Have you ever wanted to learn something, but just didn't want to read a book? OK, that almost never happens to me, but I am sure that there are many people out there who aren't page turners, and who would rather hear someone discuss a topic than read about it. Well, if you are one of these people, I have just the thing for you.
The great people at the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History ( www.gilderlehrman.org ) have a large selection of audio podcasts available for your listening pleasure....and the best part...they're free.
Right now, the featured podcast is University of Virginia's noted Civil War historian Gary Gallagher speaking on the popular topic of "The Civil War in American Memory." Other choices though include such notables historians as James McPherson, Ira Berlin, Eric Foner, Gordon Wood, Catherine Clinton, Sean Wilentz, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., among a host of others.
All of these talks appear to be downloadable, so load up the iPod, take a long walk or bike ride and learn something.
These podcasts can be found at: www.gilderlehrman.org/wp/?p=367