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There is only coffee

5 minutes

The rich traditions of Ethiopian coffee culture, and the hard work behind it

Throughout many parts of Ethiopia, coffee is at the very centre of everyday life. The Coffea arabica plant is thought to have originated in the region, and coffee production is part of the country’s economic backbone, with roughly 15 million Ethiopians working in the coffee trade. There Is Only Coffee captures the community-building process of sustainable coffee cultivation, and the ultimate reward that those who work in small, co-operative farms receive for their strenuous work: a taste and aroma that, as one cultivator says, makes them ‘happy in every way’.

Director: Daniel Klein, Mirra Fine, Hunter Johnson

Website: The Perennial Plate

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Logic

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 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