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Andra Brown

Andra Brown has been singing and performing all over Colorado for over twenty years. She has a Degree in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in acting from The University of Northern Colorado. A native of Colorado Springs she continues to perform closer to her “roots” and has had the title role in many performances there. She won The Gazette’s Best Of The Springs – Best Performance in a Musical for her portrayals of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and of Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific”. Other favorite roles include Bloody Mary in “South Pacific”, Lily in “The Secret Garden”, Sister Hubert in “Nunsense” and Sister Sarah in “Guys and Dolls”. She recently finished voice-over and performance work on Legends of Pikes Peak, a historical DVD produced by Little Dog Cinema. Aside from performing, she works at her business, “Musical Madness Studios”, where she teaches private voice and acting lessons. She currently lives in Highlands Ranch with her wonderful husband Jeremy and her enchanting, two-year-old son, Alan.
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Joey Wishnia

Joey was educated at Rhodes University and received a Teaching Diploma (Licentiate) in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London. He has worked in practically every facet of the entertainment industry, having been actor, director, teacher and appeared in music hall, opera, cabaret, revues, movies, and many radio and TV dramas, serials and soap operas. He has written scripts for children’s theatre, devised and appeared in four one-man shows and developed several educational programs aimed at encouraging children to read. He is also a story-teller, whose script, Stories Small, a program of African folk-tales from all cultures, was performed at the ‘Blooming Lights Festival’ at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in New York in December, 1999. In 1993, he was the recipient of a special award for his contribution to children’s theatre in South Africa. He came to the United States in 1993 and quickly established himself in Denver, Colorado as actor and director concentrating on classical theatre. He was dramataurg at the Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Theatre, during which time he devised and directed Shakespeare-Man of Letters and appeared at Off- and 0ff-0ff Broadway theatres. He has appeared in numerous television commercials, industrials, feature-length and short movies, the most recent of which TURKEY DAY took first prize at the Hearts and Minds film festival. He has appeared in numerous stage plays including The Sisters Rosenzweig: as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: Herr Schultz in Cabaret for which he received raves from the critics and many others. He played F.D.R. in Annie and Mark Twain in Big River, and is pleased to be portraying three more great American figures in this program.
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D. Jeffrey Brothers

Jeff has recently returned to the stage as an actor in the Denver, CO area. For the past five years he has appeared in musicals, dramas and workshops throughout the area. He recently recreated the role of E. P. Foulperson in The Crooked Election, a historical melodrama based on the founding of Castle Rock, CO. Other favorite roles include Dr. John Bates in The Andersonville Trial Captain Brackett in South Pacific and he fondly remembers his first acting role as Prince Eric in Rapunzel and The Witch. Jeff also serves as Business Manager for the Cherry Creek Chorale and the Douglas County Children’s Chorus. An accomplished vocalist in his own right he also has been selected to participate annually with the Sonata School of Vermont for piano performance in Bennington, VT.
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Ken Street

Mr. Street began working professionally as an actor in the Washington, DC area before moving to New York. While there he was seen in productions of Cabaret, Mame, and Camelot. In New York, Mr. Street performed in Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions as well as doing voice-overs for commercials and acting in industrial films. Representative roles include Herbie in Gypsy, Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun, Mike LeFevre in Working, Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, Krogstad in A Doll’s House and Harry Bales in The Seahorse. While being based in New York, Mr. Street was cast in the original production of Melissa While She Sleeps which went on to be performed at the American Theatre Festival of London in London, England. Since moving to Colorado Mr. Street has had the opportunity to perform with Opera Colorado in its production of Porgy and Bess. Other favorite roles include Teddy in the Arsenic and Old Lace and Martin Vanderhof in You Can’t Take It With You which he also produced with his production company, KOS Productions. Mr. Street has also served as musical director for the productions in the Denver area of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing and The King and I.
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On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 framers who changed the course of history. This year we celebrate not only our government’s birth, but the ideas that define us as Americans.

Jones International University honors this historic moment with a special podcast series,
“In Their Own Words.” We’ve assembled several speeches and letters of figures who were instrumental in shaping this living document we call the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the subsequent amendments that comprise the supreme law of the United States.

Performed by actors, these podcasts bring to life the events, struggles and triumphs that mark the creation and evolution of, perhaps, our most revered historical document. Feel free to download these podcasts as an educational tool to understand the context in which the Constitution was developed.

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin addressing members of the Constitutional Convention, Sept. 17, 1787
Immediately after the War for Independence, the United States was governed for several years by the Articles of Confederation, a document that provided for a government too loosely formed and too weak to be effective in running the country. Congress then sanctioned a formal convention representing all of the states to “render the Federal Constitution adequate to the exigencies of Government and the preservation of the Union.” The Convention met in late May, 1787, in Philadelphia. After nearly four months of intense discussion, debate, and compromise, the members of the Constitutional Convention completed their task on Sept. 17, 1787. At the conclusion of their deliberations, Benjamin Franklin (who was a delegate from Pennsylvania) rendered his opinion of the completed Constitution and asked his colleagues to unanimously sign it. Listen now to Franklin’s remarks read by actor
Joey Wishnia.
Duration 5:25

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George Washington George Washington’s transmittal letter of the new Constitution to Congress, Sept. 17, 1787
George Washington, as the President of the Constitutional Convention, formally presented the newly drafted Constitution to the Congress and included this personal transmittal letter. Listen to Washington’s remarks read by actor Joey Wishnia. Duration 3:33

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Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson describes his thoughts on the new Constitution, Dec. 20, 1787
James Madison, the father of the Constitution, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, the father of the Declaration of Independence, explaining the new Constitution to him. Jefferson had been in France on government business during the Constitutional Convention. Jefferson captured his reactions to the new Constitution in a reply letter to Madison. Listen to what Jefferson liked—and didn’t like—about the new Constitution in his letter read by actor D. Jeffrey Brothers. Duration 3:31

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James Madison James Madison presents the case to the House of Representatives for amending the new Constitution with a Bill of Rights, June 8, 1789
Before the drafting of the new Constitution was completed, delegates had discussed the need for a Bill of Rights that clearly described the core set of rights that the government could not take from the people. For a variety of reasons, such a list was not included in the original Constitution. But as Congress and state legislatures considered ratifying the Constitution, many lawmakers (including Thomas Jefferson) asked for the Constitution to be amended to include a set of inviolable rights. James Madison addressed Congress to make the case for amending the Constitution. Listen to this excerpt of his remarks as read by actor
D. Jeffrey Brothers.
Duration 12:26

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Senator Charles Sumner Senator Charles Sumner addresses the Senate, arguing for the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, April 8, 1864
Near the end of the Civil War, with a Union victory assured, Congress debated the issues that had resulted in the war. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was proposed, abolishing slavery. Charles Sumner, senator from Massachusetts and a leading abolitionist, addressed Congress on the need to amend the Constitution to abolish slavery. Listen to this excerpt of his remarks to the Senate read by actor Joey Wishnia. Duration 7:37

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Susan B. Anthony Susan B. Anthony speaks on women’s right to vote, 1873
Although the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870 prohibited abridging the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” the Constitution did not contain a guarantee for women of any color to vote (it contained no prohibition of women’s right to vote). Since before the Civil War, women’s organizations had advocated for such a law. For many years, Susan B. Anthony was a leading advocate for women’s right to vote (known as a “suffragette”). In November 1872, Anthony registered and voted in the Presidential election in Rochester, New York. On Nov. 18, she was arrested for illegally voting and fined $100. She argued her position in this speech given in 1873, read here by actress Andra Brown. Duration 5:12

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Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt addresses women after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, Aug. 26, 1920
Carrie Chapman Catt was a leading suffragette in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and 36 state legislatures, she spoke candidly to the women of the United States. Listen to her remarks read by actress Andra Brown. Duration 2:06

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Images courtesy of The Library of Congress and The National Archives.

Your feedback is welcome!
As we will continue adding other podcasts to this series, we’d love to know which Constitution-related speeches, letters, or documents you want to hear and what you think about the series. Click here to submit your suggestions.

Download the entire mp3 catalog here. This file is 50 mb; estimated download time on 56k is 18.20 minutes.

Additional Resources

National Constitution Center from the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach

The Charters of Freedom from the U.S. National Archives

The Founders’ Constitution from the University of Chicago

CRS Annotated Constitution from the Legal Information Institution of the Cornell Law School

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation from the Library of Congress

Primary Documents in American History from the Library of Congress

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention from the Library of Congress

From Revolution to Reconstruction from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands