President Reagan’s second address was 35 years ago, on January 21st, 1985. Bitterly cold temperatures in Washington, DC, forced the cancellation of the Inaugural Parade and required President Reagan to deliver his second inaugural address…indoors, all 2,546 words. Let’s listen.

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35 years ago, in January 1985, Secretary of State George Shultz met with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and the President held a press conference to report to the American people. It’s a long conference, so we’ll break it in half in this podcast. You’ll hear Helen Thomas ask him about his Strategic Defense Initiative and US Soviet Arms Agreements. Let’s listen.

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40 years ago, in January 1980, Ronald Reagan was running for the Presidency. And then…as now…the subject of Iranian aggression was the focus of many speeches. Because in Iran, as President Reagan wrote in his autobiography, “more than fifty Americans had been held captive for almost a year under the regime of a vicious religious despot.” Let’s begin with his welcoming remarks to the freed American hostages in January 1981. In the speech, he personally recognizes several of the hostages and shares intimate stories that bring this speech to life. Let’s listen.

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It’s New Year’s Eve and this is our last podcast for 2019. So we think the best way to close out the year and open 2020 is to listen to speeches rarely heard, yet truly fascinating. Let’s Listen.

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In this podcast, we’ll focus on Radio Marti, and the Voice of America, both communication systems enhanced by our 40th President’s belief in getting our message of freedom into the hands of those who needed it most. Let’s Listen.

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Just months after taking office, President Reagan was focused on Middle East turmoil when Israel was being shelled by Lebanon in May 1981. By June 1983, President Reagan commented on Syria when speaking before the Anti-Defamation League Convention of the B’nai B’rith. Let’s listen

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35 years ago, a statue entitled “The Three Fighting Men” by sculptor Frederic Hart was dedicated by President Reagan at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day 1984. We believe his remarks which were exceptional and deserve a closer look. Let’s listen.

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In this week’s podcast, we celebrate that day in November 1989, when the Berlin Wall was finally destroyed 30 years ago. Rather than continuing to focus on the famous remarks delivered by President Reagan in 1987 when he asked Gorbachev to tear down the wall, we thought we’d go back in history, to recall the story of the Wall and review some of the President’s early remarks about the Wall… because for many years, our 40th president viewed it as the ultimate symbol of Soviet aggression and totalitarian control, unyielding to its innocent prisoners. Let’s listen.

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