The history of English

11 minutes

‘Whose language is it anyway?’ The evolution of English, from ‘loaf’ to ‘LOL’

English is a uniquely weird language largely because its evolution has been a long, twisting road through history, happenstance and – as Shakespeare might say – strange bedfellows. This briskly paced jaunt through the history of the English language from The Open University condenses nearly 1500 years of its evolution, from the Anglo-Saxons to the internet, into eleven lively, animated minutes.

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing over a million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

6 minutes

Video/Physics

How the ‘identity agnostic’ neutrino exists in three states all at once

3 minutes

Idea/Sports & Games

Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

Kate Raworth

Essay/Bioethics

The pig on your plate

That pigs are smart and sensitive is not in doubt. How can we justify continuing to kill them for food?

Barbara J King

Video/Cultures & Languages

The reverence and revelry of a New Orleans jazz funeral procession

2 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Is linguistics a science?

Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain

Arika Okrent

Idea/Film & Television

Philosophy has a lot to learn from film

Costica Bradatan

Video/Subcultures

A tour of the Brooklyn rooftops where man’s best friend has a beak and wings

8 minutes