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January 28, 2020

On This Day: Reagan's Challenger disaster speech


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With Americans in shock after witnessing the tragedy, President Ronald Reagan needed to deliver a message. Here's how a little-known speechwriter helped him find the right words...

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June 12, 2019

Great Speeches: Berlin, Donuts and Walls


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One wall, two famous speeches separated by 24 years. In the month of June, both Kennedy and Reagan spoke before the Berlin Wall. A look at the impact of their words and what we can learn from those speeches today...

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June 5, 2019

The Eyes of the World are Upon You: Eisenhower's D-day Speech


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On this day, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower recorded a message for D-day troops. Learn more about how this speech came together and the edits that made his words more powerful...

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April 23, 2019

On this Day: The Man in the Arena


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Ever wondered if your speech fell flat? Theodore Roosevelt wasn't so sure about this one--though his famous lines have lived on to inspire in a variety of ways.

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December 7, 2018

FDR's Speech and the Day That Lives in Infamy


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How Franklin D. Roosevelt drafted one of history's best known and oft misquoted lines--and what his speech can teach us about the importance of working to find the right words...

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December 3, 2018

George H.W. Bush: A Speechwriter Remembers


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We're remembering George H.W. Bush through the stories of his former speechwriter Christopher Buckley...

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November 19, 2018

On This Day: The Gettysburg Address


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Seven score and 15 years ago on this day, Abraham Lincoln delivered a 270 word address that is still teaching us lessons about public speaking today...

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November 4, 2018

On This Day: Obama 2008 Victory Speech


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Making history with his election 10 years ago, Barack Obama delivered a speech that referenced Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and most of all, Abraham Lincoln.

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September 23, 2018

On This Day: The Checkers Speech


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On this day in 1952, Richard Nixon and a cocker spaniel gave the world a televised address we still talk about. Check out the Checkers speech....

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September 12, 2018

On This Day: 'We choose to go to the Moon'


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We do these things "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." On this day in 1962, President Kennedy gave a speech with lines that still resonate. What he said, how he said it, and what you can learn about speeches to inspire a vision...

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May 12, 2017

Speaking Inspired by Lincoln


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A tweet from Ford’s Theatre caught our eye: "Today ‪#FordsOratory students head to the Lincoln Memorial to practice giving their speeches in the footsteps of other great orators!" We had to find out more...

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March 20, 2017

The Inaugural Chaplain: Barry Black


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Maybe you heard his rousing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast or marveled at his resonant voice during the Inauguration Prayer. So did we. And we were fortunate enough to have that same voice echo through our school not that long ago.

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