The Invention of Self: One Woman, Eight Characters

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At the TED Conference, actress Sarah Jones takes a funny look at “the invention of self,” which is a fancy way of saying she does some good impersonations.


The Big List of OpenCourseWare Resources

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The folks at have provided a very handy resource here. They’ve  sifted through the big OpenCourseWare universe and centralized the resources for over 500 college courses. In some cases, you’ll find audio lectures. In other cases, you’ll find lecture notes, reading lists, and homework assignments.


Pete Seeger on “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

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Pete Seeger, the great American folk singer who turns 90 next week, sits down here with biographer Alec Wilkinson, and talks about Turn! Turn! Turn!. It’s a song that Seeger wrote in 1959, using lyrics taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.


Who Says Music Doesn’t Make a Difference?

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Out in remix culture, one is never sure what one will find. Take this video for example.


Ending the University as We Know It

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The most popular article in yesterday’s New York Times was an Op-Ed calling for a thoroughgoing overhaul of the traditional university.


The Australian Screen Archive

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The Australian National Film and Sound Archive provides free and worldwide access to over 1,000 film and television titles – a treasury of down-under video 100 years in the making.


How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write

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According to Steven Johnson’s piece in The Wall Street Journal, the “breakthrough success of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, and the maturation of the Google Book Search service”  could “make 2009 the most significant year in the evolution of the book since Gutenberg hammered out his original Bible.


When Galaxies Collide

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What will happen 3 to 5 billion years from now, when our galaxy will likely merge with the Andromeda galaxy? The (soundless) video above will give you a quick preview. This footage from the Hubble Space Telescope offers multiple views of recent galaxy collisions.


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Bill Moyers with The Wire’s David Simon

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Here Bill Moyers sits down with David Simon, executive producer of The Wire, the stunning HBO production. As anyone who has watched the show knows, The Wire is not just a splendid drama. It is, as Simon has once called it, “a political tract masquerading as a cop show.


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