Your inner life

5 minutes

Antibiotics make our guts less diverse. That’s bad news for our long-term health

Like any ecosystem, the human microbiome requires diversity to thrive. However, widespread antibiotic treatments have killed off as many as half the important bacteria in our guts. In this animated short, Martin Blaser, director of the NYU Human Microbiome Program, explains why focusing on bacterial diversity is a health imperative.

Director: Flora Lichtman

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Logic

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

6 minutes

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

Idea/Medicine

We need ecstasy and opioids in place of Prozac and Xanax

Marc Lewis & Shaun Shelly

Video/Illness & Disease

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

3 minutes

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Essay/Medical Ethics

Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

Idea/Medical Research

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes