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The Great Courses brings engaging professors from the best universities to our learners, creating a "university of the best" with our customers participating in every step of the process. 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.

The Torch: The Great Courses Podcast The Great Courses

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    • 4.1, 107 Ratings

The Great Courses brings engaging professors from the best universities to our learners, creating a "university of the best" with our customers participating in every step of the process. 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.

    Was the American West as Wild as We Think?

    Was the American West as Wild as We Think?

    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.

    • 18 min
    Delve Into the Grand Drama of Spanish History

    Delve Into the Grand Drama of Spanish History

    Spain has played a unique and pivotal role in Western civilization. It has historically stood at a critical crossroad of geography, of cultures, of religions, of ideas, of trade, and more. Join a seasoned expert on Spain to examine the dazzling unfolding of Spanish civilization: the birth and death of dynasties, the integrations of cultures, and the influence of religion. Professor Joyce E. Salisbury provides you with a deep understanding of Spain’s epic history and demonstrates how it has come to be one of the West’s great cultures. Delve into this majestic civilization to discover the enduring presence of Spain and its impact on the world stage.

    • 18 min
    Discover Everything You Need to Know About What You Eat and Why You Eat It

    Discover Everything You Need to Know About What You Eat and Why You Eat It

    Eating is as old as mankind but we are still learning so much about food, nutrition, and our own bodies. Examine the evolution of the human diet with award-winning professor and anthropologist Alyssa Crittenden. Discover how what’s old is new—the evolution and resurgence of the Paleo diet—and how people (and even civilizations) have defined themselves through what they make to eat.

    • 20 min
    What is Emotional IQ?

    What is Emotional IQ?

    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.

    • 14 min
    Get Introduced to the Wonders of Birding

    Get Introduced to the Wonders of Birding

    Going beyond basic bird identification, birding includes a far-reaching look into matters such as bird behavior, migration, habitats, conservation, and the science behind them. Join James Currie, birding expert, to discover more about this compelling, delightful, and multifaceted field. Even if you don’t plan to travel the country and become a birding professional, you can get to know the exceptional species in your own neck of the woods with helpful tips to make your backyard more attractive to local birds, and by learning how to approach birds without scaring them off.

    • 17 min
    Discover the Transformative Power of Anthropology

    Discover the Transformative Power of Anthropology

    From biology to culture, anthropology strives to gain a comprehensive understanding of humanity’s development from primates to digital citizens. Join acclaimed professor and field researcher Scott M. Lacy to delve into what anthropology has taught us about what it means to be human, where we came from, and what keeps us connected.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

NCVTNY ,

Great! but include info tab would improve

This is a beautiful podcast. It would be helpful to the listener if there was an "info" button to get a short synopsis of the episode, especially since the title often runs of the screen.

BeautifiulLouise ,

Nothing new

I have been a fan of Great Courses for many years but you aren’t doing yourself any favors with “The Torch”. There is nothing there that is more recent than 2017. I know Great Courses can do better than this. Three years of dead air is unacceptable. There is so much more Great Courses could do with podcasts if anyone cared. My rating is for “The Torch” not for Great Courses itself, which deserves 5 stars.

Pkipps ,

Love this!

Great courses giving the people what they want!

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