Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse

≡ Category: Business, Current Affairs, Economics |5 Comments

Doc Zone, a documentary series produced by CBC Television, is now airing, Meltdown, a four part investigation into the great financial debacle of 2008.


Jimmy Page Tells the Story of “Kashmir”

≡ Category: Music |13 Comments

One of the most original and distinctive songs Led Zeppelin ever recorded was the exotic, eight-and-a-half minute “Kashmir,” from the 1975 album Physical Graffiti. In this clip from Davis Guggenheim’s film It Might Get Loud (2009), Jimmy Page explains the origins of the song to fellow guitarists Jack White and The Edge.


What Earth Will Look Like 100 Million Years from Now

≡ Category: Science, Video - Science |8 Comments

This is what you’d call efficient. In two minutes, we watch our planet take form. 600 million years of geological history whizzes by in a snap. Then we see what the next 100 million years may have in store for us.


How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

≡ Category: Food & Drink |7 Comments

Random? Yes. Handy? Double yes. The ultimate culinary lifehack from SAVEUR magazine’s Executive Food Editor, Todd Coleman…
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Steven Pinker on the History of Violence: A Happy Tale

≡ Category: History, Psychology |Leave a Comment

In July, the held its annual “Master Class” in Napa, California and brought together some influential thinkers to talk about “The Science of Human Nature.


Salvador Dali Gets Surreal with Mike Wallace (1958)

≡ Category: Art, Television |3 Comments”>Part

Before he became a fixture on 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace hosted his own short-lived TV show, The Mike Wallace Interview (1957-58), which let Americans get an up-close and personal view of some legendary figures – Frank Lloyd Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, Reinhold Niebuhr, Aldous Huxley, Erich Fromm, Adlai Stevenson, Henry Kissinger, and Gloria


Six Ideas That Set the West Apart from the Rest (And Why It’s All Over Now Baby Blue)

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Economics, History |3 Comments”>baby

We’re tackling another big question today with the help of Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson.


Lawrence Krauss Explains How You Get ‘A Universe From Nothing’

≡ Category: Physics |15 Comments

In 2009, Richard Dawkins invited Lawrence Krauss, an internationally-known theoretical physicist and author of The Physics of Star Trek, to talk about some big enchilada questions.


Stephen King Reads from His Upcoming Sequel to The Shining

≡ Category: Books |2 Comments”>reading

Late last week, Stephen King treated an audience at George Mason University to a 10-minute reading from his upcoming book Dr. Sleep . It’s not just any other book. It’s the sequel to The Shining, his 1977 thriller that Stanley Kubrick fammously adapted to film. (Don’t miss Making the Shining here.


John Hodgman Riffs on Magicians and Their Craft at Maker Faire

≡ Category: Books, Comedy, Random |2 Comments

John Hodgman, your favorite quirky, mustachioed humorist, made an appearance at the Maker Faire festival in NYC earlier this month. And, in the DIY spirit of the event, he gave a 30+ minute comic riff on material appearing in his upcoming book That is All — a compendium of “complete world knowledge” that can help you survive an apocalypse.


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