- September 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- January 2016
- December 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015
- August 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- September 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013
- August 2013
- July 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- February 2011
- January 2011
- December 2010
- November 2010
- August 2010
- July 2010
- June 2010
- May 2010
- April 2010
- March 2010
- February 2010
- December 2009
- November 2009
- September 2009
- August 2009
- July 2009
- June 2009
- May 2009
- April 2009
- March 2009
- February 2009
- January 2009
- December 2008
- October 2008
- July 2008
- June 2008
- May 2008
- April 2008
- February 2008
- January 2008
- December 2007
- November 2007
- October 2007
- September 2007
- July 2007
- June 2007
- April 2007
- March 2007
- February 2007
- January 2007
- December 2006
- November 2006
- October 2006
- September 2006
- August 2006
- July 2006
- June 2006
- May 2006
- April 2006
- March 2006
- February 2006
- January 2006
- December 2005
- November 2005
- October 2005
- September 2005
- August 2005
- July 2005
- June 2005
- May 2005
- April 2005
- October 2004
- September 2004
September 28, 2016
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 8th and Americans will soon decide who will be our next President. Each presidential election the PBS series Frontline produces an election special that profiles the two major candidates. Their two-hour special aired last night on PBS and is now available to stream on their YouTube channel. This special covers the biographies of the frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump, and the long and very different paths they took to reach this point. With interviews from biographers and people closest to each of the candidates you get an idea of what has driven these individuals throughout their careers. You'll hear the story of Hillary Clinton and her entry into Democratic politics from her years as first lady of Arkansas and then the United States, to her role as Senator of New York and Secretary of State. You'll also hear about the rise of Donald J. Trump, the wealthy American businessman who came of age in the 1980s and kept his brand alive into 1990s and became a reality TV star in the 2000s. You'll hear about the scandals and hardships they've faced throughout their long lives in the public eye and their persistence through it all in "Frontline: The Choice 2016".
And just to revisit some history you may want to check out the PBS Frontline documentaries from the past two presidential elections which are also available on YouTube:
Also Clinton and Trump sparred in their First Presidential Debate on Monday:
In the First Presidential Debate Clinton and Trump touched on issues such as trade, foreign policy, race relations, and other key issues. The 90-minute debate is available on streaming video on YouTube and on MP3 audio download.
For another interesting debate check out this recent debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.:
In this debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. the two sides argue over who is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. One side argues that the Trump Phenomenon is due to the elites of both parties ignoring the voice of the declining American middle class. They argue that the political elite's devotion to special interests and their bailouts of the big banks has created frustration in middle America who have not seen much recovery from the financial disaster of 2008. The opposing side blames the voters and the media for the rise of Donald Trump, emphasizing that his rise is largely a response to his stirring up fears about immigration, crime, and terrorism. Neither side are particularly fans of the Trump Phenomenon, but they both offer interesting insight into how this unprecedented candidate has rose to such heights. The two-hour debate is available to stream on YouTube and also is available on MP3 audio download from the Intelligence Squared U.S. website.
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
April 12, 2016
1000 new YouTube videos have been added to our LearnOutLoud Free Audio & Video Directory bringing our total number of free resources to over 11,000. We've gone through some of the best educational channels on YouTube and picked out the most popular videos from the past few years. Here are the channels we've added titles from along with some choice titles we thought you'd like:
Aspen Institute - Featuring over 40 talks from their annual Aspen Ideas Festival.
Self Directed Biological Transformation (SDBT) with Deepak Chopra
Big Think - Longer interviews and lectures from this popular and intellectually stimulating YouTube channel that features leading thinkers from a variety of backgrounds.
Book TV - New interviews from C-SPAN's Q&A series bringing the total number of Book TV titles to 250.
Center for Inquiry - Talks from this secular and skeptical nonprofit educational organization.
Commonwealth Club of California - New lectures and interviews from this popular public forum bringing our total to over 100 titles.
The Psychology of Building a Bulletproof Personal Finance System with Ramit Sethi
Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer - A few archived conversations from the New York public access show "Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer".
Conversations with History - Long running interview show on UCTV hosted by Harry Kreisler and covering politics, economics, and much more. We now feature over 100 interviews.
Philosophy and Activism with Peter Singer
Understanding Human Nature with Steven Pinker
Cutting Edge Conscious - Talk show featuring guests that may broaden your horizons about consciousness.
European Graduate School - Lectures from this graduate school focused on art and philosophy.
Forum Network - Lectures from WGBH in the Boston area. We now feature over 200 titles from their YouTube channel.
How Working Women Can Manage Stress with Dr. Kathleen Hall
The History of the Universe in One Hour by Max Tegmark, Professor of Physics at MIT
Google Talks - Many more talks from authors and notable speakers at Google bringing our total to over 500 of their best talks.
Gresham College - Over 20 lecture series from professors at Gresham College in London.
Hoover Institution - Interviews from the show "Uncommon Knowledge" hosted by Peter Robinson and featuring primarily conservative thinkers. Over 60 interviews to choose from.
Intelligence Squared U.K. - Over 40 debates from the United Kingdom's leading debate forum along with some lectures they feature.
Intelligence Squared U.S. - Over 30 debates from the leading debate forum in the United States.
Politics and Prose - We now have over 75 author talks from this important book store in Washington, D.C..
The 92nd Street Y - Over 100 talks added from The 92nd Street Y in New York City including contemporary and classic talks they have recorded.
The (Neuro) Science of Genius with Michio Kaku, Antonio Damasio, and JoAnn Deak
UCTV - Many new programs from UCTV. We now feature over 250 of their videos which are also usually on MP3 audio download through the UCTV website.
Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0 with Robert Lustig
Overthrowing the Emperor of All Maladies: Moving Forward Against Cancer with Siddhartha Mukherjee
University Channel - New talks from the University Channel or UChannel offering talks from numerous academic institutions.
How Human Psychology Drives the Economy with Robert J. Shiller
Moving Beyond Fast Food Nation with Peter Singer and Eric Schlosser
Why Work? Business, Professions, and the Common Good with David Brooks, Alex Sink, and Steven Reinemund
And we've added a number of interesting talks from a variety of other channels:
Sell Your Ideas the Steve Jobs Way with Carmine Gallo
And there's just so much more! Browse around our free directory for all of these great new talks.
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
March 28, 2016
The Great Courses Plus is here in full force and you can now sign up for a free one month trial on TheGreatCoursesPlus.com. For fans of The Great Courses it's overwhelmingly awesome. You subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, and you can then watch 250 great courses as much as you want, whenever you want!
After the initial free month, the price is only $19.99/month now! A bargain considering all the great courses you get access to. And if you sign up for a full year the price breaks down to only $14.99/month.
We've gone through their entire catalog and there are so many courses and individual lectures we want to watch. We'll be doing reviews for many of the courses available in the coming year, but in this blog we wanted to list all 250 courses they are offering as of March 2016. You can browse all these courses by category on their website as well:
They have many apps in place now for convenience of watching across many devices. They have their iOS app now which lets you watch on iPads, iPhones, and iPods. You can also Airplay video lectures from your iPhone to Apple TV or other devices which comes in handy if you want to watch the lectures on a big screen. They've got an Android app, an Amazon Kindle Fire app, a Roku app, and an Amazon Fire TV as well. Their Apple TV app is on the way.
The one thing that is currently missing that we'd love to see is the ability to download videos into the apps so you can watch them (or listen to them) on-the-go without having to connect to the Internet or use your precious monthly mobile data plan, but they say that feature is coming soon.
