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September 06, 2006

Can I get a tape of a speech I heard on Midday?

I heard part of David McCullough's "Why is History so Important? " on Midday August 30, 2006. I wanted to hear the rest. Will it be rebroadcast or can I purchase a tape recording of the program? Thanks!

Plymouth, MN

Dear Alice, Any speech you hear on "Midday" can be found again at (predictably enough) the "Midday" page of our web site The "Midday" archives go back several years. Here's the link to the David McCullough speech:

Midday, 08/30/2006, 12:06 p.m.

Distribution of tapes and transcripts is up to the organization that sponsored that particular speech. Some outfits, like the National Press Club and the Chatauqua Institution, sell tapes as a matter of course. Other organizations apparently feel that demand is too feeble to justify producing tapes.

Tapes are not available for in-studio interviews.

The McCullough speech was to the Aspen Institute. Aspen doesn't sell tapes, but a limited number of DVD copies are available. Contact Alexa Law at 202-736-3845 for more information.

Michael Popham
Minnesota Public Radio Member Listener Services