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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
Technology and the self
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Dance and theatre
How a Noh mask-maker summons a lifelike face from a single block of wood
On a whirlwind morning, a couple learns if they’re facing an unplanned pregnancy
The ancient world
What wine vessels reveal about politics and luxury in ancient Athens and Persia
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Philosophy of mind
Do we have good reasons to believe in beliefs? A radical philosophy of mind says no
Love and friendship
When drawing your muse hundreds of times becomes an exercise in love
Thinkers and theories
Is simulation theory a way to shirk responsibility for the world we’ve created?