Friday, March 28, 2008

Free Online Lectures from WGBH

WGBH, the magnificent public TV and radio network from Boston, hosts these Free Online Lectures. The link goes to the history category, but there are others as well. Most are available in a choice of streaming audio or video or MP3 downloads (are you listening, Library of Congress?). A glance at the topics will quickly show that Bostonians still consider their town to be the hub of the universe--there are lectures on the Salem Witch Trials, Transcendentalism, John and Abigail Adams (including this delightful and humorous public reading of the Letters of John and Abigail Adams), et. al. There are broader topics as well, such as Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky.

There are also dozens of podcasts to which you can subscribe,
Open Vault, an archive of "unique and historically important content produced by public television station WGBH for individual and classroom learning," and Teacher's Domain, which features lesson plans and "high-quality multimedia from Nova, American Experience, and other public television productions."

A fine set of digital resources!

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