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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.

    Forensic Science - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 24

    Forensic Science - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 24

    In this episode, Jim Fraser introduces forensic science, a subject of wide fascination and importance, as a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence like a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark.

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    Jim Fraser has 40 years’ experience in forensic science and has worked on many high profile cases, in various roles, including as an expert witness, case reviewer, senior police manager, policy adviser, and researcher.  He has also advised many public agencies including police organisations in the UK and abroad, the Home Office, the Scottish Parliament, and the UK Parliament. He is a Research Professor in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde.

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    Modern Brazil – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 23

    Modern Brazil – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 23

    In this episode, Anthony Pereira introduces modern Brazil, a country associated in many people’s minds with conviviality, sensuality, and natural beauty yet is still something of an enigma.

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    Anthony W. Pereira is a Professor and Director of the Brazil Institute at King’s College London. He has held positions at the New School for Social Research, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Tulane University, and the University of East Anglia. He is the author and co-author of many books and is an occasional commentator on Brazil for the BBC, CNN, France 24, The Conversation, and other media organisations.

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    Projects – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 22

    Projects – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 22

    In this episode, Andrew Davies introduces projects, a temporary organization and one-time process established to achieve a desired outcome which now shape the human-built world in which we live, work, and play.

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    Andrew Davies is the RM Phillips Freeman Chair and Professor of Innovation Management in SPRU, University of Sussex Business School Andrew (2019-). He is researcher, educator, consultant and advisor who is fascinated by understanding and making innovation happen in complex projects, with a focus on large-scale infrastructure in the built environment.

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    Biography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 21

    Biography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 21

    In this episode, Hermione Lee introduces biography, one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read literary genres.

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    Dame Hermione Lee is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College and a trustee of the Wolfson Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of New, St Hilda’s, and St Cross Colleges, Oxford.

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    Fairy Tale – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 20

    Fairy Tale – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 20

    In this episode, Marina Warner introduces the fairy tale, a form of literature that has had the power to enchant us and spark our imaginations for hundreds of years.

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    Marina Warner is a writer, historian, cultural critic, and novelist. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.

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    Autobiography - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 19

    Autobiography - The Very Short Introductions Podcast - Episode 19

    In this episode, Laura Marcus introduces one of the most popular written forms, the autobiography, form that offers understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived and fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world.

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    Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College at Oxford. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy. Marcus has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture, with books on autobiography, Virginia Woolf, modernist writing and literature and film.

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VSI Podcasts? Yes please!

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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