The Very Short Introductions Podcast

The Very Short Introductions Podcast


Latest Episodes

Abolitionism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 52
June 09, 2022

In this episode, Richard Newman introduces abolitionism, a global human rights movement during the 18th and 19th centuries aimed at ending slavery in the Atlantic world. Learn more about “Abolitionism

Revolutions – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 51
June 02, 2022

In this episode, Jack A. Goldstone introduces revolutions, which, from 1789 in France to 2011 in Cairo, have shaken the world and dominate the popular imagination. Learn more about “Revolutions: A Ver

Oxford World English Symposium 2022 Recap – Episode 72 – The Oxford Comment
May 31, 2022

With over 1 billion speakers, English is an incredibly diverse language. Dozens of countries around the world have their own varieties, many of which have not historically seen adequate representation

Alexander the Great – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 50
May 26, 2022

In this episode, Hugh Bowden introduces Alexander the Great, a legendary figure whose legacy permeates modern culture but about whom we still have much to discover. Learn more about “Alexander the Gre

Environmental Law – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 49
May 19, 2022

In this episode, Elizabeth Fisher introduces environmental law, a wide-ranging area of law that can operate at both a local and global level and is an area of complexity and hard-fought cases. Learn m

Epicureanism – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 48
May 12, 2022

In this episode, Catherine Wilson introduces Epicureanism, a school of thought based on the teachings of Epicurus, that promotes modest pleasure and a simple life—ideals that still hold relevance toda

Violence – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 47
May 05, 2022

In this episode, Philip Dwyer introduces the difficult but important topic of violence and addresses the truth behind the claims that society is becoming less violent. Learn more about “Violence: A Ve

Mary Shelley – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 46
April 28, 2022

In this episode, Charlotte Gordon introduces Mary Shelley, an author known for the seminal Frankenstein but whose body of work extends beyond one novel. Learn more about “Mary Shelley: A Very Short In

Modern China – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 45
April 21, 2022

In this episode, Rana Mitter introduces modern China, a country full of contradictions that continues to make global headlines as it balances its past with its future. Learn more about “Modern China:

Documentary Film – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 44
April 14, 2022

In this episode, Patricia Aufderheide introduces documentary film, a diverse genre that encompasses films from March of the Penguins to Fahrenheit 9/11 but is always rooted in the desire to represent