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2016-09-28T13:06:41ZWatch Frontline: The Choice 2016 The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 8th and Americans will soon decide who will be our next President. Each presidential election the PBS series Frontline produces an election special that profiles the two major candidates. Their two-hour special aired last night on PBS and is now available to stream on their YouTube channel. This special covers the biographies of the frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump, and the long and very different paths they took to reach this point. With interviews from biographers and people closest to each of the candidates you get an idea of what has driven these individuals throughout their careers. You'll hear the story of Hillary Clinton and her entry into Democratic politics from her years as first lady of Arkansas and then the United States, to her role as Senator of New York and Secretary of State. You'll also hear about the rise of Donald J. Trump, the wealthy American businessman who came of age in the 1980s and kept his brand alive into 1990s and became a reality TV star in the 2000s. You'll hear about the scandals and hardships they've faced throughout their long lives in the public eye and their persistence through it all in "Frontline: The Choice 2016". Watch Frontline: The Choice 2016 And just to revisit some history you may want to check out the PBS Frontline documentaries from the past two presidential elections which are also available on YouTube: Frontline: The Choice 2008 Frontline: The Choice 2012 Also Clinton and Trump sparred in their First Presidential Debate on Monday: 2016 First Presidential Debate: Trump vs. Clinton In the First Presidential Debate Clinton and Trump touched on issues such as trade, foreign policy, race relations, and other key issues. The 90-minute debate is available on streaming video on YouTube and on MP3 audio download. For another interesting debate check out this recent debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.: Blame the Elites for the Trump Phenomenon In this debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. the two sides argue over who is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. One side argues that the Trump Phenomenon is due to the elites of both parties ignoring the voice of the declining American middle class. They argue that the political elite's devotion to special interests and their bailouts of the big banks has created frustration in middle America who have not seen much recovery from the financial disaster of 2008. The opposing side blames the voters and the media for the rise of Donald Trump, emphasizing that his rise is largely a response to his stirring up fears about immigration, crime, and terrorism. Neither side are particularly fans of the Trump Phenomenon, but they both offer interesting insight into how this unprecedented candidate has rose to such heights. The two-hour debate is available to stream on YouTube and also is available on MP3 audio download from the Intelligence Squared U.S. website.... width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s7uScWHcTzk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Watch Frontline: The Choice 2016 The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 8th and Americans will soon decide who will be our next President. Each presidential election the PBS series Frontline produces an election special that profiles the two major candidates. Their two-hour special aired last night on PBS and is now available to stream on their YouTube channel. This special covers the biographies of the frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump, and the long and very different paths they took to reach this point. With interviews from biographers and people closest to each of the candidates you get an idea of what has driven these individuals throughout their careers. You'll hear the story of Hillary Clinton and her entry into Democratic politics from her years as first lady of Arkansas and then the United States, to her role as Senator of New York and Secretary of State. You'll also hear about the rise of Donald J. Trump, the wealthy Americ[...]
2016-07-18T09:29:52ZListen to some informed and civil political debates about issues facing the United States in these great debates from Intelligence Squared U.S.. These Oxford-Style debates set forth a motion and then usually have two people on each side debating for or against the motion. Along with debating back and forth, the participants also each get opening and closing remarks to summarize their viewpoints. The moderator of the debates is author and journalist John Donvan, and he does a superb job of keeping the debates well mannered, intelligent, and moving forward. Each debate generally runs 90 to 100 minutes along with questions from the moderator and from the audience. The audience votes on the motion before the debate and then afterwards. Whichever side changes the most members of the audience to vote for their side by the end is declared the winner. These debates can be watched on YouTube or listened to on MP3 from the Intelligence Squared U.S. website. There is also a 50 minute version of the debate on the Intelligence Squared U.S. website (which is the podcast and radio version). We recommend the full version for the most coherent debates, but either way you'll learn a lot. Challenge your own political beliefs on these complex issues with these intelligent debates! 1. The Two-Party System is Making America Ungovernable Has the two-party system in America created a toxic dynamic where the most extreme members of each political party can no longer work together? In this debate hosted by Intelligence Squared, Ariana Huffington and David Brooks argue that Democrats and Republicans are stuck in a rotten two party system that forces both sides to obey the party line at the cost of personal beliefs. Their proposed solution is a broader social movement to de-align the two parties and make way for a centrist alternative. In contrast, humorist P.J. O'Rourke is joined by Zev Chafets to argue for how durable the two-party system has remained when put under almost two centuries of stress, and caution against a de-polarized political atmosphere where smaller, single issue-based interests are enabled to fight it out on a national stage. 2. The Rich Are Taxed Enough In this debate from Intelligence Squared, the two sides square off about the taxation of the rich in the United States and whether they should pay more than they currently do to cover the costs of government spending. Both sides agree that government is running deficits that need to be paid for and that entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare need reform before they spiral government down into much more debt in the coming decades. The side arguing for the motion suggests the best way to raise revenues is to "broaden the base" of the tax system, to cut out of control government spending, and to cut tax rates so that wealthy individuals will invest more into the economy and boost employment which will in turn boost individual income and generate more in overall taxes. The side arguing against the motion suggests that it is a necessity to raise taxes on the rich because of the current deficits government is running and because a more progressive approach in the tax system is the fair thing to do and will ultimately benefit the growth of the economy. They also argue for closing tax loopholes which have prevented the rich from paying their fair share. Both sides feature economists that throw out a lot of statistics supporting each of their arguments, but the moderator John Donvan tries to get beyond the numbers to the core ideas behind each side. 3. Don't Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses The topic of immigration has become a lightning rod for pundits on both sides of the political spectrum. This debate hosted by Intelligence Squared pits two sides in a nuanced argument pro and con over whether or not America is, or should be the place for the world's "Tired", "Poor" and "Huddled Masses", as immortalized by poet Emma Lazarus at the Statue of Liberty. Arguing for stronger immigration Policy, Kris Kobach and Tom Tancredo work[...]
