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Why Do We Have Hobbies?9m06s

Why Do We Have Hobbies?

Where did the concept of a hobby come from? And how did humans turn the things they do purely for fun into side hustles and competitions that actually pay the bills?

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Published: March 20, 2019
Where On Earth Do You Weigh The Least?7m13s

Where On Earth Do You Weigh The Least?

You may have heard that a kilogram of feathers weighs the same as a kilogram of steel, but that all depends on where you weigh them. This video is all about the difference between mass and weight, and how weirdly awesome Earth’s gravity really is.

The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls11m41s

The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was an island--or maybe a group of islands-- in the Mediterranean Sea that was populated with fantastic giant beasts. It’s a lesson in the very strange, but very real, powers of natural selection.

What is Racial Passing?10m06s

What is Racial Passing?

What motivates someone to disguise their race, gender, religion, etc.? Today Danielle explores the complicated history of passing in the United States.

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Published: March 5, 2019
How 7,000 Years of Epic Floods Changed the World9m28s

How 7,000 Years of Epic Floods Changed the World

Strange geologic landmarks in the Pacific Northwest are the lingering remains of a mystery that took nearly half a century to solve. These features turned out to be a result one of the most powerful and bizarre episodes in geologic history: this region experienced dozens of major, devastating floods over the course of more than 7,000 years.

The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time9m05s

The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time

Humans have a hard time with really big numbers, especially when it comes to DEEP TIME. The history of the Earth took a lot longer than you think, trust me. But I’m here to help you put it in perspective. With some string.

The Evolution of the Heart (A Love Story)9m00s

The Evolution of the Heart (A Love Story)

In order to understand where hearts came from, we have to go back to the earliest common ancestor of everything that has a heart. It took hundreds of millions of years, and countless different iterations of the same basic structure to lead to the heart that you have today.

What’s The Best Car For The Climate?6m43s

What’s The Best Car For The Climate?

Say you’re looking to buy a car. How do you pick the best car for the planet? There’s already a lot to consider when choosing a new ride, and factoring in climate change makes it even trickier. Well we’re here to guide you through it… even if we can’t come to the dealership with you.

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Published: February 27, 2019
Why Do We Have Middle Names?5m49s

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

We understand why we have first names and how our surnames tie us to our family heritage, but what's the deal with middle names? What's the purpose of a middle name and when did different cultures start using them?

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Published: February 21, 2019
What is Ethnicity?9m18s

What is Ethnicity?

What's the difference between race and ethnicity? Can a person have more than one ethnic identity? Today Danielle explores the history and evolution of different ethnicities that make up America.

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Published: February 21, 2019
Is There Life on Earth9m44s

Is There Life on Earth

If we lived light years from Earth, how would we know there’s life here? Let’s take a look at the search for extraterrestrial life on habitable exoplanets, and discover what biosignatures would show someone else that we’re here.

The Humans That Lived Before Us11m52s

The Humans That Lived Before Us

As more and more fossil ancestors have been found, our genus has become more and more inclusive, incorporating more members that look less like us, Homo sapiens. By getting to know these other hominins--the ones who came before us--we can start to answer some big questions about what it essentially means to be human.

How Blood Evolved (Many Times)9m56s

How Blood Evolved (Many Times)

Blood is one of the most revolutionary features in our evolutionary history. Over hundreds of millions of years, the way in which blood does its job has changed over and over again. As a result, we animals have our familiar red blood. But also blue blood. And purple, and green, and even white.

What is Cultural Appropriation?9m19s

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is culture? Can it even be appropriated? Is there a difference between appreciation and appropriation? Join Danielle in the theoretical minefield!

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Published: January 24, 2019
Modern Warfare and Alien Invasions10m07s

Modern Warfare and Alien Invasions

What really crashed down to Earth in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Can we trust the government when they say it was just a weather balloon? Today Danielle looks at the history of alien conspiracies and what they teach us about the legacy of modern warfare, globalization, distrust of the government, and paranoia about foreign invaders.

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Published: January 24, 2019
How To Make Clothes Less Terrible for the Planet6m39s

How To Make Clothes Less Terrible for the Planet

Clothing is something we have to think about every day, but we don’t always think about how our clothes impact the planet. Fashion designers like Justine Leconte are transforming the industry by creating sustainable, ethical clothing and showing everyone that fashion can be about more than having the latest trends.

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Published: January 24, 2019
When Humans Were Prey9m21s

When Humans Were Prey

Not too long ago, our early human ancestors were under constant threat of attack from predators. And it turns out that this difficult chapter in our history may be responsible for the adaptations that allowed us to become so successful.

Release the Kraken!6m07s

Release the Kraken!

Legend has it this monster could take down ships, grab sailors off decks, and create whirlpools. Meet the Kraken in the latest episode of Monstrum from PBS Digital Studios!

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Published: January 24, 2019
The Origin of Medusa5m45s

The Origin of Medusa

Medusa has inspired art for centuries, whether as a symbol of protection or a monster. Explore her literary and cultural history in this episode of Monstrum from PBS Digital Studios. #GreatReadPBS

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Published: January 24, 2019
Has the Microsoft Kinect revolutionized art?3m24s

Has the Microsoft Kinect revolutionized art?

If you haven't had a chance to play with Microsoft's Kinect, you're missing out on some great video games and some amazing art! The Kinect is a crazy awesome piece of XBox 360 hardware that maps your physical movements onto any screen. Artists of all stripes have embraced the Kinect to create fantastical works of art. Is it Microsoft's greatest contribution to art?

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Published: January 3, 2019
From Sherlock Holmes to 50 Shades of Grey3m47s

From Sherlock Holmes to 50 Shades of Grey

You've probably heard of the risque novel "50 Shades of Grey," now the best selling paperback of all time. But you may not know that it's actually fan fiction! It seems shocking that a fan fiction novel has become so popular, but 50 Shades isn't the first book to break through the fan community boundaries into mainstream culture. Over 100 years ago, Sherlock Holmes spawned a similar phenomenon.

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Published: January 3, 2019
Is Dubstep the New Musical Avant-Garde?4m25s

Is Dubstep the New Musical Avant-Garde?

While some people may hear noise, some hear amazing musical genius in the creativity of Dubstep. There is a long history of avant garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as music, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres may have changed attitudes to accept these once-fringe music genres.

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Published: January 3, 2019