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.

Get New Insights into Worlds You Thought You Knew

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Get New Insights into Worlds You Thought You Knew

Episode 38
December, 2015
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Ed Leon of The Great Courses and three renowned professors present 30 mindboggling minutes with this new edition of The Torch. Join them as they strive to define and understand the true nature of information, investigate the cultural context of Jesus and how the society of his time influenced who he was, and discover why it’s never too late to learn Spanish as you take the first steps into mastering this beautiful and useful language.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Benjamin Schumacher as he explains what information is, explores the different forms of information in the world, and examines how these forms interact, change, and give us what we need to live and thrive.
  • Dr. Jodi Magness as she reveals the philosophies and beliefs that were practiced and taught in ancient Judaism, and considers the evidence for how those principles influenced Jesus, shaping his viewpoints and opinions.
  • Dr. Bill Worden as he discusses the benefits of learning Spanish, gives examples of interesting nuances in how the language is used throughout various countries, and explains how, despite common beliefs, you are never too old, and don’t require a certain kind of mind, to master a foreign language.
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