Learning about history and literature should be fun, exciting. To make this site I continuously trawl the internet (via historynews.net) searching for treasures buried in public domain archives and public service sites. The radio stream is filled with the best drama of yesteryears, as well as some new bold dramatizations. There are audio discussions of major writers, as well as written interviews with specialists in the blog. In the fiction pages there are scribblings by a diverse crowd, even an occasional piece of fiction by yours truly.
As for my political convictions, I am a former member of a moderate Norwegian left wing-party (a Democrat or liberal in the US). However, I will try to remain neutral and factual. My name is Michael Wynn, and I have a small translation business at norsktilengelsk.com.
You can reach me at historyradioorg(at)gmail.com .
If you have a text about literature or history which you want published on this site, send me an email. Please do not contact me by phone. I will answer any email request, if I am able. But I prefer to keep a written record of my business.
Concerning copyrights of the audiofiles: I am not a lawyer. When a particular site such as archive.org claims something is “in the public domain” or “free to the public”, I have to take their word for it. If you have a complaint, contact the sites where the files originate. I will provide any information on the origins of any file, should you need it. The audio used in our stream will , as far as we are able to verify, conform to one or two points:
1 a. It’s public domain in the United States
b. It’s creator or author died before 1948/9 and is thus public domain in life +70 countries.
2. We have asked for permission from the copyright holders.
In cases where we have not asked for permission, we will, as far as possible, try to meet both 1a. and 1b. In some cases, the issue will be very complex, and we have done our best to verify the rights. But nobody is perfect. We will remove files that are in dispute without question. In some instances (2), I have asked for special permission from the copyright holders. This material is NOT in the public domain. I will not dispute copyright claims, and will remove the files in question at the earliest opportunity.
But you must contact me by email to let me know of any claim you might have. And remember, at least, that this is a non-profit site. No profits have been generated. Nor are there any downloads of audio.
The radiostream includes several programs created by people who care about their subjects. It could not have been completed without the services and information provided by:
MIT Open Courseware
Seattle Public Library
The Open University (UK)
The National Archives (UK)
Oxford Academic Press (UK)
The literary estate of Sax Rohmer (for permission to use some Fu Manchu stories)
Radio Theater Producers
The Post-Meridian Radio Players (Boston) Store here
Pulp-Pourri Theatre Audio Drama (and the Narada Radio company)
Theradiotheatrehour.com: Dan Bianchi’s radio theater
Startrekcontinuingmission.com: fan-based Star Trek episodes
Creativeaudioscape.com: fan-based Star Wars episodes
Colonial Radio Theater
The Atlanta Radio Theater Company
Blue Hour Productions
Chatterbox Audio Theater
19nocturneboulevard.net (Facebook: facebook.com/19Nocturne/)
Backstoryradio.org, a podcast from the university of Virginia
Wonderspodcast.com: Drew Vahrenkamp’s Wonders of the world
Craphound.com, Cory Doctorow’s website
AlexWilson.com, telltale weekly podcast of free audiobooks
Nick Shepley’s Explaining History
Folger Shakespeare Library “Shakespeare Unlimited”
American Holocaust Museum “First Person”
Radio America Veterans Chronicles
World War II Podcast
The Conspiritors Podcast
The Mouse Book Club
In the Past Lane
The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
Thesync.com.com: “42 min book club”
The International Spy Museum
The Missing Link Podcast
History of literature podcast
The Noir Factory
Knifepoint Horror Podcast
ashleyfoxdotninja.wordpress.com (John Jarrick, for use of his professor Challenger readings)
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
jacklakeproductions.com (for use of their comic book)
Dreamscapeab.com (for use of their Kipling audiobook)
Retro Film Vault
Sources of musical jingles & interludes
Archive.org: eerie music DVD
Youtube audio library, songs in the public doman
Youtube audio library free sound effects
Digital history public domain music archive
publicdomain4u.com: public domain music
Jazz-on-line.com (claims to be public domain, but needs further checking)
Project gutenberg recorded music
musopen.org: public domain classical music
Freemusicarchive.org (attribution required, not used so far, but great resource)