Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Food Imperialism around the World

October 2, 2017

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, European colonialism expanded across the entire globe as a form of economic empire building, with food production as a primary form of wealth creation. […]

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Earth Science

Fossils: Life Cast in Ancient Stone

September 27, 2017

How can you turn a soft, organic, squishy organism into a fossil that can survive earthquakes, rising mountains, closing oceans, and colliding continents for millions, perhaps even billions, of years? Just what are the chances of some organism becoming a fossil? Learn about the necessary conditions required for a fossil to form and just how unlikely it is to happen. […]

The Torch Podcast

Anthropology—More Than Just Bones: The Torch Podcast

July 27, 2017

What does it mean to be human? Where did we come from? And what unites us in our diversity today? As the world population continues to explode, these big questions about humanity become increasingly important, and anthropology is the field of study that tackles them. From our tree-dwelling primate ancestors 63 million years ago through today’s globally connected citizens, anthropology looks at Homo sapiens to find out why we are the way we are. […]

This Week in History

This Week In History: July 16-22

July 16, 2017

This week in history: Catherine the Great Crowned, Mendel born, and Moon Day celebrated. Read more below and dive deeper with The Great Courses Plus. […]

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Cooking

The Tomato—Fruit or Vegetable?

July 9, 2017

Go to any grocery store’s produce section and you will most likeley find tomatoes displayed among their vegetable friends. Yet in the world of botany, they’re actually considered berries. Why do tomatoes suffer from this produce identity crisis? […]

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New on The Great Courses Plus

Anthropology and the Study of Humanity

June 28, 2017

Anthropology and the Study of Humanity: Biology, archaeology, language, and culture—gain a comprehensive understanding of humanity’s development from an acclaimed professor and field researcher. […]

Emotional woman thinking.
Psychology

Are Women More Emotional Than Men?

May 22, 2017

Are Women More Emotional Than Men? This idea that men and women think, talk, and understand things differently has existed for decades—inspiring books, college courses, research studies, and countless sitcoms. The truth is much more complicated and nuanced. […]

Man sitting at the dock in twilight, thinking about the meaning of life. Lake, headland with church and hills in the background
Philosophy

The Meaning of “The Meaning of Life”

April 22, 2017

When asking the question “What is the meaning of life?”, you may want take a step back, reflect and begin by asking, “What is meant by the phrase ‘the meaning of life’”? […]

Game and probability theory concept
Applied Math

Our Random World—Probability Defined

April 17, 2017

While it’s nice to think that our challenge in life is to get rid of uncertainty and be in complete control of everything, that is not going to happen. One of life’s real challenges is to deal with the uncertain and the unknown in some sort of an effective way; and that is the realm of probability. […]

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