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Sands of time

The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It's also a monument to what awaits us in the Anthropocene

David Farrier

ORIGINAL
Video/Film & Television

Why do we crave the awful futures of apocalyptic fiction?

5 minutes

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Stuck on one idea of truth or beauty? Rhizomes can help

Nicholas Tampio

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Essay/Internet & Communication

What’s so new about news?

The interesting thing about news has never been its truth or falsehood but how it explodes our sense of onrushing time

Arthur Asseraf

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How to get your kicks in the hermit kingdom of North Korea

Laya Maheshwari

Video/Cultures & Languages

From accents to ‘sleep signing’ – the psychology and the politics of sign language

4 minutes

Video/Art

James Turrell’s singular quest to transform a crater into a natural-light observatory

8 minutes

Essay/Music

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Watchers of the earth

Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening

Carrie Arnold

Idea/Internet & Communication

Should you feel sad about the demise of the handwritten letter?

Siobhan Phillips

Essay/Stories & Literature

Walk the lines

Can walking the city streets still be liberating, when every path is paved with literary quotations and artistic prefiguring?

Will Wiles

Idea/Architecture & Landscape

Feelings are a better way to discuss architecture than concepts

Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Idea/Stories & Literature

The only line comedy shouldn’t cross is the no-laughter line

Casey Michael Henry

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The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

Video/Subcultures

New York City, 1986 – the grit, the graffiti, the glory

18 minutes

Video/Architecture & Landscape

A ski mountain as a stunning ethereal reflection on how we move through nature

14 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Storyhealing

Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human

Gavin Francis

Video/Film & Television

‘What’s going on?’ How seeking meaning is futile in the Coen Brothers’ universe

8 minutes

Video/Dance & Theatre

Passion, precision and swagger: join an Oscar®-winning flamenco masterclass

29 minutes

Video/Art

‘This is post-traumatic growth’: how one artist painted over her rape

4 minutes

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Essay/Art

Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King

Video/Design & Fashion

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

4 minutes

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel

Video/Sports & Games

Even before kick-off, Milan’s San Siro stadium is an awe-inducing spectacle

6 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sex and death in Homer

Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey

C D C Reeve

Video/Sports & Games

Why falconers believe a bird of prey in action is still a wonder worth beholding

4 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

The welder-turned-poet who fell in love with words in a Glasgow shipyard

11 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

Not all paper is created equal: an 800-year-old tradition of making it by hand

6 minutes

Idea/Nature & Environment

Winter is a time of regeneration: we’ll miss it when it’s gone

Bernd Brunner

Video/Music

Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes