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Audio Memorial: The Greatest John Lewis Quotes Listen to this playlist of John Lewis quotes to honor his career and legacy.

John Lewis was a civil rights activist and Congressman that fought for equality his whole life. From walking with Martin Luther King Jr., to his work in Congress, he was dedicated to fighting for justice. We made this playlist of some of his best audio moments in honor of the former congressman and American icon.
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Calls to Unite Even in Defeat: 10 Presidential Concession Speeches Listen to audio of these notable concession speeches from the most controversial elections in United States history.

From Nixon to Hillary, we've had a long cast of recurring characters in the hit American Drama series: The Presidential Election. Here, you'll find interesting interpretations of the traditional concession speech, making the act of losing more of an art than just simply custom. In the contexts of almost all of these speeches, volatile and polarized social and political climates result in elections full of mischief and inconsistency, the discontents of which must be addressed while simultaneously conveying a formal concession to Democracy's decision. How the candidates articulate their words on the victor, and how they stand behind him with dignity, is a truer test of their fitness for the presidency than any debate.
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Most Famous Martin Luther King Speeches Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.'s powerful speeches and sermons discussing economic injustices, racial inequalities, and the evil of war in 1960's America.

As a leader of non-violent protests during the civil right's movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered over 450 speeches and sermons, but they are oftentimes overlooked as his iconic, "I Have a Dream" speech was the most popular. Still, his extraordinary words have touched the hearts of many and cemented him as a prominent figure fighting racism in America.
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Audio of Mark Twain's Best Speeches and Passages Mark Twain was a captivating public speaker and writer. We have brought together a generous selection of his best speeches. Enjoy listening to these great Mark Twain speeches and passages. Vurbl Iconic Speeches
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Collaboration Between The Jewish and Sicilian Mafia In the world of organized crime, the path to the top is paved with blood. Here's how the Jewish Mafia made their way up the ranks, from dodging the government to becoming friendly with the Sicilian Mafia. Sometimes, it's not just about the family, it's about the friends you make along the way.
"The Audacity of Hope" - Quote from Obama's 2004 DNC Keynote Address "The Audacity of Hope" - Listen to an iconic quote from Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Keynote Address.
Snippet of Author James Baldwin On Being Black In America - 1960 Snippet of Author James Baldwin On Being Black In America - 1960
Albert Einstein Speaks on Truth, Knowledge, and Values During WWII Albert Einstein makes an inspiring address during the tumult of WWII.
Audio: Truman's 1950 Christmas Message President Truman calls upon the citizens of America to come together during this Christmas Message from 1950. Democracy works when there is unity and faith among citizens.

Audio: JFK's 1962 Christmas Message President Kennedy sends a Christmas Message calling for unity among people of all races and religions. In the year 1962, a year of peril, JFK calls for peace and love in this season.

Audio: George W. Bush's 2001 Christmas Message In his 2001 Christmas Message, President Bush pushes for bipartisanship and praises his administration for its progress. 2001 was a hard year for America, and many were mourning this Christmas, and Bush acknowledges that in his Christmas Message from the White House.

Audio: Christmas Message from the Trumps Donald and Melania Trump wish America a Merry Christmas from the White House in 2019. This is their penultimate holiday greeting from the White House.

(Audio) George H. W. Bush's 1992 Presidential Concession Speech The 1992 election is the first in United States history to observe a latent gender gap in the presidential vote. Amidst accusations of having dodged the draft, smoked marijuana, and had an affair with Gennifer Flowers, George Clinton was still able to pull the win out from under George H. W. Bush, whose strength in foreign policy was less useful to Post-Cold-War America. A notable third party candidate, Ross Perot, is often the most remembered aspect of this wacky election. The billionaire businessman amassed 19% of the national vote by asking for $5.00 donations on Larry King Live, and through a series of infomercials.
(Audio) Gerald Ford's 1976 Presidential Concession Speech Gerald Ford's 1976 election loss to Jimmy Carter was compounded with a case of laryngitis, and to the injury was added the insult of being the only election win by a Democrat between 1968 and 1992. Ford, who'd taken over as interim president after Watergate, inherited terrible campaign conditions such as the loss in Vietnam and a struggling economy, but his "Rose Garden" approach (pitching himself as a man with a specific set of duties he is the only one capable of completing), was a stiffer, more rigid approach to Carter's moderate policies and his outsidership in Washington.
(Audio) George McGovern's 1972 Presidential Concession Speech The 1972 election was the first after the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Senator McGovern, therefore, running a liberal campaign with such promises of the times as an end to the Vietnam War, should have had a good chance of winning. But Nixon would take this election by a landslide popular vote of 60.7%, a number inestimably challengeable when Watergate was exposed less than two years later. McGovern, though the campaign is over, the election lost, still fits in a few quotes by Abraham Lincoln and W.B. Yeats, which should be evidence enough that the election was tampered with.
(Audio) Al Gore's 2000 Presidential Concession Speech Al Gore's attempt at the 2000 presidential election resulted in one of the closest races in United States history, and one of the most controversial. From alleged election-day roadblocks, to media outlets prematurely calling the election (disqualifying an estimate 15,000 votes), the turn of the century mustered a sense of political opaqueness that still exists today. Perhaps most disconcerting is the conclusion of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights that 54% of uncountable ballots in Florida were casted by black voters (only 11% of the state's voter population). Not to mention a recount in the state that was protracted by the supreme court. Gore handle's his loss with grace, but it was a sad one for a Democratic party trying to overcome their Clinton-fatigued image.
Audio: Ronald Reagan's Speech at the Berlin Wall Listen to the best presidential speeches on Vurbl. In this clip, Ronald Reagan calls for freedom and peace at the Berlin Wall in 1987.
Audio: President Truman's Speech After Hiroshima Listen to the most important presidential speeches on Vurbl. In this clip, President Harry Truman addresses the nation after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in August of 1945.
Audio: George W. Bush's Address to the Nation on 9/11 Listen to the best presidential speeches on Vurbl. In this speech, President George W. Bush addresses the nation after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He addresses the physical and emotional toll of these attacks but insists that American resolve will remain unbroken. Often seen as a rallying cry, this speech played a large role in Bush's skyrocketing approval ratings in the aftermath of 9/11.
(Audio) Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential Victory Speech Arkansas governor Bill Clinton ran against incumbent president George H. W. Bush on a New Democrat platform. In a southern, predominantly Republican state, Clinton was a popular democrat who took a centrist approach to uniting a post-Cold War country. Former chairman of the DLC, his campaign focus was less liberalized, and made him the perfect candidate to begin stitching the tears of a polarized America.
(Audio) Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential Victory Speech Still dealing with stagflation from the '70s, the United States faced the dilemma over whose economic theory was more capable of saving America. The people made the decision that it was Reagan's supply-side economics that best befit the current needs of the nation. With this system, "suppliers" (companies, corporations, manufacturers), received incentives to increase production through income tax and capital gains tax breaks. His first term proved successful, and he was given large credit for restoring the Nation's sense of pride. One result of these two things, however, (and supplemented by Reagan's anti-"big government" rhetoric during and after the election) was that his generalized expressions for describing system-leaches was subliminally stigmatizing low-income communities, and subsequently its members.
(Audio) Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Victory Speech Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 Presidential Election named him the first (and only) African-American president, and his victory speech named the American people the true victor. Sharing the same degree of grace towards McCain as his opponent did towards him, Obama's address to the 240,000 people gathered in his home town centered on repairing that within politics which has led to the delay of progressivization. He refers to the overlapping ideals of the parties, their historic collaborative efforts, and to the 106 year-old voter whose life spans back to a motor-less America, who's seen such change as we can hardly imagine, and who battled to cast her vote for an America she never ceased to believe in.
(Audio) Jimmy Carter's 1980 Presidential Concession Speech Jimmy Carter was one president who was able to burrow his way into the hearts of many Americans. But unfortunately for him, the political climate of 1980 was in the midst of change. Facing flack from both parties over handling of foreign policy matters such as the Iran Hostage Crisis, Carter was pitched as precisely what Raeganism claimed to cure. Inflation and high unemployment rates also contributed to Carter's waning popularity. The loss marks the political realignment of the Republican party into what would be deemed the Raegan Era, highlighted by new battles waged in the war on drugs, supply-side economics, and increased defense spending.
September 27, 1993 - President Clinton Addresses The United Nations President Clinton addresses the UN - A world no longer armed and divided into two angry camps - for a while, anyway.

