70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube

Smart video col­lec­tions keep appear­ing on YouTube. But rather anti­thet­i­cal to the ethos of its par­ent com­pa­ny (Google), YouTube unfor­tu­nate­ly makes these col­lec­tions dif­fi­cult to find. So we’ve decid­ed to do the job for them. These enriching/educational videos come from media out­lets, cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions, uni­ver­si­ties and non-prof­its. There are about 70 col­lec­tions in total, and the list will grow over time. If we’re miss­ing any­thing good, feel free to let us know, and we’ll hap­pi­ly add them. You can find the com­plete list below the jump.

Also, feel free to check out our YouTube playlist.


  • @GoogleTalks
    • Google has lots of famous vis­i­tors speak­ing at its head­quar­ters, and they’re all record­ed and neat­ly pre­sent­ed here.
  • Al Jazeera Eng­lish
    • The Mid­dle East­ern news ser­vice, which has gen­er­at­ed its share of con­tro­ver­sy, now airs broad­casts in Eng­lish and presents them here.
  • Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al
    • The lead­ing human rights orga­ni­za­tion brings you var­i­ous videos out­lin­ing human rights con­cerns across the globe, and the work they’re doing to improve con­di­tions.
  • BBC
    • A series of videos pro­mot­ing pro­grams com­ing out of Britain’s main media out­let. Unfor­tu­nate­ly many of these videos are short and not entire­ly sub­stan­tive. A missed oppor­tu­ni­ty.
  • BBC World­wide
    • Dit­to.
  • Big Think
    • This col­lec­tion brings you videos fea­tur­ing some of today’s lead­ing thinkers, movers and shak­ers.
  • Boing­Bo­ingTV
  • Brook­lyn Muse­um
    • A fair­ly rich line­up of videos explor­ing the col­lec­tions at Brook­lyn’s main art muse­um.
  • Char­lie Rose
    • PBS inter­view­er Char­lie Rose presents seg­ments of his night­ly inter­views.
  • Cit­i­zen Tube
    • YouTube’s own chan­nel presents videos deal­ing with the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal process and the 2008 elec­tion.
  • Com­put­er His­to­ry Muse­um
    • A good num­ber of videos that delve into com­put­ers, net­work­ing, and semi­con­duc­tors.
  • Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions
    • A resource designed to pro­vide insight into the com­plex inter­na­tion­al issues chal­leng­ing pol­i­cy­mak­ers and cit­i­zens alike.
    • Videos that keep a close eye on the inner-work­ings of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal process.
  • FORA.tv
    • Deliv­ers video pre­sen­ta­tions from the world’s great writ­ers, lead­ers, activists and thinkers.
  • Guardian Unlim­it­ed TV
    • The Guardian brings you videos that make the tele­vi­sion world its focus.
  • Giz­mo­do
  • Google Tech Talks
    • The name kind of says it all.
  • HBO
    • Pro­vides out­takes from new HBO pro­duc­tions. The videos are all short and large­ly pro­mo­tion­al. Give us some beef, sirs.
  • iHealth­Tube
    • A free online video site focused on nat­ur­al health infor­ma­tion. Presents infor­ma­tion from 50 health spe­cial­ists.
  • KQED on Demand- San Fran­cis­co
    • Media pro­vid­ed by the pub­lic broad­cast­ing com­pa­ny in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area. I drink at this well dai­ly.
  • MoMA
    • Videos high­light­ing the art col­lec­tion, pub­lic pro­grams, and tem­po­rary exhi­bi­tions at The Muse­um of Mod­ern Art in New York City.
  • Nation­al Geo­graph­ic
    • The col­lec­tion is rich, but the videos are short. Anoth­er instance where the provider could use the medi­um to offer more substance/depth.
  • New Sci­en­tist.
    • Videos and vod­casts cov­er­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, space, the envi­ron­ment and a whole lot more. An inter­na­tion­al team of expert jour­nal­ists brings you the lat­est inno­va­tions and ideas in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy, from the won­der­ful to the wor­ry­ing to the weird.
  • NOVA
    • Short video out­takes from PBS’s pop­u­lar sci­ence pro­gram.
  • PBS
    • Pro­motes new PBS pro­gram­ming with painful­ly short videos.
  • Pol­i­tic­sTV
    • Polit­i­cal videos with a pro­gres­sive bent.
  • Pulitzer Cen­ter on Cri­sis Report­ing
    • The Pulitzer Cen­ter on Cri­sis Report­ing’s mis­sion is to pro­mote in-depth cov­er­age of inter­na­tion­al affairs, focus­ing on top­ics that have been under-report­ed, mis-report­ed — or not report­ed at all.
  • Reel­NASA
    • Videos show the lat­est hap­pen­ings at NASA and new devel­op­ments in space explo­ration.
  • Reuters Video
    • The lat­est video from Reuters.
  • Sun­dance
    • Pro­vides video clips from orig­i­nal series and films air­ing on the Sun­dance Chan­nel.
  • The Com­mon­wealth Club (San Fran­cis­co)
    • Videos com­ing out of the nation’s old­est and largest pub­lic affairs forum, pre­sent­ing top­ics rang­ing across pol­i­tics, cul­ture, and soci­ety.
  • The Com­mon­craft Show
    • The Com­mon Craft Show is a series of short explana­to­ry videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. The goal is to fight com­plex­i­ty with sim­ple tools and plain lan­guage.
  • The Davos Ques­tion
    • Every year, glob­al lead­ers attend the World Eco­nom­ic Forum in Davos, Switzer­land to dis­cuss how to bet­ter the world. Here you get to see what they have to say.
  • The New York Times
    • All the news that’s fit to stream.
  • The New York­er
    • The offi­cial video chan­nel of The New York­er mag­a­zine.
  • The Nobel Prize
    • Brings you fas­ci­nat­ing insights into the minds of cur­rent and past Nobel Lau­re­ates.
  • The Onion News Net­work
    • A good dose of fun­ny videos from The Onion. Good for when you need some com­ic relief.
  • The Real News
    • The Real News Net­work is a glob­al online video news net­work that lis­tens to and is depen­dent sole­ly on its audi­ence. No ads. No gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies. No cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship.
  • The Research Chan­nel
    • Based out of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, the ResearchChan­nel brings togeth­er con­tent from lead­ing research and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions.
  • The World Bank
    • Videos com­ing out of the insti­tu­tion whose goal is to rid the world of pover­ty..
  • The YouTube Screen­ing Room
    • Pro­vid­ed by YouTube itself, this col­lec­tion presents high qual­i­ty, inde­pen­dent films to web users and promis­es to roll out four new films every two weeks.
  • TED Talks
    • Gen­er­al­ly engag­ing videos com­ing out of the annu­al TED con­fer­ence. Fea­tures impor­tant thinkers from dif­fer­ent walks of life.
  • WNYC Radio
    • Videos pro­vid­ed by WNYC, New York Pub­lic Radio, the largest pub­lic radio sta­tion in the US.
  • World Eco­nom­ic Forum
    • The World Eco­nom­ic Forum is an inde­pen­dent inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to improv­ing the state of the world by engag­ing lead­ers in part­ner­ships to shape glob­al, region­al and indus­try agen­das.
  • Yad Vashem
    • Con­tain­ing the world’s largest repos­i­to­ry of infor­ma­tion on the Holo­caust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Holo­caust edu­ca­tion, com­mem­o­ra­tion, research and doc­u­men­ta­tion.
  • 92nd Street Y
    • Pret­ty much any­one and every­one on the cul­tur­al radar pass­es through the 92nd Y in NYC.


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