We've added links in to The Great Courses Plus for The Great Courses that are available through this new subscription service. You can browse these courses along with others that are available in other formats on our Great Courses Publisher page which features video trailers for many of the courses:
But we haven't updated their latest courses in a while and there are about 150 newer great courses we need to add to our site. So instead we decided we'd list all 250 courses they are offering on The Great Courses Plus right here. Once again you can browse all the courses and lectures on their website as well:
Here are all 250 Great Courses being offered through The Great Courses Plus:
12 Essential Scientific Concepts
The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works
The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
The Addictive Brain
America and the New Global Economy
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
The American Civil War
Ancient Greek Civilization
The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History
Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning
Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving
The Art of Conflict Management
Art of Critical Decision Making
The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal
The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
The Art of Storytelling
Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator
The Art of Travel Photography
The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide
Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World
Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity
The Big Questions of Philosophy
Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
Building a Better Vocabulary
Building Great Sentences
Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear
Cities of the Ancient World
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Critical Business Skills for Success
Customs of the World
Dead Sea Scrolls
Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures
The Decisive Battles of World History
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Early Middle Ages
The Economics of Uncertainty
Effective Communication Skills
English in America: A Linguistic History
The Entrepreneur's Toolkit
Essentials of Strength Training
Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong
Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life
The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts
The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: How to Master Outdoor Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great
The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
The Everyday Guide to Wines of California
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History
Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets
Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals
Foundations of Eastern Civilization
Foundations of Organic Chemistry
The Foundations of Western Civilization
Fundamentals of Photography
Fundamentals of Photography II
Fundamentals of Sustainable Living
Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond
Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery
Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas
Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance
The Great Ideas of Philosophy
The Great Ideas of Psychology
Great Minds of the Medieval World
Great Mythologies of the World
The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe
The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul
The Great Works of Sacred Music
Great World Religions: Buddhism
Great World Religions: Christianity
Great World Religions: Hinduism
Great World Religions: Islam
Great World Religions: Judaism
The Guide to Essential Italy
Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset
The Higgs Boson and Beyond
The High Middle Ages
High School Level Chemistry
A History of Eastern Europe
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
A History of European Art
History of Hitler's Empire
History of the United States
History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration
The Holy Land Revealed
How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
How Conversation Works
How Great Science Fiction Works
How Ideas Spread
How Jesus Became God
How Music and Mathematics Relate
How the Stock Market Works
How the World Learns: Comparative Educational Systems
How to Become a SuperStar Student
How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy
How to Draw
How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips & Techniques
How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone
How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music
How to Listen to and Understand Opera
How to Look at and Understand Great Art
How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master
How to Publish Your Book
How to Read and Understand Shakespeare
How to Stay Fit As You Age
How We Learn
The Industrial Revolution
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
The Intelligent Brain
An Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Joy of Mathematics
The Joy of Science
King Arthur: History and Legend
Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You
Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language
Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
The Life and Death of Stars
Life in Our Universe
Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Lost Worlds of South America
Major Transitions in Evolution
Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience
Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics
Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization
Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry
The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku
Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
Meaning from Data
Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths
Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather
Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes
Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health
The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know
Money Management Skills
Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
Music and the Brain
My Favorite Universe
Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time
The Mysterious Etruscans
National Geographic Masters of Photography
National Geographic Polar Explorations
Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology
The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World
A New History of Life
The New Testament
Nutrition Made Clear
Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness
The Old Testament
Optimizing Brain Fitness
The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations
The Other Side of History
Our Night Sky
The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room
Physics and Our Universe
Physiology and Fitness
Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City
Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument
Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World
Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
Real Crime Scenes: The Evidence Speaks
Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
Sacred Texts of the World
The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
The Science of Natural Healing
Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory
Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know
The Secret Life of Words
The Secrets of Mental Math
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
The Skeptic's Guide to American History
Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders
Story of Human Language
Strategic Thinking Skills
Stress and Your Body
Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare
Thinking Like an Economist
Turning Points in Middle Eastern History
Turning Points in Modern History
Understanding Calculus II: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Understanding Cultural and Human Geography
Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History
Understanding Modern Electronics
Understanding Multivariable Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Understanding the Brain
Understanding the Human Body
Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World
Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior
Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception
Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11
A Visual Guide to the Universe with the Smithsonian
What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear
What Science Knows about Cancer
Wine Tasting Toolkit
Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America
The World of Biblical Israel
World War II: A Military and Social History
The World's Greatest Churches
The World's Greatest Conquerors
The World's Greatest Geological Wonders
Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Writing Creative Nonfiction
Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques
Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Your Best Brain
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills
Don't watch them all at once! But now you can if you want to!
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
November 30, 2015
Learn about ISIS from the authors of four of the best reviewed and most popular books on the group. These four talks are like a mini-course into the messy political and ideological circumstances that gave rise to such a horrific group. The authors also provide some informed suggestions as to what can be done to counter this terrifying organization.
In this talk from early October 2015 at Politics and Prose bookstore, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick talks about his recently released book Black Flags. He tells the story of the rise of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who founded the group which would become al-Qaeda in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, and although al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006, the group he founded would ultimately become the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and then in 2013 after having expanded into Syria, call itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Warrick talks about some of the more frightening figures he met in his research for the book, and he explains the ideology and goals of ISIS. The Q&A provides many more interesting facts as Warrick provides insightful answers to good questions from an informed audience.
