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  • The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

    Professor Douglas O. Linder, J.D.

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    No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles that have shaped it. In The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, Professor Douglas O. Linder takes you back in time to revisit history’s most famous (and infamous) trials, including the Salem Witch Trials, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Nuremburg Trials, and the Trial of O. J. Simpson.

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    24 Lectures  |  The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      The Trial of Socrates
      After learning what makes a trial historically important, begin your survey of some of history's greatest trials with a visit to ancient Athens. It's here, in 399 B.C., that Socrates undergoes his trial for corrupting Athenians and disrespecting their gods. In the process, he lectures his jurors on the duty of seeking the truth. x
    • 2
      The Trial of Gaius Verres
      Cicero's greatest desire was to save the Roman Republic. For this reason, he charged Gaius Verres, a provincial governor, with crimes against the people. Central to this insightful lecture are Cicero's five orations, the Actio Secunda, which aimed to educate the Roman public about the corruption and rot in its political system. x
    • 3
      Three Medieval Trials
      Explore medieval beliefs about justice through the lens of three strange trials from the Middle Ages. The first involves a dead pope put on trial. The second involves an accused adulterer's walk over red-hot ploughshares. The third involves a jousting battle whose victor will be vindicated as a matter of law. x
    • 4
      The Trial of Sir Thomas More
      Travel back to Westminster Hall on July 1, 1535, when Sir Thomas More stood on trial for his refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England. Discover the story of how one of England's most revered men ended up on the chopping block and why it is both important and instructive. x
    • 5
      The Trial of Giordano Bruno
      What made Giordano Bruno's ideas on natural philosophy so dangerous to 16th-century thought? Why does his execution represent a failure of the Roman Inquisition to perform its mission to admonish, not punish? What impact did this trial have on another heresy case fifteen years later: that of Galileo? x
    • 6
      The Salem Witchcraft Trials
      According to Professor Linder, the Salem witchcraft trials illustrate the danger of drawing conclusions ahead of evidence—and of dispensing with procedural rules that can save us from rushing to judgment. Gain a greater understanding of the legal basis for a travesty that accused hundreds of people of practicing witchcraft. x
    • 7
      The Boston Massacre Trials
      A harbinger of the American Revolution, the Boston Massacre trials (and the reaction to the verdict) reflected the heated partisanship of the times. Central to this story is the young attorney John Adams, who paid a price for his decision to represent the accused British soldiers and their captain. x
    • 8
      The Aaron Burr Conspiracy Trial
      In great trials, can politics and justice ever be kept entirely separate? Explore this question by considering the conspiracy trial of Aaron Burr. This case, presided over by Chief Justice John Marshall, set the precedent that no one in the United States—even the president—is above the law. x
    • 9
      The Amistad Trials
      Learn about the legal importance of the Amistad trials by exploring three questions they presented. First: Are the African mutineers criminals? Second: Are they property? Third: If neither, what should happen to them? The ensuing controversy, you'll learn, helped build momentum for turning public opinion in the North against slavery. x
    • 10
      The Dakota Conflict Trials
      The 392 Dakota Conflict trials led to the largest mass execution in U.S. history. It also marked the end of a legal process unlike any used before or since in the nation. Consider whether or not these cases were an appropriate end to the conflict between settlers and Native Americans. x
    • 11
      The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial
      The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was only part of a larger conspiracy involving many men and women—eight of whom would be tried for conspiracy to murder the president and other officials. Join Professor Linder for a look at the verdicts, sentences, and procedures of the 1865 Military Commission. x
    • 12
      The Trial of Louis Riel
