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The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast

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The Great Courses brings engaging professors from the best universities to lifelong learners on audio and video. We create a "university of the best," working closely with our customers to design each Great Course. With this podcast hosted by Ed Leon, you'll meet our fascinating professors and experts who create The Great Courses, listen to their stories and insights, and learn more about the great work they are doing. Discover scientists explaining the latest findings from the fields of astronomy, particle physics, or neuroscience; historians exploring the implications of the latest archaeological findings; medical experts making sense of current health alerts or medical breakthroughs; and literature professors bringing fresh insights to classic literary works. This podcast is available in audio-only format. More information about our courses can be found at www.TheGreatCourses.com.

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The Great Courses brings engaging professors from the best universities to lifelong learners on audio and video. We create a "university of the best," working closely with our customers to design each Great Course. With this podcast hosted by Ed Leon, you'll meet our fascinating professors and experts who create The Great Courses, listen to their stories and insights, and learn more about the great work they are doing. Discover scientists explaining the latest findings from the fields of astronomy, particle physics, or neuroscience; historians exploring the implications of the latest archaeological findings; medical experts making sense of current health alerts or medical breakthroughs; and literature professors bringing fresh insights to classic literary works. This podcast is available in audio-only format. More information about our courses can be found at www.TheGreatCourses.com.

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By Pkipps - Dec 11 2016
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Great courses giving the people what they want!

Cognitive Ecstasy

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this podcast will let your curiosity explode.

iTunes Ratings

81 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
13
8
3
6

Love this!

By Pkipps - Dec 11 2016
Read more
Great courses giving the people what they want!

Cognitive Ecstasy

By dlove021 - Apr 15 2015
Read more
this podcast will let your curiosity explode.
Cover image of The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast

The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast

Updated 12 days ago

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The Great Courses brings engaging professors from the best universities to lifelong learners on audio and video. We create a "university of the best," working closely with our customers to design each Great Course. With this podcast hosted by Ed Leon, you'll meet our fascinating professors and experts who create The Great Courses, listen to their stories and insights, and learn more about the great work they are doing. Discover scientists explaining the latest findings from the fields of astronomy, particle physics, or neuroscience; historians exploring the implications of the latest archaeological findings; medical experts making sense of current health alerts or medical breakthroughs; and literature professors bringing fresh insights to classic literary works. This podcast is available in audio-only format. More information about our courses can be found at www.TheGreatCourses.com.

Rank #1: Photography, Space, Color, and Wine

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Meteors hitting the earth? A National Geographic photographer who puts it all on the line for his art? How do colors affect your brain or your wine choices? Who better to give some guidance than the expert professors from The Great Courses! In this debut podcast that spans the artistic to the catastrophic, listen to our professors share their thoughts on asteroids, photography techniques, and more. Discover as:

--Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, shares stories of taking photos in the field;
--Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned astrophysicist, talks about asteroids and meteors hitting the earth;
--William Lidwell, design expert, introduces his new course, How Colors Affect You; and
--Jennifer Simonetti Bryan, master of wine, describes our association with wine and color.

More information about our courses can be found at TheGreatCourses.com.
Mar 26 2013
29 mins
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Rank #2: Get New Insights into Worlds You Thought You Knew

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Ed Leon of The Great Courses and three renowned professors present 30 mindboggling minutes with this new edition of The Torch. Join them as they strive to define and understand the true nature of information, investigate the cultural context of Jesus and how the society of his time influenced who he was, and discover why it’s never too late to learn Spanish as you take the first steps into mastering this beautiful and useful language.
Dec 18 2015
41 mins
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Rank #3: A Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter You

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Get an inside view how doctors think and how it can help you become a better patient; revisit battles that could have sent history in an entirely different direction; and gain the confidence to invest in the stock market.
May 13 2014
31 mins
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Rank #4: ISIS: A Cultural and Historical Perspective

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The militant organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is grabbing front-page headlines and disrupting the global landscape. Learn why ISIS calls itself a caliphate; the source of their wealth and power; and whether their goal of a pan-Islamic state is achievable. What can the global community do to prevent ISIS from gaining more power?
Sep 15 2014
24 mins
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Rank #5: Was the American West as Wild as We Think?

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Experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history with a story more thrilling than any Hollywood Western. History professor Patrick N. Allitt dispels tall tales by sharing even more fascinating true stories of the American West. He reveals the facts behind accepted myths around the Cherokee, the Gold Rush, and even beaver fur hats.
Aug 22 2017
18 mins
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Rank #6: Fascinating Facets of History

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Spend 30 engrossing minutes exploring two areas of history that provide some enthralling context for the events and characteristics of our modern world. Join Ed Leon of The Great Courses and two renowned professors as they first illuminate pivotal moments in the history of the Middle East, then outline the captivating history of American English, in this new edition of The Torch.
Feb 08 2016
41 mins
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Rank #7: Cyber Security, Gardening, and Mental Math

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Dive into the high-stakes cyber battles being played out as countries, cyber criminals, and hackers seek control of the digital frontier. Increase your home's curb appeal and get ready for barbeques with this step-by-step guide to gardening. And keep your mind sharp with mental math "magic!"
In this riveting episode, explore fascinating ideas with experts from The Great Courses. Listen as:

--Paul Rosenzweig discusses the "hidden war" that now threatens nearly every American household;
--Melinda Myers shares gardening strategies to develop your green thumb; and
--Art Benjamin teaches you how to improve and expand your math potential by performing mind-bending calculations in your head.
More information about our courses can be found at TheGreatCourses.com.
Jun 04 2013
31 mins
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Rank #8: Four Thermodynamic Laws, Four-Year-Olds, and Our 24th Anniversary

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Take a romp from the four laws of thermodynamics to an appropriate parenting style for your four-year-old to the twenty-four year history of The Great Courses!
Mar 19 2014
26 mins
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Rank #9: Christian Controversies, Storytelling, and Professor Appreciation Month

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Did Jesus have a twin brother? How can you turn a personal experience into a compelling and powerful piece of storytelling? Has society ever truly learned the lessons of the costs of war? Join host Ed Leon as he explores these and other fascinating ideas by Bart D. Ehrman, Hannah B. Harvey, and J. Rufus Fears in celebration of Professor Appreciation Month at The Great Courses.
Sep 16 2013
29 mins
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Rank #10: Barbarians of the Steppes, The Birth and Death of Stars, and Successful Individual Investing

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Experience the fascinating world of Genghis Khan and the barbarians of the Steppes; learn the secrets of successful individual investors; and follow a star from stellar nursery to supernova explosion.
Jan 20 2014
31 mins
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Rank #11: Big Data, Big City Life, and a Big Question about Jesus Christ

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Examine the many uses of Big Data: from Netflix to military intelligence; gain insights into the first cities of the ancient world; and consider the most fundamental question about Jesus Christ.
Jul 30 2014
28 mins
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Rank #12: What is Emotional IQ?

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Don’t let your emotions run the show! Learn how to control your emotions and use them to help you achieve your goals with Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF. Delve into this fascinating topic and discover how being aware of your emotional intelligence (EQ) can help you become more perceptive and avoid knee-jerk emotional reactions.
Jun 27 2017
14 mins
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Rank #13: Pope Francis: The People’s Pope

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Just in time for the first-ever visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., The Torch presents an in-depth look at the life and legacy of this unconventional religious leader. Join Ed Leon of The Great Courses and Professor William Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, as they discuss Pope Francis, his unique approach and perspectives, and his influence on both the Catholic church and the world.
Sep 18 2015
41 mins
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Rank #14: Stimulate Your Mind: Reality, Mythology, and Italy.

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Our panel of experts delves deeply into three thought-provoking topics, all packed into one riveting podcast! Join Ed Leon of The Great Courses and three renowned professors as they embark on a comprehensive tour of Italy’s best-kept secrets, undertake an engrossing discussion about what defines reality, and explore spellbinding stories from some of the world’s first myths.
Aug 21 2015
37 mins
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Rank #15: Change the Way You Think

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Join host Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer of The Great Courses, to discover Mayo Clinic’s approach to wellness and healing, examine the rich and complex history of India, and learn how computer programmers think by exploring the language of Python - all in this edition of The Torch!

Start by learning what Dr. Brent Bauer of Mayo Clinic has discovered about the benefits of complementary and integrative medicines. By looking at the science and research behind treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, or dietary supplements, you will be better prepared to work with your doctor on a holistic approach to your wellbeing.

Next, explore the multifaceted and vital cultures of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh with Professor Michael Fisher of Oberlin College. The South Asian subcontinent contains 20% of the world’s population and is a thriving center for global business, so it is becoming vitally important to understand the history of this region.

Last, Professor John Keyser, from Texas A&M University, reveals the secrets of a new language, Python, used to program computers, and see how learning how to command computers also teaches you how to organize your tasks and thought processes in a logical and methodical manner.
May 02 2016
42 mins
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Rank #16: Learning Creativity, The Origin and Future of Earth, and Ancient Engineering

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Discover the secrets to unlocking creativity, even if you don’t consider yourself creative; learn how geology factors into the evolution of life on Earth; and explore the genius inventions of the engineers of ancient Greece and Rome.
Dec 11 2013
29 mins
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Rank #17: Improving Your World

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We have things we would like to change about ourselves - and our world. Join Ed Leon of the Great Courses as he tackles the difficult subject of how to create positive and long-lasting change that benefits you and the world you live in.
Jun 29 2015
32 mins
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Rank #18: Discover the secrets of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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A million and a half words, 2,500 pages long, and encompassing six volumes, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has made a lasting and consequential contribution to history. Whether you’re familiar with this masterpiece of literature or not, you’ll gain fascinating insights and discover modern parallels revealed by Harvard professor emeritus of literature Leo Damrosch and Chief of Brand, Ed Leon in this eye-opening edition of The Torch.
Mar 07 2017
12 mins
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Rank #19: Culinary History, Battling Cancer, and Music and Math

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Experience the lavish excess of a Renaissance feast; learn which tests accurately detect early stages of cancer...and the ones that do not; and understand how your music player transforms digital ones and zeros into the music you love with the underlying foundation of mathematics. Join host Ed Leon as he explores these and other fascinating ideas with experts from The Great Courses.
Listen as professor and author Ken Albala takes us back in time to explore key eras of culinary history;
researcher David Sadava explains the latest findings in the battle against cancer; and
mathematician and musician David Kung reveals the amazing connections between music and mathematics.
Aug 07 2013
30 mins
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Rank #20: Busting Brain Myths and Bringing Balance through Tai chi

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Learn about tai chi, the ancient practice that brings your body and mind in balance. An award-winning tai chi competitor and instructor explains how tai chi can improve your life in scientifically-proven ways. Then, turn to the newest research in neuroscience to learn about the easiest ways to maintain cognitive function as you age.
Dec 17 2014
29 mins
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