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

Video/Cities

A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes

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

Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin

Video/Nature & Environment

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

25 minutes

Video/Fairness & Equality

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights

15 minutes

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Essay/Family Life

How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner

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Idea/Poverty & Development

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley