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April 12, 2017

Over 70 Free Great Courses Lectures

Today we're featuring 70 free video lectures from The Great Courses! When we started LearnOutLoud.com back in 2005, one of our main inspirations for launching was promoting audio & video learning content from companies like The Teaching Company. Founded in 1990 by Tom Rollins, The Teaching Company records courses from top professors around the United States in a broad array of university-level disciplines. If you're a longtime fan of the Teaching Company you might recall Bach's Brandenburg Concerto that started each lecture and Tom Rollins giving this quote at the start of each course: "By listening for less than an hour a day you can finish even the longest course in just weeks!"

These courses were developed for adult lifelong learners, and back in the early 2000s when we started listening to them, they were available on audio cassettes, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs from their website or the local library. Cut to 2017 and now The Teaching Company has changed their name to The Great Courses and they've now created over 600 audio & video courses available on CD, DVD, and audio & video download through the TheGreatCourses.com and they've launched The Great Courses Plus, which is a subscription service giving you unlimited access to over 350 of their courses which can be streamed online, through their apps, and even downloaded now for offline viewing and listening. They've also made their courses available on audio download through Audible.com, and they've even launched a channel on Amazon.com called The Great Courses Signature Collection which features access to 100 of their video courses (for $7.99/month for Amazon Prime members).

Although they've re-branded and updated their service with the latest technology, The Great Courses still maintain the highest standards for their professors and production quality. They've also expanded their course offerings over the years from the history, literature, religion, philosophy, music, economics, and science courses they became known for to newer courses on better living and professional development, along with courses on travel, food & wine, and hobbies like photography and gardening. While free audio & video courses have exploded on the Internet, nothing really tops the audio & video learning content of The Great Courses. To introduce The Great Courses, they've uploaded over 70 free sample video lectures on their YouTube channel, and after watching many of them we've been reminded of just how great their offerings are. Today we're featuring reviews of over 50 of these free lectures that we've watched.

If you're a lifelong learner and you love learning on audio & video, we can't recommend The Great Courses Plus highly enough. You subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, and you can then watch over 350 great courses and over 8,000 video lectures as much as you want, whenever you want! It's amazing to be able to browse around and pick out lectures you're especially interested in to find out which course you want to watch. Also a recent addition they've made to the iOS app (for iPhone and iPad) was the introduction of downloading and streaming lectures for audio-only listening, which was a feature we were really hoping for. Check it out if you haven't yet:

Browse Over 350 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus

And we've updated our blog post that lays out The Great Courses Plus in more detail and lists all the current courses they offer:

Our Updated Blog Post on The Great Courses Plus

We've also put together a YouTube playlist of all these free course lectures:

Over 70 Free Great Courses Lectures on Our YouTube Playlist

Now here are reviews of 50 Free Lectures from The Great Courses on YouTube. Almost of the lectures featured below are being offered through The Great Courses Plus.

1. How to Stop Worrying and Start Investing

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Understanding Investments taught by Professor Connel Fullenkamp, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this introductory lecture from The Great Courses course Understanding Investments, Professor Connel Fullenkamp addresses some of the common concerns people have when they consider investing their money. He acknowledges that many people do not invest because they don't want to take the time to learn how to and above all they don't want to lose their money. He suggests that the basics of investing can be learned relatively quickly and then dispels many of the fears of losing money if one invests according to certain principles and doesn't react to the often volatile shifts in the market. It's a pretty convincing opening argument for investing, in what sounds like a very informative course.

2. The Robotics of Self-Driving Vehicles

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Robotics taught by Professor John Long, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this lecture from The Great Courses course Robotics taught by Professor John Long, Ph.D., he delivers the history of robotic cars from cruise control up to the latest developments in self-driving vehicles and how they work. That last part of the lecture he devotes to the impact self-driving vehicles will eventually have on the world including saving thousands of lives in accidents, allowing handicapped people to drive, and even speeding up the road ways by optimizing the ways cars function in traffic jams. It's a fascinating lecture on this emerging technology.

3. Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience taught by Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Can certain foods make you smarter? That's the question directly addressed in this lecture from the course Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience taught by Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D. She addresses the difficulty with conducting good neuroscience studies on the effects of food because there is not much profit to made from studying foods like blueberries that can't be patented. But Professor Viskontas points to some studies done around fish oil, anti-oxidant foods, and supplements and the often scant evidence or mixed results that these studies have produced in regards to cognitive improvement. She does point out that caffeine, exercise, and even fasting might aid in our cognitive abilities. She explodes the myth of sugar making kids crazy and also discusses the effects of popular drugs like Adderall and Ritalin for kids with ADHD. After decades of study, Professor Viskontas says we aren't that far from the common sense wisdom that was already known, that good nutrition, a healthy diet, and exercise are good for mental performance.

4. The Science of Mindfulness: Who Am I?

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being taught by Professor Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this free lecture provided by The Great Courses, psychiatrist Ronald Siegel outlines the havoc that comes about when we identify "I" or "me" as something separate from the rest of the world. As Siegel argues, mindfulness practice reveals "the self" as an impersonal series of sensations that form a consistent storyline of who we think we are. But what if what you call "you" is actually not what you experience, but something deeper, and more interconnected with the rest of creation? As Eastern spiritual practices tell us, the path to happiness lies in transcending the suffering that comes as a result of identifying ourself as a separate individual. This 30 minute lecture is a good introduction as to why mindfulness meditation practices are becoming a more accepted therapeutic tool in mainstream psychiatric circles. The lecture is available on The Great Courses YouTube channel.

5. Fundamentals of Photography: Composition

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Fundamentals of Photography taught by Professor Joel Sartore. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

With the advent of digital photography, most of us are now photographers to some extent. Learn how to improve your photography with tips on composition from National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. In this lecture from his course Fundamentals of Photography, Professor Sartore gives advice on how to turn even the most mundane settings into interesting photographic subjects. He teaches about the rule of thirds and when to use vertical composition. While some of the concepts might only apply to those with professional cameras and lenses, many of the tips Professor Sartore gives can even be applied to the photos you take with your mobile phone. He provides numerous examples of his own photographic experiments to illustrate his points.

6. Train Yourself Like a Dog

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You taught by Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

The human brain is very complex, but in this lecture Professor Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D. suggests some easy and proven ways that you can influence your brain particularly when it comes to bad habits. Dr. Vishton first suggests that the mere act of writing down when you perform a bad habit is a good start to getting control of it. He goes on to cite studies of positive and negative reinforcement for conquering bad habits and how effective they have been. He sums up the lecture by reminding us that most of the things we do during the day are habitual and as Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do". So we might as well try to get control of our habits instead letting them control us. This 30-minute lecture is available on The Great Courses YouTube channel.

7. Why America Wrote the Declaration of Independence

To commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776, we're featuring this free lecture from The Great Courses. In this lecture, Professor Joseph F. Kobylka charts how the philosophy behind the American revolution changed as the conflict between the colonies and Great Britain heated up. Using John Locke as a formative model, American thinkers such as John Dickinson, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson first argued for their rights based on a status as English citizens. When they slowly began to view the British government as abusive, their conciliatory stance began to shift into to a then innovative universal argument based on natural human rights. In this crucial moment, a new, truly revolutionary philosophy was born out of the conflict; a philosophy that led to the Declaration of Independence, and gave birth to a new nation founded on an equal relationship between the government and the people.

8. Why You Stress

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called How to Make Stress Work for You taught by Professor Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this free lecture from The Great Courses, Professor Kimberlee Bethany Bonura starts with the equation that arousal plus your value judgment equals stress. She emphasizes the importance of one's perception when it comes to stressing out under a given circumstance, and also points out many of the cultural and environmental factors that contribute to stress. She also points to studies where genetics and early life experience play a heavy role as to how you'll react to stress later in life. She places stress on a continuum, where very low stress can lead to boredom and poor performance, but too high of stress can lead to anxiety and poor performance as well. In between these two extremes you can find an optimal level of aroused stress that leads to your best performance.

9. Causes of The Great Recession

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism taught by Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Learn about the many causes of The Great Recession which led to economic decline in the United States and world markets in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Professor Ramon P. DeGennaro, Ph.D. explores the many risks that were taken which led to the crisis in this lecture from his course International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism. Financial institutions in the 2000s began taking enormous risks particularly in the housing market. Helped out by low interest rates and fewer regulations, banks and investors mismanaged their risks while mortgage defaults were rising. Using many analogies to help us understand the complex economic forces at play, Professor DeGennaro takes a long view of economic best practices to demonstrate how many financial institutions were brought down during The Great Recession.

10. Can Adult Brains Change for the Better?

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience taught by Professor Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Hear about the exciting new science of adult neurogenesis, which is the process by which new neurons are generated in the adult brain. Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D. explains that for many years in neuroscience, scientists thought once the adult brain was fully developed that adults could not grow new neurons. But recent science has proven that new development is possible, especially in the hippocampus of the brain which is associated with memory. Dr. Viskontas also examines some of the ways in which brain power can be boosted and how exercise, food, and pills affect the brain. Learn how you can start growing new neurons today!

11. The Art of Debate: Using Evidence in Debate

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Art of Debate taught by Professor Jarrod Atchison, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this lecture from The Great Courses course The Art of Debate, Professor Jarrod Atchison, Ph.D. teaches about four different kinds of evidence that are frequently used in debate. He first discusses the power of using a story as evidence for an argument. He then describes the use of empirical evidence such as data and statistics. He provides examples of how authority can play an important role in evidence used in a debate. And lastly, he tells of the importance of the personal narrative in debate, which is usually more persuasive than describing the narrative of someone else. He applies all these types of evidence to a hypothetical debate about assisted suicide. Expand your power to debate with these strategies of using evidence.

12. Mind-Body Philosophy: History of the Soul

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Mind-Body Philosophy taught by Professor Patrick Grim, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this lecture Professor Patrick Grim, Ph.D. outlines the complex history of the soul in Western philosophy and religion. Starting with its roots in Homeric literature and Greek philosophy along with the Old Testament, Dr. Grim demonstrates how early conceptions of the soul differed from what would become more modern conceptions in thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine which emphasized a dualistic approach between a temporal body and an eternal soul. At the end of the lecture Professor Grim marks some thinkers who led to a decline in the discussion of the soul in philosophy and psychology, including Rene Descartes and William James.

13. History of Slang in the English Language

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins taught by Professor PAnne Curzan, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

This entertaining lecture from The Great Courses provides some history to the often used, but seldom studied subject of slang in language. Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D. gives many examples of the history of slang words, some which have lasted the test of time, some which are newer, and some which have faded from use. She provides examples of how slang is used among youth and subcultures to rebel against the mainstream and formal communication. The lecture is sure to produce a few chuckles as Professor Curzan explains in scholarly terms many words and terms which are generally not used in the college classroom.

14. Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe: Inexplicable Space

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries taught by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Popular science communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He's become a superstar of teaching astronomy and physics and even hosted the popular TV update of Cosmos which aired on the Fox Network and on streaming platforms back in 2014. He taught a 12-lecture course for The Great Courses called My Favorite Universe and a 6-lecture course called The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries. This free lecture is from The Inexplicable Universe course and is called "Inexplicable Space". Professor Tyson takes a look at the 95% of the universe that is currently unknown and referred to as dark matter and dark energy. He also examines what is going to happen in 4.5 billion years when The Milky Way Galaxy is expected to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy.

15. Religion: Its Meaning and Importance

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Cultural Literacy for Religion taught by Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this introductory lecture to The Great Courses course Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D. begins the course with citing studies as to how little the average American knows about the major world's religions. He feels there are many reasons for this including the reluctance of schools to teach about world religions in K-12 education. Dr. Berkson gives his arguments for why he feels literacy of religion is so important. He then sets out on the complicated task of defining religion, in which he provides a multifaceted approach that seeks to encompass the aspects of all major religions and how they differ from other disciplines such as science and philosophy.

16. Learning French Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures taught by Professor Ann Williams, PH.D., DEA. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Enjoy this free lecture on French language and culture from The Great Courses. Much more than a listen-and-repeat French learning program, this video course called Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures gives viewers an introduction to the French-Speaking World providing language learning, travel tips, French customs, and much more. Professor Ann Williams is an enthusiastic presenter and the course includes visuals cues and words that she is using along the way. In this lecture you'll learn about the rules of French verbs, adjectives, and adverbs and how they are commonly used in French culture. She moves along quickly and you'll probably want to have some basic understanding of the French language to supplement this course, but it seems to be an excellent introduction particularly for French learners who want to travel to France someday.

17. H.G. Wells and Utopian Science Fiction

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature taught by Professor Pamela Bedore, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

The final decades of the 19th century saw the birth and development of science fiction as a new literary genre, with the concept of utopia in particular being a favorite subject of early writers. In this free Great Course lecture, Literature Professor Pamela Bedore focuses on two books by science fiction forefather H.G. Wells that ask the question: is imagining a utopia inherently a part of science fiction? Using both Wells' classic The Time Machine and a lesser known work called A Modern Utopia as her texts, Professor Bedore demonstrates how science fiction can be utilized to explore how current societies might evolve if certain trends predominate, leading to interesting utopian futures that sometimes look positive on the surface, but often come with hidden costs.

