Hunter S Thompson on outlaws

5 minutes

How gang violence is American violence: it shows alienation at all social levels

‘We do have this mounting violence in us.’

The enigmatic and wildly influential US journalist Hunter S Thompson first broke into the mainstream with his 1966 book Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs – a two-year-long insider’s view of the notorious California motorcycle gang. Given new life in PBS’s animated Blank on Blank series, this prescient 1967 interview by Studs Terkel finds Thompson describing how disaffection and unemployment spurred by changes in technology and the economy helped to create a wave of paranoia, alienation and violence among displaced Americans following the Second World War.

Director: Patrick Smith

Producer: David Gerlach

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a dairy farmer preached radical self-acceptance to his gay son in the 1950s

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/History of Technology

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5 minutes

ORIGINAL
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7 minutes

Essay/Wellbeing

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Optical illusions show how past experience dramatically influences perception

4 minutes

Idea/Social Psychology

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Neil Garrett

Essay/Neuroscience

Living in the now

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Michael D Lemonick