On June 23, 2020, the launch date for his new book, the Reagan Foundation hosted former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to discuss his brand new book, Trump and the American Future: Solving the Great Problems of our Time. During our virtual discussion with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s executive director, Speaker Gingrich discuss the spread of the coronavirus, the highs and lows of the economy and the 2020 election.

In 1987, during an address to high school students on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, President Reagan declared, “We cannot be complacent about racism and bigotry. And I would challenge all of you to pledge yourselves to build an America where incidents of racial hatred do not happen.” Let’s listen.

For over 20 years, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has hosted a day-long 4th of July commemoration fun for the entire family.  Over 3,500 people come up to our hilltop each year to enjoy games, activities, arts and crafts, presidential lookalikes and patriotic music.  When COVID19 closed our Museum to the public our thoughts quickly turned to our joyous event and how we might be able to still celebrate it while still conforming to new policies and guidelines about social distancing and limited group sizes. So this year we went 100% virtual!  From an online 4th of July costume contest, to at-home crafts and activities, to a great virtual event, we were proud to still bring our community a great engaging, educational and family fun day. Today we will be sharing our virtual program, which includes patriot music, as well as remarks from Thomas Jefferson, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin, as well as amusing Flag trivia by Betsy Ross.

In a statement announcing actions against terrorism just one month prior to his speech, President Reagan wrote, “The war which terrorists are waging is not only directed against the United States, it is a war against all of civilized society. This is a war in which innocent civilians are targets. This is a war in which innocent civilians are intentional victims…This cannot continue. We must act against those who have so little regard for human life and the values we cherish.” Let’s listen.

Gretchen Carlson is an award-winning journalist and author who helped pave the way for #MeToo with her historic 2016 sexual harassment complaint against the chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes. She had previously hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News, and co-hosted the number-one-rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years. On June 26, 2015, Ms. Carlson came to the Reagan Library to discuss her latest book, Getting Real, a candid memoir that shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world. Let’s Listen.

 

These past few months have been trying times for Americans and people around the world as we have battled with the Coronavirus and everything in its wake, but let’s now take a moment to be thankful that we ARE Americans…that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let’s listen.

This month we have brought you two of our virtual programs since the Reagan Museum closed due to COVID19.  This week we’ll bring you our third program, which was held on June 18, 2020, with Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday. During our virtual discussion with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s executive director, Mr. Wallace discussed his brand new book, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days that Changed the World. Let’s listen:

In this radio address, delivered at Camp David on June 14, 1986, President Reagan spoke about both Flag Day, as well as Father’s Day, which was just a few days away. Let’s listen.

Last week we brought you our first virtual program since the Reagan Museum closed due to COVID19.  This week we’ll bring you our second program, which was held on May 26, 2020, with ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl. During our virtual discussion with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s executive director, Mr. Karl discussed the responsibility of the news media during the Coronavirus, as well as his brand new bestselling book, Front Row at the Trump Show. Let’s listen:

Last week marked the 76th anniversary of D-Day. To honor the occasion, let’s go back and listen to our June 2019 Words to Live by Podcast on the Normandy invasion, and President Reagan’s speeches honoring the 40th anniversary of that historic day. Let’s Listen.

Our first online virtual event was on May 4, 2020, with Forbes Inc CEO Steve Forbes. In this approximately 45-minute virtual discussion with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s executive director, Mr. Forbes shares ways in which the economy could get a jump-start once it reopens, including a one-year suspension of the payroll tax, as well as reducing the capital gains tax.

For all Americans, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who lost their lives defending our nation, our freedom, and our allies.

In this week’s Words to Live By podcast, we are going to go back to our Memorial Day podcast from May 29, 2018.

We are spending the month of May bringing you some of our favorite Reagan Retrospective podcasts. These podcasts are stories shared by people who knew President and Mrs. Reagan best – people who worked with them, were friends with them, and knew them throughout their life.  Each podcast brings you new behind the scenes stories from the Reagan years.  They’re funny, poignant, and rich in history.  We hope you enjoy. Today we are going back to 2019 for our fourth and current season of Reagan Retrospective podcasts. Let’s listen.

As we wrap up our May podcasts of bringing you some of our favorite Ronald Reagan speeches and quotes, we thought we would end the month with our most listened to and downloaded Ronald Reagan speech on our YouTube Channel – Governor Reagan’s “Time For Choosing Speech.”

Let’s listen.

In 1961, Ronald Reagan spoke out about socialized medicine in an 11-minute recording.  Much of this recording is still relevant today.  In fact, in the hundreds upon hundreds of Ronald Reagan speeches we have on our YouTube channel, this speech is in the top 15 of most downloaded. Let’s listen.

We are spending the month of May bringing you some of our favorite Reagan Retrospective podcasts.  These podcasts are stories shared by people who knew President and Mrs. Reagan best – people who worked with them, were friends with them, and knew them throughout their life.  Each podcast brings you new behind the scenes stories from the Reagan years.  They’re funny, poignant, and rich in history.  We hope you enjoy.

We are going to spend the month of May by bringing you some of our favorite Reagan Retrospective podcasts.  These podcasts are stories shared by people who knew President and Mrs. Reagan best – people who worked with them, were friends with them, and knew them throughout their life.  Each podcast brings you new behind the scenes stories from the Reagan years.  They’re funny, poignant, and rich in history.  We hope you enjoy.

President Reagan felt very strongly about reaching across the aisle and working in a bipartisan manner.  He used to joke that he and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill could argue all day long, but at 5 pm they could enjoy each other’s company over a friendly glass of beer. Another friend from across the aisle was Senator Ted Kennedy. The two men knew how to be political adversaries, not political enemies.  In 2002 when Senator Kennedy presented President Reagan with the Congressional Gold Medal, he described the president as “a good friend and a generous foe.” And that the President “sought to defeat his opponents, not destroy them.” On April 28, 2007, Senator Ted Kennedy spoke at the Reagan Library to a sold-out audience which included Mrs. Nancy Reagan and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Let’s listen.

On April 29, 2016, America Online co-founder Steve Case came to the Reagan Library to speak about his new book, “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.” In the 1990s, Steve Case built and grew AOL into the top-performing company in the United States.  At its peak, more than half of all consumer internet traffic in the US ran through the AOL service that Steve created.  Then, later on when Steve engineered AOL’s merger with Time Warner, he became for a while the Chairman of the biggest media and communications empire in the world. Let’s listen:

Young Tom Brokaw, raised in the Midwest town of Yankton, South Dakota, got his first job in television at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa, and eventually found himself heading west to report for NBC News in Los Angeles, California.  The year?  1966, right when Ronald Reagan was campaigning for election to his first public office as Governor of California. Tom Brokaw came to the Reagan Library on April 14, 2012, to discuss his sixth best-selling book, “The Times of our Lives.”  The book, much like countless Ronald Reagan speeches, quite admirably takes on the challenge of inspiring Americans to make a positive difference in their families, their communities, and their country as we work together to revitalize the American dream. During his time at the Reagan Library, Tom Brokaw sat down in conversation with Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute executive director John Heubusch to discuss the book, his memories of Ronald Reagan, and the importance of civility. Let’s listen.