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The rider and the storm

15 minutes

After Hurricane Sandy razes his home, a surfer reflects on cycles of nature

When Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home in Breezy Point, New York, Timmy Brennan, an iron worker, lost almost everything, including his prized possession: a SUP ATX paddle board. Digging through the rubble of what was once his mother’s house, Timmy reminisces about his childhood, moments shared with family and neighbours, and, most of all, the time he spent out on the water, looking up at the New York City skyscrapers he helped to construct.

Director: David Darg, Bryn Mooser

Producer: Martha Rogers, Gareth Seltzer

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

A happy life is built on pleasures such as sex and food, but also company and variety

7 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/History

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy

Emile Chabal

Video/Law & Justice

What is Mother’s Day to a child whose mother is in prison?

8 minutes

Idea/Race

How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon

Essay/War & Conflict

Don’t look away

Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern world

Jeremy Adelman

Idea/Cities

This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak

Video/Cities

In the shadows of high-rises, Shanghai’s small neighbourhoods struggle to survive

13 minutes