18. The Economics of Racial Discrimination

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Unexpected Economics taught by Professor Timothy Taylor. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Can economic data be used to track discrimination practices in the United States? As Professor Timothy Taylor demonstrates in this lecture for The Great Courses, the numbers sometimes do tell the tale. Using various data collected across standard U.S. government statistical sources, Taylor focuses on the plight of African Americans, demonstrating how small, racially biased decisions in the job market, hiring practices, and housing demographics reveals itself through statistical discrimination across the country. Even with measures taken on a policy level to even the playing field for minorities, Professor Taylor effectively notes how small discriminatory choices made on an institutional level can add up to a widespread phenomenon of racial bias.

19. A Tour of Central Turkey

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul taught by Professor John R. Hale, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Homeland of the great Persian poet Rumi, central Turkey features a wide range of locations, from cosmopolitan cities to astonishing natural and man-made archeological sites. In this free Great Courses lecture, Professor John R. Hale serves as your field guide through his favorite destinations, including the capital Ankara, Rumi's Konya, and the exotic Cappadocia. The highlights of this video tour include a look at Rumi's birthplace, the otherworldly volcanic formations in Cappadocia, and a nearby underground cave network miraculously built by Christian refugees. This is an unparalleled introduction to a part of the world that goes beyond the well-traveled paths of Istanbul into a remote region that few have seen in such detail.

20. The Role Women Played in the American Revolution

In many ways the late 18th century American revolutionary period remains a somewhat ambiguous moment for the role of women. Looking back, Professor Peter C. Mancall sees a time when women were culturally omitted from official documents (e.g. "all men are created equal"), trapped in unfair marriage laws, and all but imprisoned in the role of homebound nurturer for future male leaders. Despite these factors, key voices do emerge that would later cause historic waves, most notably Abigail Adams, whose writings are a remarkable testament to her important role in early government leadership. The Declaration's language can also be traced to the later women's suffrage movement, which realized astutely that women needed formal inclusion in the political system in order to legally erase their status as second-class citizens.

21. Alexander the Great's Impact on the Jews

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Jesus and His Jewish Influences taught by Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

During the 4th century BC, Alexander of Macedonia made an incredible push into the Far East, leaving ripples in his wake that had an impact across many different cultures. In this free lecture provided by the Great Courses, Professor Jodi Magness discusses Alexander's influence on ancient Palestine, and the various legends that came up about his supposed time in the region. Professor Magness also uses scriptural citations to demonstrate how the ancient Jews drew parallels between Alexander the Great and Jesus Christ, using the former as a semi-divine precursor to the new Christian era.

22. Papal Elections, Then & Now

Learn the twisty history of how the Pope is elected in this free 30-minute lecture provided by the Great Courses. Professor Thomas F.X. Noble guides listeners, starting with Saint Peter's origins in Rome as the first pope, and how the church Cardinals became key officers in electing every Pope thereafter. The papacy went through a period of political interference throughout the Middle Ages that led to a succession of differing election methods that were often factional, or overtly biased, leading to the more streamlined Papal succession ritual we know today.

23. Does Technology Make You Stupid?

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience taught by Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

It is frequently suggested that technology is making people more stupid, but in this lecture from The Great Courses, Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D. takes a more nuanced view of what technology might be doing to our intelligence and our ability to pay attention. This 30-minute lecture is from her course Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience and she takes on many of the common myths involving smartphones, social media, and computers. She covers a lot of ground in this lecture and cites many recent studies that have dealt with how these new technologies are transforming our world and our minds.

24. English Grammar Boot Camp: Why Do We Care about Grammar?

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called English Grammar Boot Camp: Why Do We Care about Grammar? taught by Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

This is an enjoyable lecture for grammar nerds of all ages. Professor Anne Curzan, Ph.D.
opens her course from The Great Courses called English Grammar Boot Camp with a lecture entitled "Why Do We Care about Grammar?" She provides some personal history as to how she became obsessed with grammar and goes on to demonstrate that grammar is more fluid and debatable than we might assume. Professor Curzan is on the usage panel for The American Heritage Dictionary and she provides examples of how she and her fellow language experts weigh in on word usage that is controversial or problematic. This lecture will give you a better idea about how best grammar practices are determined and how they change over time.

25. How England Colonized India

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called A History of British India taught by Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Within three generations the British East India Company would supplant the reigning Mughal dynastic empire to become the masters of the Indian subcontinent. In this free lecture provided by The Great Courses, Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit explains some of the factors that brought about such a remarkable shift in India, starting in the 1700s until the rise of Mahatma Gandhi. Professor Bellenoit skillfully lays out three main points that led to British dominance, including decentralization of the empire's power base, the strong worldwide demand for Indian goods, and the willingness of prominent banking families to play ball; all of which set the stage for one of the most ruthless examples of colonialism that the world has ever seen.

26. An Analysis of Odysseus

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Great Mythologies of the World. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

For this free 30-minute lecture provided by The Great Courses, Professor Kathryn McClymond gives a close-up analysis of Odysseus, the Greek hero of Homeric myth, master schemer, and perhaps one of the earliest "everyman" superheroes. Odysseus's clever nature serves him well during the Trojan War, but becomes a liability as he and his men encounter countless obstacles in a 20-year effort to return home. Themes of identity are also at play throughout the epic of The Odyssey, as Odysseus can't help but hide his true nature under different guises before coming to peace with himself in the arms of a loving wife and son. What we see in Professor McCymond's lecture is a complex hero who is capable of withstanding incredible physical hardships, yet finds the ultimate challenge to be his own flawed character.

27. The Unfolding Ukraine-Russia Crisis

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called
A History of Eastern Europe
taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Learn about the history of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis in this lecture from The Great Courses from their course A History of Eastern Europe taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. In the first half of the lecture, Professor Liulevicius gives a quick summary of Ukraine-Russia relations over the centuries and explains how groups of people in the Ukraine are split between their affinities to Russia and to the West. The last half of the lecture focuses on the current Ukraine-Russia crisis in which Russian military intervention led to the annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Learn about this political hot spot that is continuing to play a major role in geopolitics today.

