Farewell to Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the everyman, has passed away at the ripe old age of 96. (Get the NYTimes obit here.) Below, we have a lengthy conversation with Terkel, recorded when he was 91. As you’ll see, being a nonagenarian did little to slow him down.


From the Civil War to the Vietnam War – The Geography of US Presidential Elections

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The Geography of US Presidential Elections keeps rolling along. With his well-crafted lectures, Martin Lewis shows you this week how America’s political map and its political parties changed dramatically following the Civil War.


“Angels We Have Heard On High” Played with Broccoli

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The 13th Amendment

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Film |3 Comments

This week, CNN announced the winners of the iReport Film Festival, the network’s first user-generated short film competition.


The Political Wire

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I’ve spent the past several months working through The Wire on DVD. A simply brilliant show. (Here’s a recap of Season 1 in case you don’t know what you’re missing. And for even more recaps click here.


Darwin’s Legacy

≡ Category: Science, Stanford |4 Comments

For weeks, it’s been one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes: Created by the Cassiopeia Project, “Evolution” (iTunesU) offers a series of video podcasts that explains what scientists know about evolution in a visually appealing format.


Elephant Jumping On Trampoline

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This is half art/half random, or maybe it’s better to say half random/half art. Anyway, it calls to mind one of our popular posts (Elephant Painting) from months to go. So here it is, an animated short by Nicolas Deveaux.


What Makes a Poem a Poem in 60 Seconds

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A rather clever mini, mini-lecture from Charles Bernstein, poet and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, wouldn’t you say?

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Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi Explains Why the Source of Happiness Lies in Creativity and Flow, Not Money

≡ Category: Psychology |6 Comments

Speaking at the TED Conference, famed psychologist Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks what’s the source of happiness? And his answer comes down to this: Beyond a certain point (and it’s not very far), money doesn’t affect happiness too much.


Ali G and Noam “Norman” Chomsky Talk Linguistics

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Here it goes, and it’s added to our YouTube playlist.


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