If you'd like to delve deeper into the complexity of ISIS and the situation in Syria and Iraq, then watch this 90-minute talk delivered in February of 2015 from the International Peace Institute featuring Michael Weiss, co-author with Hassan Hassan of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. In this dense talk Weiss outlines the sectarian conflicts which are being waged between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the region and how these conflicts are playing into the fight against ISIS. He covers how much of the leadership of ISIS comes from former Ba'athist military and intelligence officers who had served during Saddam Hussein's rule. He discusses how ISIS is able to continually recruit more members when they have such a ruthless and radical ideology. At the end of the talk he answers many good questions from the audience. While Weiss believes the future of Syria and Iraq is grim, he provides some strategies that the U.S. can take to counter this totalitarian, mafia-like, terrorist organization known as ISIS.
In this talk from the Brookings Institution in September of 2015, William McCants, author of the book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State, talks about how ISIS has grown to the extent that it has in recent years. He focuses on the doomsday ideology they espouse and how this differs from other terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. He points out the significance social media has played in recruiting new members of ISIS from countries throughout the World, and how large a role the Syrian civil war has played in their expansion. McCants has an optimistic view that ISIS will be defeated by their many enemies in the region, and suggests that their primary motives are establishing and expanding the Islamic State and not necessarily conducting terrorist attacks in foreign countries.
In this talk from May of 2015, J.M. Berger talks about aspects of the book he co-authored with Jessica Stern called ISIS: The State of Terror. Berger talks about the rise of using social media within ISIS which has been so critical to their recruiting and to their notoriety. He attempts to explain their ideology which is both apocalyptic and millenarian. He suggests that to deal with this group of an estimated 30,000-50,000 members, we need to provide counter propaganda and alternatives to Sunnis who might potential join their ranks. In the Q&A time, Berger is questioned as to how a group that is so violent and sociopathic can recruit so many people. Berger explains that the Internet has been instrumental in uniting large amounts of people around all sorts of crazy beliefs, whether it be conspiracy theories or the radical ideology of ISIS.
For more on ISIS check out this 2014 documentary from FRONTLINE:
Watch this PBS Frontline documentary on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Starting with the withdrawal of American ground troops, this documentary examines the political climate of Iraq and the conflicts between Shiites and Sunni Iraqis since that time. After increased dissatisfaction with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his support of Shiites, the Sunni insurgency began to grow. Aided by the rise of ISIS in the Syrian Civil War, the group began driving out Iraqi government forces in key western cities in Iraq. The documentary concludes with ISIS controlling large portions of both Iraq and Syria, and revealing their notorious human rights abuses and war crimes. With interviews from U.S. intelligence officials and members of the Obama administration, the documentary examines the increased recent involvement of the U.S. in the region and the possibility of putting ground troops back in Iraq. This 50-minute documentary is available to stream for free from the PBS Frontline website.
And for a decent debate on ISIS check this out:
Watch or listen to this debate from back in August of this year with the motion "Containment Is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated". In the debate, foreign policy experts argue over what the Obama administration's next steps should be in dealing with ISIS. The side for ISIS being defeated proposes that simply containing ISIS in the region poses a threat to the surrounding region and the enemies of ISIS around the World, and that this threat will only grow over time. These foreign policy experts do not advocate putting "boots on the ground" of U.S. troops, but they feel a much stronger resolution needs to be put in place to roll back and defeat ISIS.
The side for containing ISIS and staying the course with the current U.S. policy, feels that containment is the best option at this time while we wait for the conflict to play out, and that ultimately the turmoil in Syria and Iraq are not our battle to win. They also cite the lack of political will for a full scale war against ISIS in the wake of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have cost the U.S. an estimated $3 trillion and have cost the lives of over 6,000 American troops and an estimated 200,000 Iraqis and Afghans.
It's a good debate that helps to make sense out of a very complicated and messy situation in the Middle East and the results of the debate are quite interesting. Towards the end of the debate questions are received from the audience including questions from David Petraeus and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The debate can be watched on YouTube or downloaded on MP3 from the Intelligence Squared U.S. website.
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
October 28, 2015
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers many free educational documentaries, but you might not have the time to tune in and watch them. What you may not know is that they have 100s of their documentaries available for free online. Some of the popular series they offer which feature many free documentaries include:
Frontline - Documentaries that covers current political and social issues
American Experience - Documentaries that cover interesting events and people in American history
NOVA - Documentaries covering a wide variety of topics in popular science
Nature - Documentaries covering wildlife
Most of these documentaries can be streamed through the PBS.org website, while some of them PBS is offering on YouTube now as well. On LearnOutLoud.com we've collected some of the best free PBS documentaries that you can stream online and we've embedded many of them on our site along with links to them on PBS.org or YouTube. Before we start featuring these we will have you note:
Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play PBS documentaries on the PBS.org website. Sorry!
Start browsing these great PBS documentaries below:
Browse Over 150 Free PBS Documentaries (a variety of PBS documentaries from various PBS affiliates along with some PBS podcasts mixed in there)
All in all about 500 free PBS documentaries to choose from! We'll help you out with choosing some by highlighting ones that look the most interesting. Here's a list of PBS documentaries we thought you might enjoy.
You might want to watch a few of the documentaries from the American Masters series which features biographies of great artists, actors and writers from the United States:
And here is a variety of other PBS documentaries that might peak your interest:
The Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson sets out to explain the financial history of the world in this ambitious 4-hour documentary.
Faces of America - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts these biographical episodes profiling these 12 renowned Americans - professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Your Life, Your Money - Program to help you manage your money.
And here are some key programs from PBS Frontline. If you've never seen a Frontline documentary you simply must watch one. Frontline has won a total of 57 Emmys, and 15 Peabodys! They're the best:
The Card Game - Investigating the massive consumer loan industry.
A Class Divided - One of the most requested programs in FRONTLINE's history.
College Inc. - Investigating the $400 billion higher education industry.
Digital Nation - Exploring life in our digital age.
Dropout Nation - Looking at the hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States who quit high school.
Generation Like - Investigating the intersection of kids, corporations and the Internet.
God in America - Special 6-hour presentation brought to you by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE.
The Interrupters - Fantastic 2-hour documentary from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams).
Money, Power and Wall Street - A 4-hour look at what the heck happened with the financial meltdown.
The Mormons - The history and contemporary practice of Mormonism.
The New Asylums - Why are nearly half a million mentally ill people serving time in America's prisons and jails?
The Persuaders - A look at the advertising and public relations industries.
The Pot Republic - Investigates marijuana in California and the USA.
United States of Secrets - A look at the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program.
And we won't stop there. Let's take a look at a few of the programs from American Experience. One of their major series covers the Presidents of the United States so we'll point out a few of those:
And a few more from American Experience:
The Abolitionists - Docudrama covering William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke.
Cold War Roadshow - Nikita Khrushchev's tour of the U.S. in the fall of 1959.
Henry Ford - A biography of the man who led the American auto industry.
Mount Rushmore - Everything you wanted to know about America's most famous granite cliff.
Silicon Valley - The story of the invention of the microchip.
War of the Worlds - Documentary on Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast.
And here are some interesting science-related documentaries from NOVA:
Ape Genius - What separates humans from our closest living relatives.
Life's Greatest Miracle - Trace human development from embryo to newborn through stunning microimagery.
The Pluto Files - Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at Pluto.
And a few from the PBS series Nature:
American Eagle - Learn about our national bird!
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
August 13, 2015
Our friends at The Great Courses have chosen to offer to LearnOutLoud users a deal that is almost too good to be true! They are soon launching their new video subscription service called The Great Courses Plus featuring over 5000 lectures (and currently about 200 courses) and they want LearnOutLoud users to test it out! They've allowed the first 250 LearnOutLoud users that sign up to beta test this amazing new service. All you need to do to sign up is click the link below and enter in the invitation code LEARNOUTLOUD and your email and then create an account and you're in. Please Note: Signing up for an account does require you to enter in a credit card but we assure you that you will never be charged anything and you will have no obligation to join after the beta period.
Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you:
Here is a write-up on the program that The Great Courses gave to us that explains it in more detail:
As part of our ongoing desire to offer our users unique content and opportunities, we have been given access to a free beta to a great new educational service launching publically later this year.
Later this fall, The Great Courses, the leader in lifelong learning, will be launching The Great Courses Plus - a new video subscription learning service featuring nearly 5,000 lectures from their library of courses. Before launching the commercial subscription, The Great Courses will open the service FREE to select audiences as a "Beta" test of the new product's performance, and we have been given a special invitation code exclusive to LearnOutLoud users. The free subscription is only during their beta period, and only being offered to a small exclusive audience. The beta is expected to last until late September. When the beta test is finished, your subscription will be cancelled and you will be under no obligation to join.
