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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.


    (S01-E09) Historic Voices Podcast: Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream

    In this podcast episode, we feature Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speech I Have a Dream delivered on August 28, 1963. We are about to celebrate the national holiday in honor of Dr. King on January 16th. I thought it timely to release Dr. King’s on this day of remembrance and challenge to for us to recommit ourselves to the continuing fight for civil rights for all. The context for Dr. King’s speech was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in summer of 1963. The speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a quarter million civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C. Many historians declare the speech to be the defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement

    (S01-E08) Historic Voices Podcast: President Kennedy's Inaugural Speech to the Nation

    In this podcast episode, we feature the inaugural speech by President Kennedy in 1961. As I record this podcast episode, President Obama has just given his last speech as president in Chicago where he reminded the audience that was where his public service began. In a week, President-Elect Trump will give his first speech as the next U.S. President. It seemed appropriate to go back to one of the most remembered speeches by a new president. There was much more to President Kennedy’s speech than the often-quoted “Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” He reminded the listeners that even though they were living in the high point of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, there were alternatives to war and opportunities to bring prosperity to all the earth’s people.

    (S01-E07) Historic Voices Podcast: Information Update and Request for Listener Feedback

    As we prepare to enter 2017 on this New Year’s Eve, I thought it best to share a quick update report on the podcast and request feedback from you to help shape future episodes. An important part of independent podcasts like this one is developing a relationship between the podcast host and the listeners. You have several ways to provide your feedback. Choose one you like. Send an email to me at Include an audio clip if you like. Just let me know if I have permission to share it on the show. Write a comment on the blog posting for this episode. Click on the tiny number in the upper right-hand corner of the blog posting for this episode. Complete an anonymous online survey at the website, As I said, it is anonymous and an easy way to provide your thoughts. Thanks for listening to the Historic Voices podcast. I hope you share your thoughts about our podcast show. Best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous New Year.

    2017 Directory of Apple TV Apps

    Download my annontated directory of more than 300 apps for the 4th generation Apple TV.  Click on this link to download this free directory

    This document provides an overview of the Apple TV apps I have found useful as a college educator and in my personal life.  I enjoy Apple TV since I am able to watch on a large-screen with a great sound system the same content that used to be confined to my iPhone, laptop, or desktop computer.  There is enough free content available through Apple TV that I could cancel my cable TV subscription.  I will be interested to see the bundle of cable channels that will be eventually available for a monthly charge from Apple. 

    At the University of Minnesota where I am a history professor, the Apple TV device has been integrated into a growing number of classrooms so that students can share video content through the room projection television system.  First-year students in the College of Education and Human Development receive an iPad upon arrival and use of it is integrated into many of their first-year courses.  I use the history apps to help me connect today’s events with the history topics we are studying in class. 


    2017 Directory of Apple iPad and iPhone Apps

    Download my personal directory of nearly 400 iPad and iPhone Apps.  Click on this link to download the PDF directory.  I use these apps for personal and educational use.  I am a professor at the University of Minnesota and use some with my students in a global history course. This document provides an overview of the iPads apps I have found useful as an educator and in my personal life.  Most of the apps were free, some cost a dollar or two. Only a few cost $9.99.  Many thanks to my colleagues in my home academic department of Curriculum & Instruction as well as the College of Education and Human Development staff within the Office of Information Technology at the University of Minnesota.  I received good recommendations from them reflected in this document.


    (S01-E06) Historic Voices Podcast: Sir Winston Churchill Christmas Eve Greeting 1941

    In this podcast episode, we feature a rebroadcast of a radio speech by Sir Winston Churchill on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1941. The dramatic timing of the speech was that it was aired live just two weeks after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. As I record this podcast episode a few days before Christmas Eve, I am mindful of the recent terrorist attacks using cars, minivans, and trucks against civilians around the world. A few weeks ago, a terrorist college student drove a vehicle into a crowd of students at Ohio State University killing nearly ten. A few days ago, a terrorist stole a semi-trailer truck and drove into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing and injuring more than 50. A day or two later another terrorist drove a van filled with explosive gas bottles into an Australian Christmas lobby office. Four have just died when a minivan crashed into a farmer’s market in Beijing. And who can forget the ongoing genocide at the hands of ISIL and others with the civilians in Syria. It can be difficult to think about Christmas with widespread death occurring around the world at the hands of terrorists who are often targeting Christians at this time of the year. Perhaps words from Sir Winston Churchill can help us understand how we can pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ even as mayhem is occurring around the world.

    (S01-E05) Historic Voices Podcast: Bob Hope 1948 USO Christmas Show West Berlin

    In this podcast episode, we feature a rebroadcast of a USO Show led by Bob Hope for our U.S. soldiers on station in West Berlin in December 1948. The dramatic timing of this event was that West Berlin was under siege by the East German and Russian troops. Food, medicine, and the basics for life were being stalled by the Soviet troops at the road crossing points into West Berlin. This Cold War event is better known as the “Berlin Airlift” that saved the lives of hundreds of thousands and was the first time the U.S., Great Britain, and France stood up to the first act of aggression by the Soviets against the NATO alliance of nations. As I record this podcast episode a few days before Christmas Eve, I remember listening to the Bob Hope Christmas USO shows that he led to our troops in the most dangerous war zones around the world. I will feature other holiday shows in upcoming podcast episodes. You can view edited versions of these shows on video through YouTube and other online websites.