Barkley 100

23 minutes

Athletes endure a bizarre, nearly impossible 100-mile race for its sheer thrill

‘I only regret you could not have suffered longer.’

One of the most storied and difficult 100-mile races in the world, the Barkley 100 takes place every March or April in the rugged terrain of Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park. Daunting not just for its distance, the course features five craggy, shin-battering 20-mile loops run by 40 endurance athletes over 60 hours – rain or shine. (There is also a 60-mile version known as a ‘fun run’). The event features many humorous quirks thought up by its creator, Gary Cantrell (aka ‘Lazarus Lake’), who kicks off the competition with a ceremonial cigarette-lighting. But the race is no joke – many years, there isn’t even a single finisher. Interwoven with Cantrell’s idiosyncratic musings on sport and physical striving, Barkley 100 follows the gutsy runners in the 2014 ultramarathon as they chase the ‘extremes of joy’ that ‘you only get when failure was probable’.

Director: Brendan Young

Video/Music

Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

Why the ‘exotic and strange’ world of childhood is ripe for horror

5 minutes

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Gina Mireault

Essay/Family Life

Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment

Richard W Orange

Video/Gender & Sexuality

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

9 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

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

Christopher Kavanagh

Essay/Neuroscience

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

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Gender & Sexuality

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

19 minutes