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A concise and original introduction to a wide range of subjects—from Business to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History—by the expert authors of the Very Short Introductions series. For wherever your curiosity may take you.

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A concise and original introduction to a wide range of subjects—from Business to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History—by the expert authors of the Very Short Introductions series. For wherever your curiosity may take you.

    Pakistan - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 42

    Pakistan - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 42

    In this episode, Pippa Virdee introduces Pakistan, one of the two nation-states of the Indian sub-continent that emerged in 1947 but has a deep past covering 4,000 years.

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    Pippa Virdee is a reader in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University. Virdee is the author of From the Ashes of 1947: Reimagining Punjab (2017), and Coming to Coventry, Stories from the South Asian Pioneers (2006), and is co-editor of Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration in the Twentieth Century (2011), with P. Panayi.

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    Henry James - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 41

    Henry James - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 41

    In this episode, Susan Mizruchi introduces American author Henry James, who created a unique body of fiction that includes Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Turn of the Screw.

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    Susan L. Mizruchi is William Arrowsmith Professor in the Humanities, Boston University and Director of the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Her previous books include Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age (2020) and Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (2015).

    Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next episode of The Very Short Introductions Podcast will premiere on 2 December 2021.

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    Secularism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 40

    Secularism - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 40

    In this episode, Andrew Copson introduces secularism, an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe that is more complex than simply ‘state versus religion.’

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    Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, where he was previously Director of Education and Public Affairs; First Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union; and a former Director of the European Humanist Federation.

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    Demography - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 39

    Demography - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 39

    In this episode, Sarah Harper introduces demography, the study of people, which addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact certain factors will have on both individual lives and the changing structure of human populations.

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    Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing, and Director of the Clore Programme on Population-Environment Change. She is also the Director of the Royal Institute, London.

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    Psychopathy - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 38

    Psychopathy - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 38

    In this episode, Essi Viding introduces psychopathy, a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limited understanding of the condition, and several myths about psychopathy abound.

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    Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, where she co-directs the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit. She is also adjunct faculty at Yale University Medical School Child Study Centre.

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    Modern Drama - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 37

    Modern Drama - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 37

    In this episode, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr introduce modern drama, the tale of which is a story of extremes, testing both audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and contrarianism.

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    Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. She is the author of Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett, Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen, and Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900, as well as numerous articles on modern drama.

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I’ve loved and benefited much from Oxford’s VSI series of books. The notion of having internationally renowned experts introduce their specialties, in “layman’s terms,” in small little books (almost booklets) that are “Very Short Introductions” is brilliant. In keeping with that innovative publishing methodology, this podcast version has the authors of these books provide an audio summary in short little 5-10 minute podcasts. It’s a fascinating adaptation of the philosophy to a new medium.

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