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President Bill Clinton, giving his first address as President to the General Assembly of the United Nations, on September 27, 1993:
President Clinton: "I come before you as the first American President born after the founding of the United Nations. Like most of the people in the world today, I was not even alive during the convulsive World War that convinced humankind of the need for this organization, nor during the San Francisco Conference that led to its birth. Yet I have followed the work of the United Nations throughout my life, with admiration for its accomplishments, with sadness for its failures, and conviction that through common effort our generation can take the bold steps needed to redeem the mission entrusted to the U.N. 48 years ago.

I pledge to you that my Nation remains committed to helping make the U.N.'s vision a reality. The start of this General Assembly offers us an opportunity to take stock of where we are, as common shareholders in the progress of humankind and in the preservation of our planet.

It is clear that we live at a turning point in human history. Immense and promising changes seem to wash over us every day. The cold war is over. The world is no longer divided into two armed and angry camps. Dozens of new democracies have been born. It is a moment of miracles. We see Nelson Mandela stand side by side with President de Klerk, proclaiming a date for South Africa's first nonracial election. We see Russia's first popularly elected President, Boris Yeltsin, leading his nation on its bold democratic journey. We have seen decades of deadlock shattered in the Middle East, as the Prime Minister of Israel and the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization reached past enmity and suspicion to shake each other's hands and exhilarate the entire world with the hope of peace.

We have begun to see the doomsday welcome of nuclear annihilation dismantled and destroyed. Thirty-two years ago, President Kennedy warned this chamber that humanity lived under a nuclear sword of Damocles that hung by the slenderest of threads. Now the United States is working with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and others to take that sword down, to lock it away in a secure vault where we hope and pray it will remain forever.

It is a new era in this hall as well. The superpower standoff that for so long stymied the United Nations work almost from its first day has now yielded to a new promise of practical cooperation. Yet today we must all admit that there are two powerful tendencies working from opposite directions to challenge the authority of nation states everywhere and to undermine the authority of nation states to work together.

From beyond nations, economic and technological forces all over the globe are compelling the world towards integration. These forces are fueling a welcome explosion of entrepreneurship and political liberalization. But they also threaten to destroy the insularity and independence of national economies, quickening the pace of change and making many of our people feel more insecure. At the same time, from within nations, the resurgent aspirations of ethnic and religious groups challenge governments on terms that traditional nation states cannot easily accommodate."

The above is an extended excerpt of the complete address when you hit the Play button.
September 20, 2001 - Fear, Rhetoric, Drum Beats And Thousands Still Missing. George Bush - Ground Zero was still smoldering as the drumbeats for War grew louder.

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September 20, 2001 - A day where the grim task of recovering bodies and sifting through still-smoldering wreckage continued at Ground Zero, where fear of more attacks loomed high - a day where the drumbeats for war, or at least revenge began and increased with intensity. The day where George Bush went before a joint session of Congress to outline the future, issue warnings and attempt to assuage fear. This was the new America; an America of fear and apprehension.
President Bush: "On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are the same murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.

The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics -- a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans, and make no distinction among military and civilians, including women and children.

This group and its leader -- a person named Osama bin Laden -- are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.

The leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan, we see al Qaeda's vision for the world.

Afghanistan's people have been brutalized -- many are starving and many have fled. Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough.

The United States respects the people of Afghanistan -- after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid -- but we condemn the Taliban regime. It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder.

And tonight, the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban: Deliver to United States authorities all the leaders of al Qaeda who hide in your land. Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens, you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every terrorist, and every person in their support structure, to appropriate authorities. Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion. The Taliban must act, and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate."
There was other news that day, but we were still in too much shock and in fear to notice - here is what the news of October 20, 2001 sounded like, as well as President Bush's Address to the Joint Session of Congress.
Albert Einstein Has A Word Or Two About Truth, Knowledge And Values - 1943 - Past Daily Reference Room Albert Einstein - "Do Not Participate In Anything You believe To be Evil". (paraphrased - but you get the point).

Albert Einstein - Address For United Jewish Appeal - With Asst. Sec. of State Joseph C. Grew - April 11, 1943 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

In the current climate of division, insanity and violence, there's always been that quest for what Richard Nixon once referred to as listening to our "better angels" in an effort to inject some reasonable voice, or an attempt to make some sense out of our precarious and sometimes questionable human condition. In 1943, as reports were beginning to filter in of the situation in Germany and the German occupied countries towards Jewish populations, The United Jewish Appeal began an effort to create an awareness of what would later be described to the world as The Holocaust. In 1943 there were rumors and reports from refugees who had managed to escape. America was, for the most part, slow in reacting - and it was efforts of United Jewish Appeal and many other organizations at the time to help bring the situation to light.

On April 11, 1943, United Jewish Appeal organized a fundraiser and a broadcast appeal featuring several noteworthy personalities including this short address by Professor Albert Einstein, himself a Jew and a refugee who had managed to escape Hitler's Germany:
Albert Einstein: Our age is proud of the progress it has made in man's intellectual development. The search and striving for truth and knowledge is one of the highest of man's qualities - though often the pride is most loudly voiced by those who strive the least. And certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality, It cannot lead, it can only serve; and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. This characteristic is reflected in the qualities of its priests , the intellectuals, The intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools, but is blind to ends and values. So it is no wonder that this fatal blindness is handed on from old to you and today involves a whole generation.

Our Jewish forbears, the prophets and the old Chinese sages understood and proclaimed that the most important facet in giving shape to our human existence is the setting up and establishment of a goal; the goal being a community of free and happy human beings who by constant inward endeavor strive to liberate themselves from the inheritance of anti-social and destructive instincts. in this effort the intellect can be the most powerful aid. The fruits of intellectual effort, together with the striving itself, in cooperation with the creative activity of the artist. lend content and meaning to life.
But today the rude passions of man reign in our world, more unrestrained than ever before. our Jewish people, a small minority everywhere, with no means of defending themselves by force, are exposed to the cruelest suffering, even to complete annihilation, to a far greater degree than any other people in the world. The hatred raging against us is ground in the fact that we have upheld the ideal of harmonious partnership and given it expression in word and deed among the best of our people".
The program begins with an address by Under Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew - here is that address from April 11, 1943
President Eisenhower On The Importance Of Education - 1957 - Past Daily Reference Room President Eisenhower- Believed Education was the single most important thing in our society.

President Eisenhower - address to National Education Association 100th Birthday - April 4, 1957 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

President Eisenhower addressed a gathering of the National Education Association, on the occasion of their 100th anniversary in 1957. Some 60 years later, the institution of Education and higher learning and the imperative need for knowledge have come under fire. As a reminder that there was a time Education was the single most important weapon in our arsenal to combat ignorance and war, President Eisenhower explains the need to continue and expand on what has become a crucial ingredient to our national heritage:
President Eisenhower: "Thus, the education of our children is of prime importance to each of us. Moreover, to maintain the common defense and to guarantee the progress of our Nation, each of us must discharge his own rightful and proper role in developing the intellectual capacities of all children living in every corner of our land. Each individual, each community has a vital function to perform.

For I remind you that the great colleges and universities that sprang up under Lincoln's College Land Grant Bill were not Federal projects. By no means! Most of the capital and organization for these institutions was provided by the States themselves. In this, as in all other things, Lincoln believed that government should do for people only what they could not well do for themselves. The Land Grant Bill furnished the stimulus for greater local effort. At present, the Land Grant colleges and universities receive most of their support and all of their direction from local citizens. Also, a healthy proportion of support comes from the students themselves. I add this because it is unwise to make education too cheap. If everything is provided freely, there is a tendency to put no value on anything. Education must always have a certain price on it; even as the very process of learning itself must always require individual effort and initiative. Education is a matter of discipline--and more, it is a matter of self-discipline.

Lincoln's faith in education is part of America's faith in the ability of people to govern themselves. When men and women know the facts and are concerned about them, we believe they will make the correct decisions. Prejudice and unreasoning opposition will more and more give way before the clean flood of knowledge.

