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The Great Courses: Better Living
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  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
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    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    SamanthaG says: "Very interesting course"
    Very interesting course

    Wish I'd had college professors like this one. Prof. Albala was animated and enthusiastic about his subject and held my attention. I especially enjo..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 02 2013 by SamanthaG (Marietta GA)
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
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    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Nothing really matters says: "It sounds like a cliché, but it changed my life."
    It sounds like a cliché, but it changed my life.

    I bought this lecture series for help with learning to meditate. I did not find it too helpful on that front as I am a complete beginner and the lect..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 27 2013 by Nothing really matters (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
  • The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
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    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Gloria Moreira says: "Great lay language refresher"
    Great lay language refresher

    As a health practitioner, I found Dr. Guarneri right on target and up to date on many of the most recent evidence-based medicine. It will help me gre..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 26 2013 by Gloria Moreira (MIAMI, FL, US)
  • Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
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    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Angela says: "Needs a side book"
    Needs a side book
    Reviewed on August 26 2013 by Angela (Playa del Aguila, Spain)
  • Stress and Your Body

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Sapolsky
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    Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress is an inherent aspect of life that can have tremendous negative effects on your mental and physical health. This makes coping with stress a critical part of how well we live.Once you understand the inner workings of your stress response system, you'll possess powerful knowledge that will help you understand and better deal with this common aspect of your busy life.

    Catherine says: "Not a bad primer for understanding stress"
    Not a bad primer for understanding stress

    I had just finished Robert Sapolsky's "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" when I started this. Honestly, after the zebra book, I would have skipped this one..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 31 2014 by Catherine (TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States)
  • Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
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    We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living? These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle.

    Stephanie says: "There is no Bibliography"
    There is no Bibliography

    Add the bibliography as a pdf file

    Reviewed on January 08 2014 by Stephanie (Catawba, VA, United States)
  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
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    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    Markus P. Mayer says: "so and so"
    so and so
    Reviewed on January 05 2014 by Markus P. Mayer (WALNUT CREEK, CA United States)
  • Memory and the Human Lifespan

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steve Joordens
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    What if your memory suddenly vanished, so that you could no longer summon recollections of anything at all? What if you couldn't even remember yourself-not your name, your school, where you worked, or even the face of the total stranger staring back at you from the mirror? This intriguing series of 24 lectures by an honored researcher and teacher explains not only how the various aspects of your memory operate, but the impact memory has on your daily experience of life.

    Douglas says: "Another Fantastic Course!..."
    Another Fantastic Course!...

    I have spent the last few weeks listening to nearly a dozen Great Courses lecture series on the brain, the mind and the ways that thought and memory h..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 12 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John E. Finn
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    A mere 45 words, the First Amendment to the Constitution stands as a pillar of our democracy and has had an incalculable influence on the development of human freedom in the United States and the Western world. To study the First Amendment is to learn something about the meaning of America and who "We the People" are - and to see the significant and far-reaching cultural implications of this fundamental constitutional provisions. These 12 practical lectures offer a guide to understanding the protections and limitations implied by the First Amendment.

    Garshom L. Arkoff says: "Important topic but hard to follow"
    Important topic but hard to follow

    I am a political junkie and the US Constitution is particularly interesting and important to me. I feel very strongly that the Bill of Rights is an i..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 28 2014 by Garshom L. Arkoff (SANTA ROSA, CA, United States)
  • Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey Rosen
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    Story
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    Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

    Joseph says: "Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend"
    Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend

    A well-organized and structured lecture that takes a look at constitutional law and historical legal precedent, with particular emphasis on the 4th, 5..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 27 2013 by Joseph (SAN JOSE, CA, United States)
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
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    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Atheous says: "It just starts with myths."
    It just starts with myths.

    Even though I keep up with health and science news, I had some false information. The dispelation of myth is just the start of the real subject of t..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 12 2013 by Atheous (Mojave desert)
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
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    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    DaemonZeiro says: "Don't skimp on this one"
    Don't skimp on this one

    This one starts out alright but there are a LOT of things that one can find wrong with the experiments spoken about later on. This is only 3hrs but it..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 11 2013 by DaemonZeiro (Worcester, MA USA)
  • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

    Jacobus says: "A helpful and enlightning overview of parenting"
    A helpful and enlightning overview of parenting

    Prof. Peter M. Vishton is an expert in Cognitive Psychology who gives tips on how to raise your children... what was unusual to me was that he didn't ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 22 2014 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Clancy Martin
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    Whether or not we're aware of them, we make important ethical decisions all the time - as professionals, consumers, citizens, parents, sons and daughters, and friends. These 24 thought-provoking lectures offer you the chance to reflect on some of the most powerful moral issues we face in our daily lives: Is it ever OK to lie? What are our moral obligations to others? What is the key to living the good life? From Plato to Kant to Bonhoeffer, you'll see how some of the world's greatest thinkers from across the ages have approached similar problems.

    Jacobus says: "Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course"
    Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course

    In 24 lectures prof. Clancy Martin makes his listeners realise that moral decision making is an important, yet often neglected part of life. He initia..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 19 2014 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jason M. Satterfield
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    Cutting-edge research on the brain's interaction with the body shows that health is directly impacted by our social environments, socioeconomic status, culture, behaviors, relationships, psychological states, and habits of mind, among many factors. Mind-body medicine-working in partnership with traditional medical practice-uses a large range of psychological, physical, and behavioral treatments in a model of health care that aims to treat the whole human being.

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  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
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    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses

    I absolutely love The Great Courses. I've listened to at least 30 of them, and I have to say that Customs of the World might be my favorite. It was so..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 17 2013 by Quaker (Philadelphia)
  • Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Philip Colletta
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    Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

    KEITH says: "You had better love Linguistics to get this series"
    You had better love Linguistics to get this series

    I have listened to The Great Courses for over ten years. But this course was hard to get through. It was not that the Professor was not interesting or..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 23 2014 by KEITH (Canyon Country, CA, United States)