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Interactive Course Guides

Washington, City of Scandal

February 22, 2019

Delve into the history of political scandals in Washington and how the nation has come to terms with them. Learn first about the 19th-century Burr Conspiracy, focusing on former Vice President Aaron Burr. Then take stock of the scandals under President Ulysses S. Grant, the infamous Teapot Dome scandal, and finally the Watergate scandal, finishing at the Newseum, a media history museum. […]

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Business and Economics

The Great Depression—A Catastrophe Felt Around the World

October 19, 2018

The Great Depression was an event that devastated not just American families and business, but also the lives of people and nations around the world. How did this chapter of history ultimately shape the face of the modern world? […]

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In The News

Poisoned Food, Power Grids, and Scary Stories—In The News 8/20/18

August 20, 2018

Turkey’s economy is quickly deteriorating due to inflation, a tanking currency, and politically driven fiscal policies. Although it’s halfway around the world from the United States, this financial crisis has already spawned global turmoil and could have significant ramifications here at home. Look into the causes of inflation, efforts to control it, and the surprising wisdom of promoting a small degree of inflation. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Reskilling Over a Lifetime: Learning New Skills as We Age

August 20, 2018

“Reskilling” is the act of learning a new trade or employable skill, usually in middle-age or older. Professor Timothy Taylor discusses the options available for people in the US and world looking for a future in a new profession. […]

Professor's Perspective

The Medical Bankruptcies Debate

June 26, 2018

The debate over the extent to which uninsured medical costs lead to personal bankruptcies is interesting for a couple of reasons. In terms of social science and politics, it leads to a quagmire of difficult discussions, debating between someone’s health and their wallet. […]

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Professor's Perspective

How Trump Can Get US North Korea Summit Back On Track

May 29, 2018

General Wesley Clark discusses the canceled North Korean summit and the potential for negotiation. He states, “The problem posed by North Korea is indeed difficult. So, rather than taking the summit cancellation as a setback, the U.S. should take it as an opportunity to establish a robust process that can truly deal with the issues threatening security and stability in Northeast Asia.” […]

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Professor's Perspective

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy

May 17, 2018

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy. Could vaping and e-cigarettes reduce the toll of death and illness due to smoking conventional cigarettes? The most recent issue of the Annual Review of Public Health has a nice pro-and-con. Professor Timothy Taylor discusses both sides of artificial cigarettes. Read more on The Great Courses Daily. […]

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