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People instinctively reciprocate anger with anger and kindness with kindness, but what happens when someone breaks this ‘complementary behaviour’ chain? Using the story of a home robbery that was disarmed by an offer of wine as a starting point, this cleverly conceived video investigates the surprising power of non-complementary behaviour to diffuse small-scale conflicts and even completely restructure societies. The audio in this video is excerpted from a full-length episode of NPR’s Invisibilia podcast.
Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Claire O’Neill, Liana Simonds
Puppetry: Manual Cinema
Through a poetic account of childhood trauma, one woman reclaims her past
Politics and government
‘Without a poster, you don’t exist!’ – on the curious political banners of Mumbai
Earth science and climate
A biologist on the sorrows of documenting the Great Salt Lake’s collapse
Film and visual culture
The old-time cinema experience endures in a quiet corner of Japan
Gender and identity
‘I didn’t fall in love with a couple of body pieces’ – on marriage and transition
Sports and games
The brutality and beauty of the West African martial art of ‘dambe’
Animals and humans
What happened when one woman raised an abandoned squirrel as her own
At 14, Asal is excited about her engagement. Her relatives all have their own opinions
What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?