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The Great Courses

WalnutBaron

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If you enjoy lifelong learning, I recommend The Great Courses . They're offered by a company called The Teaching Company and I've enjoyed listening to them during my commute for years. The courses are available in a whole host of subjects--from Science and Math to Fine Arts and History, from Religion to Finance and Music to Philosophy.

The Teaching Company auditions college professors from around the USA and Canada to determine if they're stimulating, challenging, and engaging enough for folks to be able to watch and/or listen to for many hours. Courses can be downloaded or CD's or DVD's can be mailed, and course length can extend anywhere from 6 to nearly 50 lectures.

Although the list price for the courses can look rather high at first, the Company offers sales quite often. I usually spend about $20-$50 for each course I listen to, and then lend the best ones out to friends and family.

My favorites so far? 1) A course called "Turning Points In American History", including a number of turning points one might never have anticipated, including the advent of air conditioning (which made possible the mass migration post-World War II from the Northeast and Rust Belt states to the South and West); 2) A course on Classical Music and The Great Composers; I knew nothing or virtually nothing about any of them, but the professor was so engaging and enthusiastic about the subject matter that I learned a ton; 3) A photography course taught by a National Geographic photographer, in plain English, and starting with the basics for a dummy like me.

If you sign up for the newsletter, you'll receive sales notices about once every two weeks or so, so they don't flood your inbox.

Enjoy!
 

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I took one of their geology courses and it was good.
 

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For some reason, we get their over-sized sales catalogs from time-to-time (perhaps because DH was a teacher?). Anyway, I've long considered them and may give them a try based on your recommendations. Thx. :)
 
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