I want to share with my (handful) of readers a very cool line of products. Because I drive back and forth from my home with the Kitten on the Eastern Shore to DC and Northern VA regularly, I spend a good deal of time in the car. I kill the time listening to the radio and obliterating my monthly cell phone minute level. A good friend of mine (Bill Carrier, Executive Coach without equal!) recommended "The Teaching Company" to me a few months back, and I finally took the plunge.
What The Teaching Company does is package undergraduate level courses on DVD/CD or for download to your MP3 player. You can get as into the course as you desire--you can follow along with the lecture guide (in advance of listening in your car, hopefully), or you can just--as I do--listen along for the pure pleasure of learning. I am through Part I of the V part lecture series "The Great Ideas of Philosophy"--each part contains roughly 12-30 minute lectures. I can't tell you how quickly the time flies in the car--for that period of time, I'm transported back to a UVA lecture hall, listening to the instruction of a fantastic professor imparting knowledge to me as a great gift. For years and years, I've heard and misused terms like "metaphysics", "ontological" and "epistemological", and hopefully, I won't do that anymore!
If you go to the website, don't be fooled by the prices. Every single course goes on sale at least once a year, so I exclusively buy off the "sale" site. I'm using these courses as my personal battle against Alzheimer's, though I may be getting on it a bit early.