AA Beginners Class: Mike takes a group all the way through the steps over a period of four weeks. 

Based on AA beginners classes popular in the 1940s that were conducted by different groups of AA. I was a little fascinated by this bit of AA history I knew nothing about. I did a little research and have reprinted a lengthy article about the beginner classes on the SoberCast.com website.

There are a number of questions asked during the workshop that are impossible to hear, but the answers make most of the questions fairly clear. Recorded in 2009, this workshop is 4 hrs long. Repost from 2017

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Dewey S from San Mateo CA at the 12th Michigan state conference, he is one of first 100 members of AA (sober in 1939) speaking in 1964, he was sober 25 years at the time of this speak. Great quality for a 1964 recording.

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Dan C became sober in 1949 he is a former delegate of AA and he is telling his story 1989 at an unknown pre-conference assembly held in Oakland CA.

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Dr Paul O. of Laguna Niguel Ca was the author of the story in the big book titled Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict. He became sober in 1967 and this speak is from 1993. NSFW

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Diz T from Tallahassee FL who describes himself as a self appointed AA historian gives a speak on the Doctor's Opinion at the Flint River Roundup in 2007.

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Sybil C from Los Angeles CA telling her story in Sparks Nevada in 1991 at 50 years sober, at the time she was the longest time sober women in AA and as a very early member she was well acquainted with earliest members of AA. She also had a great sense of humor.

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April 29, 2020

Geraldine D sober in 1947

Geraldine D was an early member of AA sober in 1947, she knew Bill W and the majority of the earliest members of AA. Gerry is telling her story at 42 years sober and 82 years old at the 14th Rogue Roundup held Grants Pass Oregon in 1989. She is one of my favorite early member speakers and this is a great quality recording for 1989.

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This sounds a bit fuzzy for the first 4 min then it clears right up. This one is a bit of AA history and a bit of nostalgia for your podcaster since I was at this meeting. In 1995 AA held its 60th Anniversary Conference in San Diego California with 56,000 people in attendance.

The theme for the convention was A.A. Everywhere – Anywhere. It was the very first time many Eastern European countries had been able to attend an international AA event including Russia. This meeting features members speaking about their first encounter with AA and the founding of AA in multiple Eastern Europe countries and in Russia.

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This one is not an AA meeting per se, so if you need to hear a meeting please choose another from our list. This is for those of you that occasionally enjoy a bit of a deep dive into some AA history.  (Repost)

If you are even slightly interested in learning more about Bill and Lois and AAs creation I really recommend giving this a listen.

An excellent presentation by the executive director of Stepping Stones about Bill & Lois and the AA Way of Life, at the 1st Annual Jersey Shore Roundup, NJ. Recordings of both Bill and Lois are part of the presentation and there is about 2 min of Bill playing his violin. Stepping Stones foundation was founded by Lois as a way to pass on their home and its contents to the future, it has been a historic landmark since 2012. http://www.steppingstones.org

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January 25, 2020

Workshop: The 12 Concepts

Debbie D from Downey CA was sober for 31 years at the time she led this workshop on the topic of the 12 Concepts in Oct of 2007. This runs just about 90 min, and I do not know what group hosted this workshop.

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Bill C Jay S and Matthew M all from southern California conduct this workshop called - History of Sponsorship from 2009 at an unknown event.

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December 26, 2019

Topic: Gratitude (Bill W)

I was thinking the topic of gratitude might be a good one for the day after a holiday, searching my archives for a recording with that as the main topic I ran across this one from AA founder Bill W. Bill starts with the topic of gratitude and moves on to his story and how that led to the creation of AA at an unknown event.

This is from June of 1954 and I was able to remove the nasty hum it had, the result is a pretty good recording for 1954. This runs just a little over an hour and the first 40 min the sound quality is pretty good all things considered, the last 20 min the sound isnt as clear, it gets a bit more muddy and I couldnt fix that but it is listenable and if it annoys, turn it off.

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December 25, 2019

How it works: Read by Bill W

How it works read by Bill W. I have wanted to put this up for a while and had not really found a place for it, xmas seems like a good day and time to let it stand on its own, I hope you have a very nice holiday. (I posted this last year on xmas and I think that's going to happen every year)

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Since we had Bill W speaking yesterday it seems appropriate to have Dr Bob the other founder of AA speak today. He is telling his story about his first 14 years in AA, this was recorded in 1949. The end if this speak (about 6 min) is a bit of Dr Bobs last talk in 1950. (Repost)

There are no where near as many recordings of Dr Bob as there are of Bill W and the ones that are around are generally fairly bad, this one had a nasty hum, but it cleaned up really well and is one of the best I have heard of Dr Bob.

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Bill W one of the co-founders of AA speaks about the Big Book. This consists of two seperate speaks, the first is at the 30th anniversary founders day in Akron. The second speak may be from the same event but there is no way to know, the introduction of Bill the 2nd time does mention the 30th anniversary. (Repost)

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