In a fast-moving, ever-shifting world,
news is continuously breaking. The Great Courses is here to help you understand the full story behind the soundbites. Here are a handful of stories for the week of January 21, 2019, and their accompanying lectures on The Great Courses Plus.
State of The State of the Union
The annual State of the Union address was
Skip Low/No-Carb, Try Slow-Carb
Low-carb and no-carb diets are a trendy way to lose weight quickly, but new research shows the bigger problem is picking the wrong kind of carbs. Choosing whole-kernel, minimally processed grains which take a while to digest means your blood sugar rises more gently and they leave you feeling full longer. Explore our complex relationship with carbs and the hormone insulin and learn which carbs are best eaten at certain times of the day based on your individual total nutrition and workout schedule.
The Real “Black Dahlia”
Polar Temps are Coming
Many regions of the country are facing frigid temperatures as a polar vortex
Consumer Confidence Slumps—What Does that Mean?
In the midst of the longest government shutdown in the country’s history, a measure of US consumer sentiment has fallen to the lowest in almost seven months, and ratings of the economy have deteriorated. What does that mean? Look at related statistics such as the unemployment rate and consumer price index in context, probing how such statistics are measured and what they suggest.
Are Big Job Cuts Coming?
Buzzfeed, Apple, and Verizon are just three big names that recently announced impending layoffs. Employees are an important part
Keeping Tabs on a Chaotic Tax Season
Between a slew of new regulations and the government shutdown resulting in fewer IRS agents to help, analysts are predicting this tax season may be chaotic, confusing, and full of delays. While the tax rules consistently change, it helps to have a clear and concise overview of how the US income tax system works: how our income is taxed, and the myriad credits and deductions that could be available.