28. Napoleon: The Revolutionary Emperor

In this excellent lecture provided by the Great Courses, Professor Jonathan Steinberg touches on the rise, genius, and legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte. Within the span of 30 minutes, Steinberg provides unique insight as to how Bonaparte modernized and stabilized France during a chaotic revolutionary era in the 1790s, rising from humble origins through sheer charismatic genius, innovative military precision, and unmatched leadership ability. As Professor Steinberg argues, the history of modern France is marked by a period before and after Napoleon permanently altered the landscape, and there may be no comparable figure with such a lasting legacy.

29. Introduction to The Analects of Confucius

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius taught by Professor Robert Andre LaFleur, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

According to Professor Robert Andre LaFleur, The Analects of Confucius can be summed up in one word: imagination. As opposed to seeing Confucius as a "parochial moralizer", Professor LaFleur sees the Chinese teacher as a visionary philosopher who taught that we must re-imagine "work" as something that goes beyond being a mere job so that it becomes more of an overall outlook on life. In this Great Courses introduction to an in-depth exploration of the Confucian Analects, Lafleur invites us to enter a discussion about how committed, life-long study can lead to a good life that is both self-fulfilling and inherently communal. Technical proficiency is not enough; as Confucius says, we have to live our work, and share it with others.

30. Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy taught by Professor Bradley E. Schaefer, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this free lecture provided by The Great Courses, Professor Bradley Schaefer takes viewers on an introductory tour of the methods used by ancient astronomers to map and utilize the stars in the night sky. The first segment focuses on England's Stonehenge monument, perhaps the most famous artifact of archeoastronomy in the world. Professor Schaefer explains how Stonehenge was created between 3100 and 1600 BC, and offers up a few of the popular theories about the people that made it, including the site's longtime association with the druids and paganism. The course that follows will trace thousands of years of the history of ancient astronomy, from 4,000 BC to the Renaissance, covering the world's monuments to the cardinal and solstitial directions, and much more.

31. Using Bird Behavior to Identify Birds

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America taught by Professor James Currie. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

With over 700 avian species in North America alone, identifying specific birds can be quite daunting for the beginner! In this Great Courses lecture provided in partnership with National Geographic, birding enthusiast James Currie explains how you can get better at quickly identifying the different birds you see in the wild. Currie says that seasoned birdwatchers break the basic cues down based on behavior, outlining 6 categories that include typical features, feeding traits, flight configuration, flocking patterns, mating habits, and nesting complexity. As he breaks these categories down with video references, the viewer is given excellent tips they can go out and watch for right away, wherever they are and whatever level of birdwatching experience they have.

32. Two Prototypes for The Theory of Everything

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality taught by Professor Don Lincoln, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

The biggest possible goal of modern science is nothing less than a complete understanding of the fundamental rules of the universe. As Professor Don Lincoln explains, he and his colleagues in the scientific community have long understood that all of the phenomena we can observe seems interconnected by a deeper principle that gives rise to everything we see. In this free lecture provided by the Great Courses, we learn about the standard model, which covers the micro, sub-atomic nature of reality, and Einstein's general theory of relativity, which still stands as our best explanation for how gravity and the nature of space/time works. A key figure in the cutting-edge physics covered in this course, Professor Lincoln serves as the perfect guide to explain these mind-boggling concepts, breaking down what we know, where there are theoretical gaps, and how we might clarify the mysteries that still elude us.

33. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Huns and Vandals

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Books That Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire taught by Professor Leo Damrosch, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

This free Great Courses lecture is part of the Books that Matter series, focusing this time on Edward Gibbon's landmark The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In this lecture Harvard Professor Leo Damrosch discusses the Eastern invaders that finally broke Roman dominance, and in the process became major contributors to what would become Modern Europe. The chapters covered here include a brief biographical sketch of Attila the Hun and his leadership qualities, the sack of Rome by the Vandals, an interesting note on the last Roman Emperor, a look at Gibbon's distaste for Monastic isolation, and much more. This is a great taste of the sheer breadth of Professor Damrosch's genius as a literary scholar, and his ability to weave commentary on Gibbon's life in with an expert analysis of the historical period covered.

34. The Origins of Agriculture in Human History

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Big History of Civilizations taught by Professor Craig G. Benjamin, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

How did human beings make the leap from nomadic communities dedicated to foraging over to village-based civilizations built around agriculture? In this free 30-minute lecture provided by The Great Courses, Professor Craig G. Benjamin outlines the current academic thinking on the factors that led to this major transition in human history, which took place over 11,000 years ago. These circumstances include post ice age climate change, which created stable environmental factors in areas like the fertile crescent, animal and plant domestication breakthroughs, and demographic pressures that made it more sensible to stay and develop a single piece of land. With the advent of agriculture, Professor Benjamin notes that human beings were suddenly set on a new historical trajectory; a pathway that made civilization as we know it possible.

35. The Apocrypha and the Cult of Mary

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Apocryphal Jesus taught by Professor David Brakke. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Mary has been a controversial figure throughout Christian history, with some viewing her as a semi-divine figure of veneration, and others decrying the idea of placing her on such a high pedestal, despite being the mother of Jesus. In this free Great Courses lecture, Professor David Brakke dives into the Gospel's account of Mary before exploring how different apocryphal stories expand upon her biography, including emphasis on her virginal purity, her special access to Jesus, and differing accounts of her death. As Brakke moves through these stories, he teases out how the figure of Mary may reveal tensions in the early Church that were gradually smoothed over as mainstream Christian doctrine took shape.

36. The Detective in Mystery and Suspense Fiction

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction taught by Professor David Schmid, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

The detective is the central figure of the mystery and suspense genre. As Professor David Schmid says in this free Great Courses Plus lecture, where crime disrupts, the detective restores order; if crime is an illness, the detective is the doctor. In this lecture on the creation of the Detective, Schmid uses Edgar Allan Poe's C. August Dupin, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot as examples of how the core traits of the detective were established, and how their comparative differences helped the character type evolve. As Professor Schmid puts it, readers still love detectives because of how they make sense of an often irrational world, and this lecture is a great entry-point for anyone curious about the origins of these beloved creations.

37. Greek 101: The Greek Alphabet & Pronunciation

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language taught by Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Professor Hans-Friederich Mueller hosts a full lecture devoted to the entire Greek alphabet in this free lecture provided by The Great Courses. Here Mueller will guide you through each letter, before progressing to basic words, the tricky pronunciations that crop up, and the complex sentences that come out as a final result. As you follow along, you are encouraged to verbally repeat these Greek grammar basics, helping you retain and eventually enjoy an important language used by Homer, Shakespeare, and The Bible.

