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A Plea for Captain John Brown

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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by Henry David Thoreau
56 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Essay/Speech
1859

Thoreau

Against the then-popular condemnation of the radical abolitionist who seized a federal armory, attempting to arm slaves and create a violent rebelion against the South, Thoreau delivered this spirited speech justifying Brown’s character and actions to those who would have rather resolved (or failed to resolve) the issue of slavery using discussions and diplomacy. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Constitution

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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of The United States of America
27 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1787

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…”

Read by John Jennens.

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Inaugural Addresses 1861 & 1865

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Abraham Lincoln
32 minutes, 53 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1861, 1865

Lincoln

1861

President Lincoln’s thoughtful and passionate (but ultimately unsuccessful) plea to keep southern states from seceding from the Union and to avoid the coming Civil War, delivered as he entered office during the most divisive time in U.S. history.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Delivered March 4, 1861, just two weeks after Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the president of the Confederacy.

1865

“With malice toward none, with charity for all…” The end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln took the oath of office a second time and gave one of the most America’s most famous speeches, and the shortest inaugural address in U.S. history.

This speech is inscribed, along with the The Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In many ways, Lincoln’s second inaugural address was a sequel to the address at Gettysburg, honoring the fallen and reflecting on the guilt and loss of a nation.

Delivered March 4, 1865, a month and 10 days before his assassination.

Read by Alex Wilson. Note: the podcasted version only includes the 1965 address; the zip files above contain both speeches.

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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States, residing over a nation divided by slavery, states rights, and The Civil War.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




The Declaration of Independence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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of The United States of America
12 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1776

The Declaration of Independence

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…” The United States Declaration of Independence.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 2, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

Casey at the Booth

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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by Alex Wilson

3 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged SF poem/parody
2008

Casey at the Booth

A Filk of the Republic Sung in the Year 2088.

A political parody based on Ernest L Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. First appeared in Inconsequential Art #4. Text online here. Cover art by Constantine Markopoulos.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

The Gettysburg Address

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

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by Abraham Lincoln
2 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1863

Lincoln

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the propisition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great Civil War…” Given by US President Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield November 19, 1863, after the hard-fought, casualty-ridden, and turning-point Civil War battle near Gettysburg, PA.

This speech is inscribed, along with Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

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by Patrick Henry
6 minutes, 51 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1775

Patrick Henry’s address to the second Virginia Convention in March 23, 1775, where he offered a resolution that put the colony in a state of defense leading up to the American Revolution.

A bestselling Telltale recording (and one of the first), now available free with a Creative Commons License. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was an accomplished orator and political leader during the American Revolution. He was twice governor of Virginia and served as a delegate to the first Continental Congress, the House of Burgesses, and the Virginia provincial convention. Before and after the American Revolution, he championed individual liberties to the point of unsuccessfully opposing the ratification of the US Constitution, fearing it gave the federal government too much power, and successfully working to have the Bill of Rights added.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.

The Bill of Rights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

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the first ten amendments to The Constitution of The United States of America
4 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Reading of a Historical Document
1789 / 1791

The ten original amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America–passed by Congress September 25,1789 and ratified December 15, 1791. This recording may be freely shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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