The Very Short Introductions Podcast

The Very Short Introductions Podcast


Latest Episodes

Ageing – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 43
December 09, 2021

In this episode, Nancy A. Pachana introduces ageing, an activity with which we are familiar from childhood, and the lifelong dynamic changes in biological, psychological, and social functioning associ

Pakistan – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 42
December 02, 2021

In this episode, Pippa Virdee introduces Pakistan, one of the two nation-states of the Indian sub-continent that emerged in 1947 but has a deep past covering 4,000 years. Learn more about “Pakistan: A

Henry James – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 41
November 18, 2021

In this episode, Susan Mizruchi introduces American author Henry James, who created a unique body of fiction that includes Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Turn of the Screw. Learn more a

Secularism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 40
November 11, 2021

In this episode, Andrew Copson introduces secularism, an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe that is more complex than simply ‘state versus religion.’ Le

Demography – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 39
November 04, 2021

In this episode, Sarah Harper introduces demography, the study of people, which addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact certain factors will

Psychopathy – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 38
October 28, 2021

In this episode, Essi Viding introduces psychopathy, a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limite

Modern Drama – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 37
October 21, 2021

In this episode, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr introduce modern drama, the tale of which is a story of extremes, testing both audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and contrarianism. Learn mo

Slang – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 36
October 14, 2021

In this episode, Jonathon Green introduces slang. Slang has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today’s vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang wo

Creativity – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 35
October 07, 2021

In this episode, Vlad Glăveanu introduces creativity, a term that emerged in the 19th century but only became popular around the mid-20th century despite creative expression existing for thousands of

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...