CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Premier lifelong learning provider The Great Courses Plus released its latest “What America Is Learning” chart dominated by five lectures from the Smithsonian co-produced course America’s Founding Fathers, the most-watched course currently on the streaming platform. The other half of the top spots include a new primer on playing guitar and the popular “Cognitive Behavioral Foundations” guide on how to change your own behavior.
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“This month’s ‘What America Is Learning’ Top 10 demonstrates a desire to better understand today’s political climate through a reflection of the country’s legislative roots and other key developments in its early history,” said Paul Suijk, president and CEO of The Great Courses. “The chart reflects our customers seeking both practical and existential knowledge on a wide variety of subjects including history, psychology, music and physics.”
Debuting at number two, Professor Colin McAllister’s “Guitar Basics: Play a Song in 60 Seconds” has become an instant hit. Another new chart entry in fifth place, Dr. Don Lincoln’s “Two Prototype Theories of Everything” physics lecture explores seemingly contradictory explanations for all reality. Two lectures with a new take on early Christianity from a widely-published expert on Gnosticism round out the Top 10.
Here is the full “What America Is Learning” May chart from The Great Courses Plus:
Washington’s Doubts (from the course America’s Founding Fathers)
The series kicks off with America’s first President’s concerns about the post-Revolutionary American experiment, as taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D.
Basics: Play a Song in 60 Seconds (from the course Learning to
Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos)
The first guitar lecture covers the components and handling of the instrument, plus an introduction to major chords, as taught by Professor Colin McAllister, D.M.A.
Mifflin’s Congress (from the course America’s Founding Fathers)
The second lecture in the series analyzes failures by one president of Congress to illuminate key issues in America in 1783, as taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D.
Influence of Apocrypha (from the course The Apocryphal Jesus)
The first lecture in a series that explores the influential yet “hidden” early Christian writings left out of the New Testament, as taught by Professor David Brakke, Ph.D.
Prototype Theories of Everything (from the course The Theory of
Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality)
The search for a single explanation for all physical phenomena pits the standard model of particle physics vs. the general theory of relativity, as taught by Professor Don Lincoln, Ph.D.
Morris’s Money (from the course America’s Founding Fathers)
A deeper look at the financial stress the United States faced following the Revolution and Morris’ attempts to restore the economy, as taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D.
Franklin’s Leather Apron (from the course America’s Founding
A journey through the many influential, and at times arduous, roles Franklin played in the early shaping of the Republic, as taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D.
and Mary in the Proto-Gospel of James (from the course The
An expanded look at the Virgin Mary’s birth, upbringing and pregnancy with Jesus, as taught by Professor David Brakke, Ph.D.
Jefferson’s Books (from the course America’s Founding Fathers)
An in-depth examination of what influenced Jefferson’s political philosophy, as well as the many contradictions between his principles and actions, as taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D.
Behavioral Foundations (from the course Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain)
An introduction to three patients training their minds to improve motivation, manage emotions and interpersonal skills, as taught by Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D.
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