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Video/History

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a dairy farmer preached radical self-acceptance to his gay son in the 1950s

4 minutes

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Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Is greatness finite?

The world feels caught between infinite possibility and limited resources. Thomas More and T R Malthus can help

Joyce E Chaplin

Essay/Progress & Modernity

The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock

Video/Nature & Environment

Clash of cousins: monkeys and humans wage a droll turf war at the Rock of Gibraltar

17 minutes

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Idea/History of Science

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy

Nathaniel Comfort

Essay/The Home

Nobody is home

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested

Charles Leadbeater

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Video/Religion

Why some Chinese millennials are taking up the hermit’s life in the mountains

11 minutes

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

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Idea/Education

Coeducation at university was – and is – no triumph of feminism

Nancy Weiss Malkiel

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Essay/History of Technology

Buck to the future

He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?

Samanth Subramanian

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Essay/Making

Chabuduo! Close enough …

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting

James Palmer

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Essay/History

Bodies electric

We are not the first to think that the human being might be much improved with the judicious application of electricity

Iwan Rhys Morus

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

Essay/History of Science

Hazard lines

The Fukushima disaster shows why the line between high and low risk is individual. Can we learn to manage our own safety?

Timothy Jorgensen

Video/Film & Television

Rod Serling on how imagination turns science fiction into fact

5 minutes

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Essay/History

Cruel ships of prosperity

For more than two centuries the huge profits and profound suffering of the Manila Galleons helped create global capitalism

David Z Morris

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Video/Work

Drudgery and dance lessons – work-life balance and the ‘Chinese Dream’

15 minutes

Idea/Food & Drink

In praise of artificial food

Rachel Laudan

Idea/Progress & Modernity

Why does air conditioning make people blow hot and cold?

Salvatore Basile

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Money talks

Has money really changed from shells to digital apps? Underneath, money is always a token of our social relations

Bill Maurer

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

Video/Demography & Migration

What can a map of notable births and deaths reveal about the spread of culture?

6 minutes

Video/Poverty & Development

Can a traditional practice still be beautiful when it indicates poverty?

1 minutes

Video/War & Conflict

A chilling map through time of every recorded nuclear detonation in history

13 minutes

Video/Progress & Modernity

‘Human might, majesty and mayhem’: a visual time capsule from 1965

13 minutes

Essay/Architecture & Landscape

Desert utopia

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community

Jared Keller

Video/History of Science

A chess-playing machine hoax that beat the best and helped inspire the computer

10 minutes