Sound of History #2: West Berlin

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Welcome to the second episode of the Sound of History. This episode focuses on West Berlin with two speeches: one from just after the Berlin Wall was built, and one from just before the Berlin Wall came down.

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  • 00:03 — Theme Music
    Wolverine Blues (excerpt) by Benny Goodman
    January 23, 1928
  • 00:46 — Introduction
  • 02:06 — A brief history of the Berlin Wall
    Potsdam Agreement
    General Clay
    West Berlin
  • 04:24 — John F. Kennedy
    Address to West Berlin [transcript]
    June 26, 1963
  • 13:00 — Interlude (Wolverine Blues)
  • 13:40 — Introduction to Reagan speech
  • 14:00 — Ronald Reagan
    Address to West Berlin [transcript]
    June 12, 1987
  • 40:38 — Follow-up to Berlin Wall
  • 41:00 — Interlude (Wolverine Blues)
  • 41:18 — Closing, request for comments, and preview of next week
  • 41:48 — Credits, copyright, and full theme
  • 42:33 — End of credits (theme continues)
  • 44:43 — End of theme; end of recording

This episode is Copyright (c) 2006 by John Goerzen and is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.


Why Ich bin ein Berliner was indeed grammatically correct:

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I want to congratulate to this great website.

I never have heared the speech of J.F.Kennedy in Original –
and I enjoyed it this morning very.

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and I’m very courious about your next podcasts!


March 19th, 2006 at 4:47 am

I enjoyed your posts and would like to see more of them. It must be time consuming to put them together. I plan to use them with students and hope you will continue to add posts monthly as per your new goal. Thanks for your good work.

June 27th, 2006 at 4:02 pm

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