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Video: Birds of the Mississippi Delta

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes us on a bird-tour of the Mississippi River Delta. The Louisiana wetlands that they call home are fast disappearing.

April 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville

Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville explores the living present of the folk tradition in its most iconic city, showing how a vibrant history resonates through quotidian challenges, inspiring devotees and neophytes alike.

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker

Italians have now been at home for nine days, and, from Bologna to Rome, they have invited their neighbors to engage in what they call a “Flash Mob Sonoro,” or a sound flash mob.

March 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: Leonard Cohen — Tower of Song (Live in London)

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not comin’ on
I’m just payin’ my rent every day in the Tower of Song

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Gibb: A Paragraph for W. Eugene Smith

“The infinite mistake of Pittsburgh does not take from the fact that the set of photographs is among my finest.”

March 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Judith Vollmer: For Aaron Sheon

“The body doesn’t make sense by itself,” you said, pointing the red-tip
wand at the chalky nudes of Ingres.

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Amazon Empire — The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

March 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky)

Alifa has reached the age when girls in her village undergo a ritual cutting she fears.

March 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth’s beauty, fragility and disasters.

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Chaotic Brilliance of Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Like Beat writers who composed their work by shredding and reassembling scraps of writing, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat used similar techniques to remix his materials. Pulling in splintered anatomy, reimagined historical scenes and skulls, he repurposed present day experiences and art history into an inventive visual language.

February 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Grandpa’s Groove

The old man Santiago didn’t catch a fish for days
He returned unhappy and was pretty damn ashamed

February 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Outdooring

A young man attends his nephew’s Ghanaian baptism with a plan: steal the donated money and keep a deep secret hidden from his family.

February 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: For Sama (full film)

NOW AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

February 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: The Ballad of Birmingham

At 10:22 a.m. on the morning of September 15, 1963, some 200 church members were in the building—many attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service—when the bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls.

February 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

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