This Year's Great New Courses!
This Year's Great New Courses!
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life

    Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D.

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    You talk to yourself all day long. We all do. Most of what we say carries no emotional weight, but sometimes, what we tell ourselves negatively affects the very quality of our lives. In the 24 compelling half-hour lectures of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life, Professor Jason Satterfield will help you build your cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) toolbox. In learning to use these tools appropriately, you will be building a life that is both more powerful and more peaceful than you had ever imagined.
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    You talk to yourself all day long. We all do. Most of what we say carries no emotional weight, but sometimes, what we tell ourselves negatively affects the very quality of our lives. In the 24 compelling half-hour lectures of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life, Professor Jason Satterfield will help you build your cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) toolbox. In learning to use these tools appropriately, you will be building a life that is both more powerful and more peaceful than you had ever imagined.
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    24 Lectures  |  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Daily Life
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      A CBT Toolbox: Toward Wise Living
      Learn why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is such a powerful and effective therapy to help you move toward Wise Mind—that state where your emotions and cognition are working together, each from its own strength, to support you in your best possible life. You’ll meet Amanda, David, and Miriam and watch their initial CBT sessions. x
    • 2
      Laying a Foundation: Assessments and Goals
      A full self-assessment is a foundational CBT skill, giving you a good sense of your strengths and areas for improvement. And as you move forward in your therapy, self-assessment will show you whether or not you've been progressing toward your goals. Learn how to access the NIH's free PROMIS system to collect the data you'll need for your self-assessment and case formulation. x
    • 3
      Behavioral Activation: Potent Mood Boosters
      While you already know your emotions can affect your behaviors, the reverse is also true. For example, have you ever noticed that you seem to be in a better mood after exercise or watching a funny movie? Explore the umbrella concept of behavioral activation and learn the important ABCs of behavior—antecedents, behavior, and consequences—to make them work for you. x
    • 4
      Advanced Behavioral Techniques
      Learn about the numerous techniques for somatic quieting, including some that Dr. Satterfield has begun to use for himself. Watch as he suggests various behavioral activations for both Amanda and David. Although their issues and needs are very different, you'll see that behavioral activation is an important CBT tool for both. x
    • 5
      Capturing Thoughts and Making Connections
      As you investigate your two distinct systems of cognition, you will immediately recognize the roles they have both played in your life. Explore how your personal habits of mind and habits of selective attention have affected your own behavior and emotions. Watch as Dr. Satterfield works with Miriam and David on important cognitive exercises. x
    • 6
      Cognitive Restructuring and Thought Records
      The CBT thought record is the workhorse of the therapy, the tool that will lead to cognitive restructuring. Learn how to create your own thought record, identifying your triggers, emotions, and automatic thoughts. Watching David as he works through the first part of his own thought record will help you develop your own and better understand the power of the tool. x
    • 7
      Worry, Rumination, and Sticky Thoughts
      Have you ever found yourself worrying so much that you wished you could just turn your brain off? You're not alone-it's normal to worry from time to time. But when worrying becomes unproductive and continual, CBT tools can help you regain control. Learn several techniques-from distracting yourself to scheduling official worry time-that can help you redirect your thoughts and avoid rumination. x
    • 8
      Digging Deeper: Rules and Core Beliefs
      To benefit from CBT, it's not enough to look only at your automatic thoughts. Use a new worksheet to identify your deepest beliefs and schemas, as well as your signature strengths. Functioning as an advanced thought record, your detailed core beliefs worksheet will help you understand what drives your automatic thoughts about yourself. x
    • 9
      Toolbox in Action: Stress and Assertiveness
      In this lecture, you will continue exploring blended techniques, using both cognitive and behavioral strategies to practice assertiveness and stress management. The basics are already in your toolbox, but you'll learn to create the new tools of cognitive rehearsal, microaffirmations, and savoring by combining the basic skills in new ways. x
    • 10
      Understanding and Managing Emotions
      You have experienced emotions every day of your life, and they influence everything you think and do. And yet, they are not always easy to identify and understand, and certainly not easy to control. Discover how to identify your primary emotions, their triggers, associated cognitions, and linked behaviors. Watch David as he learns about the modal model of emotions and emotion regulation skills. x
    • 11
      Key Steps to Solving Problems
      Learn about problem-solving therapy and how it can help manage the negative effects of stressful events. As you develop the skills to identify the stressors that trigger your sadness and anger, you’ll be able to better manage negative emotions. You will become more confident about your ability to cope with difficult problems—and even more accepting of problems that might not have a solution at all. x
    • 12
      Grief, Sadness, and Depression
      Grief and loss unite us all; if you haven't experienced a loss yet, you will before long. Learn about the relationships between sadness, grief, and depression, and how CBT can help at all points along the depressive continuum. Watch Miriam as she begins to cope with the grief of having recently lost her mother. How can you determine whether or not she's clinically depressed? x
    • 13
      Panic Attacks and Anxiety
      Anxiety, one of the most common negative emotions, is something we’ve all experienced at one time or another. Look closely at the differences between anxiety, anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. Explore the treatment of exposure therapy and its success rates—the one aspect of CBT you should seek professional help to implement. x
    • 14
      Addiction and Pain Medications
      Learn how CBT can play a significant role in the treatment of substance abuse disorders—particularly when combined with medication assisted treatment—by addressing the underlying social disconnection that can lead to drug use. Watch Scott work with the issues of an opioid addiction that began with a legitimate need for pain relief from a physical problem. x
    • 15
      Embracing Imperfection
      The costs of being a perfectionist are high: anger, irritability, impatience, stress, rigidity—the gut-churning desperation to avoid failure and disapproval. Determine which CBT cognitive and behavioral techniques can be helpful in treatment, and watch Amanda as she addresses her own perfectionism. Discover the powerful Dutch concept of niksen and consider how it might fit into your own life. x
    • 16
      Beating Procrastination
      Explore the cognitions, behaviors, and emotions that come into play with procrastination. Learn to use your CBT thought record, core beliefs worksheet, and problem-solving therapy to identify ways in which you can reframe the task at hand. Watch how Amanda addresses her procrastination by employing the four squares" technique developed by US President Dwight Eisenhower." x
    • 17
      Soothing Rejection, Promoting Connection
      We are wired to be overly sensitive to rejection, and while that might have been adaptive in our evolutionary past, it is not helpful now. Watch how Stephen responds to perceived rejection. Learn about the nature of rejection itself and which CBT skills can help Stephen, Amanda, and others address those habits of mind that can work against us. x
    • 18
      Early Childhood Trauma and Neglect
      Learn about the ACEs study—Adverse Childhood Experiences—and why it has been so impactful in the medical and mental-health communities. You can identify your own ACEs number and associated risks. But more importantly, explore the many ways in which CBT can help you rewrite your own story and lower that risk as you watch Miriam address her own past trauma. x
    • 19
      Managing Chronic Disease
      Using the tools in your CBT toolbox, explore how chronic disease can affect self-image and a sense of hope, and how it also challenges notions held about mortality and vulnerability. While CBT cannot cure the physical illness, it can be used to ameliorate many of the habits of mind that affect daily life. Watch Miriam as she addresses the impacts of several chronic illnesses. x
    • 20
      Coping with Chronic Pain
      Learn which CBT tools can be used to manage the psychological suffering that usually accompanies chronic pain, something that affects 15 to 20% of Americans each year. While CBT is not meant as a substitute for other types of pain intervention, it can add to the treatment protocol as it targets emotion regulation and improved social and occupational functioning. x
    • 21
      How to End Insomnia and Finally Sleep
      Lack of sleep is one of the most common medical complaints seen in primary care clinics today. Explore the impressive efficacy of CBT-I (“I” for insomnia) and watch Christian as he addresses his seven-year battle with insomnia using CBT-I techniques. Learn about sleep hygiene, sleep efficiency, how to keep a sleep log, and how you might apply these aspects of CBT-I to your own life. x
    • 22
      CBT for the Beginning of the End of Life
      How can we use CBT to improve the quality of the last years of life, when death becomes either imminent or certain within the next few years? Explore the many CBT tools that can be used to work with end-of-life issues. Watch David as he addresses these issues with a very specific configuration of CBT tools in a 12-session format. x
    • 23
      Expanding CBT with Technology
      Technology can be a boon for CBT, expanding its accessibility to those who aren't able to work with a therapist in person and those who prefer technological assistance to the standby pen and paper. Explore the exciting possibilities of expanding CBT accessibility through chatbots, mobile apps, websites, video games, virtual reality, and the even newer technologies on the horizon. x
    • 24
      Reclaiming and Rewriting Our Stories
      What stories do you tell about yourself? Your loved ones? Explore how CBT and the search for cognitive balance can inform and reshape our stories in constructive ways. Explore the practice of writing your own character sketch and the "library exercise" in which you curate your own library of stories. What would you like to change now that you have the CBT tools to do just that? x
  • Your Public Persona: Self-Presentation in Everyday Life

    Professor Mark Leary, Ph.D.

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    In Your Public Persona: Self-Presentation in Everyday Life, Professor Leary brings you to the forefront of recent studies in self-presentation. After more than 40 years of experience in psychology and neuroscience—and with wry humor and a talent for distilling difficult concepts into manageable parts— he makes this fascinating topic accessible to audiences everywhere. Step up to a thought-provoking journey into the workings of the human social mind filled with self-discovery and insights into the other people in your life.
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    In Your Public Persona: Self-Presentation in Everyday Life, Professor Leary brings you to the forefront of recent studies in self-presentation. After more than 40 years of experience in psychology and neuroscience—and with wry humor and a talent for distilling difficult concepts into manageable parts— he makes this fascinating topic accessible to audiences everywhere. Step up to a thought-provoking journey into the workings of the human social mind filled with self-discovery and insights into the other people in your life.
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    12 Lectures  |  Your Public Persona: Self-Presentation in Everyday Life
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      Self-Presentation in Everyday Life
      Follow Professor Mark Leary of Duke University through the basics of self-presentation, his primary area of scholarship for more than 40 years in the field of social psychology. Discover both how we form impressions about other people in everyday life and how we attempt to manage their impressions of us. x
    • 2
      Tactics for Managing Impressions
      Professor Leary takes viewers into the compelling world of impression management—from physical appearance and body language to verbal cues and explicit statements about ourselves. Learn about the wide variety of tactics we use to get people to see us in particular ways in our efforts to reach the goals we would like to attain. x
    • 3
      Fitting In and Playing Roles
      The balance that all humans strike between conformity and individuality has critical bearing on the quality and happiness of our lives. Although we are often reminded of the importance of individuality, it is actually conformity that allows us to function as social animals. Explore the role that self-presentation plays in finding “optimal distinctiveness.” x
    • 4
      Playing to the Audience's Values
      Know your audience. Learn why their impressions matter and how we shift from one self-presentational performance to another, depending on the values of the people with whom we interact. In our efforts to be seen as likable, competent, and virtuous, we tailor our self-presentation to the preferences of those around us. x
    • 5
      When Undesirable Personas Are Deliberate
      Generally, we want to be perceived in positive ways. What happens when, in pursuit of a particular goal, we manage impressions to look aggressive, incompetent, or ill instead? Professor Leary unpacks our motivations for presenting socially undesirable impressions, and the antisocial behavior that such impression management can generate. x
    • 6
      Your Public Persona and Your Self-Image
      People differ in the kinds of impressions they try to create and the tactics they use to do so. From the publicly self-conscious, to those who rarely seem to care what others think, discover several psychological characteristics that influence self-presentation. x
    • 7
      Self-Presentation in Close Relationships
      Our friends, family, and romantic partners hold tremendous sway over the outcomes of our lives—a reality reflected in the ways we use self-presentation to manage these critical associations. From first impressions to final conflicts, see how we present ourselves to create, manage, improve, and even end our closest relationships. x
    • 8
      Managing Your Image at Work
      Most of us are deeply concerned with our image in the workplace, and with good reason. How people see us determines much in our professional lives. In this lecture, Professor Leary delves into the challenges of workplace self-presentation, and how we use impression management to get, keep, and even do our jobs. x
    • 9
      Social Anxiety and Self-Presentation
      Sometimes other people’s impressions of us are particularly important—for example, when we are on a first date, in a job interview, or giving a public speech. In these cases, we might feel the warning pangs of social anxiety because the fear of making an undesired impression is both real and justified. Although social anxiety is certainly uncomfortable, learn why it is essential to our social well-being. x
    • 10
      Self-Presentation Dilemmas and Disasters
      Everyone has said and done things that constitute what Professor Leary calls “self-presentational disasters.” Generally, the consequences are minor, if uncomfortable. Discover common mishaps, as well as more critical, life-changing mistakes, and the many strategies we employ to mitigate the damage to our image once it has been done. x
    • 11
      The Dangers of Self-Presentation
      Have you ever done something dangerous or stupid to impress the people around you? Self-presentation, often so beneficial, can also be hazardous to your health. Delve into the dark side of impression management as Professor Leary explains the risky, foolish, and damaging choices we make to appear attractive, adventurous, young, healthy, and even “cool.” x
    • 12
      Behind the Mask: Who Are You Really?
      In this final lecture, Professor Leary reviews the role of self-presentation in our social lives—and our frequent discomfort with it. How can we both manage impressions and be authentic individuals? Is impression management just another form of dishonesty, or an essential tool? The study of self-presentation can reveal to us not just how we want to be seen, but at a much deeper level, who we actually are. x
  • Tai Chi for Strength, Balance, and Tranquility

    David-Dorian Ross, International Master Tai Chi Instructor

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    Practiced in the East for centuries, the flowing movements of the ancient martial art of tai chi have been known to promote health and inner harmony. Welcome to Tai Chi for Aging with Strength and Tranquility, led by International Master Tai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross. With his calming voice and easy manner, he encourages you to just follow along and copy his healing movements—not to memorize the tai chi forms or focus on the technique of any particular posture. Simply by copying the movements of your instructor, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your physical practice, as well as your understanding of the tai chi philosophy.

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    Practiced in the East for centuries, the flowing movements of the ancient martial art of tai chi have been known to promote health and inner harmony. Welcome to Tai Chi for Aging with Strength and Tranquility, led by International Master Tai Chi Instructor David-Dorian Ross. With his calming voice and easy manner, he encourages you to just follow along and copy his healing movements—not to memorize the tai chi forms or focus on the technique of any particular posture. Simply by copying the movements of your instructor, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your physical practice, as well as your understanding of the tai chi philosophy.

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    10 Lectures  |  Tai Chi for Strength, Balance, and Tranquility
    Lecture Titles (10)
    • 1
      Tai Chi Fit in Paradise
      On the Hawaiian sand and with the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the background, your instructor takes you through a tai chi practice that includes a warm up, two workout sessions, and a cool down. As you listen to the waves and watch their motion, you'll gently move side to side and up and down with the classic tai chi postures Embrace the Moon, Penetrating Heaven and the Earth, Cloud Hands, and more. x
    • 2
      Tai Chi Fusion: Fire
      This practice combines tai chi with the martial art of kung fu, which translates to high-level work. Together, they combine into a practice focused on intensity, the most intense workout of the series. Discover how to bring the fire into your whole being, mind, energy, and spirit, while still maintaining a physical practice that is appropriate for your body and physical capabilities. Explore the classic postures of Snake Creeping through the Grass, Solitary Whip, and more. x
    • 3
      Tai Chi Fusion: Iron
      Combining the principles of weight lifting and tai chi, this practice is a lesson in contrast and mindfulness. As you practice with your weighted sticks-or with lightweight wooden spoons from your kitchen, as you choose-contrasting aspects of life will become apparent: heavy and light, what you do and do not do, what you notice and ignore. Explore the classic postures of Playing the Pipa and Seizing the Sparrow's Tail, among many others. x
    • 4
      Tai Chi Fusion: Bamboo
      Your instructor teaches this gentle workout in a beautiful bamboo forest. Combining yoga and tai chi in a practice that emphasizes the principle of surrender, you will learn about gratitude, benevolence, and generosity, especially toward yourself. The two disciplines progress seamlessly through the workout and include the classic tai chi postures of Sinking the Chi and Fending Off the Monkey, among others. x
    • 5
      Tai Chi Fit: 24 Form
      This diverse practice includes four separate workout options, as well as a warm up and cool down. As you follow along with your instructor along at the pace and intensity that works best for you-and you will be continually encouraged to do exactly that-you will be exposed to a wide variety of classic tai chi postures, including The Fair Maiden Weaves the Loom, The White Crane Spreads Its Wings, and Bouncing on the Toes Seven Times to Drive Away All Illness. x
    • 6
      Tai Chi Fit over 50: Balance Exercises
      Since the mid-1990s, the American Medical Association has recommended tai chi as the number-one form of exercise for maintaining balance and fall prevention. In this program, you'll be encouraged to do the workout the way you need to do it with respect to your own balance-holding on to a wall or even keeping just one finger on the back of a chair for stability. As you work on building the muscles needed for balance, you will explore the use of weighted tai chi balls as well as the classic postures of Old Woman Digs in the Garden and The Monkey, among others. x
    • 7
      Tai Chi Fit over 50: Seated Workout
      There are many different reasons for any individual to do a seated workout. In this program, you'll learn that practicing tai chi from a seated position can be just as beneficial and challenging as standing. You'll follow your teacher's gentle movements from his own chair as you explore the classic tai chi postures of Embracing the Moon and The Opening of Your Heart, among many others. x
    • 8
      Tai Chi Fit over 60: Gentle Exercises for Beginners
      This program provides the most gentle option for tai chi beginners-of any age. As with the other programs in this series, there is nothing to learn or memorize. Just follow along with your instructor as he moves slightly up and down and gently side to side. With his easy manner and relaxed sense of humor, you'll feel immediately comfortable in this ancient form of exercise. And while you're following along, you'll also be exploring the classic tai chi postures of Opening the Door and The Twisting Dragon, among others. x
    • 9
      Tai Chi Fit over 60: Healthy Joints
      While pain and inflammation in the joints can keep us from doing the things we love, lack of activity makes the joints weaker and leads to a downward spiral. Tai chi is well-known to heal the joints with some simple movements, even practicing just a few minutes a day. While you're copying your instructors gentle movements in this program, you'll be exploring the classic tai chi postures of Princess on the Mountaintop and Holding Up the Heavens like a Pillar. x
    • 10
      Tai Chi Fit over 60: Live Longer, Feel Younger
      As your instructor points out, if you want to live longer and feel younger, then you have to look at the people who live long, fruitful lives and do what they do. The best way to take care of your human machine certainly includes a routine tai chi practice. With his relaxed and humorous style, your instructor invites you to have some fun, as you continue on the path of your tai chi practice-exploring the classic tai chi postures of Cloud Hands and Sinking the Chi, among many others. x
  • Learning Italian: Step by Step and Region by Region

