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What is Wondrium?
Wondrium brings you engaging, educational content through short form videos, long form courses, tutorials, how-to lessons, travelogues, documentaries, and more, covering every topic you’ve ever wondered about and many you never thought you’d wonder about.
To make lifelong learning and personal enrichment a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone.
To offer the most diverse, mind blowing, non-fiction learning experiences to the world.
Our Origin Story
We started in 1990 as The Teaching Company, known for creating The Great Courses, which provided college-level video courses on subjects such as history, science, and philosophy.
After 30 years and more than 20 million courses having been taken, we are excited to add new and unique content to our platform and expand to offer more experiences that fulfill the needs of all lifelong learners.
It all started when Tom Rollins, the founder of The Great Courses, was a law student at Harvard University. He was facing an important exam for which he wasn’t prepared.
Dreading the notoriously boring subject but knowing his success depended on understanding the material, Rollins obtained videotapes of 10 lectures by a noted authority on the subject. The tapes were unlike anything Rollins had experienced in his Harvard lecture halls. They were outrageously insightful, impressively thorough, and engagingly witty. Most important: They hammered home the concepts in a way that made the subject both accessible and interesting. They made learning not a chore to be accomplished but an adventure to be experienced. Tom went on to make an “A” in the course.
He never forgot the unique power of recorded lectures by a great teacher—and the way that a bright mind could ignite a passion for lifelong learning. And years later, in 1990, Rollins founded The Great Courses to share that unforgettable experience with the rest of the world.
Due to his law student experience, Rollins pursued his endeavor to ensure that The Great Courses would be taught by top college professors and leading experts in their fields, therefore, providing the highest quality of learning experiences available to the public. With this combined level of quality, The Great Courses was quickly embraced by the lifelong learning community as a trusted resource for continuing lifelong education.
Over the years, The Teaching Company grew beyond producing VHS and cassette tapes that were just focused on academic subjects and ventured into covering a range of subject categories, including science, math, economics, literature and language, history, religion and philosophy, fine arts, and music. As technology changed, The Teaching Company produced DVDs and CDs, while also further expanding to include better living, health and wellness, and how-to courses. With the advent of streaming technology, The Great Courses Plus launched in 2015, giving our Great Courses audience a video-on-demand subscription option, allowing them to access as many courses as they wished, at any place, at any time, and at the convenience of their own schedule. Now, in 2021, the range of topics is expanding, once again, to include personal enrichment, hobbies and leisure, travel, and more.
We hope you are excited to take the next step in this journey with us.
Who Is Wondrium
We are a team of passionate people who believe the love of learning can be contagious as long as you provide the right experiences. To that end, we are dedicated to collecting and creating learning experiences that you will LOVE. Get to know a couple of us!
“Content developers are every presenter’s first audience, script editor, sounding board, and advocate. I feel incredibly privileged to help these brilliant people take their content from great to mind blowing. My job gives me the chance to work with the smartest people on earth every day, and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that I’m helping these folks bring their brilliance to the world.”
Jessica D., Content Developer
“Here in the studio we are dedicated to making the experience for the on-camera presenter as comfortable as possible so that they can deliver the best performance of their material. Before they even arrive we work with the producer and graphics department to create a unique and topical set for each production. Wondrium has given us new opportunities to dive deeper into the visual creative process. It has opened up new ways to create striking and interesting visual productions that match the high level, quality material our presenters bring.”
Roberto de M., Video Production Director
We seek out only the best and the brightest professionals to guide your learning experiences. Here are a few of our engaging experts:
John McWhorter, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
Dorsey Armstrong, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University
James Scott Bell, JD
award-winning novelist and writing instructor
Art Benjamin, PhD
Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, professional “Mathemagician”
award-winning professional photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine
We partner with the top names in video learning experiences to bring you exclusive, engaging content that you love learning from and will never forget. Here are a few of our partners:
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RECREATES THE GREAT COURSES VIDEO TRAVEL TOURS AS LUXURY EDUCATIONAL VACATIONS
Chantilly, VA, August 16, 2021 - Wondrium (formally known as: The Great Courses Plus) is excited to announce Wondrium Journeys in conjunction with Academic Travel Abroad, bringing travel enthusiasts the opportunity to experience The Great Courses virtual travel tours as live, luxury tour vacations. Wondrium Journeys will offer the opportunity to book and experience in-person tours that are designed around the itinerary of - and are led by the world-renowned educators who teach - The Great Courses popular video tours.
