The Aquadettes

10 minutes

Sage advice from Leisure World, California’s geriatric synchronised swimmers

Ageing gracefully in a community for retirees in Orange County, The Aquadettes fight the body’s decline with buoyancy aids, sharp-eyed humour, and an occasional hit of marijuana. This colourful documentary looks at what it means to be old, and why we should all rail against the dying of the light.

Director: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Video/Music

Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

Why the ‘exotic and strange’ world of childhood is ripe for horror

5 minutes

Idea/Medicine

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Illness & Disease

A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Addiction

Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction?

16 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

The case against sugar

A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

Gary Taubes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Return of the White Death: the threat of new strains of TB

Drew Smith

Video/Mind & Body

Odourless world: what smell means to those who don’t have it

9 minutes