Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Journey #137 - We Hold These Truths by Norman Corwin

The U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788, but the people were calling for more definitive listing of liberties, or a Bill of Rights.

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We Hold These Truths, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the United States Bill of Rights, is an hour-long radio program that explored American values and aired live on December 15, 1941, the first to be broadcast on all four major networks (CBS, NBC Red, NBC Blue, and Mutual). It was written and produced by Norman Corwin, who won a Peabody Award for the show, which commemorated the ratification of Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 — a week before the scheduled broadcast — may have contributed to what the Crosley Rating Service estimated to be 63 million listeners (almost half of the U.S. population), the largest audience in history for a dramatic performance.

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The Rest Is History with Simon Salt

Simon Salt has been a student of history since he had his imagination sparked by a High School history teacher who brought the subject to life for him. Every since he has been an avid reader, amateur historian and consumer of all things historical. He is a professional photographeran author & Keynote speaker.

He is originally from England and moved to the US 12 years ago. A fan of all things vintage, mechanical and technical he can often be found in his garage making props for photography shoots. He currently lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where he is submersing himself in both the colonial and civil war history of the area.

Related Links:
Video of "Bill of Rights (Shake It Off)" song 

Music used in this production:
"Feelin Good" by Kevin MacLeod

Theme music by Man In Space

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