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.

Thoughtful Topics across the Past, Present, and Future

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Thoughtful Topics across the Past, Present, and Future

Episode 43
March, 2016
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Probe three powerful topics ranging from an ancient language to questions and concerns we ponder now, and will continue to think about in this time-traveling edition of The Torch.

Join Ed Leon of the Great Courses along with three notable professors as they first examine the legalities of a question that has been debated for centuries and is even more relevant today: Should you sacrifice your privacy in exchange for your security? Then look at the past, present, and future of how, where, and why we use energy to power our lives. Lastly, spend some time learning why Ancient Greek is just as vital in the modern world if you truly want to understand great works of literature and philosophy.

All of this, and more, in this exciting new edition of The Torch.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Mr. Paul Rosenzweig, JD, examine the legal, historical, and modern precedents around the pressing concern of where surveillance oversteps privacy in the name of protection.
  • Dr. Michael Wysession uncover the scientific ramifications of how we use energy—as well as provide illuminating insight into what our options may be with new energy innovations.
  • Dr. Hans-Friedrich Mueller explain why learning how to speak an ancient language is not only still relevant, but vital for anyone who wants to truly understand ancient texts, literature, religion, and philosophies.
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