38. Visualizing Extraordinary Ways to Multiply

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature taught by Professor Marc C. Conner, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this fun and often illuminating lecture provided by The Great Courses, math evangelist James S. Tanton talks all about how to visualize multiplication in new, often counter-intuitive ways. From quirky examples like the line method (which doesn't look like it should work at all), to how we might rethink the usual algorithms we learn in grade school, Professor Tanton does a great job of breaking up the anxiety we sometimes attach to mathematical problems. Enthusiastic and excited to share these methods, Tanton closes the lectures with a closed fist method that will get you playing along with him as he makes math easier to understand.

39. Science of Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Science of Flight taught by Professor James W. Gregory, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

What made the sound barrier such a difficult challenge for early flight pioneers, and why did it represent such a fundamental breakthrough for the future of aviation? In this lecture delivered by Professor James W. Gregory, we take an inside look at the basic scientific problems surrounding supersonic flight that had to be solved, including wing design, high-speed air pressure dynamics, and the mechanical dangers that made many in the scientific community conclude it simply wasn't possible to fly faster than sound. Gregory provides helpful animations and archive footage to illustrate how test pilot Chuck Yeager finally broke the barrier in 1947, ushering in the jet age that we still benefit from, and even take for granted today.

40. How to Grow Anything: Plan the Garden of Your Dreams

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons taught by Professor Melinda Myers. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

For this free Great Courses lecture, horticulturist Melinda Myers walks you through the broad steps needed to transform your backyard into a beautiful garden you can enjoy and use for years to come. Using a large property as her test garden, Myers talks about "The 4 Rs" everyone should remember before redesigning their space: the Right Plant, the Right Purpose, the Right Place, and the Right Look. From there, Myers talks about how to evaluate what you have, what you might need to do to prepare your land, and what flora and fauna might be best for you given the realities of climate, plant hardiness, and what's important to you aesthetically. Wonderful for those that are itching to work with their green thumb but don't know where to start!

41. Effective Communication Skills: The Social Context

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Effective Communication Skills taught by Professor Dalton Kehoe. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this free lecture from The Great Courses course Effective Communication Skills, Professor Dalton Kehoe, Ph.D. takes us into the essential element of social context that is present whenever and wherever we are communicating. Why do we whisper when we enter a cathedral? Dr. Kehoe examines this and many other social situations and how our learned cultural experiences pass on the values and norms of our communication. He also provides some insights into how cultures are different when it comes to their methods of communication citing a study of students from Southern U.S. states versus Northern U.S. states. This is a compelling lecture that will get you thinking about how your own culture has shaped your communication.

42. Introduction to World Economic History

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called An Economic History of the World since 1400 taught by Professor Donald J. Harreld, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this opening lecture of the course An Economic History of the World Since 1400, Professor Donald J. Harreld starts out by describing his own interest in economic history. He then lays out many of the terms that will be examined in various stages of the history he will be teaching in the course including production, demand, distribution, business contracts, markets, trade, and even a complex definition of capitalism itself. He also briefly describes some of the schools of economics that will be studied during the course such as neoclassical economics and Marxian economics.

43. Learning How to Practice the Guitar

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called
Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos
taught by Professor Colin McAllister, D.M.A.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Professor Colin McAllister teaches his methods for practicing the guitar in this lectures from The Great Courses course Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos. He tells a story about the importance of practice and then goes on to teach how to hold the guitar and how to play some simple notes, chords, and scales. Along the way you'll see helpful diagrams to show you how to play each of these elements.

44. Roots of Irish Identity: Celts to Monks

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature taught by Professor Marc C. Conner, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

The Great Courses have added over 50 free lectures from their latest courses to their YouTube channel. One of the lectures they added comes just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The lecture is called "Roots of Irish Identity: Celts to Monks" from their course Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature taught by Professor Marc C. Conner, Ph.D.. In the lecture Professor Conner introduces the course by tracing Irish identity back to the Celts as he details their mythology. He also provides the background of Saint Patrick and of the monks who "saved civilization" by writing out much of the knowledge of Greek and Roman literature after the collapse of the Roman Empire. You'll probably want to watch this lecture as it contains some beautiful imagery of Ireland and aspects of Irish civilization. Get in the Irish spirit with this free lecture from The Great Courses.

45. Learn How the Assassination of JFK Changed Our World

For people of a certain generation, the John F. Kennedy assassination changed America forever, prefiguring a loss of innocence that has lasted into the modern era. In this lecture from The Great Courses, Professor J. Rufus Fears accesses JFK's short presidency, from how it offered a new era of hopeful ambition after World War II, to how he handled the Cuban Missile Crisis, to how he may have averted U.S. deepened involvement in Vietnam if he had lived. In the end, Fears believes that JFK's death changed history for the worse, and in this lecture he makes a compelling case for what might have been.

46. Facets of Major World Religions

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Cultural Literacy for Religion taught by Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

In this second lecture from The Great Courses course Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, Professor Mark Berkson, Ph.D. discusses some of the common features of most world religions including God (or gods), scriptures, rituals, confronting good and evil, and the path to salvation. He provides examples as to how many world religions have these features which provide the groundwork for how he will examine the major world religions in the rest of the course. Dr. Berkson effectively communicates these facets of religion to begin a very informative course that will cover the basics of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and a few other religious traditions.

47. Mind Bending Math: Voting Paradoxes

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes taught by Professor David Kung, Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Learn about the complex mathematical scenarios behind many of the most popular voting methods in the United States and around the World. Professor David Kung, Ph.D. lays out how different voting methods lead to different results especially when three or more candidates are introduced. He examines the plurality systems and the popular vote, the Electoral College, runoff voting, majoritarian voting, and other systems. Look at examples of candidates winning such as Jesse Ventura's historic gubernatorial victory in Minnesota where he only would've likely won with a popular voting system (and he did). The lecture will surely get you thinking about what voting system is best.

48. Brief Introduction to Tai Chi
This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Mastering Tai Chi taught by International Master Tai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

International Master Tai Chi instructor David-Dorian Ross begins this course from The Great Courses by diving right into demonstrating Tai Chi in action. He then gives viewers a brief introduction as to what Tai Chi is and how it started, coming out of the Taoist tradition. He then demonstrates the Yang-style 40-movement form that he will be teaching throughout the course. You'll definitely want to watch this lecture, rather than just listen to it, as it's mostly an intro to Tai Chi through its physical display.

49. Basic Structure of the Atom

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works taught by Professor Ron B. Davis Jr., Ph.D.. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Learn about the history of the discovery of the atom and what it is made up of in this lecture from The Great Courses course Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works taught by Professor Ron B. Davis Jr., Ph.D.. In this lecture Professor Davis gives a history of discoveries about the atom from protons to electrons to neutrons. He concludes the lecture with how atomic mass is calculated and examines the atoms of some of the most well known elements including hydrogen, carbon, and uranium. You'll also learn a little about isotopes, anions, and cations.

50. The Story of Ancient Olympia

This lecture is part of a course from The Great Courses called Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul taught by Professor John R. Hale. This course and over 300 other courses can be accessed with a subscription to The Great Courses Plus.

Go back to the days of the ancient Greek Olympics in this free lecture from the Great Courses series. The Great Courses features over 350 lecture courses taught by professors at the nation's leading universities, which they sell on CD, DVD, and Audio & Video Download. This free 30-minute lecture from their course Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul features a visual tour of ancient Olympia as Professor John R. Hale guides you through the happenings of Ancient Olympics Games which date back to 776 BC. This free lecture is available from The Great Courses through their new YouTube channel which also features course trailers, lecture samples, and more.

And here are over 20 more lectures they offer on their YouTube channel:

Science of Modern Electronics: AC Versus DC

The Ottoman Empire: The Empire at Total War, 1914-1916

How To Draw: Linear Perspective

Chemistry and Our Universe: Wave Nature of Light

The Art of Investing: Fisher and Price, The Growth-Stock Investors

The Sack of Rome and Augustine's The City of God

The Power of a Mathematical Picture

The Ancient Egyptian Alphabet

Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess

How to Draw: Proportion

Three-Dimensional Geometry: Solids

The Politics and People of The American Revolution

The Boston Tea Party as a Turning Point in American History

The American Revolution: The Most Significant Result of The Enlightenment Period

Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory: Encoding Information with Images

America's Founding Fathers: The Early American Economy

Medieval Muslim Medicine and Hospitals

Anthropology and the Question of Race

Plant Science: An Introduction to Flowers

Experiencing Hubble: The Star Factory inside the Eagle Nebula

How to Program: Variables: Operations and Input/Output

The Joy of Pi

What Is The Higgs Boson Particle?

Money and Banking: What Is Monetary Policy Coordination

And be sure to check out The Great Courses Plus:

Browse Over 350 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus

 

December 1, 2016

The Charlie Rose Archive is Back Up

We're not sure exactly when it happened, but Charlie Rose's video archive is back up on CharlieRose.com. This archive features over 10,000 interviews with notable authors, entertainers, political figures, business leaders, and more going back to when Charlie Rose started his show in 1991. These videos used to be up on the abandoned video platform Google Video, but when that shut down, the Charlie Rose show moved over to Hulu. On Hulu most of the archive disappeared and the new shows were only viewable in the United States. Now the archive has been restored in its entirety and the videos are hosted and playable right on CharlieRose.com.

Back in 2012 we went through the entire Charlie Rose archive and picked out 350 of the best Charlie Rose interviews to feature on LearnOutLoud.com. We've fixed the links and embeds, and we've put those interviews back up into our free directory:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Guests on LearnOutLoud.com

We hope to add more of the best of Charlie Rose interviews to our site next year.

We've done a few blog posts on Charlie Rose interviews. He has interviewed many great film directors and actors which we featured in a previous blog post:

Top 10 Charlie Rose Interviews of Film Directors and Actors

Another blog post we did featured videos from the Charlie Rose Brain Series which covers many topics related to the latest findings in neuroscience:

Charlie Rose Brain Series

We'll now feature some of the best of the best guests that Charlie has interviewed over the years. We've separated these by Personal Growth Experts, Business Leaders, Political Figures, Writers, and Entertainers:

Personal Growth Experts:

A Conversation about Nutrition with Dr. Andrew Weil

A Conversation about the Science of Happiness with Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and others

An Interview with Steven R. Covey

A Conversation about Health and Disease Prevention with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

Business Leaders:

An Hour with Jack and Suzy Welch

An Hour with Management Consultant Jim Collins

A Conversation with Business Guru Tom Peters

A Conversation with Lee Iacocca

A Conversation with Michael Milken & Muhammad Yunus

A Conversation with Jeff Bezos on Amazon.com

The Future with Eric Schmidt, Marc Andreessen, and Bill Gates

An Exclusive Conversation with Warren Buffett (at the start of the 2008 financial crisis)

Political Figures:

An Hour with Illinois Senator Barack Obama on Nov. 23, 2004

A Conversation with Guest Host Judy Woodruff and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

A Conversation with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

An Hour with Mikhail Gorbachev

A Talk with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

A Discussion on Abortion with Arianna Huffington and Laura Ingraham

A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

An Appreciation of William F. Buckley

Two Conversations with Filmmaker Michael Moore

A Conversation with Bill O'Reilly

Writers:

A Conversation with Author David McCullough

A Conversation with Author Tom Wolfe

A Conversation with Carl Sagan on Pale Blue Dot

Gore Vidal Discusses His Life

An Interview with David Foster Wallace

A Conversation with Author John Updike on The Greatest American Short Stories of This Century

Author Christopher Hitchens on Hitch-22

A Remembrance of Hunter S. Thompson

A Remembrance of Intellectual Susan Sontag

Entertainers:

A Conversation with Opera Singer Luciano Pavarotti

A Conversation with Radio Personality Garrison Keillor

A Conversation with Basketball Legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Bill Russell

A Conversation with Musician David Bowie

A Conversation with Comedian George Carlin

A Conversation with Rapper Kanye West

A Conversation with Julia Child

A Discussion of the Music Wars on the Internet with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy

An Interview with Conan O'Brien on October 20, 1993

A Conversation with Mick Jagger

An Interview with Fred Rogers

An Interview with Terry Gross

Also at the turn of the century Charlie Rose conducted a series of interviews about some of the most important things in the 20th century with all-star guest panels discussing the most formative events, the most important person, the greatest minds, the most influential artists, and the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Here are those specials:

A Discussion about Formative Events of the 20th Century

A Panel Discussion about the Idea of the Most Important Person of the 20th Century

An Hour Panel Discussion about the Greatest Minds and Breakthroughs of the 20th Century

An Hour Panel Discussion about the Most Influential Artist of the 20th Century

A Discussion about the Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century

Enjoy these and many, many more great shows from the modern master of interviews, Mr. Charlie Rose:

350 of the Best Charlie Rose Guests on LearnOutLoud.com

 

September 28, 2016

Watch Frontline: The Choice 2016 - Free PBS Documentary

Watch Frontline: The Choice 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".

Watch 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:

Frontline: The Choice 2008

Frontline: The Choice 2012

Also Clinton and Trump sparred in their First Presidential Debate on Monday:

2016 First Presidential Debate: Trump vs. Clinton

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.:

Blame the Elites for the Trump Phenomenon

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.

 

April 12, 2016

1000 New YouTube Video Lectures, Interviews, & Debates

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.

Marianne Williamson Talks Spirituality and Politics

Self Directed Biological Transformation (SDBT) with Deepak Chopra

The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom with Rod Stryker

Will Massively Open Online Courses Transform the Way We Learn?


Big Think - Longer interviews and lectures from this popular and intellectually stimulating YouTube channel that features leading thinkers from a variety of backgrounds.

Big Think Interview with Karen Armstrong

Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

William Ackman: Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing in Under an Hour


Book TV - New interviews from C-SPAN's Q&A series bringing the total number of Book TV titles to 250.

Q&A with Bethany McLean on The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

Q&A with Medea Benjamin on Drone Warfare


Center for Inquiry - Talks from this secular and skeptical nonprofit educational organization.

A Lecture by James "The Amazing" Randi

Michael Shermer: The Believing Brain


Commonwealth Club of California - New lectures and interviews from this popular public forum bringing our total to over 100 titles.

Finding Faith and Spirituality in the 21st Century

Jane McGonigal: How Games Can Make a Better World

Noam Chomsky: Philosophies of Language and Politics

Patty Duke Tells All

Robert Reich: Inequality for All

The Mind, Madness, and Gun Violence

The Mythbusters at the Commonwealth Club

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".

Conversation with Buckminster Fuller

Conversation with Oliver Sachs

Conversation with Timothy Leary


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.

My Forty Years at Berkeley with Harry Kreisler

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.

Bruce Lipton: The Frequency That is "You"

Byron Katie: Question Your Thoughts and End Your Suffering

Dan Millman on Finding Your Life Purpose

Joe Vitale: The World Is Our Mirror


European Graduate School - Lectures from this graduate school focused on art and philosophy.

Jacques Derrida & Gilles Deleuze: On Forgiveness

Jean Baudrillard: Violence of the Image

Slavoj Zizek: The Irony of Buddhism


Forum Network - Lectures from WGBH in the Boston area. We now feature over 200 titles from their YouTube channel.

Emily Dickinson: My Wars Are Laid Away in Books

How Working Women Can Manage Stress with Dr. Kathleen Hall

Sarah Lewis: Rise

Scott Stossel: My Age of Anxiety

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.

Alain de Botton on The News: A User's Manual

Ariane De Bonvoisin on The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier

Chip Conley on Emotional Equations

Daniel Dennett on Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Dr. David Agus on The End of Illness

Elizabeth Kolbert on The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Eric Ries on The Lean Startup

Kelly Starrett on Deskbound

Martha Stewart Talks at Google

Richard Dawkins on The Magic of Reality

Shawn Achor on Before Happiness

Steven Johnson on Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age


Gresham College - Over 20 lecture series from professors at Gresham College in London.

Christian Themes in Art

The Great Plagues from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

Psychology Lectures with Glenn D. Wilson

Rhetoric: Belinda Jack on the Mysteries of Reading and Writing


Hoover Institution - Interviews from the show "Uncommon Knowledge" hosted by Peter Robinson and featuring primarily conservative thinkers. Over 60 interviews to choose from.

Milton Friedman on Libertarianism

The Sixties with Christopher Hitchens and William F. Buckley

The Word According to Tom Wolfe

Thomas Sowell: Basic Economics


Intelligence Squared U.K. - Over 40 debates from the United Kingdom's leading debate forum along with some lectures they feature.

Between You and I the English Language is Going to the Dogs

Jesus Would Have Voted Democrat

Karl Marx Was Right

Let Them Come: We Have Nothing to Fear From High Levels of Immigration

We Never Had it So Good


Intelligence Squared U.S. - Over 30 debates from the leading debate forum in the United States.

Death is Not Final

Good Riddance To Mainstream Media

Legalize Drugs

The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Has Outlived Its Usefulness


Politics and Prose - We now have over 75 author talks from this important book store in Washington, D.C..

Mary Roach on Gulp

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D. on The Gift of Adversity

Thom Hartmann on The Crash of 2016


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.

Allen Ginsberg Reads at the 92nd Street Y

Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman Reading

Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan Debate: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

George Carlin at the 92nd Street Y

Love Your Enemies: Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg and Uma Thurman

Maya Angelou: Mystical, Magical, Musical, and Lyrical

On Sigmund Freud: Psychobiography with George Makari

The (Neuro) Science of Genius with Michio Kaku, Antonio Damasio, and JoAnn Deak

Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Poems and Prose


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

Weapons of Mass Distraction with Pico Iyer


University Channel - New talks from the University Channel or UChannel offering talks from numerous academic institutions.

A Conversation with Studs Terkel

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:

Art 101

Brian Weiss: Past-Life Regression Session

H.W. Brands on American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

History of Neuroscience: William Dement

Jiddu Krishnamurti: In Total Silence The Mind Comes Upon The Eternal

Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

LinkedIn Speaker Series: Suze Orman

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos

Stephen Hawking on Unified Theory

The Facebook Effect with Mark Zuckerberg

Sell Your Ideas the Steve Jobs Way with Carmine Gallo

Martin Seligman: Flourish

Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

And there's just so much more! Browse around our free directory for all of these great new talks.

 

March 28, 2016

Watch 350 Great Courses on the Great Courses Plus

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 over 350 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 years, but in this blog we wanted to list the over 350 courses they are offering as of September 2017. You can browse all these courses by category on their website as well:

Browse Over 350 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus

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 and iPhones. You can also now watch with their app on Apple TV (4th generation). They've got an Android app, an Amazon Kindle Fire app, a Roku app, and an Amazon Fire TV app.

They also now have the ability to download videos into the iOS and Android apps so you can watch them on-the-go without having to connect to the Internet or use your precious monthly mobile data plan. And on the iOS app you can now download lectures for audio-only listening so you don't have to use your screen (and your battery) while you listen to lectures.

