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

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Bring back the mammoth to fight global warming? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

26 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

The only line comedy shouldn’t cross is the no-laughter line

Casey Michael Henry

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Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

Video/Subcultures

New York City, 1986 – the grit, the graffiti, the glory

18 minutes

Video/Architecture & Landscape

A ski mountain as a stunning ethereal reflection on how we move through nature

14 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Storyhealing

Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human

Gavin Francis

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel