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    What Happens To Your Body & Brain If You Don’t Get Sleep? Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains

    As an insomniac in a morning person’s world, I wince at sleep news, especially from Matthew...

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    Mister Rogers Demonstrates How to Cut a Record

    When I was a little boy, I thought the greatest thing in the world would be...

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    How Dave Brubeck’s Time Out Changed Jazz Music

    Music video essay maestro Polyphonic is back. What I dig about his videos is that he...

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    Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue at 60: A New Video Essay Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Iconic Album

    As Josh Jones observed yesterday, Miles Davis' legendary jazz album Kind of Blue turns 60 this...

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    See How Zildjian Cymbals Are Made In a Fascinating 10-Minute Short Film

    In terms of brand recognition, one has to admit it is remarkable that the name Zildjian—stamped...

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    The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders: A Tokyo Restaurant Where All the Servers Are People Living with Dementia

    If you've ever been to Japan, you'll know that in Japanese restaurants, mistakes are not made....

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    Where Zombies Come From: A Video Essay on the Origin of the Horrifying, Satirical Monsters

    Will zombies ever die? To zombie enthusiasts, of course, that question makes no sense: zombies are...

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    Marilyn Monroe Recounts Her Harrowing Experience in a Psychiatric Ward (1961)

    By the end of 1960, Marilyn Monroe was coming apart. She spent much of that year...

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    Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Sings Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

    In 2001 or 2002, guitarist and singer David Gilmour of Pink Floyd recorded a musical interpretation...

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    Watch Some of the Most Powerful Bass Guitar Solos Ever: Geddy Lee, Flea, Bootsy Collins, John Deacon & More

    At her site Ari’s Bass Blog, bass player and teacher Ariane Cap shoots down many of...

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    Actor Jonathan Joss (King of the Hill, Parks & Rec, Magnificent Seven) Discusses Indigenous American Representation on Pretty Much Pop Podcast #7

    http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/partiallyexaminedlife/PMP_007_8-9-19.mp3 Jonathan built his career playing 19th century American Indians on horseback and is best known...

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    Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music: An Interactive, Encyclopedic Data Visualization of 120 Years of Electronic Music

    In a very short span of time, the descriptor “electronic music” has come to sound as...

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    Aldous Huxley Trips on Acid; Talks About Cats & the Secret of Life (1962)

    Dystopia and drugs: these are the two concepts most commonly associated with Aldous Huxley, who wrote...

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    Newly-Discovered John Coltrane Album, Blue World, To Be Released in September: Hear the Title Track Now

    In the photo on the cover of soon-to-be-released Coltrane album Blue World, the legendary saxophonist and...

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    Miles Davis Iconic 1959 Album Kind of Blue Turns 60: Revisit the Album That Changed American Music

    No amount of continuous repeats in coffeeshops around the world can dull the crystalline brilliance of...

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    The Books on Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List (2019)

    Photo by Pete Souza via obamawhitehouse.archive.gov As is his custom, Barack Obama posted on Facebook his...