Video Game Addiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Dust Storms on Mars—In The News 6/25/18

The context, history, and facts about current events and controversial headlines

In a fast-moving, ever-shifting world, news is continuously breaking. The Great Courses is here to help you understand full story behind the soundbites. Here are a handful of stories from the week of June 25, 2018, and their accompanying lectures on The Great Courses Plus

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Tackling the Tough Subjects: Suicide
With the recent deaths of some well-known celebrities, the subject of suicide is top of mind. Investigate this subject with science—and sensitivity—and learn more about what causes suicide and what we can do about it.

For Fans of the “Real” Football!
It’s World Cup time! Discover why we get so passionate about a group of people who don’t know us—to the point where how they perform affects us personally and deeply.

Take a Look at Tariffs
To understand the consequences of the new tariffs, you must understand the history of how we have attempted to regulate foreign trade by limiting imports throughout history.

Why The Handmaid’s Tale Matters
Are you a fan of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale? If so, uncover the context of what Margaret Atwood’s story means in the greater scope of dystopian literature and the world.

The Debate for and against Immigration Is Not New
With policies continually changing, understanding how America has historically handled immigration will give you a better perspective to weigh-in about current decisions.

Are Video Games Legitimately Addictive?
Discover how the addictive nature of video games can hijack your brain and tap into the same neurological mechanisms as narcotics.

What the Dust Storm on Mars Means for Us
NASA announced a giant dust storm has enveloped Mars. Uncover how this planet may have been a twin to Earth and what these new developments predict about our own future.

We will be diligently monitoring current events and sharing updates on a regular basis, linking the latest headlines to our courses, so you can get the context, history, background, deeper meaning, and—especially—the facts. Our goal is to help our lifelong learners apply the knowledge they gain from our courses to the real world and become better-informed citizen about the present-day issues that concern us all.