      Few of us know about the 1885 trial of Canada's Louis Riel. Yet it's important for what it reveals about tensions in Canada that exist to this day: between native and non-native, French-speaking and English-speaking peoples. It's a trial, as you'll learn, that became a turning point in Canadian politics. x
    • 13
      The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
      Old Bailey, the main courthouse in London, was the scene for a set of trials that captivated England and the literary world. Celebrity, sex, wit, political intrigue, important issues of art and morality and sexuality—learn about the role they all played in the charges against Oscar Wilde for “gross indecency.” x
    • 14
      The Trial of Sheriff Joseph Shipp
      Go back to March 1909, when the Supreme Court assembled to do something it had never done before and would never do again: listen to closing arguments in a criminal case. Learn how Sheriff Joseph Shipp's trial impacted the act of lynching and its relationship to the rule of law. x
    • 15
      The Leopold and Loeb Trial
      In the first of two lectures involving the nation’s most famous defense lawyer, Clarence Darrow, focus on a trial involving a “thrill killing” by two rich and intelligent teenagers. Central to this lecture are Darrow’s impassioned efforts to save the confessed murderers from the gallows by challenging the morality of capital punishment. x
    • 16
      The Scopes Monkey Trial
      Defense lawyer Clarence Darrow also made history defending high-school teacher John Scopes at 1925’s famous “Monkey” Trial. Discover how the case that put the theory of evolution on trial brought to Tennessee a three-time presidential candidate, a flock of international reporters, and the battle for 1920s social mores. x
    • 17
      The Trials of the "Scottsboro Boys"
      Examine how the legal nightmare of the “Scottsboro Boys” trials extended for decades. It launched and ended careers. It educated the public about the plight of African-Americans. It divided—then united—America’s political left. And it illustrates what was wrong with America’s justice system in the 1930s. x
    • 18
      The Nuremberg Trials
      No trial, according to Professor Linder, provides a better basis for understanding the nature and causes of evil than the war crime trials in Nuremberg from 1945 to 1949. In this lecture, your focus is on the first of 12 trials, regarded by scholars as “The Trial of the Major War Criminals.” x
    • 19
      The Alger Hiss Trial
      Probe the far-reaching political effects of the trial of former State Department official Alger Hiss for perjury. They include: catapulting Richard Nixon to national fame; setting the stage for Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting; and marking the start of a conservative political movement that would put Ronald Reagan in the White House. x
    • 20
      The Rivonia (Nelson Mandela) Trial
      Why is the Rivonia Trial considered “the trial that changed South Africa”? Why did Nelson Mandela and his nine co-defendants seek to wage guerilla war against the South African government? How did the trial shape the future of South Africa, including Mandela’s election as the country’s first black president? x
    • 21
      The Mississippi Burning Trial
      Discover how the Mississippi Burning case took the nation deep into the darkness of the Ku Klux Klan and its hatred. By the end of this lecture, you'll learn how the trial would go on to change the Klan, change Mississippi, and change the course of civil rights in America. x
    • 22
      The Trial of the Chicago Eight
      It's been described as a travesty of justice. A circus. An important battle for the American people. A monumental non-event. Whatever conclusion you come to by the end of this lecture, few events better exemplify the conflict of values in the late 1960s than the trial of these eight radicals. x
    • 23
      The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial
      Professor Linder takes you inside the longest, most expensive criminal trial in American history (with a taxpayer cost of over $15 million dollars). It was also a trial that produced not a single conviction—but highlighted the dangerous problems that happen when police and prosecutors leap to conclusions. x
    • 24
      The O. J. Simpson Trial
      How did the trial of O. J. Simpson come to command such media attention? What about the case caused it to be viewed differently by people of different races? How did it change the way celebrity trials are handled? Explore questions about one of the 20th century's last great trials. x
  • The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

