Jon Meacham’s ‘It Was Said’ shares some of history’s most profound and timeless speeches

History September 28, 2022
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C13Originals’ “It Was Said” is back for a second season. Host, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham shares some of history’s most defining, impactful, and timeless speeches on weekly podcast episodes.

Season 2 starts on September 28. This season will include Winston Churchill’s “The Finest Hour,” JFK’s “We Choose to go to the Moon,” Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena,” Margaret Thatcher’s “The Lady’s Not for Turning,” Nelson Mandela’s “I Am Prepared to Die,” FDR’s “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation,” and Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” We’ll also hear Ronald Reagan on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience,” and Eleanor Roosevelt’s “On the Adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights.”  

This season will feature reenactments and insight from guests including Princeton scholar and “History is US” host Dr. Eddie S. Glaude on Fredrick Douglass’ episode. He will also analyze Mandela’s “I am Prepared to Die” speech.

In additional episodes, Meacham welcomes fellow historians, authors, and journalists to analyze each shared speech. Upcoming guests will include “Morning Joe” host and author Joe Scarborough, historian Evan Thomas, historian Candice Millard, historian Catherine Grace Katz, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, presidential historian Timothy Naftali, historian Heather Cox Richardson, TIME former managing editor Richard Stengel, scholar Allida Black, Yale University historian David Blight (who is also the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition), and University of Texas scholar Peniel E. Joseph.

Of season 2, Meacham said, “I’m delighted to bring such wonderful voices—past and present—to our listeners.” The speeches we’re exploring this season touch on our highest aspirations as a people—and on our darkest chapters. The speeches and the guests shed important light on the perennial issues that shape us still, and I’m excited to be working with the C13Originals team on this special show.”  

C13Originals, Jon Meacham, and their joint studio venture, Shining City Audio, also produce historical podcasts including “It Was Said: Sports with Doc Rivers,” “Hope Through History,” “Fate of Fact,” Reflections of History,” and “History is US.

Tune in weekly for new episodes of “It Was Said,” presented by C13Originals in association with The HISTORY® Channel.

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