The Great Courses Plus will be the purest form of 'lifelong learning' that The Great Courses has offered in its 25 year history, and includes these great features:
-Over 4,600 lectures from the best courses in The Great Courses library of content, including the Smithsonian courses
-Courses and lectures cover subjects in History, Science, Professional Development, Cooking & Wine, Photography and much more
-The service will be available on web browsers, mobile web browsers, and apps through Apple, Google Play, Kindle Fire, and Roku
To take advantage and get your free subscription, simply visit www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and enter your email address and the code 'LEARNOUTLOUD' in the orange box on the home page, click 'Submit', and then finish the sign-up process. The sign-up process does require a credit card to ensure you are a real person, but you will not be charged now or in the future.
We hope you can take advantage of and enjoy this unique opportunity. It won't be free for very long, so be sure to act soon!
Sorry but The Great Courses Plus Beta period is now over! You can now subscribe to The Great Courses Plus but it will cost you:
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
June 12, 2015
SnagFilms.com is a great resource for free streaming movies boasting over 10,000 free movies you can watch with limited commercial interruption. One genre they excel at is documentary and we went through all of their documentary categories in depth to pick out over 200 of the best documentaries that they have available. We've added these docs to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection which features over 2000 quality free documentaries. You can browse over 200 of the best documentaries from Snag Films right here:
Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Snag Films movies right now. Sorry!
We've gone through this Snag Films list and selected some of the documentaries we thought our audience might be particularly interested in. Check out these worthwhile docs:
The 5 Keys to Mastery - Examine how to succeed with successful people like Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Stephen Tobolowsky, Linus Torvalds, Julius Axelrod, Wendy Rieger, and more.
6 (and a half) Secrets of Love - Documentary featuring love gurus John Gray and Pat Allen.
Afterlife - Peer into the afterlife as it is explored through modern scientific research.
The Atomic Cafe - Famous documentary utilizes historic footage to humorously show the horrors of the atomic age and the Cold War.
Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words - This film provides Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections.
Bring Your A Game - A collection of prominent African American voices examine the plight of black men and boys.
Capturing the Friedmans - Award winning film casts an intimate look at this peculiar American family.
The Corporation - A critical examination of the institution that has come to dominate the planet.
Crazy Wisdom: The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics - A look at this history of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University started in 1974 by by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Gregory Corso, Chцgyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many other well known poets, artists, and intellectuals.
Decoding Deepak - Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra has a critical eye turned on him by his son, filmmaker and journalist Gotham Chopra.
Drugs Inc. - National Geographic series covering a variety of drugs including crack, ecstasy, hallucinogens, and more.
Father Thomas Keating: The Contemplative Life - Learn about the life of Father Thomas Keating and his practice of "centering prayer".
Feng Shui: Creating Environments for Success and Well-Being - Discover the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui and bring harmony into your environment.
Heaven on Earth: Buddhism
Heaven on Earth: Christianity
Heaven on Earth: Hinduism
Heaven on Earth: Islam
Heaven on Earth: Judaism
Heaven on Earth: Paganism
- Series of brief documentaries explores 5 major World religions and paganism.
In Another Life: Reincarnation In America - A look at reincarnation from top experts in the fields of reincarnation research, past-life therapy, and Eastern spirituality.
The Incredible Human Body - National Geographic unveils many amazing examples of the power of our human bodies.
Killer At Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat - An overview of the politics and social effects of America's obesity epidemic.
Leonard Bernstein Omnibus - Learn about music from one of the greatest conductors of all time about music in this series of talks and performances by Leonard Bernstein.
The Nature of Existence - Ambitious documentary on the meaning of life.
Nelson Mandela: Free at Last - Chronicle of Nelson Mandela's freedom struggle.
Ram Dass: Answering Life's Questions - Spiritual teacher Ram Dass takes a shot at life's most pressing questions.
Remembering - Documentary all about human memory.
Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny - Doc on the popular president hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich.
Secret Fear - Documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia - A look at the enormously popular encyclopedia website.
Uncorked: Wine Made Simple - Learn the basics of wine in this informative documentary.
The Weather Underground - Fascinating documentary on the radical left-wing organization that formed in 1969.
Waiting to Inhale - Doc looks at the heated debate surrounding marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States.
Super Size Me - Popular documentary by Morgan Spurlock featuring him eating only McDonald's food for 30 days.
