Ben Carson on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

Is the controversy surrounding the holiday season classic justified?
This winter, take some time to enjoy this video of Ben Leeds Carson analyzing the lyrics, music, context, and history of the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ — and decide for yourselves.

This video was recorded in December 2018 in response to a current issue and as an accompaniment to the course Popular Music in the United States (MUSC 80P).

You can learn more about Professor Carson and his work here.


UCSC Online Education wishes you a lovely winter break and happy holidays. See you in January!


Susan Schwartz on Mount St. Helens eruption

This week’s featured video:

How can a mountain lose over 1300 feet of elevation in just minutes?
Watch Susan Schwartz’s fascinating retelling of the sequence of events surrounding the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, taken from her course Geology of National Parks (EART 3). If devastating geologic events fascinate you, make sure to check out Professor Schwartz’s other online course, Earthquakes (EART 11).

Read more about Professor Schwartz’s research here.