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You Love The Thunder

May 29, 2016

“You Love The Thunder,” written and performed by Jackson Brown, with David Lindley on lap steel guitar and backup vocals by Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood.

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I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

May 28, 2016

“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know,” written by Al Kooper, arranged and performed by Donny Hathaway.

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Tajik Bread

May 14, 2016

Bread baking at Shamsullo Dustov’s house in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, near the Afghan border. A film by John Wendle, selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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The East Is Red. Red Hot Peppers.

May 9, 2016

The East Is Red. Red Hot Peppers.

“The food of the true revolutionary is the red pepper. And he who cannot endure red peppers is also unable to fight.” – Mao Zedong (born and raised in Hunan Province, quoted by Otto Braun aka Li De 李德 ).

Read more:

“Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food: How the chili pepper got to China.”  Andrew Leonard, Nautilus

Related:

“Hot Peppers in China,” Yang Xuanzhang and Li Piao (translated by Nick Angiers), China Scenic

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Flowers Bloom

May 1, 2016

Time-lapse video of unfurling flowers by David de los Santos Gil. Selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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When Something Is Wrong with My Baby

April 30, 2016

“When Something Is Wrong with My Baby,” written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes, recorded by Sam & Dave (Samuel David Moore and David Prater) in 1967.

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Mass Surveillance

April 27, 2016

Anti-terrorism mass surveillance practices examined by Kurzgesagt (German for “in short; in a nutshell”).

More:

“What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much,” Lauren Kirchner, Pro Publica

“Peekaboo, I See You: Government Authority Intended for Terrorism is Used for Other Purposes,” Mark Jaycox, Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Driverless Bus

April 14, 2016

Driverless Bus

A robotic bus in Trikala, Greece, is serving city passengers for free. In the first six months of operation there have been no accidents or complaints about rude drivers.

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Deep Down Soul

April 2, 2016

“Deep Down Soul” from 1963 by organist Shirley Scott and tenor sax player Stanley Turrentine.

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Pope Gregory XIII, Father of April Fools’ Day?

April 1, 2016

Pope Gregory XIII, Father of April Fools’ Day?

In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII instituted the (you guessed it) Gregorian Calendar, which moved New Year’s Day from March 32nd (honest) to January 1st. People who didn’t know that March 32nd was now April 1st and were still celebrating the old New Year looked pretty foolish that day, hence April Fools’ Day.

Or maybe the story’s just a prank. Pretty good yarn, anyway.

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