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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. Previously, I posted the new podcast episodes to this blog. I have now moved them to their own blog. Click on "my podcasts" tab above.

    Entries in History (38)

    Thursday
    Jun152017

    Paul Harvey - Freedom to Chains

    In this podcast episode, we feature Mr. Harvey and one of his signature radio programs, News and Commentary. The name of this famous 1965 commentary is “Freedom to Chains”. In this 12-minute commentary, Harvey argues that citizens have too often traded their freedom for so-called security that weaves a chain of high taxes on the people by the national government. He traced the history of the devastation of high taxes for the ancient civilizations in China and the Roman Empire. Harvey warns that the same fate face Americas if it continues to rely on the national government to provide for them rather than individual citizens using personal freedom to create their own security and opportunity for a better life for them and their family. News and Commentary was a radio program hosted by Paul Harvey beginning during the Second World War on the ABC Radio Networks for many decades. Mr. Harvey mixed together reports of the day’s news along with his commentary of national and world events.
    Sunday
    May142017

    The Enemy Below (1957) Staring William Holden and Curt Jurgens

    This was a rare Hollywood film that treated the Germans with respect during this World War II film staring two of the most popular movie actors of the time The film illustrates the tactical strategy used by the American destroyer commanded by William Holden and the skilled German U-Boat Commander, Curt Jurgens. It was one of the best WWII movies.
    Friday
    May052017

    Dr. Rev. Billy Graham - "He is Risen"

    In this podcast episode, we feature Reverend Billy Graham sharing a five-minute, low-key talk about importance of the Easter Story that he recorded in 1960 while on location in Jerusalem. There is a video of the same speech available through YouTube (click this link to watch it). Dr. Graham has retired from active preaching and lives in an assisted medical care facility. His wife passed a few years ago. I attended one of his revival meetings in a crowded Royals baseball stadium in Kansas City many years ago. It was an experience that I still remember today. Here is just a little bit of information about him. He was an active preacher and author for six decades. Dr. Graham sought to relate the Bible to contemporary social issues. He preached jointly with Dr. Martin Luther King at some crusades in the 1950s. Graham provided some of the bail money to release Dr. King when he was arrested after a civil rights demonstration. It is estimated the total audience at revival meetings, listeners on radio, and viewers on television of Dr. Graham’s messages exceeds two billion people. Click this link for a PDF from Wikipedia on the life of Dr. Graham.
    Thursday
    Apr202017

    Paul Harvey - 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.
    Sunday
    Apr162017

    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.
    Monday
    Dec192016

    "Broken Arrow" starring Jimmy Stewart and Jeff Chandler

    The movie "Broken Arrow" was one of the first Hollywood films to provide a sympathetic view of the Native Americans. While highly imperfect, especially since Jeff Chandler played the role of the great Native American leader Cochise of the Apache tribe, it was groundbreaking in 1950 to reveal the violation of the Indians by the U.S. Government and the honor displayed within the tribe. After his time flying bombers in WWII against Germany, Jimmy Stewart's movie roles were less the idealistic ones from before the war (It's a Wonderful Life, etc>) and more gritty and realistic. this movie is a good example of his change of movie roles. I suggest you read the Wikipedia entry about this 1950 film by clicking on this link. While imperfect, I think you would enjoy this movie. Click the red button to start the movie.
    Sunday
    Dec182016

    Recommended History Podcasts

    Click on this link to read a handout I prepared on podcasts related to history that I have subscribed for free through the iTunes Podcast service. I do not claim to listen to all the episodes obviously. However, I go through and select episodes of particular interest. I do make sure to download all episodes and went into the settings for my podcasts so that past episodes that are played do not automatically become deleted. Apple does that by default so that your hard drive is not becoming overloaded with media that you may not ever play again.  While this is not a big issue with most audio podcasts, some video podcasts have enormous file sizes simply because it takes more room to provide them. Several of my personal favorites are the video podcasts from NASA. If you subscribe to the HD quality video podcasts, individual episodes can exceed 200 MB. Fortunately, most recent personal computers are increasingly providing standard hard drives of a terabyte or more.  As a history teacher, I like to keep all the episodes for future reference. I think of them as my personal library like some people like to collect movie DVDs.

    In 2013, Apple reported that a billion people world-wide have subscribed to a quarter-million podcasts in 100 languages, and that more than eight million episodes have been published in the iTunes Store thus far. Searching for podcasts through the iTunes Store can be a challenge. The following list is merely a sample of the history podcasts. They were enough of an interest to me to subscribe.

    Many of the podcast shows can be subscribed to through iTunes, Google Play Store, and other mediasubscription services. Since I am most familiar with the Apple media ecosystem, the following podcasts are available through the Apple iTunes store.  These are identified by the iTunes name appearing in the title line for the podcast. Formal subscription to the podcasts are not required for some of the series. With these podcasts, go to the podcast web site and click on the show to immediately listen to it. A few of the podcasts are available through the iTunesU in the Apple iTunes store.  Those podcasts are identified below with iTunesU. These will not appear in the search window if you look in the Apple iTunes Podcast page. You need to select the iTunesU library instead.

    Using iTunes makes subscribing process easier for the podcast series. If the iTunes name appears in the podcast title line, go to the iTunes web site after you have downloaded the software to your computer (available for free from http://iTunes.com). Type the name of the podcast into the search window within iTunes and a window will open with information about the podcast. Simply click on the “subscribe” button within this window and the podcast series is automatically downloaded to your iTunes library account. New ones are automatically posted in the future. If you use another subscription service other than iTunes, or if the podcast show is not listed in the iTunes directory, you may need to enter the “subscription link” address by copying this link URL into your podcasting software (like iTunes, Juice, iPodder, or other RSS radio podcast client). This link is different than the URL for the web page.

    Click on this link to download the my directory of favorite history podcasts you can subscribe for free through Apple iTunes. These should also be available through the Google Play Store as well.