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The Greatest Speeches Never Heard

Renee Bright

Have you ever wondered what Hillary Clinton might’ve said if she’d become president? Actually, you can know — by reading her speech that was never delivered.

And that’s just one example. There are many speeches that were written for powerful people that they never gave. Why? Sometimes, because someone got the outcome wrong, or had a change of heart. We never heard Dwight Eisenhower’s apology for D-Day failing or Nixon refusing to vacate the presidency. But the speeches exist, and in a new book, speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum considers the history of such undelivered speeches, as well as what they can tell us about ourselves today.


  • Jeff Nussbaum | He’s an author and speechwriter, most recently for President Joe Biden. His most recent book is Undelivered.

The actors on today’s program include:

  • Lance Blair as Richard Nixon
  • James Lailey as King Edward
  • Adam Gifford as Wamsutta Frank James
  • Brian Bowles as John F. Kennedy
  • Glen McCready as Dwight Eisenhower
  • Kathleen Chalfant as Hillary Clinton

Airdate: Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m.