Flatline

7 minutes

How the future of treating heart disease might mean having no heartbeat

The heartbeat is synonymous with human life, but could we possibly live without one? Flatline tells the extraordinary story of Dr Bud Frazier and Dr Billy Cohn of the Texas Heart Institute, who in March of 2011 performed a continuous-flow artificial heart transplant to extend the life of a dying man. In doing so, they proved that it was possible for a person to live without a pulse. Directed by the US filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar, this short documentary explores how some advances in medical science and technology brush up against the limits of what we view as possible, making us reconsider what it means to be human.

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

Producer: Jeremy Yaches

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

Video/Illness & Disease

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

3 minutes

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

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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

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

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes