September 22, 2017
Why Apple Needs Samsung

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September 21, 2017
The Life Cycle of a T-shirt

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September 20, 2017
There's a lot wrong with the world, isn't there?

David Mitchell is frustrated about the state of things. Surely everyone thinks things need to improve?

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September 19, 2017
How to Talk Minnesotan

The Power of the Negative

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September 18, 2017
The Strangest Sights Cassini Saw

Feast your eyes on icy volcanoes, ethane lakes, and ripples in Saturn's rings - all courtesy of a doomed space probe named Cassini.

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September 15, 2017
Norm Macdonald Is A Comic Genius

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September 14, 2017
"Fucking Brilliant" Story About Profanity & the Law

Steven Pinker, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, talks about language as a window to emotion.

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September 13, 2017
How Computers Compress Text

Computers store text (or, at least, English text) as eight bits per character. There are plenty of more efficient ways that could work: so why don't we use them? And how can we fit more text into less space? Let's talk about Huffman coding, Huffman trees, and Will Smith.

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September 12, 2017
Why We Need to Abolish the Debt Ceiling

Robert Reich explains the debt ceiling and why it's time to abolish it once and for all.

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September 11, 2017
Alfred Hitchcock Was Traumatized by His Mother

Alfred Hitchcock thinks that saying “Boo” gives you hiccups.

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September 8, 2017
Hilarious Examples of Awful Language Usage

Stephen Pinker literally explains how to communicate poorly.

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September 7, 2017
Voices of the Presidents

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September 6, 2017
A Nuclear Waste Dump You Can Walk On

In Weldon Spring, Missouri, there is a strange, grey, windblasted seven-storey pile of rocks. It's the Weldon Spring Site: a nuclear and toxic waste dump on the site of an old uranium processing factory. And you can walk on it: it's technically a tourist attraction. That was going to be the whole of this video... and then Tom Scott did some more research.

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September 5, 2017
The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, construction workers began tearing up streets and erecting barriers in Berlin. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines: the Berlin Wall. Construction continued for a decade as the wall cut through neighborhoods, separated families, and divided not just Germany, but the world. Konrad H. Jarausch details the history of the Berlin Wall.

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September 4, 2017
How Steely Dan Composes A Song

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September 1, 2017
Terence McKenna And The Howling Tao

Short animated story from the movie Terence McKennas True Hallucinations

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