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.

Opening New Doors

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Opening New Doors

Episode 37
November, 2015
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The Great Courses and three renowned professors have something for everyone in this edition of The Torch. Join Ed Leon as he speaks to Dr. Stephen Ressler to shed light on the engineering marvels we take for granted every day. Uncover a history of Eastern Europe that is often overlooked with Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. Then, Professor David Brody opens your eyes by showing you everyone has a hidden talent for drawing.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Stephen Ressler as he explains the process of “engineering thinking” and how engineers think through the user experience to solve problems and design systems people can easily use. He delves into the complex thought process that went into bringing something as simple as water to you with the turn of a faucet.
  • Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius as he explores the traditions of politics and culture through history in Eastern Europe to explain how language, identity, conflict, geography, and more shaped the fate of Eastern Europe throughout the last 1,000 years.
  • Professor David Brody as he teaches you how knowing how to use a couple basic lines is the secret to masterful drawing skills. Learning to draw is really about learning to see—Professor Brody will reveal some great tips to uncover your hidden artist, and help you see the world like never before.
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