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OLD TIME RADIO
WORLD HISTORY COLLECTION
and U.S. HISTORY COLLECTION
"...All things are as they were then, except for one thing: when CBS is there, You Are There! You Are There is based on authentic historical fact and quotations. And now, on to our story....."
So begin the incredibly well done Old Time Radio programs "You Are There!" originally broadcast between 1947 and 1950.
And you really do feel like You Are There, the announcers report "live" from the scene of the action.
Imagine, you and your children speaking authoritatively on what public opinion was regarding the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Or why the English thought it best to turn Joan of Arc over to the French, even though she was fighting successfully against England! Or whether Captain Kidd was a pirate or just a businessman. Believe it or not, you, and they, will be able to do just that after listening to the best radio drama program I have ever heard.
A warning to parents though: you will almost certainly need to convince your younger children that there really weren’t radio reporters on hand when Columbus landed in the New World, with Alexander the Great at the Battle for Asia, at the storming of the Bastille, or at the Battle of Gettysburg. The dramatizations are that good!
Jim Hodges compiled the stories into 2 categories. The first, he called "You Were There - World History Collection," and the second is "You Were There - U.S. History Collection."
Each CD (remember they are in the MP3 format!) contains about 30 stories, and each story is half an hour long.
Here’s the list of dramatizations covered in the World History Collection:
- 1. Sampler
- 2. 1200 BC The Fall of Troy
- 3. 480 BC The Battle of Thermopolae
- 4. 399 BC The Death of Socrates
- 5. Sep 30, 331 BC Alexander the Great Part I
- 6. Oct 1, 331 BC Alexander the Great Part II
- 7. Sep, 326 BC Alexander the Great Part III
- 8. Aug 26, 79 BC The Last Day of Pompeii
- 9. Dec 5, 63 BC The Conspiracy of Cataline
- 10. 44 BC The Assassination of Julius Caesar
- 11. Dec 25, 800 The Crowning of Charlemagne
- 12. Oct 14, 1066 The Battle of Hastings
- 13. Jun 15, 1215 The Signing of the Magna Carta
- 14. May 30, 1431 Joan of Arc is Burned at the Stake
- 15. Apr 7, 1498 The Ordeal of Savonarola
- 16. Jun 15, 1520 The Death of Montezuma
- 17. Oct.3, 1574 The Siege of Leiden, Holland
- 18. Feb 8, 1587 Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
- 19. Aug 8, 1588 Drake Defeats Spanish Armada
- 20. Jan, 1649 The Trial and Sentencing of Charles I
- 21. Sep 5, 1670 The Trial of William Penn
- 22. May 23, 1701 The Hanging of Captain Kidd
- 23. Jun 22, 1757 The Battle of Plassey
- 24. Jul 14, 1789 Storming The Bastille
- 25. Oct 16, 1793 The Trial of Marie Antoinette
- 26. May 6, 1802 Toussaint Louverture Liberates Haiti
- 27. Mar 7, 1815 Napoleon Returns from Elba
- 28. Jul 31, 1815 Napoleon Recaptured and Exiled
- 29. Oct 25, 1854 The Charge of the Light Brigade
- 30. Jun 19, 1867 The Execution of Maximilian
- 31. Sep 8, 1899 The Dreyfus Case
That’s 30 half-hour shows! The sampler is just that - samples. We want to give you fair warning about number 4. Socrates takes his own life in this episode, and it is presented as a somewhat noble act. Jim Hodges says, "It was a tough decision for me, but I decided to keep it in. I used it as a conversation starter with my family on the subject, and you might want to preview this one just to be sure."
OLD TIME RADIO
U.S. HISTORY COLLECTION
- 1. Sampler (Same one - not everyone will get both!)
- 2. Oct 12, 1492 Columbus Discovers America
- 3. Sep 6, 1620 The Sailing of the Mayflower
- 4. Aug, 1637 Ann Hutchinson’s Trial
- 5. Sep 1, 1664 The Surrender of New Amsterdam
- 6. Aug 4, 1735 The Trial of John Peter Zenger
- 7. Nov 1, 1765 The Stamp Act Revolt at Williamsburg
- 8. Apr 18, 1775 The Battles of Lexington and Concord
- 9. Jul 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence
- 10. Jan 8, 1781 Mutiny in the Colonial Army
- 11. Jun 25, 1778 Virginia Ratifies the U.S. Constitution
- 12. Feb 17, 1801 The Election of Thomas Jefferson
- 13. Feb 15, 1805 The Trial of Samuel Chase
- 14. Sep 1, 1807 The Trial of Aaron Burr
- 15. Sep 26, 1820 Col. Johnson eats the Love Apple
- 16. Aug 25, 1830 Trial Run of Tom Thumb Steam Locomotive
- 17. Mar 6, 1836 Defense of the Alamo
- 18. Sep 7, 1853 Women’s Rights Convention
- 19. Apr 12, 1861 Bombardment of Ft. Sumter
- 20. Jul 21, 1861 First Battle of Bull Run
- 21. Mar 9, 1862 The Monitor and the Merrimac
- 22. Jul 3, 1863 The Battle of Gettysburg
- 23. Apr 9, 1865 Lee and Grant at Appomattox
- 24. Apr 14, 1865 Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
- 25. Apr 25, 1865 Capture of John Wilkes Booth
- 26. May 16, 1868 Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
- 27. Jul 21, 1881 Surrender of Sitting Bull
- 28. Apr 2, 1889 Oklahoma Land Run
- 29. Apr 6, 1909 Perry’s Dash to the North Pole
That’s another 14 and a half hours of listening time! Between the two CDs, there are 60 half-hour shows (OK, 1 of them is a repeat!) totaling 30 hours of educational, entertaining and just plain fun dramatizations spanning world and United States history. Click to Hear Sample of the Signing of the Magna Carta
Order one or both MP3 CDs today. PLEASE NOTE:
These are computer CD’s. The audio files will play on your computer CD drive, a DVD player (even the portable ones you take in the car with you!), a laptop computer CD drive, or on an MP3 compatible CD player (available in almost any department store, including Wal-Mart). They will not play on a standard CD player.