2016-04-12T11:30:10Z1000 new YouTube videos have been added to our LearnOutLoud Free Audio & Video Directory bringing our total number of free resources to over 11,000. We've gone through some of the best educational channels on YouTube and picked out the most popular videos from the past few years. Here are the channels we've added titles from along with some choice titles we thought you'd like: Aspen Institute - Featuring over 40 talks from their annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Marianne Williamson Talks Spirituality and Politics Self Directed Biological Transformation (SDBT) with Deepak Chopra The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom with Rod Stryker Will Massively Open Online Courses Transform the Way We Learn? Big Think - Longer interviews and lectures from this popular and intellectually stimulating YouTube channel that features leading thinkers from a variety of backgrounds. Big Think Interview with Karen Armstrong Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour Book TV - New interviews from C-SPAN's Q&A series bringing the total number of Book TV titles to 250. Q&A with Bethany McLean on The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis Q&A with Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare Center for Inquiry - Talks from this secular and skeptical nonprofit educational organization. A Lecture by James "The Amazing" Randi Michael Shermer: The Believing Brain Commonwealth Club of California - New lectures and interviews from this popular public forum bringing our total to over 100 titles. Finding Faith and Spirituality in the 21st Century Jane McGonigal: How Games Can Make a Better World Noam Chomsky: Philosophies of Language and Politics Patty Duke Tells All Robert Reich: Inequality for All The Mind, Madness, and Gun Violence The Mythbusters at the Commonwealth Club The Psychology of Building a Bulletproof Personal Finance System with Ramit Sethi Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer - A few archived conversations from the New York public access show "Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer". Conversation with Buckminster Fuller Conversation with Oliver Sachs Conversation with Timothy Leary Conversations with History - Long running interview show on UCTV hosted by Harry Kreisler and covering politics, economics, and much more. We now feature over 100 interviews. My Forty Years at Berkeley with Harry Kreisler Philosophy and Activism with Peter Singer Understanding Human Nature with Steven Pinker Cutting Edge Conscious - Talk show featuring guests that may broaden your horizons about consciousness. Bruce Lipton: The Frequency That is "You" Byron Katie: Question Your Thoughts and End Your Suffering Dan Millman on Finding Your Life Purpose Joe Vitale: The World Is Our Mirror European Graduate School - Lectures from this graduate school focused on art and philosophy. Jacques Derrida & Gilles Deleuze: On Forgiveness Jean Baudrillard: Violence of the Image Slavoj Zizek: The Irony of Buddhism Forum Network - Lectures from WGBH in the Boston area. We now feature over 200 titles from their YouTube channel. Emily Dickinson: My Wars Are Laid Away in Books How Working Women Can Manage Stress with Dr. Kathleen Hall Sarah Lewis: Rise Scott Stossel: My Age of Anxiety The History of the Universe in One Hour by Max Tegmark, Professor of Physics at MIT Google Talks - Many more talks from authors and notable speakers at Google bringing our total to over 500 of their best talks. Alain de Botton on The News: A User's Manual Ariane De Bonvoisin on The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier Chip Conley on Emotional Equations Daniel Dennett on Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Dr. David Agus on The End of Illness Elizabeth Kolbert on The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Eric Ries on The Lean Startup Kelly Starrett on Deskbound Martha Stewart Talks at Google Richard Dawkins on The Magic of Reality Shawn Achor on Before Happiness Steven Johnson on Future Perfect: The Case Fo[...]
2016-04-07T23:34:38ZThe Audible mobile app has a new section which will surely interest fans of audio learning. It's in beta mode right now and it's called "Channels". We're not sure if it showing up for all Audible app users yet, but we'll give you an overview of what is probably coming soon to an Audible app near you, if it's not already there. The new Audible Channels section of the Audible app on iOS and Android features about 90 channels of relatively short audio content that is free to members to listen to via streaming or you can download for offline listening. Many of the channels are categories such as comedy, meditation, business news, etc. Each of these categories features a playlist of short audio related specifically to that category. This audio content is coming from publishers and partners of Audible including excerpts of audio books and articles from a number of publications that Audible partners with such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. There are also channels featuring professional audio recordings of new articles from Audible's partner publications and we'll list a bunch of the publications that have channels: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, cNet, McSweeney's Fiction, MIT Technology Review, The New Republic Magazine, Reader's Digest, Science News Magazine, Scientific American, and The Washington Post. There is also some original audio content such as episodes of Charlie Rose, the best TED Talks, Marketplace, BBC Newshour, PRI's The World, and The Onion Radio. And then there are some channels that seem to be premium audio shows that Audible has developed including Hot Mic with Dan Savage, Hold On with Eugene Mirman featuring funny live stories, How to Be Amazing with comedian Michael Ian Black as he interviews intriguing people, Limelight Illuminating Comedy, and a few others. Audible's Channels free section gives one even more incentive to become an Audible member as it will surely grow into an amazing new way to get premium audio content that isn't currently in audio book form. If you're not an Audible member, you might want to check this out. You can subscribe through Amazon (which owns Audible) right now and get two free audio books: Try the Audible 30-Day Free Trial and Get Two Free Audiobooks Audible's Channels section is an interesting move for Audible who's main focus has been in promoting unabridged audio books and generally longer form audio content to purchase via its memberships or a la carte from its site or on Amazon or on iTunes (who it partners with). Audible has amassed 180,000 titles over the years which has completely dwarfed their competitors in audio book retail. But I'm sure they have seen the magnificent success of over 200,000 free podcasts on iTunes and felt the need to somehow get into that space. Audible tried to get into podcasting 10 years ago with the failed Audible Wordcast. But now they are an Amazon owned company with much more money and power, and with Audible Channels they might give traditional podcasting a run for the money. Will they lure over top podcasters to their subscription service so podcasters can finally start making some serious money? Only time will tell. In the meantime they've got some great premium audio content that you won't find anywhere else and it's all free for Audible members! Here is Audible's official announcement of Channels and you can browse the channels they offer: Audible's Intro Page to Channels Here is Audible's new video introduction to Audible Channels:... The Audible mobile app has a new section which will surely interest fans of audio learning. It's in beta mode right now and it's called "Channels". We're not sure if it showing up for all Audible app users yet, but we'll give you an overview of what is probably coming soon to an Audible app near you, if it's not already there. The new Audible Channels section of the Audible app on iOS and Android features about 90 [...]
2016-05-25T23:17:46ZThe Great Courses Plus is here in full force and you can now sign up for a free one month trial on TheGreatCoursesPlus.com. For fans of The Great Courses it's overwhelmingly awesome. You subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, and you can then watch 250 great courses as much as you want, whenever you want! After the initial free month, the price is only $19.99/month now! A bargain considering all the great courses you get access to. And if you sign up for a full year the price breaks down to only $14.99/month. We've gone through their entire catalog and there are so many courses and individual lectures we want to watch. We'll be doing reviews for many of the courses available in the coming year, but in this blog we wanted to list all 250 courses they are offering as of March 2016. You can browse all these courses by category on their website as well: Browse 250 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus They have many apps in place now for convenience of watching across many devices. They have their iOS app now which lets you watch on iPads, iPhones, and iPods. You can also Airplay video lectures from your iPhone to Apple TV or other devices which comes in handy if you want to watch the lectures on a big screen. They've got an Android app, an Amazon Kindle Fire app, a Roku app, and an Amazon Fire TV as well. Their Apple TV app is on the way. The one thing that is currently missing that we'd love to see is the ability to download videos into the apps so you can watch them (or listen to them) on-the-go without having to connect to the Internet or use your precious monthly mobile data plan, but they say that feature is coming soon. We've added links in to The Great Courses Plus for The Great Courses that are available through this new subscription service. You can browse these courses along with others that are available in other formats on our Great Courses Publisher page which features video trailers for many of the courses: Browse Over 350 Courses on our Great Courses Publisher Page But we haven't updated their latest courses in a while and there are about 150 newer great courses we need to add to our site. So instead we decided we'd list all 250 courses they are offering on The Great Courses Plus right here. Once again you can browse all the courses and lectures on their website as well: Browse 250 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus Here are all 250 Great Courses being offered through The Great Courses Plus: 12 Essential Scientific Concepts The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World The Addictive Brain Advanced Investments Algebra I Algebra II America and the New Global Economy America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era The American Civil War Ancient Greek Civilization The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving The Art of Conflict Management Art of Critical Decision Making The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History The Art of Storytelling Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator The Art of Travel Photography The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity The Big Questions of Philosophy Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity Buddhism Building a Better Vocabulary Building Great Sentences Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear Cities of the Ancient World Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain The Creative Thinker's Toolkit Critical Business Skills for Success Customs of the World Dead Sea Scrolls Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures The Decisive Battle[...]
