Black rush life

14 minutes

Far from home, North Dakota oil workers take a last shot at the American dream

American frontiers have always been raw and brutal places. Working life in North Dakota’s booming oil fields is no different. The money is great, but family and friends are far away and in the bitter cold of winter there is little to do but work, sleep and dream of going home. North Dakota’s oil and gas fields employ some 30,000 workers — six times the number working there eight years ago – and the state has the nation’s lowest unemployment rates. Filmmaker Christina Clusiau captures the austere beauty, and the human sorrow, of America’s newest boom.

Director: Christina Clusiau

Video/Art

How the ‘Master of Black’ uses non-colour to manipulate light in his artwork

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation

6 minutes

Essay/Work

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

Video/Progress & Modernity

Two young Bushmen grapple with the possibility of transitioning to modern lives

29 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Moderation may be the most challenging and rewarding virtue

Aurelian Craiutu

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing 1.5 million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

Essay/History

America’s hidden philosophy

When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society

John McCumber

Idea/History

Concentration camps reveal the nature of the modern state

Dan Stone