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    Hannah Montana

    Hannah Montana

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Tuesday, 5 July 2022 is Hannah Montana.

    Hannah Montana is an American teen sitcom created by Michael Poryes, Rich Correll, and Barry O'Brien that aired on Disney Channel for four seasons between March 2006 and January 2011. The series centers on Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus), a teenage girl living a double life as famous pop singer Hannah Montana, an alter ego she adopted so she could maintain her anonymity and live a normal life as a typical teenager. Episodes deal with Miley's everyday struggles to cope with the social and personal issues of adolescence while maintaining the added complexities of her secret identity, which she sustains by wearing a blonde wig. Miley has strong relationships with her brother Jackson (Jason Earles) and father Robby Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus), as well as her best friends Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment) and Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso), who become aware of her secret. Overarching themes include a focus on family and friendships as well as the importance of music and discovering one's identity.

    The Walt Disney Company commissioned the series after the success of Disney Channel's previous music-based franchises, such as the made-for-television film High School Musical (2006). Hannah Montana was produced by It's a Laugh Productions in association with Poryes's production company, and premiered on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006. A concert film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, in which Miley Cyrus performs as Hannah Montana and herself, was released in 2008. The following year, the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie was released. The series concluded on January 16, 2011, as a result of Cyrus's growing popularity and music career, and her desire to move into more mature acting roles.

    Hannah Montana is one of Disney Channel's most commercially successful franchises; it received consistently high viewership in the United States on cable television and influenced the development of merchandise, soundtrack albums, and concert tours. However, television critics disliked the writing and depiction of gender roles and stereotypes. Hannah Montana helped launch Cyrus's musical career and established her as a teen idol; but after Cyrus began developing an increasingly provocative public image, commentators criticized Hannah Montana as having a negative influence on its audience. The series was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program between 2007 and 2010, and Cyrus won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series, Leading Young Actress in 2008.





    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:24 UTC on Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see Hannah Montana on Wikipedia.

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    This has been Joanna Standard. Thank you for listening to featured Wiki of the Day.

    • 3 min
    Harry S. Truman 1948 presidential campaign

    Harry S. Truman 1948 presidential campaign

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Monday, 4 July 2022 is Harry S. Truman 1948 presidential campaign.

    In 1948 Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley were elected president and vice president of the United States. They defeated Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey and vice-presidential nominee Earl Warren. Truman, a Democrat and vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, had ascended to the presidency upon Roosevelt's death in 1945. He announced his candidacy for election on March 8, 1948. Unchallenged by any major nominee in the Democratic primaries, he won almost all of them easily; however, many Democrats like James Roosevelt opposed his candidacy and urged former Chief of Staff of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower to run instead.

    Truman wanted U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice William O. Douglas to be his running mate. Douglas declined, claiming a lack of political experience. His friend Thomas Gardiner Corcoran had suggested him not to be a "number two man to a number two man". The 1948 Democratic National Convention convened at the Philadelphia Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 12 to July 15. A keynote address was delivered by Senator Barkley of Kentucky, which energized the delegates and impressed Truman, who then selected Barkley as his running mate. When the convention adopted Truman's civil rights plank in a close vote of 651+1⁄2 to 582+1⁄2, many Southern delegates bolted the convention. Strom Thurmond, the governor of South Carolina, led a walkout of a large group of delegates from Mississippi and Alabama. After the order was restored, a roll call vote gave Truman a majority of delegates to be the nominee; Barkley was nominated the vice-presidential candidate by acclamation.

    During the campaign Truman focused mostly on blaming the Republican-controlled Congress for not passing his legislation. He called it a "do-nothing Congress". The Progressive Party nominated Henry A. Wallace, a former Democratic vice president, to run against Truman. Governor Thurmond also ran against Truman as a Dixiecrat, campaigning for states' rights. With a split of the Democratic Party, most of the polls and political writers predicted victory for Dewey, giving Truman little chance. In early September Truman conducted various whistle-stop tours across the nation covering over 21,928 miles (35,290 km) on Ferdinand Magellan. Of all the speeches he gave during his whistle-stop tour, only about seventy were broadcast on the radio even locally, while twenty were heard nationally.