    Professor Molly Worthen, Ph.D.

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    The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch picks up where The Great Courses’ first history of Christianity left off: with the Protestant Reformation. Taught by Dr. Molly Worthen, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, these 36 fascinating lectures trace the story of Christianity as it transformed from the end of the Middle Ages into the diverse global religion of today.

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    36 Lectures  |  The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch
    Lecture Titles (36)
    • 1
      Prophets of Reform before Protestantism
      Start your journey in Renaissance Italy where—right in the pope’s backyard—two men gave very different yet powerful critiques of the church, years before the Reformation. By examining these representative figures, Professor Worthen unpacks several key themes running through Christianity for the past 500 years. x
    • 2
      Luther and the Dawn of Protestantism
      Delve into the early Reformation, which begins with Martin Luther and his 95 Theses. An original thinker and an outlaw to Catholic authorities of the time, Luther was also surprisingly conservative in many ways. Review his critique of the church and his theology in the context of the 16th century. x
    • 3
      Zwingli, Calvin, and the Reformed Tradition
      Continue your study of the Reformation with a look at several thinkers who were more radical than Martin Luther. Here, you'll explore the ideas of Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, and others who advanced their own theological and political critiques of the church. You'll also consider Henry VIII's quarrel with Rome and the founding of the Church of England. x
    • 4
      The Anabaptist Radicals
      In this third lecture on the Protestant Reformation, you’ll meet the most radical of rebels, the Anabaptists. Based on the slogan sola scriptura—the Bible alone—the Anabaptists wanted to cut ties completely between church and state, making them politically as well as theologically dangerous. x
    • 5
      The Catholic Reformation
      Protestants weren't the only ones fighting to reform Christianity. While Luther, Calvin, and others were breaking from Rome and founding independent churches, leaders within the Catholic Church pushed to consolidate the power of their ideas and institutions. Survey the founding of the Jesuits and the role of education in the Catholic Reformation. x
    • 6
      The Church Militant in the Spanish Empire
      One key theme from this course is the way religious motives are often inseparable from political and economic ambitions. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than Spain in the 16th century. See how Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand joined forces to create a unified Catholic nation, and how they worked to spread Catholicism into the Americas. x
    • 7
      War and Witchcraft in the Holy Roman Empire
      The Thirty Years' War is one of the most confusing episodes in world history. Was it truly a religious war, in which Protestants battled for religious tolerance and freedom, or was it a political ploy to depose kings and change the balance of political power? As you delve into this messy conflict, you'll discover that the war unfolded in the midst of witch-hunting hysteria across Europe. x
    • 8
      Puritans, Kings, and Theology in Practice
      The Reformation opened the door for radicals to challenge traditional authority. Follow the Puritans from England, where they pushed King James to authorize a new translation of the Bible, to the New World, where they tried to build a Christian Zion and wrestled with theology on their own terms. x
    • 9
      Religious Dissent and the English Civil War
      Survey the fascinating history of the English Civil war, from the rise of Charles I, his battles with Parliament and eventual beheading, to the rule of Oliver Cromwell and the Restoration of Charles II. This political tumult allowed a profusion of radical sects to flourish, from the proto-communist Diggers to the apocalyptic Fifth Monarchy Men. x
    • 10
      Eastern Orthodoxy: From Byzantium to Russia
      Shift your attention from the Protestant Reformation to another schism. Centuries before Martin Luther, Orthodox Christians in the East broke with Rome and developed their own theology. Reflect on the principles of Orthodox Christianity and see what role it played in the rise of the Russian Empire. x
    • 11
      Christians under Muslim Rule
      Like the church in the West, Eastern Christianity has given rise to a range of diverse cultures and clashing theological opinions. Here, you'll discover the history of Christians in the Middle East, particularly Coptic Christians in Egypt and Syriac Christians in the Middle East. Find out what life was like under Muslim rule, and reflect on the legacy of the Ottoman Empire. x
    • 12
      The Church and the Scientific Revolution
      Are religion and science always at odds? Reflect on this lightning-rod issue as you trace the history of the Scientific Revolution from the medieval worldview through the remarkable discoveries of the 16th and 17th centuries. Find out what really troubled the church about Galileo's proposition that the Earth was not at the center of the universe. x
    • 13
      The Enlightenment Quest for Reasonable Faith
      On the heels of the Scientific Revolution, the “Enlightenment,” as Professor Worthen explains, was not one single movement but rather a constellation of ideas and philosophers who debated the relationship between faith and reason. Explore the theories and worldviews of Diderot, Voltaire, Locke, and other Enlightenment thinkers. x
    • 14
      Pietist Revival in Europe
      In the ongoing clash between faith and reason, some Protestants embraced carefully reasoned arguments, but in the 17th century, another group of thinkers chose to emphasize heart over head. Survey the rise of Pietist communities and see how they responded to the historical context of the 17th and 18th centuries. x
    • 15
      The First Great Awakening
      Meet George Whitefield, an Anglican evangelist who experienced a “new birth” and led a series of religious revivals up and down the East Coast. Here, you will consider the context of religious revivals, examine controversies over evangelism, and reflect on the impact revivals had on American political culture. x
    • 16
      Religion and Revolution in the 18th Century
      Is America a “Christian” country? Did the Founding Fathers use the Bible as a blueprint for government? What about France—how did revolutionaries there both oppress and adopt religion to advance their cause? In both cases, history is so much more complicated than culture-war slogans. x
    • 17
      The Second Great Awakening
      During the 19th century, a second wave of revivals swept North America and Britain, and this “Second Great Awakening” had tremendous consequences for Christianity in the West. After reviewing the origins of Methodism, Professor Worthen surveys the new approach to revivals and shows how America became a majority-Christian country. x
    • 18
      The Mormons: A True American Faith
      Despite TV shows like Big Love, the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, and the political career of Mitt Romney, Mormonism remains somewhat mysterious to those outside the religion. Uncover the origins and practices of this American faith, and find out how it has grown so large so quickly. x
    • 19
      Slave Religion in the Americas
      Although historical records are relatively scarce, the clever detective work of some enterprising scholars has revealed the rich religious world of enslaved Africans, and highlights Christianity’s role in both oppression and liberation. Trace the evolution of religion among slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries, and consider how they made “white man’s religion” their own. x
    • 20
      Christian Missions and Moral Reform
      How do you make people and a society Christian? What does it mean to “convert” foreign lands for Christ? In this lecture, Professor Worthen tackles these difficult questions. After reviewing early missions in Africa, she examines the role of women (particularly abolitionists) in the process of Christian reform. x
    • 21
      The Church's Encounter with Modern Learning
      Dig into the rise of the modern university and its influence on the history of Christianity. By examining modern biblical scholarship in Germany and Britain as well as advancements in 19th century science and the theory of evolution, you will gain a greater understanding of the battle between faith and reason. x
    • 22
      The Social Gospel
      In the 19th century, Christians debated whether to focus on saving souls, or to try to save society first. Here, learn about Protestant activists in Britain and North America who preached the “Social Gospel,” a mission to help the poor, push for social services, and effect political reform—and learn why some failed while others succeeded. x
    • 23
      Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism
      Reflect on the rise of Pentecostalism, which exploded into an international revival, and Fundamentalism, a movement that became far more influential in America than anywhere else. Fundamentalists and Pentecostals clashed over doctrine and worship, but Professor Worthen shows how both groups responded to the same anxieties of modernity. x
    • 24
      Apocalyptic Faith in the 1800s and Beyond
      Christianity started as an apocalyptic religion, and prophecies of “end times” have endured. Take a look at different strands of apocalyptic thinking and their relationship to the Bible and to society. Then unpack how apocalyptic preaching became so popular and examine how several churches and evangelists preached about the last days. x
    • 25
      The Church and the Russian Revolution
      The Russian Revolution of 1917 is arguably the single most cataclysmic event in the history of religion in the 20th century. After surveying the landscape of religion in Russia in the early 20th century, including the various Christian minorities, take a look at the Bolshevik coup and Lenin and Stalin's subsequent efforts to stamp out religion. x
    • 26
      The Rival Gods of the Cold War
      Continue your exploration of Soviet religious persecution and consider life behind the Iron Curtain. In this lecture, you will see how Khrushchev and Brezhnev continued Stalin-era pro-atheist policies. Then turn to the persistence of the Catholic Church in Eastern Europe—particularly Poland, home of Pope John Paul II. x
    • 27
      Rebellion and Reform in Latin America
      Trace the history of religion in Latin America from the 18th century through today. After reviewing the history of colonialism and revolution, you will reflect on the relationship between the church and liberation theology in Mexico, Argentina, and elsewhere. See how Jorge Bergoglio—a.k.a. Pope Francis—struggled to balance pragmatism and idealism in politics. x
    • 28
      Vatican II and Global Renewal
      In 1962, thousands of bishops gathered in Rome to convene the Second Vatican Council. Here, they debated how the church should respond to the challenges of modernity. Explore the high drama of these debates and see how Catholic reforms in worship, church authority, and doctrines of sexuality made real-life impact everywhere from America to the Philippines. x
    • 29
      Secularism and the Death of God
      For Western Christians, the 20th century seemed to bring growing secularization. Professor Worthen unpacks this term and places it in the historical context of the 1950s and 1960s. See how religion has increasingly become a private business, one worldview among many, and theologians proclaimed the death of God—despite Billy Graham’s booming revivals. x
    • 30
      The Gospel and Global Civil Rights
      One theme we've seen again and again is the morally complex role of churches in social change. Here, you'll reflect on the stories of the American civil rights movement and the South African battle over apartheid to explore the ambivalent role of Christian institutions and ideas in the 20th century's global struggle for human rights. x
    • 31
      Culture Wars and the Christian Right
      Along with secularization and changes in Christian faith and practice, the second half of the 20th century also witnessed the eruption of today’s “culture wars”—the clash between traditional religious morality and secular pluralism. Explore this tension in American society and politics, and then see how the culture war is a global phenomenon, playing out in religious debates around the world. x
    • 32
      Liberation Theologies in Latin America
      Revisit Latin America to examine the role of Protestant missionaries and their rivalry with the established Catholic Church. After surveying politics and culture in Latin America over the past century, you'll see how Catholic leaders responded to evolving societies. The lecture concludes with a look at liberation theology and the impact of the Christian Right. x
    • 33
      Prophetic Religion in Modern Africa
      Christianity today is a truly global religion. Even as church attendance declines in America and Western Europe, Christianity is growing rapidly around the world. Here, Professor Worthen reviews the explosion of controversial revival movements in Africa, as well as the promise—and peril—they offer to struggling believers trying to survive times of political upheaval. x
    • 34
      Chinese Christianity: Missionaries to Mao
      Continue your study of contemporary global Christianity. In China, the rise of Christianity has met with an uneasy mix of enthusiasm and suspicion. After reviewing early Christian contact with China, Professor Worthen traces 19th and 20th century missions, delves into the brutal Cultural Revolution, and reflects on religious tensions under the Communist regime. x
    • 35
      Revival and Repression in Korea
      After the United States and Brazil, South Korea sends more missionaries into the world than any other country. Find out how Christianity became such a thriving faith in this relatively small nation—while fellow believers to the north suffer savage repression, and Pyongyang enforces a state religion devoted to the worship of former dictator Kim Il-sung. x
    • 36
      The Challenge of 21st-Century Christianity
      In this final lecture, consider three challenges for Christians in the 21st century: their encounters with the world of Islam, their attitude toward global capitalism, and their reaction to the forces of secularization. Discover how understanding the past 500 years of history can help us better understand these challenges today—and how to prepare for the future. x
  • What Einstein Got Wrong

