”, the documentary turns its eye on the astonishing rise of childhood obesity and the many health dangers posed by this epidemic, including the sobering fact that this younger generation may have shorter life spans than their parents. The episode covers the pernicious and predatory marketing of junk food to children, the sad state of school lunches, and the decline of required physical education in schools. It also looks at how certain parents are getting involved in these matters and taking active roles confronting obesity when it comes to their children.

In “Part 4: Challenges”, the documentary covers the history of the food industry in the United States and the current climate of food production we live in. It looks at the fast food industry and the cheap processed foods that are keeping prices low, but escalating health care costs in the long term. The role of government is addressed as they continue to provide farm subsidies for corn, soy, and the cheap foods that are generally contributing to making the population obese. In the end the nation faces a series of difficult challenges when it comes to addressing obesity, but this documentary does offer some signs of hope.

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