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‘I was just another black face in the street, and I was almost another dead black male.’
In this short animation from StoryCorps, Alex Landau recounts to his adoptive mother, Patsy Hathaway, the events of the evening of 15 January 2009 when he was pulled over for a simple traffic violation and nearly lost his life to police brutality. Although Hathaway, who is white, raised Landau to believe that his race didn’t matter, they now look back at the incident with a starker view of the realities of racism in the US. Both alarming and alarmingly familiar, Traffic Stop won a News and Documentary Emmy® Award in 2016.
Producers: Rachel Hartman, Roxana Petzold
Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US
In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design
Information and communication
There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion
What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity
Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free