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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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Five Speeches

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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by Mark Twain
29 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Humorous Speeches
1899-1908

Twain

Five speeches by the master at making them interesting and witty.

Theoretical Morals (1899)
“A man can’t become morally perfect by stealing one or a thousand green watermelons, but every little bit helps.”

The Alphabet and Simplified Spelling (1907)
“Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can take it too far.”

Education and Citizenship (1908)
“Now I want to tell a story about jumping to conclusions. It was told to me by Bram Stoker and it concerns a christening.”

Layman’s Sermon (1906)
“Now I am not modest. I was born modest, but it didn’t last.”

University Settlement Society (1901)
“Marvelous it is, to think of schools where you don’t have to drive the children in, but drive them out! It was not so in my day.”

Note: The podcast includes only “Theoretical Morals.” All five speeches are included in the downloadable bundles.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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Microsoft Research DRM Talk

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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by Cory Doctorow
53 minutes, 1 second
Unabridged Speech on Technology and Business Issues
2004

Cory Doctorow DRM Talk

On June 17, 2004, science fiction author and EFF spokesman Cory Doctorow talked to Microsoft Research Group and other interested parties about Digital Rights Management (DRM), copyright, and the technology that cleaves them together and apart. In five parts, Doctorow covers everything from DVD region coding and the player piano to the Apple iTunes Music Store and why Sony didn’t create the digital successor to its once-ubiquitous Walkman. Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM, but were afraid to tell Microsoft.

Read by Alex Wilson. The text of this speech is freely available online [new window].



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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.




Lecture to Art Students

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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by Oscar Wilde
20 minutes, 6 seconds
Unabridged Lecture
1883

Wilde

With a professional’s insight, an opinionated mind, and no small amount of trademark wit, Oscar Wilde offers his advice on “what makes an artist and what does the artist make; what are the relations of the artist to his surroundings, what is the education the artist should get, and what is the quality of a good work of art.” Read by Damian Hess.

“Art is the science of beauty, and Mathematics the science of truth: there is no national school of either… Nor is there any such thing as a school of art even. There are merely artists, that is all.”

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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a Victorian dramatist and novelist best known for his witty dialogue, epigrammatical style, and social commentary.


Damian Hess engineers and produces music for Emerald Rain Productions and MC Frontalot. [new windows]


 

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.