2016-05-06T09:11:03ZLearn about the major 2016 Presidential Candidates with our latest recordings of their Wikipedia biographies on audio. Currently we've recorded entries for the leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the leading Republican candidate Donald Trump. Here is Hillary Clinton's biography on audio from her Wikipedia article. This biographical text covers Clinton's life from her early days to her life as the First Lady, up to her life as a senator and as Secretary of State. The article concludes with her current run for the 2016 presidential campaign. You can download it on MP3 here: Who is Hillary Clinton?: Her Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: And here is Donald Trump's biography on audio from his Wikipedia article. This biographical text covers Trump's life from his early business career, to his success on TV's The Apprentice, to his many high profile real estate deals. The article concludes with his current run for the 2016 presidential campaign. You can download it on MP3 here: Who is Donald Trump?: His Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: And here is Bernie Sander's biography on audio from his Wikipedia article. This short biographical text covers Sanders' early life, his political evolution from Burlington Vermont mayor to U.S. Senator, and provides a summary of his various political beliefs. The article also includes information on his run as the democratic candidate in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign. Who is Bernie Sanders?: His Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: Get out there and vote!!... Learn about the major 2016 Presidential Candidates with our latest recordings of their Wikipedia biographies on audio. Currently we've recorded entries for the leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the leading Republican candidate Donald Trump. Here is Hillary Clinton's biography on audio from her Wikipedia article. This biographical text covers Clinton's life from her early days to her life as the First Lady, up to her life as a senator and as Secretary of State. The article concludes with her current run for the 2016 presidential campaign. You can download it on MP3 here: Who is Hillary Clinton?: Her Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: width="560" height="420" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tGaUQqYSF1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> And here is Donald Trump's biography on audio from his Wikipedia article. This biographical text covers Trump's life from his early business career, to his success on TV's The Apprentice, to his many high profile real estate deals. The article concludes with his current run for the 2016 presidential campaign. You can download it on MP3 here: Who is Donald Trump?: His Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4i7usYJgwFU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> And here is Bernie Sander's biography on audio from his Wikipedia article. This short biographical text covers Sanders' early life, his political evolution from Burlington Vermont mayor to U.S. Senator, and provides a summary of his various political beliefs. The article also includes information on his run as the democratic candidate in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign. Who is Bernie Sanders?: His Wikipedia Article on MP3 Audio Download And we've also posted the full biography on audio to our YouTube channel for you to listen to: width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mqCT2kWQg6Y" frameborder="0" allowfulls[...]
2016-02-01T06:40:57ZFor many years now we've been featuring in the month of January a full month of motivation to boost you into the New Year. In case you missed any of these motivational free audio & video resources we featured, we're putting them together in this blog post. Start your 2016 with some of these great free resources: 1. The Speaking Voice Download and listen to this classic self development book for public speaking The Speaking Voice: Principles Of Training Simplified And Condensed by Katherine Jewell Everts. This audio book "contains practical directions accompanied by simple and fundamental exercises, first for the freeing of the voice and then for developing it when free". Everts deals with speaking in terms of tone, pitch, inflection, and much more. The unabridged 5-hour audio book is read entirely by one of Librivox's best narrators, Ruth Golding. You can also listen to this audio book on our YouTube channel: The Speaking Voice on our YouTube channel 2. Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership Start your year off with this inspiring talk from Oprah Winfrey delivered at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Oprah tells her story as she went from radio to television news to talk shows, and how she chose in the 1990s to rise above the trashy confrontational TV of her time to create a show which she would use to raise the consciousness of herself and her audience. She then talks about how she moved on to create her own television network. Throughout the talk she sprinkles in life lessons she has learned along the way from the many people she has interviewed, and she gives inspiring advice to the students at Stanford for their life and career. 3. Bill McGowan on Pitch Perfect: How to Say it Right the First Time Every Time Bill McGowan gives lots of good advice on public speaking and public presentations in this talk at Google. He gives tips from the use of body language to the choice of our words to where to look when giving a speech. He encourages public speakers to not be apologetic, to prepare & rehearse for a speech, and suggests ways to deal with difficult audience members. And he gives such wisdom as such as don't eat yogurt before your speech or you'll be clearing your throat a lot. McGowan gives many, many helpful suggestions for the public speaker in all of us. 4. Magic Lessons Podcast Need some creative inspiration to start your new year!? Look no further than this new podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest work Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons Podcast expounds on ideas she has in her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Gilbert talks about creativity with experts such as Brene Brown, John Hodgman, and Rob Bell, along with everyday creative people who are struggling in their creative lives and Gilbert mentors them along. In her podcast on creativity with Brene Brown, they talk candidly about creativity and fear of failure. They ask the essential question "What's worth doing even if you fail? What do you love doing so much that the word failure doesn't even have any meaning?" Some very good thoughts here to start your year! 5. Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life Dr. Gary Small presents this lecture from UCTV on the latest findings to aid people in preventing Alzheimer's disease. He shows viewers the brain of an Alzheimer's patient which has plaque and inflammation build up. Dr. Small suggests ways to prevent Alzheimer's including exercise, lifelong learning, a healthy diet (with Omega-3 fatty acids), socializing, reducing stress with deep breathing, and a glass of wine per day might not hurt either. He also covers some studies regarding vitamins and supplements which are not yet conclusive. Can we fully prevent Alzheimer's disease? Not yet, but there are a lot of things we can do improve brain health and memory and reduce the odds of getting A[...]
