It Was Said

By C13Originals | Jon Meacham | The HISTORY® Channel

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 Apr 2, 2021
Hit or miss. Uneven episode to episode.

 Feb 26, 2021
I have listened to Episodes 1-10 several times, I can't wait for more.

 Dec 21, 2020

 Sep 23, 2020


It Was Said is a limited documentary podcast series looking back on some of the most powerful, impactful and timeless speeches in American history. Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling author-historian Jon Meacham, and created, directed and produced by Peabody-nominated C13Originals Studios in association with The HISTORY® Channel, this series takes you through 10 speeches for the inaugural season. Meacham offers expert insight and analysis into their origins, the orator, the context of the times they were given, why they are still relevant today, and the importance of never forgetting them. Each episode of this documentary podcast series also brings together some of the top historians, authors and journalists relevant to each respective speech and figure.

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Introducing History is US
Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, “History is US” is a 6-part audio documentary produced and developed by C13Originals that asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. “History is US” is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 17, 2022
9/11 and America's Season of Strength
Legendary sports broadcaster Jack Buck delivers a patriotic and impassioned speech just days after the September 11 attacks on the United States. The nation froze, events were cancelled, and sports put on hold. But to signal America’s return to professional sports, Buck recites a poem of his own composition the day baseball resumed at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, September 17, 2001. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 20, 2021
The Championship That Changed Everything: Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA Title
In an historic moment in college sports, Texas Western becomes the first team to start five black players in the 1966 NCAA national championship. Their defeat over the University of Kentucky marked a victory over racial discrimination and changed college sports forever. Sportscasters Michael Wilbon and Verne Lundquist join Doc Rivers to look back on this historic moment in sports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 13, 2021
Henry Aaron’s Quiet Grace
It’s the Atlanta Braves versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on a warm spring day in 1974. One pitch changed everything when Hank Aaron’s milestone home run broke Babe Ruth’s legendary record. Major League Baseball manager and former player Dusty Baker joins Doc Rivers to talk about Hank Aaron’s achievements and his election into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. They discuss the adversity Aaron faced as he was forced to confront racism in his pursuit to become one of the most accomplished baseball players of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 06, 2021
Tim Tebow’s Promise
In 2008, expectations were running high for Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. The previous year, the Heisman Trophy winner set many major SEC records and was expected to continue leading the team to success. Tim Tebow joins Doc Rivers to discuss his humbling speech after the Florida Gators took a shocking loss to Ole Miss in 2008. Football coach Urban Meyer and sportscaster Verne Lundquist look back on Tebow’s college career and inspiring moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 29, 2021
Billie Jean King and the Fight for Justice
In 1973, Billie Jean King wins the Battle of the Sexes, defeating her male opponent on the tennis court. And off the court, she uses her talent to make sea changes in the broader world, opening the way for female athletes to reach an entirely new level of public fame and fair compensation. In this episode, Billie Jean King joins Doc Rivers to talk about how she uses her voice today as a vibrant force for equality and opportunity for women in sports--and beyond. Plus, decorated athlete and trailblazer, Ann Meyers Drysdale, joins the conversation about gender equality in sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 22, 2021
Muhammad Ali and the Making of a New World
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was perhaps the most famous man on Earth, and not only for his epic skill in the ring. In this episode, Doc Rivers is joined by legendary sportscaster Al Michaels and longtime sports journalist Michael Wilbon to discuss Ali’s powerful and revolutionary words about race, politics, culture, and sport, especially during the height of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. His words made their mark then--and live on now.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2021
John F. Kennedy, A Summons To Service
Ep 10: On a bright and snowy morning a young president summons a nation and a generation to the work of history with his enduring inaugural address. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 28, 2020
John Lewis, We Want Our Freedom Now
Ep 9: A twenty three year old John Lewis, speaking at the March On Washington, calls a nation to moral account. He didn’t want to be patient, he said. He wanted freedom now.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 21, 2020
Hillary Clinton, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
Ep 8: In the tradition of Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Beijing to argue that women’s rights are human rights, setting new global priorities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 14, 2020
Barbara Jordan, Your Keynote Speaker
Ep 7: A daughter of the segregated south, Barbara Jordan, keynotes the Democratic National Convention of 1976. It was America’s bicentennial, and Jordan was a voice born in one nation speaking to the hopes of a better nation to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 07, 2020
Edward R. Murrow Fights for Free Press
Ep 6: A demagogic politician, exaggerated claims, an insatiable thirst for attention and controversy, and a national climate of fear and anxiety. How Edward R. Murrow took on Senator Joseph McCarthy.     Special thanks to The Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30, 2020
Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address
Ep 5: Ronald Reagan brings his long American odyssey to a close in his presidential farewell address, an evocation of America as a shining city on a hill. A nation that builds not walls but bridges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2020
Meghan McCain, and Her Father’s America
Ep 4: Meghan McCain delivers a provocative eulogy for her father, the war hero and senator, John McCain, at Washington National Cathedral. It was a speech at once elegiac and resonant in the age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2020
President Obama's Charleston Sermon
Ep 3: Barack Obama goes to Charleston, South Carolina in the wake of a white supremacist’s massacre of innocents at Emanuel AME Church. In word and in song the 44th President contemplates tragedy and grace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2020
RFK, A Eulogy for King
Ep 2: Robert Kennedy learns of the MLK Jr.’s assassination while in route to a campaign event in inner city Indianapolis. He breaks the news to an unsuspecting crowd, delivering a spontaneous and empathetic eulogy for the apostle of nonviolence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2020
MLK Jr., The Last Speech
Ep 1: In one of the most tumultuous moments in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. travels to Memphis to address the issue of racial and economic injustice. With eloquent language and brilliant rhetoric, he creates a mosaic of the ongoing Civil Rights struggle, culminating with a fearless and defiant premonition.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2020
Welcome to It Was Said, with Jon Meacham
Welcome to Season One of It Was Said, a documentary podcast series that looks back on 10 of the most powerful, impactful and timeless speeches in American history. Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author-historian, Jon Meacham, created, directed and produced by C13Originals Studios, in association with HISTORY Channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 11, 2020