Strange Vintage Postcards Document the Propaganda Against Women’s Rights 100 Years Ago

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The vicious, vitriolic imagery and rhetoric of this election season can seem overwhelming, but as even casual students of history will know, it isn’t anything new.


Stephen Fry Narrates 4 Philosophy Animations On the Question: How to Create a Just Society?

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How do we create a just society? 50,000 years or so at it and humanity still has a long way to go before figuring that out, though not for lack of trying.


Hear What Homer’s Odyssey Sounded Like When Sung in the Original Ancient Greek

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It’s been a humanist truism for some time to say that Shakespeare speaks to every age, transcending his time and place through the sheer force of his universal genius.


An Immersive Audio Tour of the East Village’s Famed Poetry Scene, Narrated by Jim Jarmusch

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A peek at the photos on a realtor’s listing for a New York City one bedroom apartment formerly occupied by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is a dispiriting reminder of how much the East Village has changed.


The Entire History of Japan in 9 Quirky Minutes

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If you peruse our collection of Free Online History Courses, you’ll find plenty of enriching history courses from top-notch universities, all presented in a fairly conventional style. And certainly nothing like the short history lesson you’ll find above.


Watch Helen Keller & Teacher Annie Sullivan Demonstrate How Helen Learned to Speak (1930)

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Knowing the transformative effect an inspired teacher can have on an “unreachable” student, one can only hope that geography and luck will conspire to bring the two together at an early point in the child’s development.


Watch Online Every Presidential Debate Since 1960–and Revisit America’s Saner Political Days

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On Wednesday night, Las Vegas will mercifully host the final presidential debate. And it promises to be another rated-R affair. You’d except nothing less from the candidate who’s going to “make America great again.”
If you want a spectacle your kids can actually watch, then shut your TVs and travel back into America’s past.


The History of Europe: 5,000 Years Animated in a Timelapse Map

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If you’re an Open Culture old timer, you know the work of EmperorTigerstar–a Youtuber who specializes (to quote myself) “in documenting the unfolding of world historical events by stitching together hundreds of maps into timelapse films”. We’ve previously featured his “map animations” of the U.S.


Goethe’s Colorful & Abstract Illustrations for His 1810 Treatise, Theory of Colors: Scans of the First Edition

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The great Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza, it is said, drew his conceptions of god and the universe from his work as an optician, grinding lenses day after day. He lived a life singularly devoted to glass, in which his “evenings to evenings are equal.


What Life Was Like for Teenagers in Ancient Rome: Get a Glimpse from a TED-ED Animation

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That adage often holds true, but not in this historical case.


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