    Professor Dan Hooper, Ph.D.

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    Taught by physicist Dan Hooper of Fermilab and the University of Chicago, this course focuses on Einstein’s mistakes as a window into his theory-building technique. He was spectacularly effective with relativity and early quantum mechanics, but he also made some missteps by doubting some of the staple concepts of today’s physics, including black holes, the big bang, and the uncertainty principle.

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    12 Lectures  |  What Einstein Got Wrong
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      What Einstein Got Right: Special Relativity
      Einstein is the most famous and influential scientist of modern times. But no one is perfect, and his powerful intuition led him astray in several key areas of physics, which are now among the most fruitful areas of the discipline. Begin your study of Einstein mistakes by looking at what he got spectacularly right, starting with his revolutionary special theory of relativity. x
    • 2
      What Einstein Got Right: General Relativity
      Einstein's greatest triumph was his general theory of relativity, which built on special relativity and led to a radically new understanding of the geometry of space and time. Einstein followed a rocky road to this breakthrough, with mistakes that hampered his progress and almost gave the honor of discovery to a rival. x
    • 3
      Einstein's Rejection of Black Holes
      The most astounding prediction of general relativity was considered so absurd by Einstein that he rejected it out of hand. Learn how the concept of black holes emerged from his theory and how he dismissed it, even as other researchers were gaining a detailed understanding of the theoretical properties of these strange objects. Only after Einstein's death were black holes proved to exist. x
    • 4
      Einstein and Gravitational Waves
      General relativity predicts that objects with mass radiate extremely faint gravitational waves when they interact. Einstein was reluctant to accept this idea, but after his death evidence began accumulating that gravity waves do, in fact, exist—as shown by the detection of gravity waves from distant colliding black holes starting in 2015. x
    • 5
      Cosmology and the Cosmological Constant
      Investigate what Einstein reportedly called his “biggest blunder”: his insistence that the universe is static, despite the prediction of general relativity that space is either expanding or contracting. Explore why general relativity is inconsistent with a static universe, and chart astronomer Edwin Hubble’s pioneering observations that prove we live in an expanding cosmos. x
    • 6
      The Cosmological Constant and Dark Energy
      Einstein tried to make general relativity compatible with a static universe by adding a cosmological constant to his equations, a move he later regretted. Learn how this “blunder” now looks prescient in light of the discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, driven by some unknown dark energy. Einstein appears to have been right to add the constant, but for the wrong reason. x
    • 7
      What Einstein Got Right: Light Quanta
      Along with relativity, Einstein's major contributions to physics include his proof that light is made up of discrete quanta, an insight that led to the quantum revolution. Retrace his route to this key discovery. As with relativity, his genius was to break out of the classical mode of thinking about light and matter, going wherever experiment, logic, and mathematics led him. x
    • 8
      Does God Play Dice with the Universe?
      Probe Einstein’s devotion to the principle of determinism, seeing how it prompted him to reject the probabilistic interpretation of quantum mechanics accepted by most of his peers. Einstein famously said that “God does not play dice,” meaning that quantum events only look probabilistic. He sought to make the quantum world less weird by finding a deterministic version of the theory. x
    • 9
      Quantum Entanglement
      Follow Einstein’s quest to overturn the standard view of quantum mechanics known as the Copenhagen interpretation. Focus on his famous EPR paper, written with two collaborators, which identified a paradoxical phenomenon later called entanglement. Study two proposals to supplant the Copenhagen view: the “hidden variable” and “many worlds” interpretations. x
    • 10
      The Search for a Unified Field Theory
      Einstein spent the last decades of his life searching for a unified field theory that would unite general relativity with Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism. But by then, quantum theory had superseded Maxwell's work, rendering the entire exercise futile. See how this quest has nonetheless stimulated ideas for unification in proposals such as string theory. x
    • 11
      Problems with Time Travel
      Einstein’s friend Kurt Gödel discovered a solution to the general relativity equations that implied the possibility of time travel, an idea that Einstein found interesting but impossible. Was he right to dismiss time travel? Explore other solutions to Einstein’s equations that posit the existence of rotating black holes and worm holes, which may be portals to the past and future. x
    • 12
      What Other Giants Got Wrong
      As a scientist who sometimes got things wrong, Einstein was in good company. In this last lecture, investigate the mistakes of three other great thinkers: Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton. Despite their triumphs in astronomy and physics, they, like Einstein, sometimes pursued intriguing but false leads. Consider the examples that their careers set for how science progresses. x
  • The Fundamentals of Travel Photography

    National Geographic Photographer Bob Krist,

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    Great travel photographs require the ability to tell a story. It’s the same skill National Geographic photographers use to get their breathtaking shots, and it’s one any photographer can master. In The Fundamentals of Travel Photography, National Geographic photographer Bob Krist shares his insights with you through 24 lectures packed with the best photos from his career as a travel photographer.