2016-01-18T07:58:47ZIn the coming months we'll be adding dozens of the best free audio books from the site Librivox onto our LearnOutLoud.com YouTube channel. Check Out Our YouTube Playlist of the Best Librivox Recordings We've carefully picked out the best solo narrations from the best volunteer narrators who also have the highest quality recordings of the most popular audio books the site has to offer. We've uploaded each of these audio books unabridged as single YouTube videos. In the descriptions of the videos we've also added the timings of chapters so you can easily skip to the chapter you want to go to. We've also attempted to compress the video files as best we can so you don't eat up too much of your data plan if you're listening on-the-go. Right now we've got about 15 audio books to choose from, but we're going to be adding many more soon! Click the playlist on the embedded video above to see what we've got. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel! We're going to be adding a lot of great content there in the coming year! Check out & subscribe to the LearnOutLoud.com YouTube channel...
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In the coming months we'll be adding dozens of the best free audio books from the site Librivox onto our LearnOutLoud.com YouTube channel.
We've carefully picked out the best solo narrations from the best volunteer narrators who also have the highest quality recordings of the most popular audio books the site has to offer. We've uploaded each of these audio books unabridged as single YouTube videos. In the descriptions of the videos we've also added the timings of chapters so you can easily skip to the chapter you want to go to. We've also attempted to compress the video files as best we can so you don't eat up too much of your data plan if you're listening on-the-go. Right now we've got about 15 audio books to choose from, but we're going to be adding many more soon! Click the playlist on the embedded video above to see what we've got. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel! We're going to be adding a lot of great content there in the coming year!
2015-12-01T05:28:28ZLearn about ISIS from the authors of four of the best reviewed and most popular books on the group. These four talks are like a mini-course into the messy political and ideological circumstances that gave rise to such a horrific group. The authors also provide some informed suggestions as to what can be done to counter this terrifying organization. 1. Joby Warrick on Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS In this talk from early October 2015 at Politics and Prose bookstore, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick talks about his recently released book Black Flags. He tells the story of the rise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who founded the group which would become al-Qaeda in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and although al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006, the group he founded would ultimately become the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and then in 2013 after having expanded into Syria, call itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Warrick talks about some of the more frightening figures he met in his research for the book, and he explains the ideology and goals of ISIS. The Q&A provides many more interesting facts as Warrick provides insightful answers to good questions from an informed audience. 2. Michael Weiss on ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror If you'd like to delve deeper into the complexity of ISIS and the situation in Syria and Iraq, then watch this 90-minute talk delivered in February of 2015 from the International Peace Institute featuring Michael Weiss, co-author with Hassan Hassan of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. In this dense talk Weiss outlines the sectarian conflicts which are being waged between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the region and how these conflicts are playing into the fight against ISIS. He covers how much of the leadership of ISIS comes from former Ba'athist military and intelligence officers who had served during Saddam Hussein's rule. He discusses how ISIS is able to continually recruit more members when they have such a ruthless and radical ideology. At the end of the talk he answers many good questions from the audience. While Weiss believes the future of Syria and Iraq is grim, he provides some strategies that the U.S. can take to counter this totalitarian, mafia-like, terrorist organization known as ISIS. 3. William McCants on The ISIS Apocalypse In this talk from the Brookings Institution in September of 2015, William McCants, author of the book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State, talks about how ISIS has grown to the extent that it has in recent years. He focuses on the doomsday ideology they espouse and how this differs from other terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. He points out the significance social media has played in recruiting new members of ISIS from countries throughout the World, and how large a role the Syrian civil war has played in their expansion. McCants has an optimistic view that ISIS will be defeated by their many enemies in the region, and suggests that their primary motives are establishing and expanding the Islamic State and not necessarily conducting terrorist attacks in foreign countries. 4. J.M. Berger on ISIS: The State of Terror In this talk from May of 2015, J.M. Berger talks about aspects of the book he co-authored with Jessica Stern called ISIS: The State of Terror. Berger talks about the rise of using social media within ISIS which has been so critical to their recruiting and to their notoriety. He attempts to explain their ideology which is both apocalyptic and millenarian. He suggests that to deal with this group of an estimated 30,000-50,000 members, we need to provide counter propaganda and alternatives to Sunnis who might potential join their ranks. In the Q&A time, Berger is questioned as to how a group that is so violent and sociopathic can recruit so many people.[...]
