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    Beautiful 19th-Century Indian Drawings Show Hatha Yoga Poses Before They Reached the West

    Yoga as an athletic series of postures for physical health came into being only about 100...

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    Watch a New Director’s Cut of Prince’s Blistering “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Guitar Solo (2004)

    Recently, I was walking with a young relative who, upon passing a mural of the late...

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    Watch Online Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of History, a Documentary Exploring the Life & Work of the Influential Historian

    Courtesy of The London Review of Books, you can now watch Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of...

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    Watch “Degrees of Uncertainty,” an Animated Documentary about Climate Science, Uncertainty & Knowing When to Trust the Experts

    We should just trust the experts. But wait: to identify true expertise requires its own kind...

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    Muhammad Ali Explains Why He Refused to Fight in Vietnam: “My Conscience Won’t Let Me Go Shoot My Brother… for Big Powerful America” (1970)

    In April of 1967, Muhammad Ali arrived at the U.S. Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station...

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    Diagnosing America’s Relationship with Pets — Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #91 w/ Trainer Hannah Branigan

    What is with the weird relationship we Americans have with our pets? Many of us treat...

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    Keith Richards Demonstrates His Famous 5-String Technique (Used on Classic Stones Songs Like “Start Me Up,” “Honky Tonk Women” & More)

    For the guitarist, alternate tunings expand the sonic possibilities of the instrument. But where, say, a...

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    Kermit the Frog Gives a TED Talk About Creativity & the Power of “Ridiculous Optimism”

    In 2015, 3.8 billion years after “creativity emerged” out of “sheerest emptiness,” Kermit the Frog was tapped to...

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    How the Internet Archive Has Digitized More than 250,000 78 R.P.M. Records: See the Painstaking Process Up-Close

    In the history of recorded music, no medium has demonstrated quite the staying power of the...

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    Hear the First Japanese Visitor to the United States & Europe Describe Life in the West (1860-1862)

    “Oh, would some Power give us the gift / To see ourselves as others see us!”...

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    The Isolator: A 1925 Helmet Designed to Eliminate Distractions & Increase Productivity (Created by SciFi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback)

    The anti-distraction device is the modern mousetrap: build a better one, and the world will beat...

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    The Story of the Rolling Stones: A Selection of Documentaries on the Quintessential Rock-and-Roll Band

    The Rolling Stones define the rock-and-roll band, as they have for nearly six decades now. Exactly...

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    Magnus Carlsen’s Mind-Blowing Memory of Historic Chess Matches

    How many historic chess games can Magnus Carlsen recognize just by looking at the placement of...

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    Get 30-Day Free Access to a Udacity Nanodegree Program & Start Learning for Free

    FYI: Until May 23, you can have 30-day free access to a Udacity Nanodegree program and...

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    Great Art Explained: Watch 15 Minute Introductions to Great Works by Warhol, Rothko, Kahlo, Picasso & More

    Can great art be explained? Isn’t it a little like explaining a joke? Yet this can...

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    Harrison Ford Gets Delightfully Dumbfounded by David Blaine’s Card Trick

    Originally recorded back in 2014, this clip of David Blaine performing a card trick for Harrison...

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    Invisible People: Watch Poignant Mini-Documentaries Where Homeless People Tell Their Stories

    Over the past year, the story of evictions during COVID has often risen above the muck....

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    Nerves of Steel!: Watch People Climb Tall Buildings During the 1920s.

    Thrillseekers! Are you girding your loins to rejoin the amusement park crowds this summer? No worries...

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    A Short Animation Explores the Nature of Creativity & Invention, with Characters That Look Like Andrei Tarkovsky & Sergei Eisenstein

    A gentleman goes to the movies, only to find a marquee full of retreads, reboots, sequels,...

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    What Makes Citizen Kane a Great Film: 4 Video Essays Revisit Orson Welles’ Masterpiece on the 80th Anniversary of Its Premiere

    To understand why Citizen Kane has for so long been referred to as the “greatest film of...

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    Affinities, a Book of Images to Celebrate 10 Years of The Public Domain Review

    In a similar way to how Open Culture aims to distill in one place the web’s...

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    How the Clash Embraced New York’s Hip Hop Scene with Their Single “The Magnificent Seven” & “The Magnificent Dance”

    “Before playing guitar for Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley,” John Kruth writes at the Observer, “Gary...

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    Has TV Rotted Our Minds? On Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death (A Pretty Much Pop Culture Podcast/Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast Crossover)

    Marshall McLuhan famously said “The medium is the message,” by which he meant that when we...

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    Watch 400+ Documentaries from German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle: Art Forgery, Fashion Photography, the Mona Lisa, and More

    You’re certainly familiar with Nouvelle Vague, the “French new wave” that shook up world cinema in...

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    What Makes Ringo Starr a Great Drummer: Demonstrations from a German Teenager & Ringo Himself

    The question of whether or not Ringo Starr is a great rock drummer — maybe one...

