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     Access at the Crossroads Blog

    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.


    Historic Voices Podcast: (S01-E13) Eleanor Roosevelt - Universal Declaraton of Human Rights

    In this podcast episode, we feature Eleanor Roosevelt delivering a speech about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights shortly after World War Two. With the rampant disregard for human life and dignity leading up to and during World War Two, world leaders agreed to clearly affirm the rights of individuals wherever they lived. In April 1946, Eleanor Roosevelt became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Roosevelt remained chairperson when the Commission was established on a permanent basis in January 1947. She played an instrumental role, along with others, in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Eleanor spoke in favor of the Declaration, calling it "the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere" in a speech on the night of September 28, 1948. The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

    Updated 2017 Guide to iPad Apps for Academic and Personal Use

    I updated by 2017 Guide to iPad Apps for Academic and personal Use.  Click on the following link to download the PDF document. <click on this link>.  I added a collection of apps for listening to podcasts on iOS devices. Whle the Apple Podcast app is my preference, there are others that provide different ways to sort through the 250,000+ podcasts available through the iOS ecosystem. 


    (S14-E01) Then and Now: Global History and Culture Podcast: Season 14 Overview

    Welcome to the 14th season of Then and How: Global History and Culture podcast. The podcast began during fall of 2006 as a project in an introductory global history course at the University of Minnesota. This short overview episode reminds listeners of the purpose of the podcast and encourages listener feedback to David Arendale who is the course instructor. His email address is

    (S01-E01) Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Podcast: College Group Tutoring Programs

    In this podcast episode we begin our second season of the PAL Podcast. We are focused on postsecondaru peer cooperative learning programs. Our podcast will include not only interviews with studnnt leaders of these college study group sessions, but also interviews with supervisors of PAL programs around the world. I will also include episodes that share emerging research on peer learning. Also, look for PDF documents that come along with the audio podcast episodes. These will be training materials and draft versions of future articles. Send me email at Check out my webpage where I provide more information on this topic. My website is located at To directly reach those materials on the website click on this link,

    (S01-E12) Historic Voices Podcast: Paul Harvey, And The Rest of The Story, "The boxer's second career"

    In this podcast episode, we feature Paul Harvey and one of his signature radio programs. And The Rest of the Story was a Monday-through-Friday radio program hosted by Paul Harvey beginning during the Second World War on the ABC Radio Networks. The radio series consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end. The broadcasts always concluded with a variation on the tag line "And now you know the rest of the story." So I do not spoil the ending, I will not say anything else about this episode.

    (S01-E11) Historic Voices Podcast: Orson Wells as Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes; "The Final Problem" radio episode

    In this podcast episode, we feature the voices of two great British Shakespearean actors, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, and the great radio and movie actor, director, producer, and writer, Mr. Orson Wells. Sir Gielgud appeared in many great Hollywood films including Gandhi, Elizabeth, Chariots of Fire, and The Elephant Man. Mr. Wells is best known for the film Citizen Kane and 1938-radio show, War of the Worlds. The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. The radio stories were action packed, filled with atmosphere, and featured great music by Lou Kosloff, as well as excellent sound effects. Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes. In 1955, NBC re-ran the BBC series with the great British actors Sir John Gielgud as Holmes, and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson, and in "The Final Problem," Orson Wells is the voice of Holmes’ greatest nemesis, Dr. Moriarty. That is the subject for this podcast episode.

    (S01-E10) Historic Voices Podcast: Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

    In this podcast episode, we feature Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King’s A Time to Break Silence speech on April 4, 1967 in New York City. While many have listened to Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, fewer have considered his words in A Time to Break Silence. He embraced his concern for both the welfare of the African-American soldiers who most often were on the front lines of battle, but also for the poor in Vietnam. Dr. King was one of the few national leaders who correctly understood the struggle in Vietnam was not between Communism and democracy, rather a long battle against French imperialism that had dominated the region for hundreds of years. The fear of the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia had spilled into Southeast Asia where it did not belong. Dr. King saw how the Vietnam conflict was both destroying our own country as well as that of the poor in Vietnam. This was not a universally popular speech among the American people. Time has revealed the wisdom of Dr. King who not only spoke of advancing civil rights in America, but also serving as peacemakers here on earth with all people.