    During the final days of the campaign, the Truman campaign released a film titled The Truman Story using existing newsreel footage of the whistle-stop tour. Although he received some endorsements, including that of Screen Actors Guild president Ronald Reagan, most of the broadcasting companies were sure of Dewey's victory. Initially leading in the popular vote, Truman defeated Dewey, receiving 303 electoral votes to Dewey's 189 and Thurmond's 39. Before the results were released, an early edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune had printed the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman", boldly anticipating Dewey's victory. Time magazine later considered Truman's photograph, taken on November 4, showing him holding the Chicago Daily Tribune with the erroneous headline as the "greatest photograph ever made of a politician celebrating victory". His direct appeal to middle-class Americans earned him the vote of traditional Republican farmers. Truman and Barkley were inaugurated on January 20, 1949. Truman's 1948 campaign and the election are most remembered for the failure of polls and Truman's upset victory.

    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:08 UTC on Monday, 4 July 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see Harry S. Truman 1948 presidential campaign on Wikipedia.

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    • 4 min
    Common tern

    Common tern

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Sunday, 3 July 2022 is Common tern.

    The common tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird in the family Laridae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution, its four subspecies breeding in temperate and subarctic regions of Europe, Asia and North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in coastal tropical and subtropical regions. Breeding adults have light grey upperparts, white to very light grey underparts, a black cap, orange-red legs, and a narrow pointed bill. Depending on the subspecies, the bill may be mostly red with a black tip or all black. There are a number of similar species, including the partly sympatric Arctic tern, which can be separated on plumage details, leg and bill colour, or vocalisations.

    Breeding in a wider range of habitats than any of its relatives, the common tern nests on any flat, poorly vegetated surface close to water, including beaches and islands, and it readily adapts to artificial substrates such as floating rafts. The nest may be a bare scrape in sand or gravel, but it is often lined or edged with whatever debris is available. Up to three eggs may be laid, their dull colours and blotchy patterns providing camouflage on the open beach. Incubation is by both sexes, and the eggs hatch in around 21–22 days, longer if the colony is disturbed by predators. The downy chicks fledge in 22–28 days. Like most terns, this species feeds by plunge-diving for fish, either in the sea or in freshwater, but molluscs, crustaceans and other invertebrate prey may form a significant part of the diet in some areas.

    Eggs and young are vulnerable to predation by mammals such as rats and American mink, and large birds including gulls, owls and herons. Common terns may be infected by lice, parasitic worms, and mites, although blood parasites appear to be rare. Its large population and huge breeding range mean that this species is classed as being of least concern, although numbers in North America have declined sharply in recent decades. Despite international legislation protecting the common tern, in some areas populations are threatened by habitat loss, pollution or the disturbance of breeding colonies.





    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:13 UTC on Sunday, 3 July 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see Common tern on Wikipedia.

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    • 2 min
    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Saturday, 2 July 2022 is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792), written by the eighteenth-century British proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, is one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy. In it, Wollstonecraft responds to those educational and political theorists of the eighteenth century who did not believe women should receive a rational education. She argues that women ought to have an education commensurate with their position in society, claiming that women are essential to the nation because they educate its children and because they could be "companions" to their husbands, rather than mere wives. Instead of viewing women as ornaments to society or property to be traded in marriage, Wollstonecraft maintains that they are human beings deserving of the same fundamental rights as men.

    Wollstonecraft was prompted to write the Rights of Woman after reading Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord's 1791 report to the French National Assembly, which stated that women should only receive a domestic education; from her reaction to this specific event, she launched a broad attack against sexual double standards, indicting men for encouraging women to indulge in excessive emotion. Wollstonecraft hurried to complete the work in direct response to ongoing events; she intended to write a more thoughtful second volume but died before completing it.

    While Wollstonecraft does call for equality between the sexes in particular areas of life, especially morality, she does not explicitly state that men and women are equal. Her ambiguous statements regarding the equality of the sexes have made it difficult to classify Wollstonecraft as a modern feminist; the word itself did not emerge until decades after her death.

    Although it is commonly assumed that the Rights of Woman was unfavourably received, this is a modern misconception based on the belief that Wollstonecraft was as reviled during her lifetime as she became after the publication of William Godwin's Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798). The Rights of Woman was generally received well when it was first published in 1792. Biographer Emily W. Sunstein called it "perhaps the most original book of [Wollstonecraft's] century". Wollstonecraft's work had significant impact on advocates for women's rights in the nineteenth century, particularly the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which produced the Declaration of Sentiments laying out the aims of the suffragette movement in the United States.





    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:05 UTC on Saturday, 2 July 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see A Vindication of the Rights of Woman on Wikipedia.

