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Podcast - The President and Al Smith
Audio Length: 13:51

The President and Al Smith

Who is Al Smith and why should you care? Well, he was one of the President’s favorite politicians – yes, he was a Democrat. What Ronald Reagan loved about Al Smith was how he chose to appeal for tolerance and sought to make the economy work for everyone.
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Podcast - The President’s Work Continues
Audio Length: 16:27

The President’s Work Continues

In the last month of an intense presidential campaign in 1984, Ronald Reagan had other things on his mind: America’s relationship with Israel. Just a day before meeting Shimon Peres, then Prime Minister of Israel, President Reagan debated Mondale in Louisville, Kentucky, then quickly returned to the White House for his meeting with Peres, as he deeply revered America’s relationship with Israel.
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Podcast - Campaign fever: A Candidate Defines His Goals
Audio Length: 34:26

Campaign fever: A Candidate Defines His Goals

It’s October in America and 40 years ago this month in 1979, Ronald Reagan prepared for his third presidential campaign. In this podcast, we’ll look back at a few highlights from all his campaigns, we’ll hear his last fascinating radio broadcast before he announced his candidacy in 1979, and listen to excerpts from a solid 1984 speech that succinctly defines what he’s done and what he has yet to do.
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Podcast - Address to the United Nations
Audio Length: 40:10

Address to the United Nations

In 1984, President Reagan had been in office for almost 4 years and was emerging as a "peace president," striving to put the Cold War behind him which led inevitably to a new appreciation of the United Nations. Looking back, his speech to the UN in 1982 was harsh; this one in 1984 has a more hopeful, optimistic tone.
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Podcast - Morning Again in America
Audio Length: 18:07

Morning Again in America

During the month of September in 1984, Ronald Reagan was deeply involved in a political campaign, energized by a television commercial entitled, “Morning Again in America.” President Reagan loved these feel-good ads which were the essence of his reelection campaign.
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Podcast - Meeting with Gromyko
Audio Length: 16:00

Meeting with Gromyko

According to U.S. intelligence and leading experts, Gromyko was not merely an emissary of Soviet foreign policy but really… its prime architect. President Reagan knew that Gromyko usually attended the opening session of the UN General Assembly in New York each September, so he invited him to the White House after the Un meeting for a visit and some person to person diplomacy.
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Podcast - Mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery
Audio Length: 16:46

Mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery

Throughout his eight years in office, Ronald Reagan gave NASA and the civilian space program strong support. On the day of Discovery’s lift-off, President Reagan delivered remarks about how our lives have improved as a result of technological advances developed as a result of space travel.
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Podcast - Immigration
Audio Length: 12:31

Immigration

In the summer of 1981, immigration was a critical issue for the administration to address. Some things never change, do they? That was 38 years ago. 

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Podcast - On the Campaign Trail
Audio Length: 16:54

On the Campaign Trail

Looking back 35 years ago in August, our 40th president was back on the campaign trail, reminding Americans of his accomplishments, his future goals, and what he loved about America. Let’s remember what President Reagan sounds like on the campaign trail, let’s hear him work an audience on August 20, 1984 in Decatur, Illinois.
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Podcast - Baseball and President Reagan
Audio Length: 15:41

Baseball and President Reagan

While most people know that Ronald Reagan was an actor, many forget that he began as a sports announcer. He spent four years at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and he said they were among the most pleasant of his life.

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Podcast - The President and his Ranch
Audio Length: 14:47

The President and his Ranch

In 1974, Governor Reagan began to prepare for life beyond politics. Searching for a suitable escape above the California Oaks. He walked through the mountain trails, through thick clusters of oaks, around sandstone rocks, and embraced 680 acres of…heaven. The majestic property was renamed, Rancho del Cielo or Ranch in the Sky.
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Podcast - The Perks of Being a President
Audio Length: 10:35

The Perks of Being a President

We are fortunate to have in our archives at the Reagan Library, President Reagan’s thoughts on the joys of the presidency. So for a warm summer day, we thought we’d depart from the strict format of listening to speeches and hear from the heart of a President.

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