iTunes U is the section of the iTunes Store that has video and audio podcasts created by colleges and universities. These materials include lectures, broadcasts, and learning resources created specifically for students.
All the materials listed here can be downloaded to your computer for free. Some of them can also be streamed, that is, accessed from within iTunes without downloading.
The iTunes software is also free but you must have it on your computer to access these materials. You can get it from the iTunes download page of the Apple Web site.
Stanford University's Stanford Book Salon features author interviews and discussions. These are available free as audio podcasts and can be either downloaded or streamed. Two of the authors interviewed for this series are Alabama authors Tobias Wolff and Nancy Huddleston Packer.
Audio for Book Salon interview with Tobias Wolff
Audio for Book Salon discussion of Wolff's In Pharoah's Army: Memories of the Lost War
Audio for Book Salon interview with Nancy Huddleston Packer
Audio for Book Salon discussion of Packer's Angle of Repose
The University of New Orleans' New Orleans Literature Series consists of lectures on works by authors associated with that city. These are available free as both video and audio podcasts. Both can be downloaded, and the audio podcasts can be streamed. Two of the authors discussed in this lecture series are Alabama authors Shirley Ann Grau and Walker Percy.
Video for lecture on Shirley Ann Grau's House on Coliseum Street
Audio for Grau lecture
Video for lecture on Walker Percy's The Moviegoer
Audio for Percy lecture
American Public Media's American Radioworks program Say It Plain: Great African American Oratory is a radio documentary about black oratory and its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Along with the audio podcast of the documentary, iTunes U also has audio recordings of speeches by black orators and transcripts of those speeches. These free materials can be downloaded, and the audio materials can be streamed. Two of the orators included in this project are Alabama authors Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Audios and transcripts for Say It Plain: Great African American Oratory
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