In a fast-moving, ever-shifting world,
news is continuously breaking. The Great Courses is here to help you understand the full story behind the soundbites. Here are a handful of stories for the week of January 1, 2019, and their accompanying lectures on The Great Courses Plus.
Start of a New Congress
The 116th Democrat-heavy Congress began this week with the agenda of ushering in a new era after eight years of Republican control. Are we destined to just go back and forth, simply undoing the previous regime after each election? Does the methodology of elections work? See how the founders of the U.S. dealt with apportioning representatives to Congress based on population and how no perfect system exists.
The Trouble with Teens and Vaping
The trend of teens and vaping is becoming alarming, with 12 out of every 100 high school students using it monthly and the numbers growing steadily. Teens are more likely to engage in risky
The partial government shutdown is closing in on three weeks with no end in sight. Is a deal hopeless when trust is low between negotiators? Investigate the wealth of solutions that are available through trust mechanisms. See how the U.S. Constitution is full of such safeguards, designed to overcome nearly ruinous infighting among the states of the young republic—and see how you can put trust mechanisms to use in your own life.
Finding Friendship Over 50
A recent New York Times article highlighted the challenges many women over 50
Meghan Markle: Putting an End to Vices
Meghan Markle has reportedly inspired Prince Harry to give up alcohol and caffeine. Look at recent studies on happiness and self-control in relationships. And if you are in the process of quitting a bad habit, learn how to apply your newfound knowledge of self-control to your romantic relationships, your financial decisions, and your surroundings.
Golden Globes Kick of the Award Season
The Golden Globes on January 6 ushered in the start of the award season for television and movies. Discover why writing a TV pilot is much like building an engine as you compare a failed script to a successful one and learn how writing for television works.