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    These blog entires identify best practices to increase success for historically-underrepresented college students including excerpts from my book, Access at the CrossroadsClick here to subscribe to this blog.

    Monday
    Apr242017

    (S01-E16) Historic Voices Podcast: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - "A World Split Apart"

    In this podcast episode, we feature Alexandr Solzhenitsyn delivering a speech named by others as A World Split Apart at Harvard University in 1978. He is considered the Soviet Union’s greatest author, historian, and resilient critic of the government. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. This speech was delivered during tensions of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred less than 15 years earlier. The Vietnam Conflict and ongoing violence in the Middle East were supported on opposite sides by both countries. Both nations were rapidly developing new weapons with even more destructive force than during World War Two. In his speech at Harvard, Mr. Solzhenitsyn shares about the crisis that faces the world and possible solutions to end the violence and threat to humankind. You will hear the voice of him and that of the translator. In addition to an available download transcript of this speech <click this link for transcript>, I also included another PDF from Wikipedia with the life story of Mr. Solzhenitsyn. <click this link for the life story> Rather than offering a commentary after this speech, I recommend reading the Wikipedia entry about him and his struggle to share the struggle within the Soviet Union and those throughout the world.
    Sunday
    Apr232017

    Historic Voices Podcast: (S01-E14) President Eisenhower - Atoms for Peace Speech to the U.N.

    In this podcast episode, we feature President Eisenhower delivering a speech named by others as Atoms for Peace at the United Nations in 1953. This speech was delivered during high tensions of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Berlin Blockade had only been resolved a few years earlier in 1948. That event nearly triggered a military confrontation between those who countries then. Both nations were rapidly developing new weapons with even more destructive force than used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War Two. President Eisenhower previously was General Eisenhower serving as the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War Two. After the war ended, he retired from the military and was elected President of the United States in 1953. Eisenhower was now in a position to take nuclear energy as a weapon and help repurpose it for peaceful purposes. This speech to the United Nations was part of an intentional campaign called “Operation Candor” to discuss the risks and hopes of a nuclear future for the American people. Click this link for a PDF transcript of this speech. Click this link for a PDF document of the backstory of this speech.
    Friday
    Apr212017

    Paul Harvey Podcast: (S01-E03) Paul Harvey - The Rest of the Story - The Doctor's Second Career

    In this podcast episode, we feature Mr. Paul Harvey and one of his signature radio programs. This is part one of a three part series of shows on people who become more famous through their second career. This episode is titled, "The medical doctor's second career." The Rest of the Story was a radio program hosted by Paul Harvey beginning during the Second World War on the ABC Radio Networks for many decades. This radio show consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story held back until the end. So I do not spoil the ending, I will not say anything else about this episode.
    Thursday
    Apr202017

    Paul Harvey Podcast: (S01-E02) PH Paul Harvey Speech - So God Made a Farmer

    In this episode, we feature a public speech by Paul Harvey. In 1976, Mr. Harvey delivered a four-minute speech named, “So God Made a Farmer” at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) annual convention in Kansas City. This is among his most remembered speeches. It is a wonderful example of Mr. Harvey’s Midwestern roots, Christian values, love of agri-business, and deep respect for the farmers that feed the nation. You may also remember a version of this speech was used for a Dodge Ram truck commercial that played during the Super Bowl a few years ago.
    Wednesday
    Apr192017

    Paul Harvey Podcast: (S01-E01) Overview of the Paul Harvey Podcast

    The Paul Harvey Podcast is a rebroadcast of selected episodes from Mr. Harvey's News and Comment and The Rest of the Story radio episodes. David Arendale is the host for the podcast. He is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Audio recordings of Mr. Harvey come from the audio libraries of AmericanRhetoric.com and Archive.org Mr. Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast the News and Comment show on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story shows. Those were a mix of history and mystery with a key fact withheld until the surprise ending of the episode. From the 1950s through the 1990s, Harvey's programs reached as many as 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers. Part of his attraction was a blending of his news reporting, expression of his personal values, love of God and America, heart-warming tales of average Americans, family values, and optimism for the future of America.
    Tuesday
    Apr182017

    New Podcast Announcement: The Paul Harvey Podcast

    Welcome to the Paul Harvey Podcast. This podcast features the best stories from Paul Harvey's News and Comment and The Rest of the Story shows. He blended news reporting along with an expression of his personal values: love of God and America, Midwestern roots, heart-warming tales of average Americans, family values, and optimism for the future of America. Mr. Harvey was a broadcaster for more than half a century on the ABC News Network with a weekly audience of more than 24 million. He was recognized many times including the Horatio Alger Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' most prestigious civilian award. Mr. Harvey passed at age 90 in 2009.

    The format for this podcast is rebroadcasting his News and Comment and The Rest of the Story shows. Unfortunately, few of his News and Comment shows are available. They will be featured once or twice a month and I will attempt to schedule them to coincide with major U.S. holidays related to the show topic. With the large library of Rest of the Story shows, I will group them into common themes that will run for three or four consecutive podcast episodes. I will provide a short introduction for each podcast episode. Needless to say, I won’t say anything about the surprise endings of the Rest of the Story shows. Most podcast episodes will be about five minutes in length. I will do my best to clean the audio quality of these audio recordings. Sometimes I will post a follow-up PDF document to the podcast that relates to the previous audio podcast episode topic. Most of those documents will come from Wikipedia.

    This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network composed of family friendly podcasts that bring a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network by clicking on this link, http://lifepodcast.net.  Let me know what speakers you would like to hear in the future and I will work to find the recordings.  I am a professor of history at the University of Minnesota.  Check out my personal website at http://arendale.org to learn more about me.

    This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic.  It is available through the following websites: Arendale.org, the Paulharveypodcast Facebook page, and the Paul Harvey Podcast YouTube channel. Currently, the podcast is under review by Stitcher and Tune before it is added to their directories. We will submit the podcast to iHeartRadio in late April for consideration.

    Please post comments to the individual episodes, post to the iTunes podcast review and rating section, and email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu

    Sunday
    Apr162017

    (S01-E12) PH Paul Harvey - The Easter Story 

    In this podcast episode, we feature Mr. Paul Harvey and his annual Easter Story. It is the story about a boy and a birdcage, and the preacher who wanted to buy it. He shared this story annually through his radio show for decades. As he liked to say, it is the shortest Easter story that you will ever hear.
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