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Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story

An evening pause: An example of undaunted courage.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


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  • wayne

    There is a bit of Paul Harvey audio housed at the Archive.
    (you can search from the main page or go into their audio sub-collections)
    As always, no registration, free to download, and no adverts.

    Hmm….. I was not aware his full name was Paul Harvey Aurandt.

    Part of his FBI file is here–>

  • Ron

    That was awesome!! Never heard that one before…we used to go out and tune in a radio at I think 1:00 in the afternoon just to listen to those when I was young!

  • Jeff

    For a modern version of “The Rest Of The Story”, I would suggest Mire Rowe’s homage to Paul Harvey.

    Originally the stories were 5-10 minutes. You can scroll down the 270+ listings for the shorter ones. The latest 100 or so are audio versions of his longer video podcast. There is a 30 second commercial beginning/ending each episode.

    Suggest starting with his introduction (2:13), at bottom (or beginning) of the list.

    A great example is #136 – A Boy And His Dog (6:30)

  • pzatchok

    I mess those broadcasts.

    Dang I feel old today.

  • Concerned

    Man, we were a better country when Paul Harvey was around.

  • Dave Gussin

    I agree that Mike Rowe’s show is great, but I think Paul Harvey was just one of the great story tellers of the day. Charles Kuralt and Charles Osgood also had amazing stories. I like the Tracing The Path podcast, myself. I don’t think Mike quite captures the essence of what Paul Harvey did. But I do like the longer stories that give you the same feeling.

    Add this one along with Mike Rowe’s

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