Father and Daughter: An Oscar-Winning Animated Short Film

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Dear Daniel B.,
Thank you for bringing the 2000 Michaël Dudok De Wit short, Father and Daughter, to our attention. We always appreciate reader suggestions.
We must take issue, however, with your warning: “Be advised, it will indeed break your heart.


Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami: How They Happened

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On March 11th, Japan suffered a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami. Just weeks later, NOVA has produced a 47 minute documentary that does an impressive job of explaining the science behind these twin geologic catastrophes.


Do Look Back: Pennebaker and Marcus Talk Bob Dylan

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D.A. Pennebaker’s classic 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back will be re-released on Blu-Ray on April 24.


The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See

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When you look up in the sky, what do you see besides the blue sky, clouds, the occasional bird and plane, the Sun, and the Moon? In this whimsical animated video from NPR, we learn about the various insects – the wasps, aphids, beetles, etc. – that inhabit the upper levels of the troposphere.


Kinetic Strandbeests on the Beach: Alchemy of Art & Engineering

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Since 1990, Dutch artist Theo Jansen has given life to Strandbeests. They’re made of nothing more than a mass of yellow plastic tubes. But these kinetic sculptures feed off of the wind. They roam the beaches on their own. And they evolve.


Dementia 13: Coppola’s First Full-Length Feature

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Would the 1963 horror film Dementia 13 be remembered today without the subsequent achievements of its young director, Francis Ford Coppola? It’s hard to say.


Scifoo: How Would You Spend a Billion Dollars?

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Scifoo is an annual “unconference” c0-hosted in Mountain View, California by Google, O’Reilly Media and Nature publishing. It’s participant-driven, cross-pollinating, and highly unstructured, relying more on brainstorms and erasable white boards than PowerPoint presentations and lecture halls.


James Earl Jones Reads Othello at White House Poetry Jam

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Not long after taking office, President Obama hosted the first White House poetry jam – an evening dedicated to the spoken word and bringing verses to life. Esperanza Spalding’s performance was a high point. And later came James Earl Jones, arguably the best special effect in Star Wars, who recited lines from Shakespeare instead of Dr.


Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: The Film

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Due to its stylistic and linguistic complexity, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake ranks among the most difficult works of fiction. And that is why virtually no filmmaker has ever tried to adapt Joyce’s final work for the screen.


Steve Martin Writes Song for Hymn-Deprived Atheists

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Brilliant comedian. Playwright. Contributor to The New Yorker. And now songwriter for hymn-deprived atheists. Steve Martin – who comes into focus within 10 seconds – performs here with the Steep Canyon Rangers at Merlefest 2010…
You can find an alternate/more polished version recorded on the David Letterman Show here…


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