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Essays and videos on social issues, history, political life and the future
Close-up of a hammer, metal pot, and three copper spheres on a stone surface, with a hand holding the hammer.
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Making

Trek to a remote Himalayan village where artisans craft teapots fit for kings

11 minutes

Colourful illustration of the Mad Hatter holding a clock showing 13 o’clock. His eyes are spirals. The background is filled with small images of the same character.
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Consciousness and altered states

Acid media

How perforated squares of trippy blotter paper allowed outlaw chemists and wizard-alchemists to dose the world with LSD

Erik Davis

Person carving angel figures in stone with various chisels and brushes on a dusty table.
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Art

From a pencil sketch to cherubs dancing in stone – recreating a Donatello work

7 minutes

A traditional Noh theatre mask lies on a table, surrounded by pottery and art supplies in a workshop. A person works in the blurred background.
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Dance and theatre

How a Noh mask-maker summons a lifelike face from a single block of wood

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Man in a pottery studio assembling large ceramic pieces, shelves with tools and books, a desk lamp, and equipment in the background. Black and white image.
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Design and fashion

Refined towards imperfection – a ceramic artist recreates a rare Korean treasure

15 minutes

A person wearing a dark jacket is focused on working with a pencil and ruler on a wooden box in a cluttered workshop.
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Making

From log to Go board – the world’s oldest game, made the old-fashioned way

20 minutes

Hands squeezing dyed yarn over a container of dark liquid, with dye dripping from the yarn.
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

4 minutes

Overhead view of a bustling outdoor market with red and white striped umbrellas, various fruits and vegetables on display, and shoppers browsing stalls.
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Food and drink

From set-up to close, a day at the farmers market is a whirlwind sensory feast

10 minutes

Person holding molten metal with tongs near a furnace at night.
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Rituals and celebrations

From roaring fire and molten glass an artist creates a healing ritual

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Making

Ceramic designs spin to life in a tactile meditation on the art of pottery

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Architecture

How the Dorze in Ethiopia make ‘beehive’ houses from bamboo that last a lifetime

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Technology and the self

‘Perfection is for the gods,’ and this sculptor gets to a thousandth of an inch of it

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Information and communication

There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion

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Making

How sky-high dreams launched one man’s audacious life in homemade rocketry

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Architecture

Cultural wisdom begets cozy temporary homes for the Nenets of the Siberian Arctic

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Archaeology

The clothing revolution

What if the need for fabric, not food, in the face of a changing climate is what first tipped humanity towards agriculture?

Ian Gilligan

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Art

Changed by art

Gazing at a painting feels like an almost magical encounter with another mind but what real effects does art have on us?

Ellen Winner

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Design and fashion

Pre-Hispanic and colonial traditions combine in Mario’s uniquely Mexican artworks

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Work

The last of her kind, Gricel regales Cuban cigar-rollers with readings and good humour

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Food and drink

Making sauerkraut is a spiritual matter for the ‘fermentation fetishist’ Sandor Katz

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Design and fashion

The only thing more entrancing than a marbled book cover is the process that creates it

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Making

Kerala’s skilled hand-weavers struggle to survive the rising tides of modernity

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Technology and the self

A curtain that twitches as people walk by creates a delightful paradox of privacy

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Biology

Making dentures can be oddly riveting – a fusion of biology, craft and fun

5 minutes