“I am prepared to die”

These were Nelson Mandela’s words while on trial in 1964. Yet Mandela’s infamous speech was almost lost to history:

https://www.popuparchive.com/embed_player/%2313%3A%20The%20Day%20Nelson%20Mandela%20Became%20Nelson%20Mandela/17519/12841/801

As described by Radio Diaries in “Mandela: An Audio History,” the original Dictabelt courthouse recording was left collecting dust in a basement of the South African Broadcasting Corporation until a researcher unearthed it, many years later. Another powerful reminder of the need for better audio access, if we don’t say so ourselves!