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Video/Demography & Migration

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised

6 minutes


It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar


No drama, King Obama

In Javanese culture, a ruler must stand chivalrously above strife: cool, intelligent and self-contained. Sound familiar?

Edward L Fox


Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

Ben Thomas

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon


It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz


Riches beyond belief

If you want to know what money is, don’t ask a banker. Take a leap of faith and start your own currency

Brett Scott


Trial by fire

From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds

Dimitris Xygalatas


Human rites

Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind?

Harvey Whitehouse


‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes


Magic bowls of antiquity

Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market

Samuel Thrope


How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh


Ancient ruins keep being ‘discovered’: were they ever lost?

Christopher Begley

Idea/Demography & Migration

How DNA traced the Ashkenazic Jews to northeastern Turkey

Eran Elhaik

Idea/Gender & Sexuality

Human sex is not simply male or female. So what?

Courtney Addison & Samuel Taylor-Alexander


Families made us human

The evolution of human culture can be explained, not by the size of our brains, but by the quality of our relationships

Stephen T Asma


How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Video/Social Psychology

Never judge a book by its cover. But what about people and their faces?

12 minutes


Slaves of history

If you descend from slaves in Senegal, your shame is an open secret and your life limited by stigma and disrespect

Jori Lewis


My ancestors, myself

Fossil genomics is opening new windows to the past. But the view through them isn't as clear as we like to think

Jonathan Marks


Did Easter Island culture collapse? The answer is not simple

Christopher Kavanagh


Schooled in nature

There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico

Jay Griffiths

Video/Cultures & Languages

‘Grief bacon’ and other untranslatable words for the highs and lows of love

4 minutes


Catalonia’s human towers are monuments to strength, co-operation and tradition

3 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Mongolian nomads building a traditional yurt is a master class in cooperation

2 minutes


The scalp from Sand Creek

Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history?

Chip Colwell



Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats – how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum

Matthew Battles

Video/Old Age & Death

Dolls replace former residents in a remote, depopulating Japanese village

6 minutes


The Moken

They predicted the Boxing Day tsunami, but can Thailand’s sea gypsies stay afloat on the waves of modernity?

Julian Sayarer