Wondrium is the global subscription video on demand (SVOD) service offering over 7,500 hours of a broad slate of intellectually-stimulating, nonfiction learning content. Wondrium offers more than 50 travel and culture related courses, videos, documentaries, and series featuring leading experts and covering experiences such as African safaris; Washington DC; National Parks; England, Scotland, and Wales; Ancient Egypt, and more.READ MORE
The first Wondrium Journey will include two opportunities (a Gold package and Silver package) 9-day, 8-night adventures of a lifetime with luxury accommodations designed to recreate the experiences found in the virtual tour, Exploring the Mayan World. Travel lovers will be given an opportunity to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure led by famous archaeologist, explorer, instructor and director of the Maya Exploration Center, Dr. Edwin Barnhart to climb temples, swim in cenotes, taste tequila, make chocolate, plus much, much more.
Wondrium Journeys will provide:
Worry-free travel packages, including all accommodations, meals, transportation, and tours. Engaging, educational, and fun-filled itineraries, recreating the learning experiences found in The Great Courses video tours. Group sizes are limited, providing an individual and personal experience. Expert guides on location giving amazing insights and information about every locale. Dr. Edwin Barnhart – who wrote the book, or in this case, taught the course – will lead the Gold Tour exploration.
Wondrium Journeys are coordinated through Academic Travel Abroad. For questions and additional information about tour packages and booking a trip, consumers can visit: WondriumJourneys.com. "Our rebrand to Wondrium earlier this year was really meant to show our commitment to offering learning experiences that go beyond just video courses," notes Cale Pritchett, CMO. "Wondrium Journeys is a great example of that expansion and we are enthusiastic to offer travel fans the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience The Great Courses in real life, alongside the expert guides who teach these insightful courses."
"We believe that learning through travel is an enriching, life-changing experience," said Chase Poffenberger, Executive Vice President of Academic Travel Abroad. "The chance to design trips in tandem with Wondrium’s award-winning programs is a dream come true!" Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) is a 71-year-old, DC-based educational travel company, and creates experiential travel programs for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, The New York Times, and Hearst Magazine Media.
For additional information, visit WondriumJourneys.com.
About Wondrium Wondrium takes the learning experience to the next level, combining the library and legacy of in-depth content from The Great Courses with the best in entertaining, engaging, and educational content. The service provides a resource that complements people’s daily media habits, allowing them to pursue their passions, dig deeper into subjects, hone their habits, and find something they will love to learn about.
About ACADEMIC TRAVEL ABROAD Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. is an educational travel provider for some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Riding the post-war wave of interest in travel to Europe, ATA launched operations in 1950 by assisting universities and cultural institutions in the creation of group travel programs for their members. Today, ATA is a leader in educational and branded group travel and offers an array of programs and services that marry travel and learning, such as study abroad programs, call center services, and international conferences.
Academic Travel Abroad
WONDRIUM, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE 9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM, PRESENTS LONG-FORM DOCUMENTARY AND MULTI-PART DOC SERIES, REPORTING 9/11 AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS AND WOMEN JOURNALISTS OF 9/11: THEIR STORIES, FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH JOURNALISTS ON THE FRONTLINES OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS 20 YEARS AGO
New York, August 12, 2021- Wondrium is proud to collaborate with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on the premiere of the long-form documentary Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters, exploring what it was like to be a working journalist covering the terrorist attacks on America 20 years ago and how they changed the country. Executive producers Allison Gilbert and Phil Hirschkorn, co-editors of the landmark book Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, interviewed 45 broadcast and print journalists who shared their urgent, first-hand accounts of the events that unfolded that tragic day in New York City, around Washington, D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nearly two-hour film, Reporting 9/11 and Why it Still Matters, provides a definitive account of what journalists encountered at the attack sites, traveling with President Bush and aboard Air Force One, reporting from the anchor desk and the sky above Manhattan, at New York’s Ground Zero, at the Pentagon, and in the fields of Shanksville following the crash of United Flight 93.
