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The Torch

The Great Courses Podcast

THE TORCH introduces you to the fascinating professors and experts who create the Great Courses. Each episode showcases several of our top professors in a fresh light, spotlights the great work they are doing, and gives you an opportunity to learn from their incredible insights.

Touch American History with the Smithsonian & The Great Courses

Touch American History with the Smithsonian & The Great Courses

Episode 18
September, 2014

This month marks the inaugural Great Course produced in partnership with the Smithsonian. Join Host Ed Leon as he chats about Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History with Dr. Richard Kurin, the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian.

In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Richard Kurin speak about creating an intimacy with history through the objects and artifacts housed at the Smithsonian;
  • the story of the Star-Spangled Banner, and how it represents just how fragile America’s freedom was in 1812; and
  • a story of two brothers who were first responders on 9/11 and the object that caused quite an emotional reaction in The Great Courses studios.

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