The Very Short Introductions podcast offers a concise and original introduction to a selection of our VSI titles by the authors themselves. From Homer to film music, from Gothic history to American business history, listen to the second season of the podcast and see where your curiosity takes you!
In this episode, Barbara Graziosi introduces Homer, whose mythological tales of war and homecoming, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are widely regarded as two of the most influential works in the history of Western literature.
In this episode, Jon Balserak introduces Calvinism, which has influenced all aspects of contemporary thought, from theology to civil government, from economics to the arts, and education to work.
In this episode, Donald Wright presents Canada, a country of complexity and diversity, which is not one nation but three: English Canada, Quebec and the First Nations.
In this episode, Kathryn Kalinak presents music for film, which started as an accompaniment to moving pictures and is now its own industry, providing a platform to express creative visions and a business vehicle for growing music stars of all kinds. .
In this episode, David Gerber presents immigration, one of the most controversial issues in the United States today, which has shaped contemporary American life and fuels a strong and controversial debate.
In this episode, Susan Blackmore presents the latest “great mystery to science”: consciousness and the questions it poses for free will, personal experience, and the connection between our mind and body.
In this episode, Michael Wert introduces the samurai, whose influence in society and presence at defining moments in Japanese history are often overlooked by modern audiences.
In this episode, Nick Groom introduces Gothic, an extremely diverse term that has a tremendous influence on culture and society, from church architecture to cult horror films and political theorists to contemporary fashions.
In this episode, Peter Holland introduces the animal kingdom and explains how our understanding of the animal world has been dramatically improved by DNA analysis and the study of evolution and development in recent years.
American business history
In this episode, Walter A. Friedman presents the history of American business and its development since the turn of the 20th century, when the United States was first described as a “business civilization.”