The Very Short Introductions Podcast

The Very Short Introductions Podcast


Latest Episodes

American Business History – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 34
June 10, 2021

In this episode, Walter A. Friedman introduces American business history and its evolution since the early 20th century when the United States was first described as a ‘business civilization’. Learn more about “American Business History: A Very Short I...

The Animal Kingdom – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 33
June 03, 2021

In this episode, Peter Holland introduces the animal kingdom and explains how our understanding of the animal world has been vastly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development in recent years.

The Gothic – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 32
May 27, 2021

In this episode Nick Groom introduces the Gothic, a wildly diverse term which has a far-reaching influence across culture and society, from ecclesiastical architecture to cult horror films and political theorists to contemporary fashion.

Samurai – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 31
May 20, 2021

In this episode, Michael Wert introduces samurai, whose influence in society and presence during watershed moments in Japanese history are often overlooked by modern audiences. Learn more about Samurai: A Very Short Introduction here:https://global.

Consciousness – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 30
May 13, 2021

In this episode, Susan Blackmore introduces the last ‘great mystery for science’ – consciousness and the questions it poses for free will, personal experience, and the link between our mind and body. Learn more about Consciousness: A Very Short Introdu...

American Immigration – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 29
May 06, 2021

In this episode, David Gerber introduces immigration, one of the most contentious issues in the United States today which has shaped contemporary American life and fuels strong, divisive debate. Learn more about American Immigration: A Very Short Intro...

Film Music – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 28
April 29, 2021

In this episode, Kathryn Kalinak introduces film music, which began as an accompaniment to moving pictures and is now its own industry, providing a platform for expressing creative visions and a commercial vehicle for growing musical stars of all varie...

Canada – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 27
April 22, 2021

In this episode, Donald Wright introduces Canada, a country of complexity and diversity, which isn’t one single nation but three: English Canada, Quebec, and First Nations. Learn more about “Canada: A Very Short Introduction” here:https://global.oup.

Calvinism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 26
April 15, 2021

In this episode, Jon Balserak introduces Calvinism, which has gone on to influence all aspects of contemporary thought, from theology to civil government, economics to the arts, and education to work. Learn more about Calvinism: A Very Short Introducti...

Homer – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 25
April 08, 2021

In this episode, Barbara Graziosi introduces Homer, whose mythological tales of war and homecoming, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of western literature.