    Professor Kristina Olson, PhD

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    In this exciting course on Italian, you’ll learn to speak about the present, the past, and the future through detailed work with verbs, nouns, and adjectives, plus you’ll learn vocabulary on numerous, useful subjects. Among Italy’s richly diverse regions, you’ll discover the romantic beauties of Campania, The “Marches”, Il Veneto, and Tuscany, in an unforgettable immersion into Italy’s splendorous language and culture.

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    In this exciting course on Italian, you’ll learn to speak about the present, the past, and the future through detailed work with verbs, nouns, and adjectives, plus you’ll learn vocabulary on numerous, useful subjects. Among Italy’s richly diverse regions, you’ll discover the romantic beauties of Campania, The “Marches”, Il Veneto, and Tuscany, in an unforgettable immersion into Italy’s splendorous language and culture.

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    24 Lectures  |  Learning Italian: Step by Step and Region by Region
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      Benvenuti to Italian and Italy's 20 Regions!
      Begin with a preview of the content of the course, as you will study the Italian language within the cultural context of Italy's 20 geographic regions. Learn about vowels and consonants in Italian, and important principles of pronunciation. Study the subject pronouns, the verbs essere and stare (both meaning to be"), daily greetings, and practice the elements of a simple conversation." x
    • 2
      Nouns and Articles / Sicily
      Discover the island of Sicily, as you build knowledge of Italian grammar and vocabulary. Dive into a text describing Sicily's topography, history, and ancient treasures. Using the text, explore Italian nouns as they express gender and number. Then look at indefinite articles in Italian (a" and "an" in English) and definite articles ("the" in English), and learn a practice dialogue." x
    • 3
      Nouns and Adjectives / Sicily II
      Delve further into the history and culture of Sicily in this lesson. Study the plural forms of nouns, and how numbers are spoken in Italian. Practice both elements using an imaginary dialogue concerning a Sicilian literary character. Learn how to describe people, places, and things with adjectives; how adjectives reflect gender and number; and practice describing a Renaissance painting. x
    • 4
      Verbs Ending in -are / Lombardy
      Take an overview of the region of Lombardy; its geography, culture, and food traditions. Learn the present indicative conjugation for -are" verbs, covering a group of highly useful verbs. Use your new knowledge in talking about daily routines and discussing a classic Italian film, Il Posto. Review numbers in Italian, and look at one of Lombardy's gems, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci." x
    • 5
      Verbs Ending in -ere / Lazio
      The region of Lazio contains the city of Rome, and much history regarding Italian art, politics, and society. Take in its cultural highlights as you practice second conjugation" verbs, ending in "-ere". Build facility with these verbs in the present indicative, using a text about the iconic film La Dolce Vita. Learn idiomatic expressions using avere (to have), and ways of forming questions." x
    • 6
      Verbs Ending in -ire / Aosta and Trentino-Alto Adige
      Start this lesson by reading texts describing two of the northernmost regions of Italy, the Valle d'Aosta and Trentino-Alto Adige, focusing on their mountainous geography and beautiful landscapes. Then study third conjugation" verbs, ending in -ire, taking note of important irregular -ire verbs. Also learn the calendar, seasons, days of the week, and vocabulary concerning sports activities." x
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      Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns / Puglia
      Grasp how possessive adjectives (my," "your," and "our" in English) and possessive pronouns ("mine," "yours,"and "ours") function in Italian. Explore their use in text describing the geography, scenic landscapes and coastline, and traditional houses of the Puglia region, and add important vocabulary about the family. Practice what you've learned in discussing Tre Fratelli and Le Mine vaganti, two films set in Puglia." x
    • 8
      Prepositions / Abruzzo and Molise
      Travel to the beautiful regions of Abruzzo and Molise, which feature stunning natural scenery, fine cuisine, and much history. Dig deeply into the use of prepositions in Italian (as in from," "with," and "about" in English), which connect all the parts of speech. Also, note how prepositions express unspecified quantities, and learn vocabulary about the weather and seasonal activities." x
    • 9
      Modal Verbs, Sapere, and Conoscere / Liguria
      Modal" verbs are verbs that precede another infinitive, as in "I want to eat." Work with dovere (to have to), potere (to be able to), and volere (to want to), as you discover Liguria's natural beauties, picturesque towns, and culinary and artistic riches. Then investigate the verbs conoscere and sapere, which relate to knowledge, and look into the creations of Genoese architect Renzo Piano." x
    • 10
      The Imperative Mood / Campania
      The imperative mood expresses commands, as in, Repeat after me," in English. Explore the two types of imperative verbs in Italian, the informal and the formal, and when to use each. Also, study irregular forms of the imperative. Practice the imperative by describing the popular Campania region, famous for its capital of Naples, its ancient sites, beautiful islands, and the scenic Amalfi Coast." x
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      Direct Objects / Emilia-Romagna
      Here, your subject matter for practice is the beautiful central region of Emilia-Romagna, which boasts the medieval city of Bologna, stunning Adriatic beaches, and a wealth of famous food specialties. Study direct object pronouns (as in it" and "them" in English, standing in for nouns), as well as two vital adjectives, buono and bello, and use them in describing the sights of Emilia-Romagna." x
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      Indirect Objects / Friuli-Venezia Giulia
      Continue your study with the indirect object pronouns, which function as in I give the book to him" in English. Also explore double object pronouns, as in "I give it to him." Then practice the verb piacere, which expresses likes and dislikes, as you explore the multilingual region of Fruli-Venezia Guilia, highlighting its beautiful and diverse scenery and the fascinating city of Trieste." x
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      Irregular Nouns / Basilicata
      The less-visited southern region of Basilicata contains rich treasures of history and culture. Discover its ancient rock-carved houses and lunar landscapes as you return to Italian nouns, working with their plural endings and irregular forms. Then add the interrogative nouns and pronouns (who," "what," "why"), as you learn about Carlo Levi's celebrated novel which made this region famous." x
    • 14
      Reflexive Pronouns and Verbs / The Marches
      Reflexive verbs direct the action onto the subject, as in I wash myself." Practice key Italian reflexive verbs along with their pronouns for talking about daily routines and wellness. In the Marches region, reflect on its picturesque scenery, Renaissance and medieval architecture, and the legacy of Raphael and Rossini, and learn the vocabulary of the body as well as how to tell time in Italian." x
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      Reciprocal Verbs and Negatives / Veneto
      The splendors of the Veneto region are your material for this lesson, from its iconic visual artists and the glorious city of Venice to its traditions of literature and theater. In speaking about the region, add reciprocal verbs, which describe actions that are shared reciprocally, as in, They love each other." Also, explore negative constructions and the expressive range of Italian adverbs." x
    • 16
      Present Progressive and Suffixes / Piedmont
      Study text describing the rich attractions of the Piedmont region, its alpine geography, the beautiful capital of Torino, and famed artisanal products. Work with the present progressive construction, which describes actions occurring in the present moment, as in I'm eating lunch." Learn about Italian suffixes, word endings that convey extra meaning, and about expressive Italian hand gestures." x
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      Indefinite Pronouns, Ci, and Ne / Sardinia
      Indefinite pronouns describe nonspecific qualities or quantities, as in some," "any," or "many" in English. Study how these work in Italian, as you discuss ancient sites, agriculture, and tourism on the scenic island of Sardinia. Also, explore the unique pronouns ci and ne, which replace phrases within sentences. Then see how the beauties of Sardinia have been depicted in Italian films." x
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      Passato Prossimo with Avere / Umbria
      The verdant region of Umbria is known as The Green Heart of Italy." Read text about its natural beauties, art and architecture, artisanal industries, and religious history. Work with the basic past tense, the passato prossimo ("Have you eaten?"). Learn to form this compound tense with avere (to have), and use it in discussing Umbrian culture. Also, study regular and irregular participles." x
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      Passato Prossimo with Essere / Tuscany
      Tuscany is perhaps Italy's most celebrated and popular region, and the cradle of the Renaissance. Learn about its breathtaking medieval cities, beloved food specialties, and its iconic artists and writers. See how the passato prossimo tense is used with the auxiliary verb essere. Study expressions of time, and practice your skills in describing the life of Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli. x
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      The Imperfect Tense / Calabria
      The imperfetto (the imperfect) describes actions in the past that were ongoing or not completed, as in I was reading." Read text about the untamed beauty, prehistory, and Greek/Byzantine legacy of Calabria, noting the use of the imperfetto. Learn to conjugate the imperfetto, and practice choosing where to use it, as opposed to the passato prossimo, in text on the treasures of ancient Calabria." x
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      The Impersonal Voice / Liguria II
      Take a second look at the natural beauty and artistic culture of Liguria. Study the impersonal voice, which is used to refer to an unspecified subject, as in One should" or "Everyone knows." See how this voice expresses what people can do, see, or experience. Then return to modal verbs, as well as conoscere and sapere, and see how these verbs take on different meanings based on the tense used." x
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      The Imperative with Pronouns / Campania II
      Return to the culturally rich Campania region as you review the imperative mood (commands), and learn how the imperative functions with pronouns (where Eat the pizza!" becomes "Eat it!"). Explore both the informal and formal imperative, double pronouns ("Give it to her."). Then practice them in describing Campania's ancient cities, scenic beauties, and beloved culinary specialties." x
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      The Future Tense / Lazio II
      Speak about the sights and history of Rome, the eternal city, as you learn the future tense in Italian (I will go."). Practice the conjugation of the future tense, and explore the verb stem changes that characterize it. Take into account the different meanings of the future tense, including its use to express probability, as well as the future perfect construction ("I will have gone.")." x
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      Comparatives, Superlatives, and Arrivederci! / Tuscany II
      Conclude the course with a return to the beloved region of Tuscany. Expand your knowledge of the past tense in discussing Tuscany's topography; food culture; and literary giants Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Learn to make comparisons, of equality (as good as") and of inequality ("better than"). Finally, explore Italian superlatives ("the worst", "the best")." x
  • Language A to Z
    Course  |  Language A to Z

