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Crooked candy

6 minutes

Kinder’s chocolate eggs are banned in the US. Enter the Kinder-egg smuggler

Since 1974, an incredible 30 billion Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs have been sold, making them one of the most beloved sweet treats in the world. Despite their popularity, Kinder eggs are banned in the United States – due to the small, collectable toys inside, they’re considered potential choking hazards under US law. A most unusual criminal portrait, Andrew Rodger’s Crooked Candy profiles a Bulgarian-born Kinder Surprise-egg smuggler, driven by a nostalgic love of the chocolate treat and its trinkets inside.

Director: Andrew Rodgers

Video/Music

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10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating life?

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

Lynne Kelly

Essay/Stories & Literature

Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism

Martin Puchner

Video/Sports & Games

How Gaelic sports became a cultural binding force in Ireland’s most diverse town

15 minutes

Idea/Travel

We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

Liam Heneghan

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Gaston Dorren

Video/Sports & Games

Looking like time travellers from a bygone era, sumo wrestlers gather for a competition

3 minutes