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Video/Sports & Games

Even before kick-off, AC 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

Essay/Cosmopolitanism

This is your morning

I left the US, the land of my birth, sickened by racial injustice. But the return to a homeland is not a simple matter

Enuma Okoro

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

Idea/Death

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life

Thomas W Laqueur

Video/Travel

Rail workers battle winter’s worst in this kinetic, Oscar®-nominated classic

8 minutes

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

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Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Here’s to the lost art of lying down

Bernd Brunner

Video/Stories & Literature

How E E Cummings’s most famous love poem reaches towards transcendence of self

9 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

Idea/Art

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price

Jonathan R Goodman

Video/Stories & Literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

6 minutes

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Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

Shitloads and zingers: on the perils of machine translation

Arthur Goldhammer

Idea/Stories & Literature

When the stories add up: the six narrative arcs in fiction

Veronique Greenwood

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

Video/Art

How a focus on the present moment has given David Hockney many lives

7 minutes

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Full-body reading

Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in

Anna Wilson

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Light, geometry and symbolism: how Jean Nouvel’s architecture reimagines culture

15 minutes

Video/Music

A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians

13 minutes

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Idea/Stories & Literature

Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces

David Farrier

Video/Art

An artist finds rich pickings in the sprawling mundanity of a Walmart store

4 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read

Frank Furedi