    Professor John McWhorter, Ph.D.

    Available Formats: Instant Video, Instant Audio, DVD

    There’s a lot that’s quirky and intriguing about how human language works—and much of it is downright fun to learn about. Here’s a delightful way to get accessible, bite-sized introductions to language in Language A to Z. These twenty-four 15-minute lectures by Professor John McWhorter, one of the best-known popularizers of language, use the English alphabet as a unique, offbeat way to let you hopscotch through some of the field’s major topics, hot-button issues, curious factoids, and more. Filled with humor, whimsy, and no shortage of insights, this course is a fast-paced tour of the same territory linguists tread each and every day.

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    There’s a lot that’s quirky and intriguing about how human language works—and much of it is downright fun to learn about. Here’s a delightful way to get accessible, bite-sized introductions to language in Language A to Z. These twenty-four 15-minute lectures by Professor John McWhorter, one of the best-known popularizers of language, use the English alphabet as a unique, offbeat way to let you hopscotch through some of the field’s major topics, hot-button issues, curious factoids, and more. Filled with humor, whimsy, and no shortage of insights, this course is a fast-paced tour of the same territory linguists tread each and every day.

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    24 Lectures  |  Language A to Z
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      A for Aramaic
      After a brief introduction on why an alphabetic approach makes an engaging way to explore human language, Professor McWhorter provides a close look at one of the ancient world's most influential languages: Aramaic. How did it achieve such prominence? What led to its decline? Where can you hear it today? x
    • 2
      B for Baby Mama
      Explore how the common expression baby mama" reflects the grammar behind what linguists refer to as African-American Vernacular English (or Ebonics). Along the way, you'll discover how Ebonics emerged as an intriguing mash-up of assorted British regional dialects-along with a sprinkle of grammatical streamlining any language could benefit from." x
    • 3
      C for Compounds
      We can actually change a word's part of speech simply by moving the accent up front (loudspeaker versus loud speaker). Welcome to the world of compounds, one of the fundamental elements of speaking English. And knowing how they work can also help you determine historical pronunciations of words you weren't around to hear. x
    • 4
      D for Double Negatives
      Americans have been taught that double negatives are a grammatical no-no. But they're actually used in most of the world's languages. So who's right? And does the substitute "any" (e.g., "not going anywhere" versus "not going nowhere") solve the problem, or just make it more awkward? Find out here. x
    • 5
      E for Etymology
      Learn more about etymology, the tool linguists use to decipher the fascinating (and mundane) backstories of words and phrases. For example, you'll explore why "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" is really about sheep in Great Britain; why "quaint" originally meant "crafty"; and why we drink punches as well as throw them. x
    • 6
      F for First Words
      "Mama" and "papa" are some of the first words spoken in a majority of the world's languages. Why these first words and not others? As you explore this intriguing subject, you'll also probe some of the theories behind how language starts (involving everything from anatomy to music to mimicked animal calls). x
    • 7
      G for Greek Alphabet
      It's easy to miss just how deeply peculiar an alphabet is. It provides a transcription of language based not on pictures but written representations of sounds. Here, Professor McWhorter takes you back to ancient Greece on an investigation of how the alphabet was invented and (slowly) settled into our consciousness. x
    • 8
      H for Hobbits
      What can hobbits teach us about the actual science involved in linguistics? Find out in this eye-opening lecture that introduces you to Homo floresiensis, "little people," on the island of Flores, with their own strangely simplified language that some scientists believe was spoken until just a few centuries ago. x
    • 9
      I for Island
      Use the intriguing backstory of the "word island" as a gateway for exploring why English spelling can be such a mess. Two specific reasons you'll focus on: the "sacred" linguistic nature of Latin and Greek, and the ramifications of the Great Vowel Shift, which dramatically altered the pronunciation of many English words. x
    • 10
      J for Jamaican
      Delve into the world of Jamaican patois, which developed among African slaves in the 1600s as they quickly adopted English. You'll discover that languages vary not just in how they're put together, but according to diverse factors such as socioeconomics and the audience one is speaking to. x
    • 11
      K for Ket
      Get an introduction to Ket: one of the world's 6,000 languages you're highly unlikely to hear about beyond Siberia, where it's spoken by just several hundred people (as compared to, say, the 125 million who speak Japanese). It's a fascinating look at just how complex even the tiniest of languages can be. x
    • 12
      L for Like
      Turn now to a topic linguists get asked about a lot: the use of "like" in conversation among young people. As Professor McWhorter reveals, this popular pet peeve is actually a highly ritualized form of acting and a perfect example of pragmatic particles, which convey attitudes toward what's being said. x
    • 13
      M for Maltese
      See how Maltese, the only Arabic language variety spoken within the European Union, reflects the idea that visual maps of languages aren't always as clear-cut as they seem. In fact, as Professor McWhorter reveals, the classification of languages and dialects can be quite frustrating—and even impossible. x
    • 14
      N for Native American English
      Delve into the world of pidgin languages: handy linguistic tools that consist of a few hundred words with little grammar. Focus on the Native American Pidgin English that emerged in the 1600s and helped bridge basic communication gaps (without relying on sign language) between English speakers and Native Americans. x
    • 15
      O for Oldsters in Cartoons
      There's a lot to learn about language from cartoons. In this lecture, find out how depictions of older people in American cartoons used to reflect the distinction between how people speak in the country versus the city. Also, hear this idea at work through a 1960s study about local accents on Martha's Vineyard. x
    • 16
      P for Plurals, Q for Quiz
      Plurals pop up in some languages, while other languages don't care how many things there are. How did we start marking plurals, and how is it possible for languages to work without them? Discover the intriguing answers, and then learn about the possible origins of the odd word quiz. x
    • 17
      R for R-lessness
      One of the strange things about language: To a large extent, we use it subconsciously. Professor McWhorter offers a panoramic sense of this idea by zeroing in on just one sound, "R," and its growing disappearance in British and American English (e.g., pronouncing corner not as "cor-ner" but "caw-nuh"). x
    • 18
      S for She
      Investigate the stories behind pronouns that we currently use or that have fallen out of favor, including "she," "he," "thou," "thee," and "they." The general story you'll uncover is the same you see with plurals around the world: excessive words that end up being more than we need to communicate. x
    • 19
      T for Tone
      Just as important as the word you're saying is the tone in which you're saying it. But some languages depend on tone much more heavily than English does. Why? How did they emerge, and why did they only cluster in certain places? x
    • 20
      U for Understand
      "Ask." "Reveal." "Understand." These are just three examples of the habit of turning bare verbs into nouns instead of using an already existing noun with a suffix. Learn why this slangy, sometimes dramatic linguistic habit stems from a logical human quest for order through language maintenance. x
    • 21
      V for Vocabulary
      Figuring out what words are, and which ones we want to count as part of our language, is a slippery task that you'll make more sense of here. Specifically, focus on why discussions about vocabulary size mistakenly deal exclusively with written languages—of which there are only about a hundred worldwide. x
    • 22
      W for What's Up, Doc?
      Professor McWhorter provides a closer look at slang and its place in language. How did English slang evolve over the centuries, and why does it keep changing? Why do we seem to be using it now more than ever? And what does texting say about the importance of slang today? x
    • 23
      X for !Xoo, Y for Yiddish
      Take a quick trip to southern Africa on an investigation of one of a whole group of click languages called the Khoi-San family that could very well be one of Earth's first languages. Then, follow the odd story of the "death" of a language that actually isn't dying at all: Yiddish. x
    • 24
      Z for Zed
      Conclude the course with a tribute to the letter Z and the accompanying sound it makes. By exploring the evolution of Z—from ancient Phoenicia to medieval England to 19th-century America-—you'll discover why this strange, often underappreciated letter is more a part of us than you think. x
  • Unsung Heroes of World War II: Europe

