Ghost, come closer

5 minutes

A fly fisherman glimpses his own death in the river that gives him solace

Facing the possibility of death following a cancer diagnosis, the American writer Jeff Metcalf finds solace in fly fishing the waters near his northern Utah home. Centred around Metcalf’s recollection of a particular trip to the river when he felt profoundly responsible for the life – and death – of a fish at the end of his line, Ghost, Come Closer is a lyrical meditation on uncertainty, patience and the places where we find meaning and comfort.

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Bioethics

From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Amid massive urbanisation and modernisation, rural Japan persists in idiosyncratic corners

30 minutes

Idea/Old Age & Death

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Christopher Wareham

Essay/Neuroscience

When is stress good for you?

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime

Bruce McEwen

Video/Illness & Disease

Maria’s skin tears open every day but, though her body is fragile, her will is formidable

18 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Fatal nurture: what a rare disorder says about ‘bad mothers’

Chris Millard

Essay/Biology

Scents and sensibility

Our sense of smell gives flavour to food, emotion to memories, and connects us to each other. But how exactly does it work?

Katherine Whitcroft

Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes