Farewell to Studs Terkel

≡ Category: Current Affairs, History |2 Comments

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.

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

≡ Category: Current Affairs, History, Online Courses, Stanford |1 Comment

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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.

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“Angels We Have Heard On High” Played with Broccoli

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GabHGlGm14&NR=1″>Classic

Classic!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elephant Jumping On Trampoline

≡ Category: Random |1 Comment

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.

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What Makes a Poem a Poem in 60 Seconds

≡ Category: Literature |5 Comments

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.

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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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