    Historian Lynne Olson,

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    Unsung Heroes of World War II: Europe is your chance to meet men and women of courage and conscience who helped change the course of the war—but who have slipped into the cracks of history. Taught by historian Lynne Olson, author of seven acclaimed books about World War II, these 12 scintillating lectures offer a trove of fascinating, largely untold stories across Europe and America.
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    Unsung Heroes of World War II: Europe is your chance to meet men and women of courage and conscience who helped change the course of the war—but who have slipped into the cracks of history. Taught by historian Lynne Olson, author of seven acclaimed books about World War II, these 12 scintillating lectures offer a trove of fascinating, largely untold stories across Europe and America.
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    12 Lectures  |  Unsung Heroes of World War II: Europe
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      Andrée de Jongh and the Resistance
      When the Germans began their lightning-quick invasions across Europe, many ordinary citizens were stunned. Others, however, stood up to fight back. In this first lecture, meet Dedee de Jongh, a 23-year-old nurse who built an escape line through Belgium and France to rescue stranded British airmen. Witness her courage and ingenuity. x
    • 2
      The Tory Rebels Who Helped Save England
      In hindsight, it may appear inevitable that Winston Churchill would take command of the British and lead them into victory. At the time, however, it seemed unthinkable that the powerful Neville Chamberlain would step down. See how a few brave politicians orchestrated one of the most striking political transitions in history. x
    • 3
      Victor de Laveleye and V for Victory
      History is filled with ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. As an Olympic athlete, Victor de Laveleye was not your ordinary man, yet there was no reason to think he would come up with one of the most popular symbols in the war, helping to buoy spirits and wage psychological warfare against the Germans. Uncover the story of the V for Victory campaign. x
    • 4
      Wilhelmina and Haakon: Royalty Fight Back
      When the Germans invaded the Netherlands and Norway, Adolph Hitler wanted to secure not only the land, but also the leadership of these nations. In this lecture, Professor Olson shows you the wrenching decisions and harrowing escapes of Queen Wilhelmina and King Haakon—and how these royal figures fought the war from Britain. x
    • 5
      Polish Pilots and the Battle of Britain
      The RAF’s air battle to defend Britain from Germany in 1940 is one of the most iconic—and dangerous—periods in the war. Few people know that roughly 20% of the RAF was comprised of non-British pilots. Here, witness the stunning courage and successful maneuvers of Polish fighter pilots who saved the day. x
    • 6
      Wendell Willkie: "A Godsend to This Country"
      It might seem impossible, today, to discover a politician willing to sabotage his own presidential campaign for the good of the country, but that is exactly what Wendell Willkie did in his 1940 run against President Roosevelt. See why he went against his own party and supported FDR's plans to help Britain. x
    • 7
      The Earl of Suffolk and Heavy Water
      Despite his comically aristocratic name, Charles Henry George Howard, the 20th Earl of Suffolk, was a swashbuckling, unshaven, dark-haired Englishman who seemed unlikely to be responsible for the future of the free world. See how he smuggled French scientists to England and foiled Nazi efforts to obtain a nuclear bomb. x
    • 8
      Marie-Madeleine Fourcade: Spymaster
      For years, the official history books suggested there were no women leaders of the Resistance in France, and even today the role of women is often underplayed. The story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade blows this theory out of the water. Meet this extraordinary woman and see how she led a massive spy ring throughout France. x
    • 9
      John Winant and the Special Relationship
      Winston Churchill allegedly once said that you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have exhausted every other option. Until John Winant became the Ambassador to Great Britain in March 1941, the British were distraught by the Americans’ lack of support. Trace the beginning of the special relationship between these two countries. x
    • 10
      Marian Rejewski and Breaking Enigma
      The story behind the story is often more interesting than the dominant narrative. You likely have heard of the British codebreakers at Bletchley Park, whose Enigma machine helped win the war. Here, meet several Polish mathematicians who developed a prototype Enigma machine and broke much of the German code years before Bletchley Park. x
    • 11
      Tommy Hitchcock and the P-51 Mustang
      After being turned down to be a fighter in the Army Air Force, Tommy Hitchcock—a famous American polo player—was recruited by Ambassador Winant to support the British RAF. There, he worked on designs for the P-51 Mustang, a fighter plane that went on to become one of the most important weapons of the war effort. x
    • 12
      The Dutch Sisters Who Saved a General
      In September 1944, while France and Belgium were celebrating their liberation, Holland was filled with desolation and death. When Brigadier General John Hackett was trapped behind enemy lines, he found salvation in the home of a trio of middle-aged Dutch sisters who nursed him back to health. x
  • White Collar Criminal Law Explained

