The Very Short Introductions Podcast

The Very Short Introductions Podcast


Latest Episodes

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...

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...