The Very Short Introductions Podcast

The Very Short Introductions Podcast


Latest Episodes

Forensic Science – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 24
December 31, 2020

In this episode, Jim Fraser introduces forensic science, a subject of wide fascination and importance, as a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence like a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark.

Modern Brazil – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 23
December 28, 2020

In this episode, Anthony Pereira introduces modern Brazil, a country associated in many people’s minds with conviviality, sensuality, and natural beauty yet is still something of an enigma. Learn more about “Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction” he...

Projects – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 22
December 24, 2020

In this episode, Andrew Davies introduces projects, a temporary organization and one-time process established to achieve a desired outcome which now shape the human-built world in which we live, work, and play.

Biography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 21
December 21, 2020

In this episode, Hermione Lee introduces biography, one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read literary genres. Learn more about “Biography: A Very Short Introduction” here:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/biography-a-very-short-intr...

Fairy Tale – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 20
December 17, 2020

In this episode, Marina Warner introduces the fairy tale, a form of literature that has had the power to enchant us and spark our imaginations for hundreds of years. Learn more about “Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.

Autobiography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 19
December 14, 2020

In this episode, Laura Marcus introduces one of the most popular written forms, the autobiography, form that offers understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived and fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world.

The Immune System – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 18
December 10, 2020

In this episode, Paul Klenerman introduces the immune system, central to all human health and area of continual focus in medical research. Learn more about “The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.

Children’s Literature – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 17
December 07, 2020

In this episode, Kimberly Reynolds introduces children’s literature, which not only encompasses picture books, pop-ups, and novels, but has modernised to also include online games and eBooks. Learn more about “Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introd...

Russian Literature – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 16
December 03, 2020

In this episode, Catriona Kelly introduces Russian literature centred around the figure of Alexander Pushkin that permeates into national culture. Learn more about “Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.

The Holy Roman Empire – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 15
November 30, 2020

In this episode, Joachim Whaley introduces the Holy Roman Empire, once described by Voltaire as ‘neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire’, as its history and significance is often misunderstood. Learn more about “The Holy Roman Empire: A Very Short Intr...