Jefferson, Adams and the Declaration of Independence

With­out Thomas Jef­fer­son and John Adams, Amer­i­cans wouldn’t have the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence (lis­ten to a read­ing here). Rather strange­ly, both men died on the same day, exact­ly fifty years after the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion — July 4, 1826. Quite the fac­toid. Below, we have a clip from HBO’s excel­lent mini series “John Adams,” and here you can see the two men at work on the Dec­la­ra­tion.

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Al Franken Effortlessly Draws the Map of America

Al Franken, the for­mer SNL come­di­an, the Har­vard grad­u­ate, and now US Sen­a­tor, has a spe­cial tal­ent. He can draw the map of Amer­i­ca, state-by-state, while chat­ting up a crowd. Almost makes me feel the 4th of July spir­it…

Thanks for Eric for this one.

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100 Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists

The title says it all. Lots of sci­ence lec­tures from lead­ing thinkers. Some sci­en­tists (Dawkins, Hawk­ing, etc.) list­ed here are house­hold names. Oth­ers are not. Note that most lec­tures come from broad­er video col­lec­tions that we were men­tioned in our pop­u­lar piece: Intel­li­gent Video: The Top Cul­tur­al & Edu­ca­tion­al Video Sites.

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