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    24 Lectures  |  The Fundamentals of Travel Photography
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      The Travel Photographer's Mission
      A sightseeing photographer stands apart from the culture. A travel photographer immerses herself or himself in it. In this introductory lecture, discover why an important part of good travel photography involves being there." Your case study: Mr. Krist's assignment for a story on the French Quarter of New Orleans." x
    • 2
      Photographing for Story
      Start thinking of yourself as a visual storyteller-not just a photographer. Here, learn what every travel photographer needs to cover to tell a complete story, including geography, people, culture, wildlife, food and lodging, and history. Then, see how it all applies to a National Geographic assignment in French Polynesia. x
    • 3
      Three Keys: Light, Composition, Moment
      Every good travel photograph is built around three ingredients: light, composition, and movement. Study a number of travel photographs in terms of these ingredients to see if they have what it takes to be considered good." Also, ponder what happens when you only have two (or even just one) of these keys." x
    • 4
      Natural Light on Landscapes
      What makes light beautiful"? What makes it "ugly"? In this lecture, Mr. Krist takes you on an in-depth exploration of the many facets of natural light and how to use them in your own landscape photographs-just like the pros. You'll cover side lighting, back lighting, twilight, and more." x
    • 5
      Natural Light on People
      Explore great lighting options for photographing the people you meet while traveling. There's backlight, which you find in fashion photographs. There's open shade (the quality of light on the shadow side of buildings on a sunny day). You can even take good shots lighting your subject from the front. x
    • 6
      Composition and the Power of Lenses
      Study composition through wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Learn why 28mm-300mm is such a popular focal length and an ideal travel lens. Explore some of the useful properties of a wide-angle lens. See why the telephoto lens' compression of perspective is a useful property once you learn how to use it. x
    • 7
      On Location in San Miguel de Allende
      Go out in the field and join Mr. Krist on assignment in Central Mexico to see how he puts some of the techniques you've learned into practice. By witnessing a travel photographer at work, you'll discover why a proactive approach to travel photography yields much better pictures than mere inspiration. x
    • 8
      Gear, Packing, and Security
      A hot topic in travel photography is what you bring with you and what you leave behind. From gear to clothes to preconceptions, learn how to find the coveted middle ground between preparedness and mobility so you can focus on what matters most: telling a visual story of your travels. x
    • 9
      Five Obstacles to a Great Photo
      Bad weather. Language and logistics. Money and time limitations. Access. Overfamiliarity. Get a stronger sense of the most common barriers to getting great travel photographs. Along the way, you'll look at some photo assignments-many of which feature more than one obstacle-to see how you might handle them. x
    • 10
      Capturing the Spirit of People
      Explore pointed techniques for capturing the spirit in the people you meet. First, learn how to make breaking the ice (the hardest part of the whole process) a little less painful. Then, take a look at several methods for photographing people, including the candid approach and the up-close-and-personal approach. x
    • 11
      People in Performance
      One of the richest opportunities for photographing the people you encounter in your travels: during a planned or impromptu performance. Mr. Krist offers important pointers for photographing people in situations like tango dances, blues clubs, ballet performances, and more. Plus: consider the somewhat sticky problem of tipping for pictures. x
    • 12
      Using Flash on the Road
      The electronic flash is perhaps the most misunderstood-and badly misused-piece of gear in a photographer's arsenal. Discover how a shoe-mounted flash can open up new worlds for you as a travel photographer and can be your best friend in situations that would be un-photographable otherwise. x
    • 13
      Capturing the Spirit of Landscapes
      A good landscape shot not only shows what a place looks like but what it feels like. Join Mr. Krist for a deeper dive into shooting landscapes to capture what one travel writer called the "spirit of place." Strategies include altering your horizon line and suggesting a sense of scale. x
    • 14
      Special Techniques for Creative Photos
      Get creative in this lecture on special techniques to employ when you're feeling a little out of the box." Some are subtle (shooting in black and white). Some are controversial (high dynamic range, or HDR, photography). All can, when applied judiciously, give your travel photography a boost." x
    • 15
      Capturing the Spirit of Wildlife
      Start creating more interesting wildlife photographs with these tips and techniques to use whether you're at the zoo or on safari. You'll gain insights into getting a great animal portrait without having to spend all day in a blind in the jungle-as well as the best gear to pack. x
    • 16
      Animals in Action
      Turn the hardest and most prized photos for even seasoned travel photographers: animals in action. First, learn the pros of using fast and slow shutter speeds. Then, get tips on telling a story involving people and wildlife. Finally, go underwater to practice animal photography in aquatic environments. x
    • 17
      Architecture and Skylines
      How can you make a city skyline, many of which have already been photographed to death, original? From varying your point of view to waiting for unusual lighting conditions, Mr. Krist offers a variety of ways to take photos of architecture and cityscapes that aren't stiff, formal, and cold. x
    • 18
      Festivals, Parades, and Special Events
      Every traveler loves festivals and parades, and the same is true of travel photographers. Here, be more proactive about how you approach celebrations of cultural heritage, whether it's arriving early for unique shots, searching for new angles, or exploring the perimeter of a special event. x
    • 19
      Street Scenes and Neighborhoods
      No travel story is complete without shots of what a neighborhood-and the life on it-looks like. How can you make day-to-day life look as interesting as a massive spectacle? How can you give viewers a real feel for what life is like on the streets you travel through? x
    • 20
      Workflow on the Road
      A critical component of travel photography involves mundane work: securing and organizing your photographs. Join Mr. Krist for an exploration of the nitty-gritty details of workflow on the road. Remember: the more organized you are in the field, the easier it will be to share your images at home. x
    • 21
      Photographing a City: Philadelphia
      Go on another case study to see how the techniques of travel photography look in real life. Your destination in this lecture: the City of Brotherly Love. From City Hall to cheesesteaks to Rittenhouse Square, discover ways to capture these and other Philadelphia icons in exciting new ways. x
    • 22
      Photographing a Region: Tuscany
      Go behind the scenes to learn how Mr. Krist set about capturing photos for the New York Times best seller, In Tuscany. It's a beautiful Tuscan adventure that demonstrates how a great travel photographer tells the story of a region-and the many lives within it. x
    • 23
      Working with Video
      Get a taste of what it takes to make the transition from stills to video. Topics include the five shots for creating a visual story with depth; how to shoot for a sequence; how to build a simple story structure; and what you need to start shooting short video stories. x
    • 24
      Sharing Your Stories
      You've taken the best photographs you can possibly take. Now it's time to share your visual stories with friends and family. In this final lecture, consider ways to share and publish your unique stories on both print and digital platforms, from coffee table books to online magazines. x
  • How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects

    Instructor George Vondriska, Woodworking Expert

    Available Formats: Video Download, DVD

    Elevate your woodworking skills with the 11 lessons on How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects, in which master woodworker George Vondriska gives you step-by-step methods for building cabinets, bookshelves, dressers, and more.