    Professor Randall D. Eliason, JD

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    In White Collar Criminal Law Explained, join Professor Randall D. Eliason of The George Washington University Law School for an in-depth investigation of how federal white collar crime prosecutions work—and why they sometimes don’t. Over 24 lessons, you’ll learn how prosecutors pursue white collar crimes, including fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, extortion, perjury, money laundering, and more.
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    In White Collar Criminal Law Explained, join Professor Randall D. Eliason of The George Washington University Law School for an in-depth investigation of how federal white collar crime prosecutions work—and why they sometimes don’t. Over 24 lessons, you’ll learn how prosecutors pursue white collar crimes, including fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, extortion, perjury, money laundering, and more.
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    24 Lectures  |  White Collar Criminal Law Explained
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      Defining White Collar Crime
      There’s no section in the US criminal code captioned “white collar crimes.” So what, exactly, is a white collar crime? What sets white collar apart from other areas of criminal law? Why do these crimes—and the criminals who commit them—captivate the public? In this lecture, establish a solid legal framework for the lessons ahead. x
    • 2
      Anatomy of a Federal White Collar Case
      In this lesson, study the federal prosecution of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, as a window into how a federal white collar case works its way through the criminal justice system. Topics include the structure of the federal courts and Department of Justice and the critical role of federal prosecutors. x
    • 3
      The Power of the Federal Grand Jury
      The federal grand jury has tremendous power in the US justice system-yet for many of us, the grand jury process remains shrouded in mystery. In the first of two lessons on what a federal grand jury is and how it operates, Professor Eliason pulls back the curtain and reveals the inner workings of this important institution. x
    • 4
      Grand Jury Procedure and Search Warrants
      Continue your look at federal grand juries by considering one of their most distinctive features: secrecy. Along the way, consider why a good federal prosecutor should disclose exculpatory information to a grand jury; what information qualifies as protected grand jury material; and the importance (and practical limitations) of another investigative tool, search warrants. x
    • 5
      Mail and Wire Fraud and the Nature of Fraud
      Two of the most popular statutes that federal prosecutors of white collar crime have at their disposal are mail and wire fraud. After considering the relatively straightforward elements of mail and wire fraud, turn to the heart of both crimes: the scheme or artifice to defraud. x
    • 6
      The Limits of Mail and Wire Fraud
      One area that defines the outer boundaries of mail and wire fraud involves the definition of “property.” After examining Supreme Court cases that sought to answer the question of what qualifies as property, focus on the “in furtherance” requirement and its role in the landmark 1989 case of Schmuck v. United States. x
    • 7
      Honest Services Fraud and Its Evolution
      In an honest services fraud case, there's no need to show that victims suffered a monetary loss; instead, a prosecutor has to show they were deprived of their intangible right to honest services. As you explore the evolution of this criminal theory, learn why its most common use is to prosecute political corruption. x
    • 8
      Conspiracy: A Partnership in Crime
      Conspiracy is one of the most common types of federal crimes charged. Professor Eliason reveals the benefits of a conspiracy charge for the prosecution, the reasons why we prosecute conspiracy, the elements of a conspiracy charge, and the two prongs of the primary federal conspiracy statute: 18 U.S.C. section 371. x
    • 9
      Common Issues in Conspiracy Cases
      In this lesson, consider the elements of a criminal conspiracy in greater detail. Central to the discussion are common issues that arise in conspiracy cases, including proving the agreement, proving the scope of the conspiracy, the “overt act” requirement, and the possibility of withdrawing from a conspiracy. x
    • 10
      Public Corruption: Bribery and Gratuities
      Bribery is the quintessential public corruption offense: a public official who accepts something of personal value to be influenced in the performance of some official act. After discussing bribery and the related offense of gratuities, Professor Eliason also covers two major Supreme Court decisions that dramatically limited the scope of these statutes. x
    • 11
      Extortion by Public Officials
      The Hobbs Act defines extortion as the “obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.” What elements of extortion must prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt? And why is the phrase “under color of official right” so controversial? x
    • 12
      The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
      One of our most important laws for fighting corruption overseas was born in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. In this lesson, unpack the importance of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the basis of prosecutions (sometimes of non-US companies) that have resulted in some of the largest financial settlements in US history. x
    • 13
      Securities Fraud and Insider Trading
      To many people, insider trading is the textbook example of a white collar crime. Go inside the somewhat controversial legal theories involved in these prosecutions, which seek to maintain investor confidence in the securities market and establish (and maintain) a somewhat level playing field for investors. x
    • 14
      Perjury and the Law of Cover-Up Crimes
      In the first of several lessons on “cover-up crimes” (crimes committed to conceal other misconduct), examine the topic of perjury, or lying under oath. Unpack the two principal federal perjury statutes; learn the elements required to prove a charge of perjury; and consider the role ambiguity plays in perjury cases. x
    • 15
      False Statements and Concealment
      When you lie to the federal government, it’s not just wrong—it could land you in prison. Learn why charges of giving false statements are extremely common in white collar cases; analyze the breadth and simplicity of the federal false statements statute; and explore how this charge can help the government prove criminal intent or guilty knowledge. x
    • 16
      Obstruction of Justice
      Obstruction of justice covers a wide variety of misconduct, including tampering with witnesses, threatening jurors, and destroying evidence. After examining the primary obstruction of justice statutes, probe leading Supreme Court cases dealing with this white collar crime, including United States v. Aguilar and Arthur Andersen LLP v. United States. x
    • 17
      Money Laundering Basics
      Prosecuting money laundering continues to be a major priority for the Department of Justice. In the first of two lectures on this crime, examine the elements of domestic money laundering, then explore them in the context of two early cases: United States v. Jackson and United States v. Campbell. x
    • 18
      Laundering Money across the US Border
      Turn now to the international money laundering statute, 18 U.S.C. section 1956(a)(2), which requires that the funds in question be transported across the US border. One area of international money laundering you’ll investigate is cash purchases of US real estate by corrupt foreign officials—a primary laundering vehicle. x
    • 19
      Conspiracy on Steroids: The RICO Statute
      When Congress passed the RICO statute—short for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act—it primarily had organized crime in mind. First, see the benefits and drawbacks of the statute through the eyes of a white collar prosecutor. Then, better understand the specific elements of a RICO charge. x
    • 20
      Hacking and Other Computer Crimes
      In our increasingly digital age, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a powerful tool for federal prosecutors to combat cyberattacks against individuals, organizations, and even the entire country. Review the seven different sections of the CFAA, each of which applies to a different type of computer crime and comes with different requirements. x
    • 21
      Corporate Criminal Liability
      Today, many legal experts question the rationale for corporate criminal liability, and some even suggest it should be abolished altogether. How did a Supreme Court case over 100 years old set the standards that still govern corporate criminal liability today? And why is there a growing reluctance to indict and prosecute companies for criminal activity? x
    • 22
      Plea Bargains and Immunity Deals
      Over 95% of all criminal prosecutions, including white collar prosecutions, are resolved short of trial by way of a plea bargain. In this lesson, focus on three tools critical to the white collar prosecutor seeking to build a case involving serious criminal misconduct: plea agreements, cooperation agreements, and immunity deals. x
    • 23
      Defending the White Collar Case
      Professor Eliason sits down with Michael N. Levy for a look at white collar crime from the perspective of a defense lawyer—another critical legal player in any white collar case. It’s a chance for you to eavesdrop on an insightful, extemporaneous Q&A session that will add to your understanding of the nuances of white collar crimes. x
    • 24
      Sentencing White Collar Criminals
      Once guilt is established by a plea or a trial, the last part of the criminal process remains: sentencing. Start by examining the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which help the court fashion an appropriate sentence; then, look at United States v. Booker, the Supreme Court case that turned these guidelines from mandatory to merely advisory. x
  • Microsoft Excel Essentials

    Instructor Vonne Smith,

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    The 19 lessons of Microsoft Excel Essentials strive to empower users by providing the necessary foundation for working in Excel with ease. Brought to you in partnership with ITProTV and taught by Microsoft® Office guru Vonne Smith and her co-hosts Justin Dennison and Daniel Lowrie, these lessons will help you conquer this essential program by introducing you to its interface, guiding you through its many menus and options, identifying crucial elements, and teaching you how to input data, modify worksheets, arrange layouts, and much more.
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    The 19 lessons of Microsoft Excel Essentials strive to empower users by providing the necessary foundation for working in Excel with ease. Brought to you in partnership with ITProTV and taught by Microsoft® Office guru Vonne Smith and her co-hosts Justin Dennison and Daniel Lowrie, these lessons will help you conquer this essential program by introducing you to its interface, guiding you through its many menus and options, identifying crucial elements, and teaching you how to input data, modify worksheets, arrange layouts, and much more.
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    19 Lectures  |  Microsoft Excel Essentials
    Lecture Titles (19)
    • 1
      Overview
      Excel 2016 is the powerful spreadsheet application in the Office suite. It seems every organization, large and small, uses Excel to organize and analyze data. However, many users are intimidated by Excel and confused by how it behaves as an application. The Excel 2016 Essentials series strives to empower users by learning the foundations to conquer this program. We begin with basic skills such as navigating the interface, identifying items in a spreadsheet, selecting cells, and inputting data. The series also covers formatting text and numbers, modifying a worksheet layout, printing and page layout, and managing worksheets in a workbook. While this series is designed for beginner users, it has lots of great tips and tricks for experienced users as well. x
    • 2
      Introduction to Excel
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne kick off the Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials series. They define a spreadsheet, discuss the history of Excel and file types, and introduce other foundational concepts for this course. x
    • 3
      Excel Basics
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne cover the basics of working with Excel in Windows operating system. They review foundational skills and items such as starting Excel, the title bar, minimize and maximize, full screen mode, create a blank workbook, open an existing workbook, save vs. save as, and keyboard shortcuts. x
    • 4
      Excel Interface
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne examine the Excel user interface (UI). Here you will learn about the title bar, the ribbon, quick access toolbar, formula bar, name box, status bar, and help. x
    • 5
      Navigate a Workbook
      Daniel and Vonne demonstrate how to navigate a workbook . They will explain the different mouse cursors icons, scrolling, keyboard navigation, navigating with the name box, zooming, and choosing worksheets. x
    • 6
      Select Cells
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the multiple ways that you can select and work with cells in Excel. They demonstrate click/hold/drag, deselecting, range selecting, selecting with shift and arrow keys, select all, select multiple worksheets, select text in multiple worksheets, named ranges, and how to use find and replace. x
    • 7
      Insert Data
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the variety of ways that you can insert data into your Excel worksheet. Here they cover: entering data into a cell, editing data in a cell, controlling data and cell overflow, autocorrect options, moving data to new cell, copy/paste, and clear cell data. x
    • 8
      Fill Series and Flash Fill
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore how to fill series data and use the flash fill functions of Microsoft Excel 2016. These features expand the way you copy and paste data and will predict ranges like dates and common item lists. x
    • 9
      Export and File Types
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne go through the common file types supported by Excel 2016. Here they explain .xlsx files, Comma Separated Value(.csv) files, OpenDocument Spreadsheet(.ods) files, and Excel Templates(.xltx) files. x
    • 10
      Modify a Worksheet
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore modifying a worksheet in Excel 2016. They demonstrate how to select columns and rows, change column height and row width, insert and delete rows/columns, hide columns and rows, merge cells, and apply word wrap to cells. x
    • 11
      Format a Worksheet, Part 1
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne show how to format a worksheet in Excel 2016. Here they talk about selecting fonts, adding borders and shading, and copying formats with the format painter. x
    • 12
      Format a Worksheet, Part 2
      Daniel and Vonne continue with formatting a worksheet. In this episode, they cover aligning data in cells, cell styles, and themes. x
    • 13
      Number Formats: Introduction
      Vonne and Justin start a small mini series on number formats. In this episode, they introduce number formats and discuss the difference between inputted data vs displayed data. x
    • 14
      Number Formats: Common Number Formats
      In this episode, Vonne and Justin cover the following number format categories: number, currency, accounting, percentage, fractions, and scientific notation. x
    • 15
      Number Formats: Text, Special, Custom
      Vonne and Justin continue with number formats, specifically covering the text, special, and custom categories. x
    • 16
      Number Formats: Date and Time
      Justin and Vonne finish the number format mini series by discussing date and time number formats. They also introduce the DATEVALUE function. x
    • 17
      Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 1
      In this episode, Zach and Vonne demonstrate how to proof and control page layout for printing. They show how to spellcheck a worksheet and the options for ignoring or adding to the dictionary as well as how to use the thesaurus and smart lookup. They also show how to modify page layout from print preview in the backstage view. x
    • 18
      Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 2
      Vonne and Zach continue discussing page layout. In this episode, they show how to modify page layout elements from the page layout view such as headers and footers, page orientation, and margins. They also go over adding print titles, setting a print area, and controlling page breaks. x
    • 19
      Manage Sheets and Workbooks
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne finish up the Excel 2016 Essentials series by demonstrating how to manage workbooks and worksheets. Here they show you how to rename worksheet tabs, change tab color, rearrange worksheets, create new and delete worksheets, and copy/hide/move worksheets. They also show how to control view options such as freeze panes, split view, new windows, and arranging windows. x
  • Microsoft Word Essentials

