Kennedy at the Berlin Wall

I’ve got episode 2 of my new podcast Sound of History online.

It’s been really interesting to find these old recordings. For this episode, I found Kennedy’s famous 1963 speech in West Berlin. I keep being struck with what an amazing orator Kennedy was. It is quite the captivating and amazing speech.

Reagan’s speech to West Berlin in 1987 is also in this episode. It’s three times longer than Kennedy’s, and probably less inspirational, but still an interesting listen.

Next week I’m going to have one of the forgotten opposition speeches, trying to argue against Reagan. Also some good material out there from that perspective.

In other news, ourmedia.org is being terribly annoying. It’s much easier to upload to archive.org directly. I don’t know why I ever bothered with ourmedia.org (or why anyone does, really).

2 thoughts on “Kennedy at the Berlin Wall

  1. On the linked page it says:

    This episode focuses on West Berlin with two speeches: one from just after the Berlin Wall was built, and one from just after the Berlin Wall came down.

    And:

    14:00 — Ronald Reagan
    Address to West Berlin [transcript]
    June 12, 1987

    Only that the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 …

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    jgoerzen Reply:

    Oops, you’re right. I got it right in the podcast itself but must have had a braino there. Thanks for letting me know (and I’ve fixed it).

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