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    11 Lectures  |  How to Build Your Own Cabinets: Techniques and Projects
    Lecture Titles (11)
    • 1
      Essential Woodworking Techniques for Cabinetmaking
      Great cabinetmaking starts with mastering essential techniques that will simplify the cabinetmaking process. Once you master these simple concepts—how to use the Golden proportion for classic furniture design, the right way to rough-cut sheet goods, why it’s better to sand components before you assemble them, strategies for measuring and cutting door frames, and tips for using the most common tools involved in cabinetmaking—you’ll be able to tackle the large variety of projects in the lessons ahead. x
    • 2
      Cabinetmaking: The Next Level
      Take your cabinetmaking to the next level with this informative and insightful lesson filled with great tips and tricks for your workshop. Among the many helpful pointers you'll learn are: how to cut melamine to size while avoiding chipping the surface; how to build a toe kick into your cabinet; how to easily remove saw marks from your stock using a surface planer; how to install shelf standards the right way (using a hand-held screwdriver); and how to ensure you have square corners when assembling your cabinets. x
    • 3
      Kitchen Cabinet Construction, Part 1
      A lot of woodworkers are keen on making their own kitchen cabinets. It increases the beauty of a kitchen—and the value of a home. In the first of two lessons on kitchen cabinet construction, focus on the process of creating cabinets, from dimensioning to cutting to laying out your pieces. Mr. Vondriska explains the jargon of building cabinets, shows you how to use optimization software to organize all your parts and dimensions, demonstrates how to effectively and accurately cut sheet stock to size, and teaches you how to assemble a cabinet carcase using staples, screws, and butt joints. x
    • 4
      Kitchen Cabinet Construction, Part 2
      In this second lesson on kitchen cabinet construction, Mr. Vondriska helps you wrap up your kitchen cabinets with face frames, drawers, and doors, as well as expert tips on pre-finishing your entire project. How do you build doors with European-style hinges? What's the best way for cutting face frame parts? How do you build a countertop that's longer than a single sheet of material? What's a quick workaround for gluing on a face frame accurately? What's a great way for building rock-solid kitchen cabinet drawers? x
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      Methods for Making Cabinet Doors
      Cabinet doors can be intimidating for some woodworkers. But they don't have to be when you use Mr. Vondriska's accessible and flexible methods. As you explore techniques to find what works best for you and your shop, you'll explore ways to make raised panels, discover a cool technique for cove cutting doors on the table saw, determine the right material for your cabinet door, practice making an arched rail using patterns, and create rabbets for glass panel doors. x
    • 6
      Build a Quality Drawer: Dovetails & Drawer Locks
      Drawers are absolutely integral to any fully functioning cabinet. Which is why if you want to make cabinets the right way, you need to learn how to master building a quality drawer. Mr. Vondriska takes you through some of his favorite shop-tested techniques for making sure that when you build a drawer, it's going to stand the test of time. Some of the many topics you'll explore in this lesson include half-blind dovetails, through dovetails, and several ways to make drawer lock joints using a table saw or router table. The ultimate goal: to give you an arsenal of tools so that when you're working on your next set of drawers, you have the confidence you need to make sure everything comes together the way it should. x
    • 7
      Dresser Essentials
      Dressers are a great example of carcase and face frame construction, allowing you to use what you’ve learned about cabinetmaking to craft a beautiful piece of custom furniture. With the case built, you’ll start on drawer construction, learning to size the drawer boxes to create graduated drawer sizes—large drawers on the bottom and small on the top. You’ll also learn to assemble the drawers using a rock-solid drawer lock joint. x
    • 8
      Safety Gear Cabinet & Cordless Drill Organizer
      Stay organized in your shop with these two fun projects designed to make some of your most commonly used gear and tools easy to find. First, you'll build a simple cabinet for storing items such as protective goggles and ear plugs. It's a project that's a great way to hone your ability to make half-lap joints and prep a door for glass. Then, you'll craft a wall-mounted drill organizer for storing everything from batteries to chargers to drill bits. Some woodworking projects are about form; these are about function. x
    • 9
      Swiveling Bookcase
      Take a turn practicing your woodworking skills on a neat project that's perfect to put in a child's room or anywhere where space is at a premium. Your project: a six-foot bookcase with adjustable shelves that's made more accessible by swiveling and offering additional room for things like coat racks and whiteboards. Mr. Vondriska shows you how to work with lazy Susan mechanisms, apply banding to plywood, cut biscuit slots, create adjustable shelf holes, and use other woodworking tools and techniques. x
    • 10
      Cherry Bookcase
      Who doesn't need more bookcases in their home? Here, Mr. Vondriska shows you how to build a beautiful, elegant bookcase from cherry. A simple dentil molding and arched base adds amazing detail to a piece of woodworking you'll be proud to show off anywhere. Then, Mr. Vondriska continues on to several other woodworking projects, some of which offer creative ways to use up some of the scrap wood you've been hoarding: a removable pizza cutter handle, a wine bottle stopper, and sawhorses with stools for extra workspace in your shop. x
    • 11
      Shop-Made First Aid Cabinet
      If you have a shop, then you need a first aid kit readily accessible. But don’t settle for an ugly metal first aid cabinet when you can make something on your own, right in your own shop. In this lesson, Mr. Vondriska walks you through the process of building a small-scale case for your first aid essentials that features dovetailed joints, small raised door panels, touch-latches, a lower panel that acts as a work surface, and more. This project is a great way to stay safe in your shop—while showing off your woodworking skills. x
  • The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss