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:

Browse Over 350 Courses on our Great Courses Publisher Page

But we haven't updated their latest courses in a while and there are about 200 newer great courses we need to add to our site. So instead we decided we'd list all 350+ 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:

Browse Over 350 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus

Here are all 350+ 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
Advanced Investments
The Aging Brain
Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire
Algebra I
Algebra II
America and the New Global Economy
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
America's Founding Fathers
The American Civil War
Analysis and Critique: How To Engage and Write About Anything
Ancient Greek Civilization
Anthropology and the Study of Humanity
The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History
The Apocryphal Jesus
Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition
The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving
The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond
The Art of Critical Decision Making
The Art of Debate
The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Investors
The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal
The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals
The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator
The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons
Bach and High Baroque
The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide
Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science
Biblical Wisdom Literature
Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World
Big History
The Big History of Civilizations
The Big Questions of Philosophy
Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition
Biology: The Science of Life
Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague
Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
Books that Matter: The Analects of Confucius
Books that Matter: The City of God
Books that Matter: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience
Buddhism
Building a Better Vocabulary
Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft
The Cathedral
Chamber Music of Mozart
Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition
Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise
Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works
Chemistry, 2nd Edition
Cities of the Ancient World
Classics of Russian Literature
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
Computer Science: From Apps to Programming
Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad
The Creative Thinker's Toolkit
Critical Business Skills for Success
Cultural Literacy
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are
Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Decisive Battles of World History
Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
The Early Middle Ages
An Economic History of the World Since 1400
The Economics of Uncertainty
Effective Communication Skills
English Grammar Boot Camp
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: Cooking with Vegetables
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 Great Meals in Less Time
The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great
The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
The Everyday Guide to Wine
The Everyday Guide to Wines of California
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History
Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
The Fall and Rise of China
Famous Greeks
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
Foundations of Western Civilization
The Foundations of Western Civilization
Fundamentals of Math
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, 2nd Edition
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
Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature
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
Greek 101: Learning Ancient Greek with Homer and the New Testament
The Guide to Essential Italy
Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
Hidden Factor
The Higgs Boson and Beyond
The High Middle Ages
The Historical Jesus
The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age
History of Ancient Egypt
A History of British India
The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation
A History of Eastern Europe
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
A History of European Art
A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition
History of India
History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev
History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective
History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon
History of the English Language, 2nd Edition
History of the Supreme Court
The History of the United States, 2nd Edition
History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration
History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
The Holy Land Revealed
How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication
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, 2nd Edition
How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy
How to Draw
How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tips and Techniques
How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone
How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive
How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons
How to Interpret Nonverbal Communication: From Posture to Personal Space
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition
How to Listen to and Understand Opera
How to Look at and Understand Great Art
How to Make Stress Work for You
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
How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making
Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge
The Industrial Revolution
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
The Intelligent Brain
International Economic Institutions: Globalism vs. Nationalism
Introduction to Archaeology
An Introduction to Formal Logic
An Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Introduction to Paleontology
Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature
Jesus and His Jewish Influences
The 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
Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos
The Life and Death of Stars
Life in Our Universe
Life Lessons from the Great Books
Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
Lost Worlds of South America
Major Transitions in Evolution
Mastering Differential Equations: The Visual Method
Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience
Mastering Tai Chi
Masters of War
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
The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear
The Meaning of Death and Dying: A Global Survey
Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions
Medical Myths, Lies and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May be Hurting Us
Medical School for Every Parent: Pediatric Medicine
Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Memory and the Human Lifespan
Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather
Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes
Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health
Mind-Body Philosophy
Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida
The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Money and Banking
Money Management Skills
Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
Music and the Brain
Music as a Mirror of History
My Favorite Universe
Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time
The Mysterious Etruscans
Myths, Lies, and Half-truths of Language Usage
The National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America
National Geographic Masters of Photography
National Geographic's Guide to Landscape & Wildlife Photography
Native Peoples of North America
The 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
Origins of the Human Mind
Other Side of History
The Ottoman Empire
Our Night Sky
Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You
Pagans and Early Christianity
Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
Peoples and Cultures of the World
The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room
Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works
Physiology and Fitness
Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany
Polar Explorations
Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City
The Power of Mathematical Visualization
Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century
Prove It: The Art of Mathematical Argument
Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World
Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation
Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
Robotics
Sacred Texts of the World
Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained
The Science of Extreme Weather
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
Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It
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: English Words and Their Origins
The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction
The Secrets of Mental Math
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
Skeptics Guide to American History
Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders
Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience
St. Augustine's Confessions
The Story of Human Language
Story of the Bible
Strategic Thinking Skills
Stress and Your Body
The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You
The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality
Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare
Thinking like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making
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: From Catapult to the Pantheon
Understanding Investments
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History
Understanding Modern Electronics
Understanding Multivariable Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Understanding the Brain
Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World
Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior
Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception
Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition
Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity
Unexpected Economics
The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11
The Vikings
A Visual Guide to the Universe
What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear
What Science Knows About Cancer
Why Evil Exists
William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America
The World of Biblical Israel
World War II: A Military and Social History
World's Greatest Churches
The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites
Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Writing Creative Nonfiction
Writing Great Essays
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!

 

November 30, 2015

4 Talks from Authors of Bestselling ISIS Books

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.

1. Joby Warrick on Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

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.

2. Michael Weiss on ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

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.

3. William McCants on The ISIS Apocalypse

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.

4. J.M. Berger on ISIS: The State of Terror

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:

The Rise of ISIS

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:

Containment Is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated

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.


 

October 28, 2015

500 Best PBS Documentaries for Free Online

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)

Browse Over 150 Free Frontline Documentaries

Browse Over 100 Free NOVA Documentaries

Browse 50 Free Nature Documentaries

Browse 30 Free American Experience Documentaries

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:

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Billie Jean King

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

And here is a variety of other PBS documentaries that might peak your interest:

10 Buildings that Changed America

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.

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's

Is School Enough?: Learning Beyond the Classroom

Martin Luther: Driven to Defiance and Martin Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary

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:

Can You Afford to Retire?

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.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

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).

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

The Meth Epidemic

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.

Secret State of North Korea

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:

Clinton: The American Experience

The Presidents: Reagan

JFK: American Experience

The Presidents: Nixon

The Presidents: FDR

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.

Car of the Future

Finding Life Beyond Earth

Life's Greatest Miracle - Trace human development from embryo to newborn through stunning microimagery.

Marathon Challenge

The Pluto Files - Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at Pluto.

Rise of the Drones

Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine

And a few from the PBS series Nature:

American Eagle - Learn about our national bird!

The Beauty of Ugly

The Gorilla King

My Life as a Turkey

An Original DUCKumentary

Why We Love Cats and Dogs

 

August 13, 2015

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June 12, 2015

200+ Best Free Snag Films Documentaries

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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:

Over 200 of the Best Free Documentaries from Snag Films

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.

 

May 17, 2015

100+ Best Free Documentaries on Hulu

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Note: Hulu's free ad-supported movies have now been removed from their site. Sorry!

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.

You can browse all the Hulu.com documentaries right here:

Browse Over 130 of the Best Free Documentaries on Hulu.com

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!