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    • 3 min
    SMS Kaiser Friedrich III

    SMS Kaiser Friedrich III

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Friday, 1 July 2022 is SMS Kaiser Friedrich III.

    SMS Kaiser Friedrich III ("His Majesty's Ship Emperor Frederick III") was the lead ship of the Kaiser Friedrich III class of pre-dreadnought battleships. She was laid down at the Kaiserliche Werft in Wilhelmshaven in March 1895, launched in July 1896, and finished in October 1898. The ship was armed with a main battery of four 24-centimeter (9.4 in) guns in two twin gun turrets supported by a secondary battery of eighteen 15 cm (5.9 in) guns.

    Sea trials and modifications lasted more than a year, and once she entered active service in October 1899, the ship became the flagship of Prince Heinrich in I Squadron of the German Heimatflotte (Home Fleet). I Squadron was primarily occupied with training exercises throughout each year, and also made numerous trips to other European countries, particularly Great Britain and Sweden–Norway. In 1901, the ship was severely damaged after striking submerged rocks in the Baltic; the incident contributed to design changes in later German battleships to make them more resistant to underwater damage.

    Kaiser Friedrich III was extensively modernized in 1908; her secondary guns were reorganized and her superstructure was cut down to reduce top-heaviness. After returning to service in 1910, Kaiser Friedrich III was placed in the Reserve Formation; she spent the next two years laid up, being activated only for the annual fleet maneuvers. The years 1913 and 1914 passed without any active service until the outbreak of World War I in July 1914. Though obsolete, Kaiser Friedrich III and her sister ships served in a limited capacity as coastal defense ships in V Battle Squadron in the early months of the war, tasked with defending Germany's North Sea coastline. The ships conducted two operations in the Baltic but did not encounter any hostile warships. By February 1915, Kaiser Friedrich was withdrawn from service and eventually decommissioned in November, thereafter being employed as a prison ship and later as a barracks ship. She was scrapped in 1920.





    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:19 UTC on Friday, 1 July 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see SMS Kaiser Friedrich III on Wikipedia.

    This podcast is produced by Abulsme Productions based on Wikipedia content and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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    This has been Emma Neural. Thank you for listening to featured Wiki of the Day.

    • 3 min
    Carsten Borchgrevink

    Carsten Borchgrevink

    Welcome to featured Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of the featured Wikipedia article every day.

    The featured article for Thursday, 30 June 2022 is Carsten Borchgrevink.

    Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink (1 December 1864 – 21 April 1934) was an Anglo-Norwegian polar explorer and a pioneer of Antarctic travel. He was the precursor of Sir Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, and others associated with the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

    Borchgrevink began his exploring career in 1894 by joining a Norwegian whaling expedition, during which he became one of the first people to set foot on the Antarctic mainland. This achievement helped him to obtain backing for his Southern Cross expedition, which became the first to overwinter on the Antarctic mainland, and the first to visit the Great Ice Barrier since the expedition of Sir James Clark Ross nearly sixty years earlier.

    The expedition's successes were received with only moderate interest by the public – and by the British geographical establishment, whose attention was by then focused on Scott's upcoming Discovery expedition. Some of Borchgrevink's colleagues were critical of his leadership, and his own accounts of the expedition were regarded as journalistic and unreliable.

    From 1898 to 1900, Borchgrevink led the British-financed Southern Cross expedition. He was one of three scientists in 1902 to report on the aftermath of the Mount Pelée eruption. Thereafter he settled in Kristiania, leading a life mainly away from public attention. His pioneering work was subsequently recognised and honoured by several countries, and in 1912 he received a tribute from Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole.

    In 1930 the Royal Geographical Society acknowledged Borchgrevink's contribution to polar exploration and awarded him its Patron's Medal. The Society acknowledged in its citation that justice had not previously been done to the work of the Southern Cross expedition.





    This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:40 UTC on Thursday, 30 June 2022.

    For the full current version of the article, see Carsten Borchgrevink on Wikipedia.

    This podcast is produced by Abulsme Productions based on Wikipedia content and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

    Visit wikioftheday.com for our archives, sister podcasts, and swag. Please subscribe to never miss an episode. You can also follow @WotDpod on Twitter.

    Abulsme Productions produces the current events podcast Curmudgeon's Corner as well. Check it out in your podcast player of choice.

    This has been Kendra Standard. Thank you for listening to featured Wiki of the Day.

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