48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Free Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling

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Photo via “Folkstory” of Joseph Campbell (left) with Jonathan Young, at the Pacifica Graduate Institute
You may not be interested in politics, they say, but politics is interested in you.

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Who Was Afraid of Ray Bradbury & Science Fiction? The FBI, It Turns Out (1959)

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When you think of the most astute minds of our time, you might well think of Ray Bradbury’s — but you probably don’t think of him as one of the most astute terrorist minds of our time. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, however, saw things differently.

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Meet America & Britain’s First Female Tattoo Artists: Maud Wagner (1877-1961) & Jessie Knight (1904–1994)

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For a certain period of time, it became very hip to think of classic tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins as the epitome of WWII era retro cool. His name has become a prominent brand, and a household name in tattooed households—or those that watch tattoo-themed reality shows.

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James Baldwin Debates Malcolm X (1963) and William F. Buckley (1965): Vintage Video & Audio

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One often hears lamented the lack of well-spoken public intellectuals in America today.

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Watch Interplanetary Revolution (1924): The Most Bizarre Soviet Animated Propaganda Film You’ll Ever See

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In 1924, Zenon Komisarenko, Youry Merkulov and Nikolai Khodataev produced Interplanetary Revolution, which might just be one of the strangest Soviet propaganda films ever produced.
First, the film is animated using not only traditional cel animation but also collage and stop motion, giving the work a queasy, disorienting feel.

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How to Bake Ancient Roman Bread Dating Back to 79 AD: A Video Primer

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Ecce panis—try your hand at the kind of loaf that Mel Brooks’ 2000-year-old man might have sunk his teeth into. Literally.
In 1930 a loaf of bread dating to AD 79 (the year Vesuvius claimed two prosperous Roman towns) was excavated from the site of a bakery in Herculaneum.

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See Berlin Before and After World War II in Startling Color Video

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Beautiful city, shame about all those Nazis.
Yes, this color newsreel above shows Berlin in 1936 as it gets ready to welcome the world for the Olympic Games.

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One of World’s Oldest Books Printed in Multi-Color Now Opened & Digitized for the First Time

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Now free for the world to see on the Cambridge University Digital Library are some treasures from the library’s Chinese collections.

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The End of an Era: A Short Film About The Last Day of Hot Metal Typesetting at The New York Times (1978)

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This is usually what happens when I write a piece for Open Culture: As I drink an overpriced coffee at my local coffee shop, I research a topic on the internet, write and edit an article on Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the whole thing into WordPress.

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Adorn Your Garden with Howard the Zinn Monk

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In January, in the dead of winter, we got you thinking about warmer times by highlighting the Noam Chomsky Garden Gnome, a real product described as follows:
Standing at just under 17 inches, Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam clutches his classic books, ‘The Manufacture of Compost’ and ‘Hedgerows not Hegemony’ – with his open right hand read

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