Journalists featured in the film include: Tom Brokaw, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Dana Bash, Barbara Starr, David Martin, Major Garrett, Rehema Ellis, Anne Thompson, Ann Compton, Savannah Guthrie, Jane Clayson, Bob Pisani, Jon Scott, Eric Shawn, Linda Wertheimer, Maggie Haberman, William Rashbaum, Aaron Brown, Don Dahler, Jamie McIntyre, John Miller, among many others.READ MORE
Gilbert also hosts the documentary’s companion multi-part series, Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories, which highlights contributions of female journalists who covered 9/11 and its impact on their personal lives and careers. Struck by falling debris when the second trade center tower collapsed, Gilbert explores through candid conversations how the media landscape has changed for women in the past generation.
Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters and Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories will launch exclusively on Wondrium starting September 1st. A special sneak preview of the documentary will be made available on the Wondrium YouTube page from August 30-September 1st.
"The tragic events of 9/11 changed the arc of history and altered the lives of all who lived through it. As a trusted source of nonfiction content with the goal of objectively informing audiences, the idea of working on a film that commemorates the 20th anniversary made sense for Wondrium. Among the countless stories of 9/11 that demand to be heard are from those of journalists and reporters who were on location, covering the events as they unfolded. Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters puts a spotlight on their courageous efforts as they recount the personal and professional decisions they made minute-by-minute amidst chaos, confusion, and uncertainty," said Jason Smigel, VP Product Development. "This unique journalistic perspective provides a powerful and important contribution to America’s collective memory," Smigel added.
"Each journalist, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, whether broadcast or print, was changed by 9/11. And because these reporters, producers, photographers, and news executives were also eyewitnesses to the attacks, in many cases skirting death themselves, their lives in the two decades since have been wholly transformed in substantive and unexpected ways," said Gilbert.
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including the first biography of Hearst newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson (1883-1956) to be published by Basic Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in August 2022. Gilbert started her career as a TV writer and producer and has worked at CNN, WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, and was part of the original launch teams for New York 1 News and MSNBC. Gilbert is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s core historical exhibition audio tour, and her voice is introduced by Robert De Niro on the museum’s "Witnessing History" tour, the only female journalist to be so honored.
Phil Hirschkorn, the director of Reporting 9/11 and Why it Still Matters, is the founder of Real News Productions, LLC. He previously spent 25 years reporting and producing stories for national news networks, CNN, CBS, PBS, and FOX. He began covering Al Qaeda after its 1998 truck bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa and is the only journalist to cover gavel-to-gavel the ensuing trial in New York federal court, in 2001, as well as the subsequent prosecution of Zacarias Moussoaui for the 9/11 conspiracy, in Virginia federal court, in 2006. Hirschkorn led one of the first CNN field crews dispatched to the World Trade Center on 9/11 and appeared in the CNN documentary "America Remembers." He extensively covered the investigation of the attacks, including the work of the 9/11 Commission, and the rebuilding of the trade center site. He produced the documentary "CNN Presents: 16 Acres," in 2002, and a series of stories on the 10th anniversary of the attacks for CBS News, in 2011.
"Other than perhaps the first moon landing, 9/11 was the most watched news event in history in the United States and around the world. We’ve been fortunate to assemble some of our best storytellers to share their riveting accounts of what they saw and felt as they told and showed the world what was happening," Hirschkorn said.
About Wondrium Wondrium (f.k.a. The Great Courses Plus) is a global subscription video on demand (SVOD) service offering over 7,500 hours of a broad slate of intellectually stimulating, nonfiction learning content. Wondrium takes the learning experience to the next level, combining the library and legacy of in-depth content from The Great Courses with the best in entertaining, engaging, and educational content. The service provides a resource that complements people’s daily media habits, allowing them to pursue their passions, dig deeper into subjects, hone their hobbies, habits, and find something they will love to learn about.
About The National September 11 Memorial & Museum The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the nonprofit organization that oversees operations for the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum. Located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, the Memorial and Museum remember and honor the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The Memorial plaza design consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers surrounded by swamp white oak trees. The Museum displays more than 900 personal and monumental objects while its collection includes more than 72,500 items that present intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery linked to the events of 9/11 and the aftermath. The Museum also explores the global impact of 9/11 and its continuing significance through education programs, public programs, live talks and film features that cover contemporary topics designed for diverse audiences. For more information or to reserve a ticket to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, please visit 911memorial.org.
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LEADING EDUCATIONAL STREAMING PLATFORM, THE GREAT COURSES PLUS, TO REBRAND AS WONDRIUM AND EXPAND NONFICTION CONTENT OFFERING FOR THE LIFELONG LEARNER
CHANTILLY, VA (April 26, 2021)--New Licensing Agreements with Kino Lorber, MagellanTV, and Craftsy add hundreds of new titles to robust catalog of over 7,500 hours of enrichment programming at launch this summer.
The Teaching Company, the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, announced today that it will debut Wondrium early this summer, the next generation of its global streaming platform, rebranded from The Great Courses Plus.
Wondrium also announced it has signed new licensing agreements with Kino Lorber, MagellanTV, and Craftsy to provide trusted informative content for the ad-free, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service at launch. Altogether, they will help fill the service’s library with more than 7,500 hours of streaming video including award-winning, international documentary and independent films, docuseries, short-form series, featurettes, courses and tutorials. The Great Courses titles will remain available to members, along with materials from existing partners A&E Television Networks, Scientific American, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and The Culinary Institute of America.READ MORE
The Great Courses, best known for featuring the world’s leading professors and experts, has been a well-regarded and trusted resource for lifelong learners to pursue their passions and expand their knowledge of academic subjects. In 2015, the launch of the brand’s streaming service, The Great Courses Plus, opened the door for a broader audience and a new range of topics. Wondrium takes the learning experience to the next level, offering the best in entertaining, engaging, and educational content, and will provide a resource that complements people’s daily media habits, allowing them to pursue their passions, dig deeper into subjects, hone their habits, and find something they will love to learn about.
“We are passionate lifelong learners and believe that nothing compares to the feeling of satisfaction and excitement that comes with learning something new. We’ve spent the last 30 years crafting moments and experiences that have given our members those ‘Aha!’ moments. Now, we’re expanding that notion even further beyond the format factor we are best known for and diversifying our content offering to include a wider variety of resources, formats, and experiences for our members to enjoy when they want, where they want, and how they want,” said Paul Suijk, President & CEO of The Teaching Company. “We’re so excited to introduce Wondrium to the world and partner with great providers of nonfiction programming to bring our members a robust collection that both enriches and quenches their thirst for knowledge.”
Wondrium will be available across mobile, web, and connected TV platforms, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, and Android with the same three pricing options as The Great Courses Plus: a Monthly Plan at $20/month, a Quarterly Plan at $15/month (billed $45 every 3 months),and an Annual Plan at $12.50/month.
About The Teaching Company Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Teaching Company is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus are the premier, consumer-facing brands of The Teaching Company. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio formats—in convenient online, digital, video-on-demand, and DVD formats—these carefully crafted content experiences provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished experts, instructors, and storytellers. The content-rich, proprietary library spans over 1,200 titles with more than 26,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and teach new skills in subject categories such as the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, photography, cooking, personal development, and more. The Teaching Company of Chantilly, Virginia is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at www.TheGreatCourses.com and www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com.
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