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Video/Subcultures

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

18 minutes

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

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Essay/Subcultures

Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

Video/Art

What happens when an artist doesn’t give up the day job?

6 minutes

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/History

Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

Video/Gender & Sexuality

The origins of the high five, and its inventor – an unsung gay pioneer

10 minutes

Video/Subcultures

How the yo-yo put a troubled young man on the path of playful salvation

10 minutes

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Video/Nature & Environment

We can’t fly like birds, nor can we stop our gaze soaring skyward to dream of it

3 minutes

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Essay/Cultures & Languages

Street talk

People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals

Michael Erard

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Idea/Subcultures

Female nudity is powerful – but not necessarily empowering

Shahidha Bari

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Essay/Food & Drink

Hot stuff

Pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. But what’s the allure of a fruit designed to repel?

Kendra Pierre-Louis

Video/Personality

At the world’s largest gathering of twins, everyone is part of a double act

7 minutes

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Video/Subcultures

The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated

15 minutes

Idea/Subcultures

How can a first-person shooter have a victim complex?

James Palmer

Idea/Subcultures

Does one ethnic group own its cultural artefacts?

Tiffany Jenkins

Idea/Stories & Literature

The gay-suicide stereotype kills gay people, and must end

Samuel Clowes Huneke

Video/Rituals & Celebrations

Creepy masks, boozy baths and chicken chases: the mayhem of Courir de Mardi Gras

11 minutes

Video/Cultures & Languages

Heated rivalries and (pigeon) sex: the passionate world of Scottish doo fleein’

17 minutes

Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Psychedelics can’t be tested using conventional clinical trials

Nicolas Langlitz

Essay/Digital Culture

Possessed by a mask

Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?

Sandra Newman

Idea/War & Conflict

Samurai, spy, commando: who were the real ninja?

Antony Cummins

Essay/Subcultures

Amish.biz

The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast. In their battle with modernity, it’s tough to say who’s winning

Kevin Williams

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Video/Social Psychology

Freedom, fantasy, family – the sundry allures of the American Renaissance faire

9 minutes

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations

Great pretenders

Live-action role-play is venturing into some weighty social topics. Can make-believe really show us possible worlds?

Alexa Clay

Essay/History

The call of the road

From bison-hunting tribes on the Great Plains to RV retirees in Arizona, wanderlust runs through all America’s nomads

Richard Grant

Essay/Gender

Impostors

Caitlyn Jenner identifies as a woman, Rachel Dolezal as black. Why should one be legitimate and the other condemned?

Katharine Quarmby

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Smoke gets in your eyes

Scientific research says it’s safer to drive high than straight, right? Wrong. Here are the phantom studies to (un)prove it

Lee Vinsel

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Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

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Essay/Data & Information

The hacker hacked

The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in

Brett Scott