Yoga, Inc. - Documentary on the business of yoga and what may be lost in the process.
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
May 17, 2015
Hulu.com is known for their TV shows, but they also feature a lot of great movies including many documentaries. We went through their full documentary catalog and picked out the highest quality documentaries we could find to add to our LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection. The result is over 130 quality documentaries that you can watch for free with limited commercial interruption.
Note: As far as we know users outside of the United States cannot play Hulu movies right now. Sorry!
You can browse all the Hulu.com documentaries right here:
Here are some of the best documentaries on Hulu.com:
3 Magic Words - A spiritual documentary focused on life's big question, "Who am I?".
American Dream - Academy Award-winning documentary film from 1990 covering an unsuccessful strike in the heartland of America against the Hormel Foods corporation.
Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged - A look at Ayn Rand's famous book and it's vision of America.
Capitalism: A Love Story - Michael Moore's take on American capitalism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Charles Bukowski: Born Into This - Good portrait of the novelist and poet "laureate of American lowlife".
Examined Life - Documentary featuring philosophers such as Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler.
Happiness Is - Documentary on the pursuit of happiness featuring His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp as well as happiness authors Daniel Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin and Darrin McMahon.
Hell House - Interesting look behind-the-scenes of a Christian-themed haunted attraction, in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Hoop Dreams - One of the greatest documentaries ever made from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James.
John Wooden: Values, Victory, and Peace of Mind - UCLA basketball coach John Wooden spreads his recipe for success in this documentary.
King: Man Of Peace In A Time Of War - A salute to Dr. Martin Luther King featuring Colin Powell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, and many more celebrated figures.
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance - Unique documentary film that features no words and focuses on nature and its clash modern day living.
Looking for Fidel - Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone sits down with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie - Self portrait of Bud Clayman who struggles daily living with mental illness.
The Secret - The worldwide phenomenon is here on Hulu!
Style Wars - Classic 1983 documentary on graffiti and hip hop culture in New York City.
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie - Amazing and terrifying archival footage covering the history of nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1963.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement - Academy Award nominated documentary on the role the government played in the 1993 "Waco Siege" on the Branch Davidian church.
What the Bleep Do We Know!? - Documentary blends fiction and nonfiction along with popular science and spirituality to examine the connection between quantum physics and consciousness.
Enjoy these and many more documentaries from Hulu.com!
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
February 20, 2015
In this excellent HBO documentary series being offered for free through YouTube, HBO filmmakers focus on the American obesity epidemic. Throughout the documentary health and nutrition experts are interviewed along with everyday people that are overweight or obese. The filmmakers travel the whole country to collect stories about all sorts of topics related to food and obesity. The documentary is in four parts but the episodes are basically all separate documentaries unto themselves so you can choose whichever ones you're most interested in.
This 4-episode documentary starts out in "Part 1: Consequences" cataloging the massive health consequences of obesity from heart disease to type 2 diabetes. They look at why since the 1980s the amount of overweight and obese individuals in the US has risen to over two-thirds of the population.
In "Part 2: Choices", the documentary takes a turn in the self-help direction focusing on what individuals can do to combat obesity including reducing caloric intake, eating healthier, and exercising more. Many obese individuals who have significantly lost weight are interviewed and they present the many creative ways in which they have gone about losing weight and keeping it off.
In "Part 3: Children in Crisis", the documentary turns its eye on the astonishing rise of childhood obesity and the many health dangers posed by this epidemic, including the sobering fact that this younger generation may have shorter life spans than their parents. The episode covers the pernicious and predatory marketing of junk food to children, the sad state of school lunches, and the decline of required physical education in schools. It also looks at how certain parents are getting involved in these matters and taking active roles confronting obesity when it comes to their children.
In "Part 4: Challenges", the documentary covers the history of the food industry in the United States and the current climate of food production we live in. It looks at the fast food industry and the cheap processed foods that are keeping prices low, but escalating health care costs in the long term. The role of government is addressed as they continue to provide farm subsidies for corn, soy, and the cheap foods that are generally contributing to making the population obese. In the end the nation faces a series of difficult challenges when it comes to addressing obesity, but this documentary does offer some signs of hope.