    Instructor Vonne Smith,

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    Finally put Microsoft® Word under your complete control with these 25 lessons that cover everything from beginner basics to advanced tricks. With Microsoft Word Essentials, learn everything you need to make this application work for you, including interface and document views; character and paragraph formatting; margins, headers, and footers; list and style formatting; and section and page breaks.
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    Finally put Microsoft® Word under your complete control with these 25 lessons that cover everything from beginner basics to advanced tricks. With Microsoft Word Essentials, learn everything you need to make this application work for you, including interface and document views; character and paragraph formatting; margins, headers, and footers; list and style formatting; and section and page breaks.
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    25 Lectures  |  Microsoft Word Essentials
    Lecture Titles (25)
    • 1
      Overview
      As one of the cornerstones of the Office suite, Word 2016 is a powerful word processor that allows users to create both simple and sophisticated documents. This series explores the essentials to getting started with Word 2016. We begin with basic skills such as navigating a document, selecting text, inputting basic text, and document proofing. The series also explores all aspects of character and paragraph formatting as well as page formatting and layout. While this series is designed for beginner users, it has lots of great tips and tricks experienced users as well. This series is specifically for locally installed Word 2016 on Windows operating system. x
    • 2
      Introduction to Word
      In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne introduce the Microsoft Word 2016 application. Vonne describes the product's history, how to purchase and install, as well as her setup of the Word 2016 Essentials show. This provides some background information and context for the upcoming episodes. x
    • 3
      Word Basics
      In this lesson, Vonne and Daniel review some of the basics of working with Word—specifically working with the program’s windows. How do you open and close the program? What’s the difference between Save and Save As? How can you dock two documents next to each other? x
    • 4
      Word Interface
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the Word 2016 interface. They identify items such as the title bar, menu bar, ribbon, contextual tabs, quick access toolbar, status bar, views, zoom, and help. They also demonstrate how to customize the quick access toolbar. x
    • 5
      Document Views and Zoom
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the different document views and zoom options available in Word 2016. Here you will see how to work with the read mode, web layout, outline, draft, and print layout views. They also cover single and multi-page view, the ruler, and zoom functions. x
    • 6
      Navigate a Document
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne illustrate one of the core Microsoft Word 2016 foundations - navigating a document. They explain the different mouse cursor icons that you'll encounter, show keyboard navigation shortcuts, explore the navigation pane, and discuss status bar options. x
    • 7
      Select Text
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the many ways that you can select text in Word 2016. Vonne demonstrates selecting text using both the mouse and keyboard to select words, paragraphs, ranges, and the entire document. x
    • 8
      Input Text and Special Characters
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate how to input text and explain special characters in Word 2016. They talk about adding basic text like letters, numbers, and symbols like \*/%/@. They also explain the difference between backspace and delete, paragraphs and line-breaks, and tabs. Finally, they explain the show non-printing characters button's function and dive into some history about different character sets. x
    • 9
      AutoCorrect Options
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne take a look at our well-intentioned friend known as AutoCorrect found in Word 2016. Watch as they show you AutoCorrect features like automatic formatting of lists, bullets, URLs, ordinals and fractions. They also demonstrate how Word fixes capitalization, common spelling mistakes, and a variety of other items. x
    • 10
      Cut, Copy, and Paste
      You’ve probably used cut, copy, and paste—but do you know the nuances of what you’re doing? Explore all the different options within Word, including pasting as a picture, pasting over from an Excel document, or copying out of a PDF that wasn’t created with a Microsoft Office product to begin with. x
    • 11
      Find and Replace
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue with Word 2016 Essentials by exploring the find and replace functionality. They show you how to find desired text, the find dialog-box options, replace found text with desired text, replace formatting, and replacing special/non-printing characters. x
    • 12
      Proof and Print
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explain proof and print functions. They cover topics such as spelling and grammar correction, readability options, thesaurus, and Smart Lookup. They also explain the different options for printing and introduce page setup functionality. x
    • 13
      Character Formatting
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore character formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: defining character formatting, fonts, typographical emphasis, change case, superscripts and subscripts, highlighter, font color, letter spacing, and clear formatting. x
    • 14
      Paragraph Formatting
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore paragraph formatting in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: paragraph alignment/justification, line and paragraph spacing, normal paragraph style, indents, borders and shading, drop caps, and hyphenation. x
    • 15
      Format Painter
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate the format painter that copies formatting from one selection to another. x
    • 16
      Lists
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore working with lists in Microsoft Word 2016. Specific topics covered here include: bulleted lists, format bullet characters, size, color, and spacing, numbered lists, multi-level lists, continue numbering, and remove or stop lists. x
    • 17
      Tabs
      How do tabs work in Word? How can you add, remove, move, and format tab stops? What’s the most efficient way to work inside a tab dialog box? Gain the confidence to get in there and play with your document tabs—and not always resort to default settings. x
    • 18
      Styles: Introduction
      Everything in Word is based on a style. Even if you’ve never touched them before, you’ve still used them. In the first of three lessons on working with styles, get a helpful introduction to the subject—from the terminology of styles to where things are within different panes. x
    • 19
      Styles: Apply
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne continue to explore styles in Microsoft Word 2016. They show how to apply default styles from the style gallery, then how to modify styles and update style to match selected formatting. They also demonstrate how to create a new custom style as well as clear overrides. x
    • 20
      Style Sets and Themes
      In this episode, Daniel and Vonne demonstrate style sets and themes in Microsoft Word 2016. They review the different style sets, paragraph spacing styles, and how to modify the components of a theme. x
    • 21
      Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 1
      In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne dive into the different elements of keep options (pagination options), breaks and columns. Vonne demonstrates the different pagination options in the format paragraph dialog box such as widow and orphan control, keep lines together, and keep with next. She also describes the importance of section and page breaks to control page layout options. Lastly, they explore formatting pages/sections in columns and column breaks. x
    • 22
      Keep Options, Breaks, and Columns, Part 2
      In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne continue with more page layout options by demonstrating how to insert blank pages and a cover page. They explore how a cover page use document fields connected to defined document properties, if present, as well as formatting content generated by the cover page. x
    • 23
      Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 1
      A lot of everyday Word users struggle with margins, headers, and footers. This first lesson of two lessons on the topic is your introductory window into how to control and manipulate each of these options effectively—and how to master the white spaces around your document. x
    • 24
      Margins, Headers, and Footers, Part 2
      Continue looking at margins, headers, and footers with a focus on page numbers. It’s a small element that doesn’t seem important—until you find yourself working with large documents. Also, learn how to renumber pages for different sections, and how to use the chapter page numbering options. x
    • 25
      Orientation and Decoration
      In this episode, Ronnie and Vonne show how to apply additional page formatting elements. Vonne begins with demonstrating the difference between portrait and landscape orientation. She continues with demonstrating page color and borders, vertical justification, watermarks, and line numbers. x
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Essentials

