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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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The audio and text presented here is for the non-profit purpose of teaching English as a second language. It cannot be downloaded, only streamed. Click on the link and the text will open so you can follow along as you listen.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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close-up of The Starry Night by Van Gogh

The audio and text presented here is formatted for the non-profit purpose of teaching English as a second language. Click on the chapter to stream the audio, and the text will open so you can follow along.

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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The text and audio here are formatted and presented for the non-profit purpose of ESL (teaching English as a second language) and are presented as streaming links only (not downloadable). Click on the chapter you want to hear and the text will open up so you can follow along.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This recording of The Great Gatsby?was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners.?Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller which premiered in 1953. It famously used the Salem Witch Trials to offer a commentary on McCarthyite America. This production stars Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Joe Spano, and Michael York, among others. You can stream the audio here.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

This recording of the Hobbit was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners. Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

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Flannery O’Connor reads her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find

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In April of 1959 O?Connor?gave this reading at Vanderbilt University?of ?A Good Man is Hard to Find?, one of her most famous stories.

This rare audio is one of only two known recordings of the author reading this?story. (The other,recorded in?1957 at Notre Dame University, can be streamed?here, and may be just a little bit clearer.)

To read?the text while you listen, open this page in a new window. I think you will want to follow along, as the recording can be hard to understand at times, particularly since O’Connor had a strong southern drawl.

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Theodore Roosevelt: Biography in Sound

Biography in Sound: Theodore Roosevelt

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Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (otherwise known as “Grandma Moses”) was a famous American folk artist. ? She began her career late in life and became an American cultural icon. ?You can learn more about her in this edition of Biography in Sound.

Biography in Sound: Grandma Moses

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Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael (December 16, 1867-January 18 1951) was a Protestant Christian missionary in India who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Donavhur. She served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about missionary work there. The fellowship she founded would become a sanctuary for over one thousand children who would otherwise have faced a bleak future as temple children.

Adventures in History: Amy Carmichael

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Amy Carmichael

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Penrod by Booth Tarkington

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Total running time:  6 hours, 4 minutes

01 – A Boy and His Dog

02 – Romance

03 – The Costume

04 – Desperation

05 – The Pageant of the Table Round

06 – Evening – Evils of Drink

 

07 – School

08 – Soaring

09 – Uncle John

 

 

10 – Fidelity of a Little Dog

11 – Miss Rennsdale Accepts

12 – The Smallpox Medicine

13 – Maurice Levy’s

14 – The Two Families

15 – The New Star

16 – Retiring from the Show

17 – Music

18 – The Inner Boy

19 – Brothers of Angels

20 – Rupe Collins

21 – The Imitator

22 – Coloured Troops in Action

23 – Little Gentleman

24 – Tar

 

25 – The Quiet Afternoon

26 – Conclusion of the Quiet Afternoon

27 – Twelve

28 – Fanchon

29 – The Birthday Party

30 – Over the Fence

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago.

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The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Summary: This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and “civilized” clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O’Connor (1870 – 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire. (Summary by Martin for Librivox)

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart and "Old Bessie" Vega 5b circa 1935, public domain image

Amelia Earhart: on the Future of Women in Flying, 1937

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King Tut’s Tomb

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Dr. Howard Carter: The Opening of Tuts Tomb, 1924

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Sound of History: West Berlin

This episode of Sound of History focuses on West Berlin with two historic speeches from that city. The first speech was made 2 years after the Berlin Wall was built, and the second 2 years before the wall came down. These speeches are from John F. Kennedy in 1963 and Ronald Reagan in 1987.

This episode also contains a very brief summary of the history of the Berlin Wall and a 1920s recording by Benny Goodman.

Sound of History: West Berlin

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

This popular book gives young children an overview of King’s life and work

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech, given the day before he was assassinated

The Complete “I have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963

excerpt from King’s “I have a Dream” speech

Walter Cronkite reports on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the “CBS Evening News”

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Pearl Harbor

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CBS Football Broadcast War Bulletin

FDR’s Pearl Harbor address

CBS John Charles Daly Reports Pearl Harbor Attack


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CBS Joint Congress Session Declaration of War Proceedings

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Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick related to a study of World War 2.

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago.

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The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

Read the book “Plays By Anton Chekhov” online or on your Kindle or other e-reader.

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Total running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

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Dramatis Personae

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

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The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

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Summary: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911) is the first of five collections of mystery stories by G. K. Chesterton starring an unimposing but surprisingly capable Roman Catholic priest. Father Brown’s ability to uncover the truth behind the mystery continually surpasses that of the “experts” around him, who are fooled into underestimation by the priest’s unimpressive outward appearance and, often, by their own prejudices about Christianity. Combining captivating stories and insightful commentary, The Innocence of Father Brown is a delightful read. (Summary by Brian Roberg for Librivox)

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Total running time: 10 hours, 24 minutes

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# 01 – The Blue Cross

# 02 – The Secret Garden

# 03 – The Queer Feet

# 04 – The Flying Stars

Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh, public domain image

# 05 – The Invisible Man

# 06 – The Honour of Israel Gow

# 07 – The Wrong Shape

# 08 – The Sins of Prince Saradine

# 09 – The Hammer of God

# 10 – The Eye of Apollo

# 11 – The Sign of the Broken Sword

# 12 – The Three Tools of Death

Posted 7 years, 9 months ago.

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Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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Summary: Understood Betsy is a 1916 novel for children by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The story tells of Elizabeth Ann, a 9-year-old orphan who goes from a sheltered existence with her father’s aunt Harriet and cousin Frances in the city, to living on a Vermont farm with her mother’s family, the Putneys, whose child-rearing practices had always seemed suspect to Harriet and her daughter. In her new rural life, Elizabeth Ann comes to be nicknamed “Betsy,” and to find that many activities that Frances had always thought too demanding for a little girl are considered, by the Putney family, ordinary expectations for a child: walking to school alone, cooking, and having household duties to perform.

The child thrives in her new environment, learning to make butter, boil maple syrup, and tend the animals. When Frances announces she is to be married and has come to “save” Elizabeth Ann from the dreaded Putney cousins, she is amazed to discover that the little girl is quite content to stay. The story ends after Frances has returned home, with Betsy, her aunt Abigail, uncle Henry, and cousin Ann sitting quietly and happily around the fireplace enjoying the knowledge they will now be a family for good. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Pere Trognon and his Daughter at the Bridge by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

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Total running time:  4 hours, 36 minutes

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01 – Aunt Harriet Has a Cough

02 – Betsy Holds the Reins

03 – A Short Morning

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04 – Betsy Goes to School

05 – What Grade is Betsy?

06 – If You Don’t Like Conversation in a Book Skip this Chapter!

07 – Elizabeth Ann Fails in an Examination

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08 – Betsy Starts a Sewing Society

09 – The New Clothes Fail

Blossoms at Giverny by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

10 – Betsy Has a Birthday

11 – “Understood Aunt Frances”

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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