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The Origins of King Arthur
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First, consider images of the Arthurian legend familiar in Western culture, and their relationship to historical reality. Trace the history of post-Roman Britain, the large-scale invasions of the Anglo-Saxons, and evidence that a single, extraordinary individual rose from the chaos…
Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? Why Do We?
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In Professor Sapolsky's introductory episode, get a behind-the-scenes look at the science of stress and preview the groundwork for the course ahead. What exactly happens to our bodies when we come under stress? And how is our response to stress…
Colorful Carrots
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Hear the case for cooking and creating with vegetables, then watch as Chef Briwa prepares savory and surprising dishes starring carrots, including carrot osso buco; carrot tartare; simmered baby carrots in butter sauce; and burnt carrot salad with goat cheese,…
The Nuts and Bolts of the Stress-Response
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Every time you have a thought or emotion, things change in your body. Here, explore the two factors responsible for these changes: the nervous system and hormones. Learn how these systems work, how they're regulated, and: most important: what happens…
An Arthur-Like Figure in Cornwall
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Investigate archaeological and historical evidence that support the existence of an Arthur-like figure in early Britain. Learn about the site of Cadbury Castle, the center of operations of a leader of great military and logistical skill who thwarted the Saxon…
Stress and Your Heart
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Armed with the necessary background information, explore how specific organ systems suffer when faced with chronic stress. In the first of a series of episodes on this subject, learn how long-term stress can damage heart muscles, inflame and clog blood…
King Arthur in the Latin Chronicles
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Now explore some of the most significant early witnesses to the Arthurian legend. In Latin texts by the chroniclers Gildas (6th century) and Nennius (9th century) and in the Welsh Annales Cambriae, study accounts of Arthur's exploits and death in…
Monmouth, Merlin, and Courtly Love
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Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain is arguably the most important literary artifact of the Arthurian tradition. Learn about the political nature of the text, the important elements and characters that Geoffrey wove into it, and how…
Stress, Overeating, and Your Digestive Tract
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Focus now on the role stress plays in our gastrointestinal tracts. Why do most of us eat more during stressful periods? How does stress affect bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colons? And how does stress combine with…
King Arthur in Wales—The Mabinogion
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Grasp how Arthur became a cultural touchstone early in Welsh history. In texts such as the Black Book of Carmarthen and the Triads of the Island of Britain, uncover key references to the Arthurian saga. In the tales of the…
Winter Squashes
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Sweeter and denser than summer squash, winter squash takes well to seasonings and satisfies in everything from soups to desserts. Learn how to select a squash and follow recipes for butternut squash carpaccio; spicy butternut squash with coconut milk soup,…
Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets
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The next organ system you focus on: the metabolic system. Discover how cycles of chronic stress lead to a persistent activating and storing of energy, which in turn can lead to an inefficient use of energy and play a critical…
Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
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Thomas Malory's massive retelling of the Arthurian saga became a benchmark for all writers who came after him. Learn how Malory's text introduced the Pentecostal Oath, a sacred code of ethics sworn to by the knights, which Malory "tests" throughout…
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Delve into the fascinating narrative of this highly sophisticated poem, following the great Sir Gawain through elaborate plot twists on his quest to fulfill an astonishing challenge. Investigate the meaning of his journey, and consider the important questions it raises…
Eggplant: Italian, Chinese, and Japanese
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Tour the eggplant varieties and dishes the world has to offer, including eggplant tart with cherry tomatoes, fontina, parmesan, and pesto; aromatic Szechuan eggplant; and fried eggplant with a sweetened miso sauce. But first, learn how eggplant has evolved and…
Chrétien de Troyes and Sir Lancelot
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This great Arthurian writer introduced elements of the legend that would become essential. Learn how de Troyes pioneered the genre of the medieval romance, developed the ethos of courtly love in his writings, and introduced the great heroic figure of…
Stress and Female Reproduction
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Get an insightful overview of the multifaceted effects of stress on the female reproductive system. Some of the topics you explore are the intricate relationships between stress and fertilization, ovulation, spontaneous miscarriages, high-tech in vitro fertilization, and the strength of…
Marvelous Mushrooms
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How do mushrooms differ from other vegetables? Here, Chef Briwa highlights the unique properties of mushrooms and the flavor and textural variances found in varieties from shitake to crimini. Then, watch as he creates two dishes bursting with umami: a…
Stress and the Biology of Depression
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Turn to the realm of mental health with this close look at the ties between stress and major depression: one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Start with an overview of the disorder's symptoms before delving into…
Root Vegetables: Celery Root and Parsnips
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Turn your attention to versatile, inexpensive root vegetables with this lesson on how to select, store, and cook carrots, celery root, and parsnips. Watch as Chef Briwa prepares crudites with tapenade; parsnip chips; celery root tonkatsu with rice and napa…