Sell & Spin: The History of Advertising, Narrated by Dick Cavett (1999)

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“According to a study published Monday by researchers at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, humans experience the most intense feelings of happiness when pressing the ‘skip ad’ button before watching a video on the internet.” That comes from The Onion, whose satirical reporting hits the mark as usual.


Watch the First Episode of Vinyl: Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese’s Series on the 1970s Music Scene

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A quick note: HBO recently premiered Vinyl, which takes a Goodfellas-style look at the seedy 1970s rock music and record-making scene. Here’s a quick snapshot of what the show’s all about:
Created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese & Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York.


Watch the First 10 Seasons of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting Free Online

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Last year, we let you know that the first season of The Joy of Painting, the public-television paint-along show hosted by the neatly permed and persistently reassuring Bob Ross, had appeared free to watch online.


A Young Jim Henson Teaches You How to Make Puppets with Socks, Tennis Balls & Other Household Goods (1969)

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By the time he filmed this video archived on Iowa’s Public Television’s YouTube channel, Jim Henson was just about to strike gold with a new children’s show called Sesame Street. The year was 1969, and he already had 15 years of puppetry experience under his belt, from children’s shows to commercials and experimental films.


How to Send an E-mail: A 1984 British Television Broadcast Explains This “Simple” Process

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Earlier this month, the world got news of the death of a man whose name many of us had never heard but whose act of innovation shaped what we do every day.


Peter Sellers Recites The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” in the Style of Shakespeare’s Richard III

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“Now is the winter of our discontent….” If you know nothing else of Shakespeare’s Richard III, you’ll know this famous opening line, and it’s likely many of us know it through Laurence Olivier’s performance of Richard as a “melodramatic baddie” in the famous 1955 film.


Julia Child Marathon: 201 Episodes of “The French Chef” Streaming Free (for a Limited Time)

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Had to give you a quick heads up on this: is launching a new Food Channel. And it’s getting things going with a marathon streaming of all 201 episodes of Julia Child’s now legendary TV series “The French Chef.


Who’s Out There?: Orson Welles Narrates a Documentary Asking Whether There’s Extraterrestrial Life in the Universe (1975)

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Does intelligent life exist elsewhere in the universe? The question has captivated humankind for centuries upon centuries; long before the X-Files popularized the declaration, we’ve wanted to believe.


American History: An Off-Kilter 1992 Student Film from South Park Creator Trey Parker

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Here’s a little exercise:
Spend five minutes recording yourself recapping everything you know about Japanese history.
(International Studies majors and Japanese citizens, please sit this one out.)
Most of us will wind up with a pastiche that’s heavy on pop culture and relatively recent events.


Watch Star Trek: New Voyages: The Original Fan-Made Sequel to the 1960s TV Series

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Several weeks back, we featured for you Star Trek Continues, the critically-acclaimed, fan-made sequel to the original TV series, which tries to answer the questions: What if Star Trek had continued? How would the story have played out?
Others have tried to offer up answers to those questions too.


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