This is a very compelling listen. The transmissions are heart-wrenching, and gave me an even greater respect for the fine job these firefighters do amid chaos, confusion, and devastation.
In August 2005, the New York City Fire Department released approximately 23 hours of radio dispatch audio recordings from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This came after The New York Times, along with eight 9/11 families, sued to win public dissemination of the transmissions, as well as hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcribed oral histories.
Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.
"Great as an audiobook"
CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of the important policy debates going on in Washington. This 60-minute audio magazine features inspiring discussions from well-known intellectuals, pundits, political leaders and Cato scholars. Previous recordings have included Milton Friedman, Hernando de Soto, Anne Applebaum, Alan Greenspan, P. J. O'Rourke, and Steve Forbes. From a libertarian view of limited government, free markets, and civil society, CatoAudio is your window to the ideas of freedom.
"Great If You're a Libertarian"
New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.
We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women, is a rare compilation of memorable speeches delivered by celebrated African-American women from both the past and present. Spanning decades and elucidating the fight for equality, it not only captures important pieces of black history, but reveals the struggle from a female perspective. The live recordings in this captivating collection are preceded by a short biography to introduce each speaker.
"A disappointment and a disservice"
A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"Good lecture, reaaallly bad recording"
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali discuss the trouble with Islam. Irshad Manji is the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. Manji has been called by The New York Times, "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare." The winner of Oprah Winfrey's first annual 'Chutzpah Award,' Manji is currently a visiting fellow at Yale University and is producing a feature film about what there is to love within Islam.
"Hope for Islam"
Mario Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor in the modern history of New York State. His numerous books include Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, Reason to Believe and More Than Words. Cuomo gave a memorable keynote address at the 1984 Democratic Convention and he remains a sought-after speaker.
The editor of Newsweek International since 2001, Fareed Zakaria oversees the magazine's eight editions in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. His column, on subjects ranging from terrorism, national security and America's role in the world to the global economy and the rise of China and India, appears in Newsweek, Newsweek International and The Washington Post.
In October 2009, George Soros delivered a series of lectures at the Central European University in Budapest that provided a broad overview of his thoughts on economics and politics. Soros has achieved great and consistent success in the world of finance but has also contributed to the broader world of philosophy and human rights through the work of his Open Society Institute, an international network of foundations.
Madeleine Albright was the U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 - the first woman elected to that post. Albright reinforced America's alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor, and environmental standards abroad.
Former President Jimmy Carter is the author of Everything to Gain, The Blood of Abraham, Keeping Faith, and Turning Point: A Candidate, A State, and a Nation Come of Age.
Legendary folk singer and political activist Joan Baez made her first New York concert appearance at the 92nd Street Y in 1960. She now returns for an in-depth interview that explores her extraordinary musical career and her longstanding commitment to nonviolence.
George Soros made billions of dollars anticipating seismic changes in the financial markets and used that money to try to change the world. He discusses what he believes were the fatal flaws of the Bush administration - his antagonism toward which is well documented - and the wider American view of the world. Soros heads Soros Fund Management and is the founder of a global network of foundations.
In this visit to New York's 92nd Street Y, Bernard Lewis discusses the Islamic doctrine of Holy War and its manipulation by modern extremists. Lewis turns to history to answer the most critical question we face today: is this a clash of civilization, an intractable ideological face-off like the Cold War? These are topics that came out of his work on his book Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror.
"Actual intelligent discussion of current events"
At a time when the country is divided by politics, culture, and religion, can we come together as a nation? How do we listen to people with different points of view? What are our common values as Americans? Mario Cuomo, a Democrat who served three terms as New York governor, addresses these compelling questions.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo discusses his hopes and dreams for this country on the eve of a presidential election year. Cuomo was the longest-serving Democratic governor of New York in modern history. He twice set records for the highest popular vote total in a New York State election. Since leaving office, he remains in the public sphere, speaking to audiences about their legacy as Americans and discussing his commitment to social responsibility.
Nancy Pelosi was on the path to political prominence when, as a 47-year-old mother of five, she ran for a seat in Congress and won. Now the highest ranking elected woman in American history and the first female Speaker of the House, Pelosi talks candidly about the opportunities and choices that have brought her - and our country - to this time and place. Her latest book is Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters.
Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has spent nearly five decades on the stage and silver screen. However, through his longtime interest in political and social activism, Dreyfuss has emerged as a leading voice in the area of civic engagement and active citizenship, earning posts at St. Antony's College, the University of Oxford, and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles ACLU Foundation.