November 17, 2017
When Did Time Travel Come From?

A video tracing the origins of time travel fiction.

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November 16, 2017
Future Library, Katie Paterson

Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork - Future Library - Framtidsbiblioteket - for the city of Oslo in Norway. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114.

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November 15, 2017
Lost LA: Coded Geographies

What if the stories L.A. told about itself relegated you to the margins? This episode explores two underground guidebooks -- The Negro Travelers' Green Book and The Address Book -- that reveal the hidden geographies many Angelenos had to navigate, exposing Los Angeles as a place of coded segregation and resistance.

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November 14, 2017
The Oak Beams of New College, Oxford

Stewart Brand reciting a tale he heard from Gregory Bateson…

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November 13, 2017
The World is Poorly Designed. But Copying Nature Helps.

Biomimicry design, explained with 99% Invisible.

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November 10, 2017
Lost LA: Dream Factory

Los Angeles is often identified with Hollywood, but there's more to the entertainment industry than its facade of movie stars and blockbuster films. This episode explores the career of Lois Weber, a filmmaker who rose to greatness in a nascent film industry that welcomed women into creative leadership positions; as well as a Central Casting Bureau that capitalized on the city's segregated ethnic enclaves when filling background roles.

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November 9, 2017
Giant Magellan Telescope - Perfect Mirror

Dr. Wendy Freedman, Chairman GMT, and Dr. Pat McCarthy, Director GMT, discuss the Giant Magellan Telescope's mirrors and the science that they will enable.

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November 8, 2017
Lost LA: Building the Metropolis

Wood, iron, steel, concrete -- these are the materials that gave form to Los Angeles and shaped its identity in the national imagination. This episode also questions the cultural legacy and environmental costs of the city's relentless growth.

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November 7, 2017
The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure

At the headquarters of Cloudflare, in San Francisco, there's a wall of lava lamps: the Entropy Wall. They're used to generate random numbers and keep a good bit of the internet secure: here's how.

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November 6, 2017
Field of Vision - National Disintegrations

In his latest film, Braden King ponders the Geneva Freeport, a warehouse complex in Switzerland that is said to house over 1 million works of art. A high-security tax haven for international dealers and collectors, the Freeport's exact contents remain a mystery to the general public. As people crossing borders are more to more and greater scrutiny, NATIONAL DISINTEGRATIONS examines what it means to have untold amounts of wealth and property flow freely through this extralegal space.

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November 3, 2017
Why Is There an Opioid Crisis?

Last week, the opioid epidemic was declared a ‘public health emergency’ in the United States, but what are opioids, and why is the way they interact with the human brain potentially so dangerous?

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November 2, 2017
Trump's Trojan Horse Tax Plan I Robert Reich

Robert Reich explains Trojan Horse tax plan is a Trojan horse that will pave the way for deeper cuts to education, health care and other programs.

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November 1, 2017
Was the Civil War About Slavery?

What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery? Did the South secede because of slavery? Or was it about something else entirely...perhaps states' rights? Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, settles the debate.

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