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October 24, 2009

Listening Across The Years - Old Time Radio

In more ways that we can even think about, the internet has changed how we look at language and interacting with people around the world. One aspect I like about the internet is not only how to connect with people thousands of miles
but how about connecting with people from many years ago?

Yes, it's possible. Take a look at...

... old time radio. Check it out at http://www.archive.org/details/oldtimeradio.

I was just listening to the great guitar master Les Paul at http://www.archive.org/details/LesPaulShow. There are many shows which include both his performances and his explanations of what he is doing.

If you are in a spooky, Halloween mood, take a listen to the classic radio show The Inner Sanctum http://www.archive.org/details/Inner_Sanctum_otr.

For more spooky stuff, check out http://www.archive.org/details/HalloweenHorror_859 or http://www.archive.org/details/lightsouteverybody.

For some vintage (and probably stereotypical) views of race relations many years ago, take a sample of classic Amos & Andy shows at http://www.archive.org/details/OTR_Amos_Andy_172_Episodes.

And you must listen to classic Sherlock Holmes at http://www.archive.org/details/OTR_Sherlock_Holmes_smurfmeat.

No trip to the past would be complete without a visit to the Cisco Kid -http://www.archive.org/details/Cisco_Kid_page2, Orson Welles' War of the Worlds - http://www.archive.org/details/mixes-tuckermike and of course, the original Dragnet series http://www.archive.org/details/Dragnet_OTR.

For comedy, check out the classic Danny Kaye shows http://www.archive.org/details/otr_dannykayeshow or Our Miss Brooks at http://www.archive.org/details/Our_Miss_Brooks_190_Episodes.

There are many more vintage radio shows - and more are being added all the time.

And the best feature of all is that everything is public domain - which means everything can be downloaded and shared freely.

It doesn't get any better than this!

Let us know what your students think of these voices from the past.

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at October 24, 2009 08:26 PM

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