Archive for Videos

Presidential Debates from 1960 to the Present Are Online

You can watch videos of the presidential and vice presidential debates since 1960 courtesy of C-SPAN. Many of the videos are accompanied by searchable transcripts as well.

A point of interest – there were no presidential debates in 1964, 1968, and 1972.

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NetFlix Adds Documentaries to YouTube

NetFlix has established a free YouTube channel featuring the thirty-four videos of Our Planet that were narrated by David Attenborough. An accompanying link provides access to additional educational resources.

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2019 9/11 Ceremonies Live

You can watch (or view later) the ceremonies from New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. Numerous resources concerning 9/11 can be found here – the September 11 Digital Archive. Where were you when the towers fell?

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50 Years Ago Today: the First Men on the Moon

Not quite the scenario envisioned by H G Wells in his novel First Men in the Moon, but an astounding achievement nevertheless. Practically anyone alive at that time can tell you exactly where they were. I was with my Irish grandma – Nanny – watching on a black and white tv. She who had escaped Ireland under pain of death for teaching Gaelic, who had married a veteran of the Spanish American War, had lived long enough to witness this. She cried.

Here are some sites of interest:

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting hosts To the Moon, a collection of 146 interviews of those who participated in this program;

The American Presidency Project contains hundreds of speeches/announcements/proclamations on the Apollo program;

The BBC has issued Apollo in 50 numbers – informative essays on everything from the cost of the program to the workers that helped put men on the moon;

C-SPAN has a pre-launch interview with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins as well as additional relevant videos;

Infodocket has assembled a small collection of vital primary sources, including the flight journal;

NASA has numerous links on the Apollo Program as well as a collection of Apollo-related videos;

The New York Times offers its extensive coverage of this mission; and

YouTube carries many videos of Apollo 11.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong at 10:56pm ET on July 20, 1969 from the surface of the Moon.

 

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Watch Mayor Fulop’s 2019 “State of the City” Address

You can watch this hour+ talk here.

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Top 10 TED Talks of the Year

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Oxford’s Annual J R R Tolkien Lecture

In honor of Tolkien, who was a professor at Pembroke College, Oxford, Pembroke has established an annual lecture series to explore fantasy literature. So far a half a dozen luminaries from this field have spoken at this meeting. To watch the videos of these lectures, please come here.

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Full Text Transcript and Video of President Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference

I am a firm believer in accessing the original (primary) source at all times; here is both a full-length video and an unedited transcript of this event. Reactions to President Trump’s statements can also be read/viewed.

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Organization of American Historians on C-SPAN

Listen to/view the numerous panels hosted by the OAH over the years; they cover a wide range of topics.

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News Coverage of the “March for Our Lives” Rallies

These videos of the Washington, D.C. rally are presented coutesy of C-SPAN; photos from other rallies can be see here. And here are more than 150 newspaper front pages covering this event.

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Watch Immigration Debates Live

You can come to C-SPAN to watch either live or in its archival video library.

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The American Historical Association on C-SPAN

The AHA held its annual meeting in snowy Washington, D.C. early in January. C-SPAN covered selected sessions and made them available on a permanent basis; previous sessions are also highlighted.

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Early Film Adaptations of “A Christmas Carol”

Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost is a five-minute film produced in 1901; it s considered the first filmed version of Dickens’ tale. It features Scrooge confronting Marley as well as the visions of Christmas past, present, and future.  Additional information is provided by the British Film Institute.

Another early representation is a 1910 production for the Edison studios. See how much more sophisticated the “effects” are in this feature.

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Organization of American Historians. Distinguished Lectures Series

This series, representing the best of the American historical profession, now has sixty-six (as of this writing) talks running the gamut from the Civil War in American memory to how alike are Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump. These lectures are well worth a listen.

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Interviews with the Two Major Candidates for New Jersey Governor. And Their First Debate

Here is a substantive interviews of Kim Guadagno, presently the lieutenant governor of New Jersey and former ambassador Philip Murphy. You can watch tonight’s debate here.

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Historians and Journalists Discuss President Trump’s First Year in Office

This hour long program aired on C-SPAN; a transcript is also provided.

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Live 2017 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony From Ground Zero

You can view it here. And if you do not have time to watch it live, C-SPAN permanently archives its broadcasts.

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Glen Campbell’s Twenty Essential Songs

As compiled by Rolling Stone (with accompanying performance videos). For those not familiar with his music, these selections will show you how influential and important he was. Not a bad one in the bunch.

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Just How Busy Is Penn Station?

This interactive video shows the amount of train traffic into Penn Station during a 40-minute span during rush hour. Now you know why the planned reduction of tracks due to long overdue maintenance work will create a transit nightmare.

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Videos of College Commencement Speeches

Dozens if not hundreds of these speeches are viewable online courtesy of C-SPAN.

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