The Torch

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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.

Change Your Perceptions

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Change Your Perceptions

Episode 48
May, 2016
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Join host Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer of The Great Courses, to discover insights into what we are communicating before we even open our mouths, examine the fascinating world of a real archaeologist, and separate fact from fiction when it comes to fitness and nutrition - all in this edition of The Torch!

First, examine the nuances of nonverbal communication with Professor Mark Frank of University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, as he provides some illuminating insights into how we communicate. You'll learn about personal "space bubbles," discover some nonverbal signals which are reliable indicators of what a person truly intends, and learn why building rapport is often more effective than torture when it comes to interrogations.

Next, spend time with a real-life Indiana Jones as Professor Eric Cline of The George Washington University discusses how the realities of being an archaeologist are far different, yet just as exciting as the movies (although Dr. Cline does own a fedora). He also explains the many steps an evacuation takes, how to determine when it's safe to remove an artifact from a site, and what a "space archaeologist" is.

Last, Professor Michael Ormsbee of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University will provide eye opening facts about the science behind weight loss and provide the truth around common misconceptions such as:

  • Can too much protein hurt you?
  • Will you burn more fat working out at a faster pace?
  • Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

This information-packed edition of The Torch is going to change your perceptions about the things you thought you knew!

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Mark Frank, as he discusses the power of nonverbal communications and how detecting—and understanding—certain reliable indicators can provide better insight into another person's true reaction or feelings despite what they might be saying to us.
  • Professor Eric Cline, as he breaks down a day in the life of a real archaeologist and the multi-stepped process required to discover, excavate, and identify ancient artifacts from our history.
  • Professor Michael Ormsbee, as he debunks common misconceptions about diet and exercise that have become popular as a result of fad diets and exercise programs, and provides science-based facts on what really works if you want to change your body composition.
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