70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube

Smart video collections keep appearing on YouTube. But rather antithetical to the ethos of its parent company (Google), YouTube unfortunately makes these collections difficult to find. So we’ve decided to do the job for them. These enriching/educational videos come from media outlets, cultural institutions, universities and non-profits. There are about 70 collections in total, and the list will grow over time. If we’re missing anything good, feel free to let us know, and we’ll happily add them. You can find the complete list below the jump.

Also, feel free to check out our YouTube playlist.

General

  • @GoogleTalks
    • Google has lots of famous visitors speaking at its headquarters, and they’re all recorded and neatly presented here.
  • Al Jazeera English
    • The Middle Eastern news service, which has generated its share of controversy, now airs broadcasts in English and presents them here.
  • Amnesty International
    • The leading human rights organization brings you various videos outlining human rights concerns across the globe, and the work they’re doing to improve conditions.
  • BBC
    • A series of videos promoting programs coming out of Britain’s main media outlet. Unfortunately many of these videos are short and not entirely substantive. A missed opportunity.
  • BBC Worldwide
    • Ditto.
  • Big Think
    • This collection brings you videos featuring some of today’s leading thinkers, movers and shakers.
  • BoingBoingTV
    • These videos are brought to you by the makers of the very popular BoingBoing blog.
  • Brooklyn Museum
    • A fairly rich lineup of videos exploring the collections at Brooklyn’s main art museum.
  • Charlie Rose
    • PBS interviewer Charlie Rose presents segments of his nightly interviews.
  • Citizen Tube
    • YouTube’s own channel presents videos dealing with the American political process and the 2008 election.
  • Computer History Museum
    • A good number of videos that delve into computers, networking, and semiconductors.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    • A resource designed to provide insight into the complex international issues challenging policymakers and citizens alike.
  • CSPAN
    • Videos that keep a close eye on the inner-workings of the American political process.
  • FORA.tv
    • Delivers video presentations from the world’s great writers, leaders, activists and thinkers.
  • Guardian Unlimited TV
    • The Guardian brings you videos that make the television world its focus.
  • Gizmodo
  • Google Tech Talks
    • The name kind of says it all.
  • HBO
    • Provides outtakes from new HBO productions. The videos are all short and largely promotional. Give us some beef, sirs.
  • iHealthTube
    • A free online video site focused on natural health information. Presents information from 50 health specialists.
  • KQED on Demand- San Francisco
    • Media provided by the public broadcasting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I drink at this well daily.
  • MoMA
    • Videos highlighting the art collection, public programs, and temporary exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
  • National Geographic
    • The collection is rich, but the videos are short. Another instance where the provider could use the medium to offer more substance/depth.
  • New Scientist.
    • Videos and vodcasts covering science, technology, space, the environment and a whole lot more. An international team of expert journalists brings you the latest innovations and ideas in science and technology, from the wonderful to the worrying to the weird.
  • NOVA
    • Short video outtakes from PBS’s popular science program.
  • PBS
    • Promotes new PBS programming with painfully short videos.
  • PoliticsTV
    • Political videos with a progressive bent.
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s mission is to promote in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported, mis-reported – or not reported at all.
  • ReelNASA
    • Videos show the latest happenings at NASA and new developments in space exploration.
  • Reuters Video
    • The latest video from Reuters.
  • Sundance
    • Provides video clips from original series and films airing on the Sundance Channel.
  • The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco)
    • Videos coming out of the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting topics ranging across politics, culture, and society.
  • The Commoncraft Show
    • The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. The goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language.
  • The Davos Question
    • Every year, global leaders attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to discuss how to better the world. Here you get to see what they have to say.
  • The New York Times
    • All the news that’s fit to stream.
  • The New Yorker
    • The official video channel of The New Yorker magazine.
  • The Nobel Prize
    • Brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.
  • The Onion News Network
    • A good dose of funny videos from The Onion. Good for when you need some comic relief.
  • The Real News
    • The Real News Network is a global online video news network that listens to and is dependent solely on its audience. No ads. No government subsidies. No corporate sponsorship.
  • The Research Channel
    • Based out of the University of Washington, the ResearchChannel brings together content from leading research and academic institutions.
  • The World Bank
    • Videos coming out of the institution whose goal is to rid the world of poverty..
  • The YouTube Screening Room
    • Provided by YouTube itself, this collection presents high quality, independent films to web users and promises to roll out four new films every two weeks.
  • TED Talks
    • Generally engaging videos coming out of the annual TED conference. Features important thinkers from different walks of life.
  • WNYC Radio
    • Videos provided by WNYC, New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station in the US.
  • World Economic Forum
    • The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
  • Yad Vashem
    • Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation.
  • 92nd Street Y
    • Pretty much anyone and everyone on the cultural radar passes through the 92nd Y in NYC.

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  1. BeyondRandom says . . . | July 10, 2008 / 7:10 am

    Great list! Thanks

  2. Francisco says . . . | July 12, 2008 / 11:34 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish
    is the right link to Aljazeera English

  3. Dan Colman says . . . | July 13, 2008 / 12:47 am

    Thanks, for the heads up on the broken link!
    Dan

  4. KFL says . . . | August 18, 2008 / 5:29 pm

    Great list — especially for librarians and academics looking for quality YouTube videos and channels! Thanks so much.

  5. 10 Free Online Educational Video Options | Online Schools and Degree Programs says . . . | February 24, 2009 / 6:31 pm

    [...] YouTube: Yes, YouTube. Amidst the throng of clips of people injuring themselves for 10 minutes of fame, you can find a host of video lectures from colleges, scientific video from NASA, news from Reuters, “smart” TV content from the likes of CSPAN, PBS and BBC, plus video from highfalutin publications like National Geographic and The New Yorker. Check out this list of educational options. [...]

  6. YouTube EDU: Video Online e Cultura says . . . | March 27, 2009 / 12:54 pm

    [...] e fonti di video informativi, è quello pubblicato su OpenCulture, dove si identificano “forme di vita intelligenti su YouTube” [...]

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  8. Your Own Self-Directed Graduate Program | The Emotion Machine says . . . | August 30, 2010 / 11:19 am

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