Watch over 2000 more free documentaries in our free documentary section:
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink
February 5, 2015
If you've not checked it out yet, we encourage you to dive into our new LearnOutLoud.com Free Documentaries Collection featuring over 2000 of the best free documentaries that you can watch for free online. You can start browsing by clicking below:
In this collection we feature many, many documentaries from YouTube. But we didn't just put up any documentary we found there, as there's a lot of junk. Instead we spent weeks sifting through YouTube docs to come up with the "1000 Best Documentaries on YouTube". We've compiled most of them together here:
In this blog we'll try to cover some of the best documentaries that we've added that are available on YouTube. Where should we start? Well there are many providers that offer numerous documentaries for free on YouTube, so let's start with some of those.
Great Museums Television - Offers a dozen documentaries on great museums in the United States.
National Geographic - Offers about 20 documentaries on a variety of topics.
New Atlantis - We've added 8 of their documentaries covering subjects around the World.
VICE Documentaries - We've added 7 of their most popular documentaries covering subjects around the World.
Other providers who feature many documentaries on their channels in playlists include:
Now we'll get into some of the individual documentaries. We'll start with some of best longer documentary series we found:
Civilisation: Complete Series - 1969 documentary by Sir Kenneth Clark presenting an epic examination of Western European culture.
People's Century - This twenty-six part television series, broadcast on PBS in 1995, offers new insight into the turbulent events of the 20th century through the revealing personal testimony of the people who were there.
Simon Schama's Power of Art - 7-part BBC series covering famous artists from Caravaggio to Picasso.
Free To Choose - 9-hour 1980 PBS television series featuring Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman attempting to make people understand the close relationship between the ideas of human freedom and economic freedom.
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews - Monumental nine-part series spanning three millennia of Jewish history and culture from PBS in 1984.
Howard Goodall's Story of Music - 6-part BBC documentary chronicling the history of music.
Cold War - 18-hour documentary examining The Cold War, narrated by Sir Kenneth Branagh and aired on CNN in 1998.
The Weight of the Nation - 4-part HBO documentary series examining the obesity epidemic in America.
And we could go on and on listing these epic documentaries, but now we'll give you a list of some of the best feature length documentaries, generally lasting 2 hours or less. In order of year released, here is a list of interesting individual documentaries you can watch on YouTube that we've added to LearnOutLoud.com:
Nanook of the North (1922) - Considered to be the first feature-length documentary. Directed by Robert J. Flaherty.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) - Voted in 2014 by Sight and Sound magazine as the best documentary film of all time. Directed by Dziga Vertov.
War Comes to America (1945) - Part seven of the orientation series "Why We Fight" called "War Comes to America" which tells the tale of a reluctant America drawn into battlegrounds of World War II.
Primary (1960) - Groundbreaking 1960 Direct Cinema documentary film following John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey in the 1960 Wisconsin Primary election. Produced by Robert Drew, shot by Richard Leacock and Albert Maysles, and edited by D.A. Pennebaker, the film was a breakthrough in documentary film style.
Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965)
The Eagle Has Landed (1969)
Future Shock (1972) - Fun doc on the effects of "too much change in too short a period of time", hosted and narrated by Orson Welles. We feature a number of documentaries narrated by the great Orson Welles: Documentaries & Audiobooks Narrated by Orson Welles on LearnOutLoud.com.
The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (1974) - Great documentary on ski-jumper Walter Steiner, from the great documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Check out more Werner Herzog documentaries we feature here: Werner Herzog Documentaries on LearnOutLoud.com
Scared Straight (1978) - Academy Award Winning documentary on inmates scaring juvenile delinquents out of a life of crime.
The Day After Trinity (1980) - Humbling documentary on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986) - A real fun time in the parking lot before a Judas Priest concert.
A Brief History of Time (1992) - Documentary on cosmologist Stephen Hawking, directed by awarding-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.
Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil (1999) - Three-part "Human, All Too Human" BBC documentary television series on three great philosophers also includes:
Martin Heidegger: Thinking the Unthinkable
Jean Paul Sartre: The Road to Freedom
Philosophy: Guide to Happiness (2000) - Hosted by philosopher Alain de Botton.
Inside North Korea (2001)
A History of God (2001) - Hosted by Karen Armstrong.
Control Room (2004)
Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)
How Weed Won the West (2010)
The Mystery of Memory (2011)
Life in a Day (2011)
And there are just way more documentaries from YouTube that we've added. But we'll stop there. You can continue browsing here:
Enjoy 1000 of the best documentaries available on YouTube!
Posted by LearnOutLoud | Permalink