    Instructor Vonne Smith,

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD
    Flexible, easy to use—and even fun—Microsoft PowerPoint® is a dynamic and practical application that can help you improve your presentations by enhancing them with visual elements, so your audience better understands and engages with the information you are providing. The Great Courses has partnered with ITProTV to bring you 33 lessons that will introduce you to both the fundamentals and lesser-known tricks to making phenomenal presentations using PowerPoint.
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    Flexible, easy to use—and even fun—Microsoft PowerPoint® is a dynamic and practical application that can help you improve your presentations by enhancing them with visual elements, so your audience better understands and engages with the information you are providing. The Great Courses has partnered with ITProTV to bring you 33 lessons that will introduce you to both the fundamentals and lesser-known tricks to making phenomenal presentations using PowerPoint.
    View Lecture List (33)
    33 Lectures  |  Microsoft PowerPoint Essentials
    Lecture Titles (33)
    • 1
      Overview
      PowerPoint 2016 is the popular application within the Office suite to create on-screen presentations. This series starts at the very beginning by exploring the PowerPoint environment, how to add slides to a presentation, insert text and images into slides, and create tables and charts. The series continues by enhancing a presentation with design themes, animation, and transitions, then concludes with preparing and delivering a robust presentation. This series is specifically for the Windows operating system with PowerPoint 2016 locally installed. x
    • 2
      Introduction to PowerPoint
      Vonne and Aubri introduce PowerPoint 2016 Essentials for the Windows operating system series. In this episode, they define PowerPoint, discuss the Office 365 suite and subscription plans, and review the course setup. x
    • 3
      PowerPoint Basics
      Vonne and Aubri introduce basic concepts in PowerPoint such as launching the application, opening and closing files, and differentiating between save and save as. They also discuss basic window manipulation such as minimize, maximize, restore down, dock multiple windows, and title bar shortcuts. x
    • 4
      PowerPoint Interface
      In this episode, Aubri and Vonne explore the PowerPoint interface. They explain the functionality and location of the ribbon, quick access toolbar, the backstage view, and the status bar. x
    • 5
      Navigate a Presentation and Views
      Aubri and Vonne demonstrate how to navigate a presentation in PowerPoint. They explore the nuances of the slide pane, the navigation pane, and the speaker notes. They also cover how to switch to and exit different views such as normal, outline, slide sorter, and master slides as well as presentation mode. x
    • 6
      Create a Presentation
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri demonstrate how to create a new presentation and work with slides. They cover the following topics: slide layouts, modify layouts and placeholders, reset slides, add slides, add and modify sections, reorder slides, and delete slides and sections. x
    • 7
      Add Text
      Aubri and Vonne add text to slides. They show different ways to select text and add text to both content placeholders and text boxes. They also review many of the different Autofit and AutoCorrect options as well as copy and paste options. x
    • 8
      Slides from Outline and Reuse Slides
      Vonne and Aubri demonstrate different ways to add slides and content into a presentation by using the Slides from Outline and Reuse Slides commands. x
    • 9
      Format Text: Basics
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri format text in slides. They cover character level formatting such as font, size, color, and character spacing. They also review some basic paragraph alignment, the format painter, and vertical alignment of a text frame. x
    • 10
      Format Text: Bullets and Spacing
      Vonne and Aubri concentrate on paragraph level formatting. They explore how to format and customize bullets as well as control line and paragraph spacing. They also review indents, tabs, hyphenation, and columns. x
    • 11
      Images: Basics
      Vonne and Aubri discuss the basic concepts of images, covering file types, resolution, image size, and alternate text. They also demonstrate how to size images using Paint. x
    • 12
      Images: Insert
      Aubri and Vonne show how to insert images into a presentation in PowerPoint. They cover insert from file, online, and screenshot as well as how to use the Snipping Tool. x
    • 13
      Images: Format, Part 1
      In this episode, Vonne and Wes show how to format images - specifically covering how to move, resize, rotate, crop, position, and reset images. x
    • 14
      Images: Format, Part 2
      Vonne and Wes continue to format images in this second part of the episode. They cover picture styles, color and other corrections, and artistic effects. They also cover how to remove background, change picture, save as picture, and the all important compress picture command. x
    • 15
      Shapes: Add and Format
      Wes and Vonne discuss adding and formatting shapes to a PowerPoint presentation. They show how to resize and rotate shapes, format gradient fills, format outlines, and add text to shapes. They also demonstrate how to edit shapes by the yellow dot in certain shapes and the edit points command. x
    • 16
      Shapes: Multiple Shapes
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri show how to duplicate, select, order, align, group, and merge multiple shapes. They also talk about ruler guides and how to turn on and off automatic alignment (smart guides). x
    • 17
      Icons and 3D Models
      Vonne and Aubri demonstrate how to insert and format icons and 3D model in a slide. These two features are available to Office 365 subscribers only. x
    • 18
      Tables: Introduction
      Aubri and Vonne introduce tables in PowerPoint. They review basic terminology and show examples of different options for formatting tables. They also demonstrate all the different mouse cursors and how to select parts of a table. x
    • 19
      Tables: Create and Format
      In this episode, Aubri and Vonne insert and format tables. They cover how to change row height and column width, align text in cells, merge and split cells, and modify cell margins. They also demonstrate how to format cell fills and borders individually and overall with table styles and style options. x
    • 20
      Charts: Introduction
      Vonne and Aubri introduce and review the anatomy of charts. They identify parts of a chart such as data series, category axis, legends, data labels, and data tables. They also show examples of how to format charts with styles as well as formatting individual elements. Finally, they demonstrate how to select chart items. x
    • 21
      Charts: Create
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri insert charts into a presentation. They show how to enter data into a datasheet, edit chart data, add chart elements individually or choose from a quick layout, and change chart types. x
    • 22
      Charts: Format
      Aubri and Vonne format chart elements in PowerPoint. They use chart styles as well as formatting individual elements with fills and outlines. Vonne gives some tips and tricks to formatting specific chart elements. x
    • 23
      Charts: Pie Charts
      Vonne and Aubri take a deeper dive into pie charts. They demonstrate options specifically for pie charts including formatting data labels, exploding pie pieces, and creating pie of pie type charts. x
    • 24
      SmartArt
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri create SmartArt. They explore different layouts, how to add and modify information in the SmartArt graphic, change layouts, apply styles, and reset graphics to default formatting. They also show how to convert an existing list to a SmartArt graphic. x
    • 25
      SmartArt: Organization Chart
      Vonne and Aubri take a closer look into the organization chart SmartArt layout. They demonstrate how to add shapes, promote and demote, and format with styles. x
    • 26
      Design Themes
      In this episode, Aubri and Vonne discuss design themes, variants of themes, templates, and slide size. x
    • 27
      Designer
      Aubri and Vonne explore the cool options available with PowerPoint Designer for Office 365 subscribers. x
    • 28
      Transitions
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri demonstrate how to enhance a presentation with slide transitions. They cover transition options, automatically advance slides, and the Morph transition. x
    • 29
      Animations
      Vonne and Aubri enhance a presentation with animations. They discuss the different types of animations, animation options, the animation pane, triggers, reordering animation, and motion paths. x
    • 30
      Photo Album
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri show how to create a stylish photo album. They demonstrate how to edit an album and review all the different options available for formatting to create the final slide show. x
    • 31
      Proof
      Always proof your work! In this episode, Vonne and Aubri demonstrate how to check spelling and grammar as well as how to use the thesaurus, Smart Lookup, translate, and find and replace. x
    • 32
      Prepare and Print
      Vonne and Aubri discuss how to be fully prepared for presenting a presentation, including being prepared for all the things that could go wrong. They show the various options for printing slides and handouts as well as exporting to different file types for distribution. x
    • 33
      Present a Slide Show
      In this episode, Vonne and Aubri demonstrate how to present a slide show. They cover how to use the Presenter View, annotate slides during a presentation, switch pointer options, and lots of shortcuts for controlling slide presentations. x