Category Archives: Academic podcasts

U.S. social history

For an illuminating view of life in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, check out Richard Candida-Smith’s Fall 2012 UC Berkeley course History 124A: The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve … Continue reading

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Guide to MIT Open Courseware

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been in the free online course business longer than just about everyone else. Its website is chock full of exciting riches, but navigating the site can be a challenge. While MIT groups the courses by … Continue reading

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Shed a tear: UCLA erases courses

Yes, it’s happened again. UCLA did some housecleaning on its podcast website, and erased all courses prior to fall quarter 2011. That means some great content has faded into the ether, but it’s also a timely reminder to download online … Continue reading

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Spring classes now underway

Spring quarter classes are now underway at UCSD and UCLA. As usual, the UCSD podcast page offers an impressive array of courses (I count 89), but in a new and troubling development, some of the courses are hidden behind a … Continue reading

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The epic of the epic

The grand tale known as the epic is an ancient genre that goes back to the dawn of literature.¬† Think of the heroes battling for glory in the Aeneid, or the fall of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. To … Continue reading

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A new look at Rococo

The Rococo style of European art has always left me cold: too pastel, too frivolous, too pretty. I’m more into¬† the Renaissance painters and the Impressionists. But with UCSD art historian William Norman Bryson as my guide in his new … Continue reading

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New UC Berkeley classes on iTunes

The new spring semester UC Berkeley classes are up on iTunesU, and you can see them on the webcast.Berkeley site if you click here. A few old friends are back. Principles of Economics, J. Bradford DeLong (iTunes, course website) DeLong … Continue reading

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Classes to start at UCSD, UCLA

The new rosters of course podcasts are now online for UC San Diego and UCLA. A couple of my favorite profs are making return appearances. At UCLA, Thomas Bradbury will be teaching another edition of his great psychology course Intimate … Continue reading

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Kabbalah-the real deal

A New Age, pop-culture version of the venerable Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah has been fashionable of late, attracting the likes of Madonna and other celebrities. But if you’re curious to find out what authentic Kabbalah is all about, … Continue reading

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The Democratic Peace: a figment of our imagination?

Ever since Immanuel Kant argued that democracies were bound to be more peace loving than autocracies, theorists and policy makers have been in love with the “democratic peace.” Today it’s a bedrock of American foreign policy. Both Democrats and Republicans … Continue reading

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