This has always been my faith in democracy. Lincoln and education are closely associated in the memories of my boyhood. Indeed, the first school I attended, sixty years ago, was called the Lincoln Grade School. It was located across the street from my home in Abilene, Kansas. Nowadays, they refer to it as the "Old" Lincoln School because, old and dilapidated, it happily was replaced some years ago by a larger and stronger school.

And so each generation must build better schools for its children. Especially in today's complex and challenging world, we need stronger and bigger schools in which to train our children to accept their magnificent opportunities and grave responsibilities--opportunities for life even richer than ours, responsibilities for the defense of their homeland and strengthening of the free world. This puts a greater burden on education than ever before--a greater burden on our teachers, classrooms and curriculum.

The school building program of America suffered three grievous setbacks in this generation: the Depression of the 30's, the War of the 40's, and the Korean crisis of the 50's. These three periods caused a drying up of normal schoolroom replacement and expansion--almost like three successive droughts. During the Depression we were unable to build schools for lack of money; during the war we were unable to build schools for the lack of men and materials because most of these resources were diverted into the war effort. The same applied to the war in Korea and to very much of the cold war of later years.

So now our educational plant is not ample to cope with the enormous burden of present and future enrollments. Therefore, it is my firm belief that there should be Federal help to provide stimulus to correct an emergency situation; that help does not imply a permanent acceptance of responsibility which belongs, not to Washington, but to the local governments and to the local communities and to the people themselves.

Federal help in building schools will not mean federal control. After these new schools are built, after the bricks are laid and the mortar is dry, the federal mission will be completed. All control and use of those schools will be in the hands of the states and of the localities.

Every phase of the educational process, especially in our system of public schools, is important to all."
And now, more than ever, education - useful education. The pursuit of knowledge and intellectual freedom by way of our schools and teachers, is crucial for our survival.

Think I'm kidding?

Here is that complete address, as it was given on April 4, 1957.
Michelle Shocked: Incident At Yoshi's - March 17, 2013 Michelle Shocked - portrait of a career derailed.

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Although the intent and purpose of Past Daily is to present news and culture primarily of the past, every so often an event occurs that makes it necessary to break out of that mold, at least for a bit.

A lot has been written and spoken about with regards to the recent controversial appearance in San Francisco by singer Michelle Shocked and her comments regarding the LGBT community and her thoughts on Gay Marriage and the state of our society.

Clearly, the remarks were inflammatory and the result has been a wholesale cancellation of all her upcoming appearances throughout the country.

A lot of commentary and opinions have been based on hearsay and varying degrees of eyewitness accounts and observations. Many reports have likened the event to Rashomon, where several different observers have offered several different stories. Some passed the event off as a calculated piece of theatre while others have said it was out and out hate speech.

And when someone's career is at stake, reacting to mere rumor or misinterpreting a vocal inflection can have disastrous results, and liken it all to a Lord Of The Flies mentality. So caution, especially when you weren't there and up close, is essential.

So I asked some of my colleagues if an actual recording of the event was available - if one was, in fact made.

And yes, there was.

Listening to it - and I want to stress that nothing has been doctored - is pretty disturbing. This is the recording as I received it -I only boosted the overall volume to make it more understandable.

So I am offering this as a record of an event as it actually occurred so that the audience reading this will have a better understanding of just what went on.

My thanks to Chris Willman who has been on this story since the beginning. Emily Savage of The San Francisco Bay Guardian and Todd Everett.

Back to my regularly scheduled programming.
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FDR - Labor Day 1941 FDR - Labor Day in a precarious time.

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A casual reminder on this Labor Day of what the state of Labor was in wartime. Although we weren't in it yet, our active role in World War 2 was a little over 90 days away and we were living in precarious times.

Here is President Roosevelt's Address to the Nation on Labor Day, 1941.
Audio of John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Speech June 13th, 1963 on June 13th, 1963 John F. Kennedy addressed the nation about one of the most important times in history, the continuing battle against racism. Listen to Kennedy ensure the nation he and the American stands behind every American citizen practicing their first amendment right to peaceful protest against racism.
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