    Professor Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

    Available Formats: Video Download, DVD

    In The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss, Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., shares a straightforward weight-loss plan with endless food possibilities. You’ll learn about setting your caloric goals, food prep short-cuts, and developing a physical activity plan, as well as how your thoughts and emotions affect your weight loss. This diet was developed with only one goal in mind—to help you feel better and become healthier by following a program that fits comfortably into your real life.

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    12 Lectures  |  The Mayo Clinic Diet: The Healthy Approach to Weight Loss
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      The Science of Weight and Weight Loss
      With more than two-thirds of U.S. adults either overweight or obese, weight is clearly a national health concern. But how important is it for you to lose weight? Learn how your body-mass index, waist circumference, and medical history each impact your health. You'll be surprised to learn which factors are most important and why. x
    • 2
      Getting Ready for The Mayo Clinic Diet
      Learn how to prepare your kitchen and what other tools you’ll need to begin Lose It!—the two-week jump-start phase of The Mayo Clinic Diet. But first, take this quiz to answer a fundamental question: Is this the right time for you to start a weight-loss program? Or are there other underlying issues to be addressed first? x
    • 3
      Starting Your Diet: The Lose It! Phase
      Learn the five specific habits to add to your daily routine for the first two weeks of the program, the five habits to remove, and the bonus habits that will give your weight-loss journey the best possible jump-start. These changes are designed to bump you out of your comfort zone and head you in a different, healthier direction—but in ways that are both doable and nutritionally sound. x
    • 4
      Assessing Your Weight-Loss Progress
      If you couldn’t follow every detail of the Lose It! program for the full two weeks, don’t worry. Chances are you did change some habits, and that is the beginning of success. Going forward, you can give yourself a bit of leeway on some habits—but others are too fundamental to your weight-loss success to be negotiable. x
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      Maintaining Your Program: The Live It! Phase
      As you move into the long-term Live It! portion of the Mayo Clinic Diet, you’ll learn how to realistically set your personal outcome and performance goals, as well as your daily caloric intake. With The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid as your guide, you’ll see that no foods are completely off limits as long as you understand the crucial difference between serving size and portion size. x
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      Tracking Your Weight-Loss Progress
      While you can use any method that’s convenient for you to track your daily food intake and activity—from pencil and paper to smartphone apps—the tracking itself is crucial for success as you begin the long-term portion of The Mayo Clinic Diet. Learn exactly what and when to track for maximum efficacy. But tracking your weight? That’s a more personal matter. x
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      Adapting The Mayo Clinic Diet
      The Mayo Clinic Diet is an adaptable plan that can work whether you're in your home kitchen or out on the road. If you usually follow a vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean, or DASH diet (for hypertension), no problem. These and other eating plans fit well within the framework of The Mayo Clinic Diet. With these five healthy cooking techniques and the five criteria for any food, you'll be on your way. x
    • 8
      Exercise, Activity, and Health
      Physical exercise provides a variety of health benefits with respect to heart disease, blood pressure, cognitive function, mood, diabetes, and some cancers—as well as helping the body lose weight and maintain that loss. In addition to structured exercise, learn how to incorporate more Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) into your day. x
    • 9
      Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss
      Many people believe they don’t have enough willpower to lose weight and keep it off. But the real issue is having the amount of willpower you need exactly when you need it—and you can plan for that. Learn how to give yourself every opportunity to be successful in changing your behavior long-term, and about the significant interplay between guilt and forgiveness. x
    • 10
      Cooking The Mayo Clinic Diet Way
      How to plan healthier meals? Chef Jen makes it easy! With her simple suggestions for grocery shopping and easy-to-follow cooking demonstrations, you'll learn to cross-utilize your ingredients to maximize efficiency in the kitchen. From barbeque pita pizza to pesto shrimp pasta, these delicious meals will help you meet your weight-loss goals. x
    • 11
      Overcoming Obstacles to Weight Loss
      Everyone who undertakes a long-term plan to improve health will face obstacles. Learn to anticipate specific challenges and plan your work-arounds in advance. Whether it’s grocery shopping, cooking, eating out, getting your family on board with food changes, or prioritizing exercise, you can identify and overcome potential obstacles to your optimum health. You can be successful. x
    • 12
      Handling Lapses and Keeping Weight Off
      Some days you will eat too much, and some days you won't exercise, not even for five minutes. It happens to everyone. And eventually, you may even hit a plateau in your weight loss. Learn the best ways to keep negative self-talk at bay and continue to move forward toward better health, instead of expecting unattainable perfection and relapsing into old habits. x
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