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Video: Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

. Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) is best known for his memoir Walden, a reflection on the joys of living simply, but it could be argued that his essay Civil Disobedience … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Lost in Light

. As artificial light brightens the night sky, we increasingly lose our view of the stars, planets and constellations, as well as the sense that we’re part of the universe. … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jenne Andrews: Again

How can I reconstruct you, Salvage you from leaves and dust To speak to you again? Remake you like God’s breath From lark wings, shards From Chaco, weft Of Navajo … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

All 6 Oscar nominees for best foreign film wrote a letter denouncing “fanaticism and nationalism among leading politicians” in the U.S.

Here is the text of the letter released by ABC News: .

February 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

Video: Throw

. From Early Light Media’s passion project series, Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Why Me?

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Best of Luck with the Wall

. What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like? The US-Mexico border fence, a major topic in the 2016 US presidential race, is a sprawling structure … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Joan Miró-inspired Animation of Federico García-Lorca’s “Romance Sonámbulo”

. Winner of a dozen international awards in 2016, “Sonámbulo/ The Sleepwalker” is a fantastic dream journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García-Lorca. The … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Bright Lights Late Nights — The Speakeasies Swing Band

. The Speakeasies Swing Band  is made up Caterina Sisinni on vocals, Manolis Stamatiadis on Piano, Panos Karnoutsos on electric guitar, Christos Papadopoulos on clarinet and Ilias Gkirmpas on saxophone. Together … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Ray Bradbury on Violence, Love, Laughter, and Sadness

. In this clip, author Ray Bradbury talks about our relationship with violence, love, laughter and sadness. Bradbury was a fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer, best known … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Dress — a visual poem about the body

. This short video produced by the Paris-based media company Saint Louis is a visual poem about the elements that go into imagining the body. According to its website, Saint Louis “uses … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: “Snow”– Geoffrey Jones’ 1963 classic short film about men and the weather

. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1965, this short documentary directed by Geoffrey Jones uses percussive, locomotive-inspired music to portray how British Railways workers coped with the ‘Big Freeze’ … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: “Packard — The Last Shift” featuring Philip Levine

. The Packard Motor Car Company and its 5-million square foot plant became a symbol of the American Dream in the heart of the Motor City. Packard left town in … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nika Knight: In Call to Arms, Giant ‘Resist’ Banner Dropped Above Trump’s White House

Greenpeace activists have unfurled a 70-foot, hand-painted banner declaring “RESIST” from atop a 270-foot construction crane facing the White House, demonstrating to President Donald Trump that his anti-environment, anti-women, anti-LGBTQ, … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment