June 29, 2016 The Search for Earth Proxima Since astronomers first discovered exoplanets in 1995, we've come to learn that there are a staggering amount of planets out there in the universe. But, we have yet to find one that's habitable, aside from our own. The Search for Earth Proxima is a short documentary about a group of scientists and their mission to build a telescope to hunt for an Earth-like planet around our closest neighbor: Alpha Centauri.
July 26, 2016 What's the Matter with Kansas? Based on the Thomas Frank's best-seller, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" shows how Kansas transformed from an outpost of radicalism to a bastion of conservatism. Unforgettable characters and their stories shed new light on our nation's political divide.
July 25, 2016 One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home planet and the sun.
July 22, 2016 Why the Metric System Matters For the majority of recorded human history, units like the weight of a grain or the length of a hand weren’t exact and varied from place to place. Now, consistent measurements are such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s hard to appreciate what a major accomplishment for humanity they’ve been. Matt Anticole traces the wild history of the metric system.
July 20,2016 Harvesting Guitars from the Bones of New York City Fancy playing a guitar that was literally once part of a New York City landmark? How about owning a guitar designed by a man who has sold guitars to Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Steely Dan? At Carmine Street Guitars in New York City, every guitar has a story. Owner Rick Kelly creates each custom instrument from reclaimed lumber that once belonged to buildings around the city. These are more than simple guitars, they're history in your arms.
July 14, 2016 Original Ideal What does your ideal self actually look like? That’s the question that photographer Scott Chasserot seeks to answer with his experiment, Original Ideal. By using portrait photography, Photoshop and brainwave scanners, he thinks he can pinpoint the version of your portrait that you find most appealing.
July 12, 2016 Octopi, Platypi, Walri, Oh My! Octopus, platypus, walrus…there’s something about that –us ending that makes us hesitate when we want to make a plural. Here's what you need to know before you pluralize.
July 11, 2016 Traffic Stop Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.
July 1, 2016 Chess Grandmaster Plays NYC Trash Talker Throughout this four-minute video, shot at Washington Square Park, a hustler trash talks Maurice Ashley (who shared the win for the United States chess championship in 1992) and ribs him as the game continues.