Top 10 Lectures from the Great Courses Plus: Photography, History, and Strategy Dominate

For the second month in a row, National Geographic photography
lecture is the most watched from new ‘binge-learning’ video service

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Great Courses Plus released its monthly “What America is Learning”
chart. The new learning-on-demand platform from The Great Courses
streams more than 5,000 individual video lectures covering a wide range
of subjects from the world’s greatest professors.

Photography, history and strategic thinking lectures top this month’s
chart from the lifelong learning company (

“This month’s Top 10 highlights the creative photographer in all of us
with three photography lectures by National Geographic’s amazing
artists,” said Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer at The Great Courses, now
celebrating its 25th year. “Science again grabs mindshare as
Neal DeGrasse Tyson moves up to the number 5 slot, while two chess
lectures join the returning Rubik’s Cube tutorial to highlight a strong
interest in strategic thinking.”

Top 10 most-watched individual lectures in November:

1. Making Great Pictures – Study of what makes a photo iconic
from National Geographic’s “Fundamentals of Photography”

2. The World of Chess – Guided introduction to the game, the
pieces and the moves of the universal pastime

3. Camera Equipment – What You Need – No-nonsense National
Geographic guide to the equipment and settings for creating enduring

4. Secrets of the Pawns and Knights – Master lesson from the “How
to Play Chess” series on how to control the board

5. History’s Mysteries – How science solved concepts that were
once unexplainable, hosted by Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

6. Lenses and Focal Length – National Geographic demonstration on
lenses, one of the most critical tool of photography

7. Mastering Rubik’s Cube – Step-by-step method for solving this
mind-bending puzzle

8. Yellowstone: Microcosm of the National Parks – National
Geographic-guided tour of the awe-inspiring world’s first national park

9. Petersburg: Union Digs its Own Grave-1864 – Analysis of the
Civil War battle, a prime example of history’s military blunders

10. ‘Cooking – Ingredients, Techniques, and Flavor’ – Culinary
Institute of America Chef Instructor Bill Briwa examines the science of

Members of The Great Courses Plus get unlimited access to more than
5,000 lectures online via connected television or mobile devices for a
monthly subscription fee. New members can sample the service without
risk for 30 days with a one-month free trial. After that, plans start as
low as $29.99 with a yearly subscription. Unlike other streaming
services that merely aggregate content, The Great Courses Plus features
all originally produced premium content, and there are no plans to
remove lecture series as long as they remain relevant to members.

The Great Courses, which services millions of lifelong learners, has
delivered more than 19 million courses since 1990 via CDs, DVDs, digital
downloads and streaming apps. Each year the company hones its media
production values, graphics and animation, always aimed at creating
learning experiences that ignite the minds and imaginations of its
customers. The result is a global community of lifelong learners who
include noted business and political leaders worldwide.

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