The union man

10 minutes

A janitor with dashed dreams of athletic stardom finds dignity in his work

Earl Thompson was a football player with great prospects in college until a fluke injury ended his dreams of a career as a pro athlete. Now working the night shift as a janitor at a Texas university, he tempers the disappointment and feelings of humiliation with a quiet but steadfast resolve to do good with his life. Focused on achieving new goals, Thompson brings dignity to the drudgery of his job, striking notes of occasional grace as he does work so often taken for granted.

Director: Bobby Lewis

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes


If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

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

Christopher Kavanagh

Video/Gender & Sexuality

A boy wants to wear a red dress in a photo with his dad, but doesn’t quite dare

9 minutes


Here’s looking at you

Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain

Jeffrey M Zacks

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Is it better to beat temptation or never feel tempted at all?

Christina Starmans

Video/Gender & Sexuality

On the examined sex life: a meticulous chronicle of desire and self-knowledge

19 minutes

Essay/Love & Friendship

Bad friends

Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic?

Carlin Flora