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    Watch Colorized 1940s Footage of London after the Blitz: Scenes from Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace & More

    “Regular features of the time: neatly swept-up piles of glass, litter of stone and splinters of...

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    A Relaxing 3-Hour Tour of Venice’s Canals

    Experience Venice in this boat tour through 17 miles (27 km) of canals. “You will see...

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    Behold the 1940s Typewriter That Could Type in English, Chinese & Japanese: Watch More Than a Thousand Different Characters in Action

    There was a time, not long after the widespread adoption of telegraphy in the 19th century,...

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    The Rolling Stones Jam with Muddy Waters for the First and Only Time at Chicago’s Legendary Checkerboard Lounge (1981)

    Whatever marketing materials may claim, the Rolling Stones did not just happen upon Buddy Guy’s Checkerboard...

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    Scientists at Purdue University Create the “Whitest White” Paint Ever Seen: It Reflects 98% of the Sun’s Light

    Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab’s sample of the...

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    The Meaning of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights Explained

    Over the half-millennium since Hieronymus Bosch painted it, The Garden of Earthly Delights has produced an ever-widening array...

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    Quarantined Dancer Creates Shot-for-Shot Remake of the Final Dirty Dancing Scene with a Lamp as a Dance Partner

    1987’s low budget sleeper hit, Dirty Dancing, propelled its leads, Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, to...

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    Ray Dali & Adam Grant Launch Free Online Personality Assessment to Help You Understand Yourself (and Others Understand You)

    Back in 2017, Ray Dalio published Principles: Life and Work, a bestselling book where the creator of...

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    Parrot Sings AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie”

    Here’s the original from AC/DC. And here you can find more sing-alongs from Frank Maglio Tico...

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    Freddie Mercury & Rami Malek’s Live Aid Performance: A Side-By-Side Comparison

    All Hollywood musicals need a big final set piece, one final rousing number to bring all...

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    30,000 People Line Up for the First McDonald’s in Moscow, While Grocery Store Shelves Run Empty (1990)

    Everyone has waited in a long line — for burgers, Broadway tickets, Black Friday sales… But...

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    3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

    To recent news stories about 3D printed guns, prosthetics, and homes, you can add Scan the World’s push to create...

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    Critics Celebrate Two-Lane Blacktop, the 1971 Existential Road-Movie Masterpiece by Monte Hellman (RIP), Starring James Tayler & Dennis Wilson

    The road movie has long since proven itself as one of the great American cultural forms,...

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    Watch “Hi-Fi-Fo-Fum,” a Short Satirical Film About the Invention of the Audiophile (1959)

    Sometime in the mid-1990s, my father gave me his hi-end, hi-fi stereo system from the mid-1970s:...

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    Hear Joni Mitchell’s Earliest Recording, Rediscovered After More than 50 Years

    How excited would you be to listen to a recording, made at an AM radio station...

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    Watch a Newly-Restored Peter Gabriel-Era Genesis Concert Film From 1973 in Stunning 4K Quality

    There are two late-20th century rock bands named Genesis and both of them featured Phil Collins,...

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    Godzilla, Kong, et al: Stupid Fun or Channeling Deep Fears? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #90

    What’s the meaning behind the continued international popularity of kaiju media in which giant creatures stomp...

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    Watch the “Greatest Juggler of the Ages,” Frances Brunn, Perform His “Painfully Exciting” Juggling Routine (1969)

    When John Ringling North, then president of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, saw a...

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    How Frank Lloyd Wright’s Son Invented Lincoln Logs, “America’s National Toy” (1916)

    How many architectural careers have been kindled by Lincoln Logs? Since their invention in the mid-1910s,...

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    Watch Metallica Play “Enter Sandman” Before a Crowd of 1.6 Million in Moscow, During the Final Days of the Soviet Union (1991)

    In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union a “triumphalist discourse” arose in the...

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    Amazon Is Giving Away 10 Free Kindle eBooks for World Book Day (Until April 24)

    FYI: You can download 10 free international ebooks as part of Amazon’s free giveaway for World...

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    The Beautiful, Innovative & Sometimes Dark World of Animated Soviet Propaganda (1925-1984)

    Growing up, we assembled our worldview from several different sources: parents, siblings, classmates. But for most...

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    Watch 4 Music Videos for Songs from Leonard Cohen’s Final Album, Thanks for the Dance

    Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is a bleak masterpiece. Released just 19 days before his...

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    How Pixar’s Movement Animation Became So Realistic: The Technological Breakthroughs Behind the Animation

    More than a quarter-century ago, Toy Story made Pixar Animation Studios into a household name. Nobody...

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    Time-Lapse Video Reveals Humanity’s Impact on the Earth Since 1984

    Google has worked with experts at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to develop a time-lapse feature...