2015-10-28T07:34:12ZThe Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers many free educational documentaries, but you might not have the time to tune in and watch them. What you may not know is that they have 100s of their documentaries available for free online. Some of the popular series they offer which feature many free documentaries include: Frontline - Documentaries that covers current political and social issues American Experience - Documentaries that cover interesting events and people in American history NOVA - Documentaries covering a wide variety of topics in popular science Nature - Documentaries covering wildlife Most of these documentaries can be streamed through the PBS.org website, while some of them PBS is offering on YouTube now as well. On LearnOutLoud.com we've collected some of the best free PBS documentaries that you can stream online and we've embedded many of them on our site along with links to them on PBS.org or YouTube. Before we start featuring these we will have you note: Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play PBS documentaries on the PBS.org website. Sorry! Start browsing these great PBS documentaries below: Browse Over 150 Free PBS Documentaries (a variety of PBS documentaries from various PBS affiliates along with some PBS podcasts mixed in there) Browse Over 150 Free Frontline Documentaries Browse Over 100 Free NOVA Documentaries Browse 50 Free Nature Documentaries Browse 30 Free American Experience Documentaries All in all about 500 free PBS documentaries to choose from! We'll help you out with choosing some by highlighting ones that look the most interesting. Here's a list of PBS documentaries we thought you might enjoy. You might want to watch a few of the documentaries from the American Masters series which features biographies of great artists, actors and writers from the United States: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth Billie Jean King The Day Carl Sandburg Died Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Mel Brooks: Make a Noise And here is a variety of other PBS documentaries that might peak your interest: 10 Buildings that Changed America The Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson sets out to explain the financial history of the world in this ambitious 4-hour documentary. Faces of America - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts these biographical episodes profiling these 12 renowned Americans - professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's Is School Enough?: Learning Beyond the Classroom Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance and Martin Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary Your Life, Your Money - Program to help you manage your money. And here are some key programs from PBS Frontline. If you've never seen a Frontline documentary you simply must watch one. Frontline has won a total of 57 Emmys, and 15 Peabodys! They're the best: Can You Afford to Retire? The Card Game - Investigating the massive consumer loan industry. A Class Divided - One of the most requested programs in FRONTLINE's history. College Inc. - Investigating the $400 billion higher education industry. Digital Nation - Exploring life in our digital age. Dropout Nation - Looking at the hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States who quit high school. From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians Generation Like - Investigating the intersection of kids, corporations and the Internet. God in America - Special 6-hour presentation brought to you by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE. The Interrupters - Fantastic 2-hour documentary from acclaimed dire[...]
2015-12-28T06:20:38ZOur friends at The Great Courses have chosen to offer to LearnOutLoud users a deal that is almost too good to be true! They are soon launching their new video subscription service called The Great Courses Plus featuring over 5000 lectures (and currently about 200 courses) and they want LearnOutLoud users to test it out! They've allowed the first 250 LearnOutLoud users that sign up to beta test this amazing new service. All you need to do to sign up is click the link below and enter in the invitation code LEARNOUTLOUD and your email and then create an account and you're in. Please Note: Signing up for an account does require you to enter in a credit card but we assure you that you will never be charged anything and you will have no obligation to join after the beta period. Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you: Sign Up for The Great Courses Plus Here is a write-up on the program that The Great Courses gave to us that explains it in more detail: As part of our ongoing desire to offer our users unique content and opportunities, we have been given access to a free beta to a great new educational service launching publically later this year. Later this fall, The Great Courses, the leader in lifelong learning, will be launching The Great Courses Plus - a new video subscription learning service featuring nearly 5,000 lectures from their library of courses. Before launching the commercial subscription, The Great Courses will open the service FREE to select audiences as a "Beta" test of the new product's performance, and we have been given a special invitation code exclusive to LearnOutLoud users. The free subscription is only during their beta period, and only being offered to a small exclusive audience. The beta is expected to last until late September. When the beta test is finished, your subscription will be cancelled and you will be under no obligation to join. The Great Courses Plus will be the purest form of 'lifelong learning' that The Great Courses has offered in its 25 year history, and includes these great features: -Over 4,600 lectures from the best courses in The Great Courses library of content, including the Smithsonian courses -Courses and lectures cover subjects in History, Science, Professional Development, Cooking & Wine, Photography and much more -The service will be available on web browsers, mobile web browsers, and apps through Apple, Google Play, Kindle Fire, and Roku To take advantage and get your free subscription, simply visit www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and enter your email address and the code 'LEARNOUTLOUD' in the orange box on the home page, click 'Submit', and then finish the sign-up process. The sign-up process does require a credit card to ensure you are a real person, but you will not be charged now or in the future. We hope you can take advantage of and enjoy this unique opportunity. It won't be free for very long, so be sure to act soon! Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you: Sign Up for The Great Courses Plus... Our friends at The Great Courses have chosen to offer to LearnOutLoud users a deal that is almost too good to be true! They are soon launching their new video subscription service called The Great Courses Plus featuring over 5000 lectures (and currently about 200 courses) and they want LearnOutLoud users to test it out! They've allowed the first 250 LearnOutLoud users that sign up to beta test this amazing new service. All you need to do to sign up is click the link below and enter in the invitation code LEARNOUTLOUD and your email and then create an account and you're in. Please Note: Signing up for an account does require you to enter i[...]
2015-06-13T04:57:58ZSnagFilms.com is a great resource for free streaming movies boasting over 10,000 free movies you can watch with limited commercial interruption. One genre they excel at is documentary and we went through all of their documentary categories in depth to pick out over 200 of the best documentaries that they have available. We've added these docs to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection which features over 2000 quality free documentaries. You can browse over 200 of the best documentaries from Snag Films right here: Over 200 of the Best Free Documentaries from Snag Films Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Snag Films movies right now. Sorry! We've gone through this Snag Films list and selected some of the documentaries we thought our audience might be particularly interested in. Check out these worthwhile docs: The 5 Keys to Mastery - Examine how to succeed with successful people like Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Stephen Tobolowsky, Linus Torvalds, Julius Axelrod, Wendy Rieger, and more. 6 (and a half) Secrets of Love - Documentary featuring love gurus John Gray and Pat Allen. Afterlife - Peer into the afterlife as it is explored through modern scientific research. The Atomic Cafe - Famous documentary utilizes historic footage to humorously show the horrors of the atomic age and the Cold War. Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words - This film provides Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections. Bring Your A Game - A collection of prominent African American voices examine the plight of black men and boys. Capturing the Friedmans - Award winning film casts an intimate look at this peculiar American family. The Corporation - A critical examination of the institution that has come to dominate the planet. Crazy Wisdom: The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics - A look at this history of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University started in 1974 by by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Gregory Corso, Chцgyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many other well known poets, artists, and intellectuals. Decoding Deepak - Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra has a critical eye turned on him by his son, filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra. Drugs Inc. - National Geographic series covering a variety of drugs including crack, ecstasy, hallucinogens, and more. Father Thomas Keating: The Contemplative Life - Learn about the life of Father Thomas Keating and his practice of "centering prayer". Feng Shui: Creating Environments for Success and Well-Being - Discover the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui and bring harmony into your environment. Heaven on Earth: Buddhism Heaven on Earth: Christianity Heaven on Earth: Hinduism Heaven on Earth: Islam Heaven on Earth: Judaism Heaven on Earth: Paganism - Series of brief documentaries explores 5 major World religions and paganism. In Another Life: Reincarnation In America - A look at reincarnation from top experts in the fields of reincarnation research, past-life therapy, and Eastern spirituality. The Incredible Human Body - National Geographic unveils many amazing examples of the power of our human bodies. Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat - An overview of the politics and social effects of America's obesity epidemic. Leonard Bernstein Omnibus - Learn about music from one of the greatest conductors of all time about music in this series of talks and performances by Leonard Bernstein. The Nature of Existence - Ambitious documentary on the meaning of life. Nelson Mandela: Free at Last - Chronicle of Nelson Mandela's freedom struggle. Ram Dass: Answering Life's Questions - Spiritual teacher Ram Dass takes a shot at life's most pressing questions. Remembering - Documentary all about human memory. Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny - Doc on[...]
2015-05-17T07:48:12ZHulu.com is known for their TV shows, but they also feature a lot of great movies including many documentaries. We went through their full documentary catalog and picked out the highest quality documentaries we could find to add to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection. The result is over 130 quality documentaries that you can watch for free with limited commercial interruption. Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Hulu movies right now. Sorry! You can browse all the Hulu.com documentaries right here: Browse Over 130 of the Best Free Documentaries on Hulu.com Here are some of the best documentaries on Hulu.com: 3 Magic Words - A spiritual documentary focused on life's big question, "Who am I?". American Dream - Academy Award-winning documentary film from 1990 covering an unsuccessful strike in the heartland of America against the Hormel Foods corporation. Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged - A look at Ayn Rand's famous book and it's vision of America. Capitalism: A Love Story - Michael Moore's take on American capitalism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Charles Bukowski: Born Into This - Good portrait of the novelist and poet "laureate of American lowlife". Examined Life - Documentary featuring philosophers such as Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler. Happiness Is - Documentary on the pursuit of happiness featuring His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp as well as happiness authors Daniel Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin and Darrin McMahon. Hell House - Interesting look behind-the-scenes of a Christian-themed haunted attraction, in Cedar Hill, Texas. Hoop Dreams - One of the greatest documentaries ever made from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James. John Wooden: Values, Victory, and Peace of Mind - UCLA basketball coach John Wooden spreads his recipe for success in this documentary. King: Man Of Peace In A Time Of War - A salute to Dr. Martin Luther King featuring Colin Powell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, and many more celebrated figures. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance - Unique documentary film that features no words and focuses on nature and its clash modern day living. Looking for Fidel - Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone sits down with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie - Self portrait of Bud Clayman who struggles daily living with mental illness. The Secret - The worldwide phenomenon is here on Hulu! Style Wars - Classic 1983 documentary on graffiti and hip hop culture in New York City. Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie - Amazing and terrifying archival footage covering the history of nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1963. Waco: The Rules of Engagement - Academy Award nominated documentary on the role the government played in the 1993 "Waco Siege" on the Branch Davidian church. What the Bleep Do We Know!? - Documentary blends fiction and nonfiction along with popular science and spirituality to examine the connection between quantum physics and consciousness. Enjoy these and many more documentaries from Hulu.com!... Hulu.com is known for their TV shows, but they also feature a lot of great movies including many documentaries. We went through their full documentary catalog and picked out the highest quality documentaries we could find to add to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection. The result is over 130 quality documentaries that you can watch for free with limited commercial interruption. Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Hulu movies right now. Sorry! You can bro[...]
2015-04-14T01:12:15ZSince we launched our LearnOutLoud.com Podcast Directory back in September of 2005, we've featured 100s of podcasts in our Free Resource of the Day Emails. We've seen great new podcasts rise to the top, and many more podcasts fade away into oblivion. We even had our moment in the sunshine with many of our very own LearnOutLoud.com Podcasts being featured and awarded in the iTunes Podcast Directory. After 10 years of podcasting history and to commemorate our LearnOutLoud.com 10th Anniversary, we've put together this list of the 50 best podcasts you can learn from. Over the years we've tried to seek out great podcasts that might not be the top ranked podcasts on iTunes, but nevertheless are amazing educational resources. Listen and subscribe to some of the best of the best podcasts from the first decade of podcasting! We've tried to rank them according to which podcasts are best! 1. Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast There's not much motivational content on our site that can rival Zig Ziglar's Inspiring Words of Encouragement Podcast. Ziglar passed away in 2012 at the age of 86, and we must feature his podcast which includes 300 individual podcast episodes from the audio archives of Zig Ziglar! Listen to podcasts on Wisdom, Hope, Faith, Gratitude, Overcoming Fear, Discipline and Commitment, Success, Emotions and Attitudes, Values, Persistence, Happiness, Goals, Positive Thinking, Relationships, Forgiveness, Sales Advice, Parental Wisdom, Ethical Leadership, Love and Romance, and we could go on and on and on. Each of the podcasts has a description below it, so it should be easy to pick out ones in the areas you need motivation. Listen to one of the greatest motivators of all time with over 9 years of podcasts from Zig Ziglar! Note: It may take a moment to load because the podcast feed is quite massive. 2. Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Podcast Since 2005 a group at Stanford University has been podcasting talks from some of the most successful people in business and technology. The speaker generally gives an overview of their experiences as an entrepreneur along with advice for anyone looking to start a business. On this podcast you'll hear from such thought leaders as Sal Khan of the Khan Academy, author Guy Kawasaki, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and people from Google, Yahoo, and dozens of other companies you're probably familiar with. They have all their podcasts up on the feed going back ten years! Learn from these successful business & technology thought leaders. 3. Oprah.com's Spiritual Channel Podcast In 2008 Oprah Winfrey launched a series of podcasts. Her first and most popular podcast featured Eckhart Tolle teaching a 10-part course on his book A New Earth. That podcast has since become Oprah.com's Spiritual Channel Podcast and she continues to update it with interviews she conducted on her Soul Series on Oprah Radio and other spiritual audio programs from Oprah.com. Now on the podcast you'll find hour-long Oprah interviews with spiritual teachers such as Wayne Dyer, Elizabeth Lesser, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Larry Dossey, Byron Katie, and many other teachers and bestselling authors in the field of spiritual growth. And of course the Eckhart Tolle 10-part course is still on the podcast. These podcasts are available on MPEG-4 audio & video and can be played through Quicktime or iTunes. 4. 1 Year Daily Audio Bible Podcast Want to get through the entire Bible in a year? This podcast will take you through the entire Bible in 365 separate podcasts to be listened to over the next year. Each podcast is read by Nashville, TN based record producer Brian Hardin. Instead of going through the Bible chronologically, he selects four different passages for each podcast, which go[...]
2015-04-10T22:14:22ZWhile we are celebrating our 10th anniversary here at LearnOutLoud.com, we came up with this list of the 100 best audio books of all time! This least features some of our best-selling and most highly rated audio books, including many Audie Award winners. We tried to focus specifically on titles that were great on audio, including audio original programs (titles not available in book format) and audio books that have great narration. We broke the list up by category and ranked the audio books according to their greatness within each category. Here's the top 100 audio books of all time that we sell on audio download directly through LearnOutLoud.com! Starting with the best self development titles: SELF DEVELOPMENT: (25 Audio Books) 1. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins 2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey 3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie 4. Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn 5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Read by Eckhart Tolle 6. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne 8. The Goals Program: Setting and Achieving Your Goals by Zig Ziglar 9. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale 10. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman, Read by Gary Chapman 11. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, Read by M. Scott Peck 12. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. 13. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson 14. Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer 15. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health written and read by Andrew Weil 16. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brene Brown 17. The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegel 18. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl 19. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life - Lecture Series by Daniel G. Amen 20. The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes 21. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman 22. Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron 23. Walking through the Storm: Living with Cancer Series by HumanMedia.org 24. Take Charge Of Your Mind by John Selby 25. It Works by R.H. Jarrett (for $1.00!) BUSINESS: (15 Audio Books) 1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 2. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss 3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki 4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins 5. The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Money by Brian Tracy 6. The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, read by the author 7. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, read by Stephen J. Dubner 8. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles 9. Winning by Jack Welch & Suzy Welch, read by Jack Welch 10. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom written and read by Suze Orman 11. Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, & Rick Warren 12. Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason 13. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? written and read by Seth Godin 14. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, & Bruce Patton 15. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, ready by Malcolm Gladwell LITERATURE: (20 Audio Books) 1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Read by Sissy Spacek 2. The Crucible by Arthur Miller, with a full cast featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Stacy Keach 3. Hamlet: Arkangel Shakespeare by William Shakespeare 4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Read by Michael York 6. Beloved by Toni Morrison, Read by Toni Morrison 7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 8. Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales narrated by Gillian Anderson, LeVar Burton, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. J[...]