Speech! Speech!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bestselling author Sarah VowellThis American Life host Ira Glass, and actor, writer, comedian, and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver round up some "Great Speeches & Other Outbursts" to benefit the education nonprofit 826NYC.

Listeners: what do you think is one of the greatest speeches or public outbursts… of all time? Call in or comment here!


Ira Glass, John Oliver and Sarah Vowell

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Comments [20]

Amy from Manhattan

Wow, I wasn't expecting an answer! I appreciate that, Ira.

Jun. 17 2011 01:18 PM
Ira Glass

Hey Amy - thanks for the notes. Will do.


Jun. 17 2011 12:30 PM
Alex from Brooklyn, NY

Al Pacino's speech to the school board at the end of 'Scent of a Woman'

Jun. 17 2011 12:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Great question, Tulis. I'm a great "Buffy" fan, but I'd like some non-fictional women to be included too!

Jun. 17 2011 12:03 PM
Amy from Manhattan

That is a great Buffy speech, but Ira's delivery needs to match hers better. At this point Buffy has been beaten badly & has blood on her face. Her voice is shaking--but that makes her determination come through all the more. With only the determination, it loses something. I hope Ira will consider this when he delivers it again on Monday

Jun. 17 2011 12:03 PM
Mike from Brooklyn

Casey Stengle before Congress

Jun. 17 2011 12:03 PM
Ken from Ken

The best line of all was from the Pogo comic strip, "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND IT IS US".

Jun. 17 2011 12:02 PM
Saul from NY

Al Gore's concession speech was so classy and patriotic. And tragically sad

Jun. 17 2011 11:58 AM
Ron from Brooklyn

Stuttering John to Gennifer Flowers outburst - Did you use a condom?

Jun. 17 2011 11:58 AM
The Truth from Becky

you lie..yeah was rude then and it is just as rude now.

Jun. 17 2011 11:58 AM
Jennifer from New York, NY

Dumbledore's speech to Hogwarts at the end of Goblet of Fire: "Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."

Jun. 17 2011 11:56 AM

Stuttering John to Gennifer Flowers - Did you use a condom? outburst

Jun. 17 2011 11:56 AM
Tulis McCall

Any women featured in the Speech evening other than Buffy?

Jun. 17 2011 11:55 AM
Morgan from NYC

great outburst by NY republican senator Roy McDonald about his support for gay marriage.

Jun. 17 2011 11:54 AM

I LOVE Sarah Jane Vowell!

Jun. 17 2011 11:54 AM
tom from long island city

My favorite specific moment in a speech: When in Denver, at the Democratic onvention in 2008, Barack Obama declared "ENOUGH!" after listing excesses of Bush Administration policy.

Jun. 17 2011 11:51 AM
A listener

One of the greatest tirades ever, and absolutely NOT safe for the radio is Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia's rant to the media in 1983.

He drops about a hundred F bombs in three minutes...and he's talking about Cubs fans!

Jun. 17 2011 11:49 AM

Stephen Colbert at the White House Press Corps Dinner!

Jun. 17 2011 11:47 AM
clark from nj

The best outburst wasn't verbal.
The shoe flying at President George W Bush was the best in my book.

It contained the frustration and anger of one person representing many.

Jun. 17 2011 11:44 AM
Linda from Brielle NJ

Ira and Sarah!! I sit here waiting with baited (..errr coffee..) breath!

Jun. 17 2011 11:05 AM

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