Posts Tagged ‘history’

The Rise and Fall of the TV Dinner

March 18, 2020

Broadcast television changed the way mid-century America was informed and entertained, and even how it ate. Frozen TV dinners became popular, and even had their own furniture. The origin of the TV dinner, though, wasn’t media-oriented, it was a business miscalulation.
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Is History Important?

March 17, 2020

If we’re headed for a recession, blame the economists who flunked history class, explains Robert Skidelsky in this video from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

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The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

March 13, 2020

“The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall,” a TEDed video by Konrad H. Jarausch. Animation by Kyriaki Kyriakou, Remus Buznea, and Mitko Karakolev.

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The World’s 10 Largest Cities, 1500-2019

February 18, 2020

The 10 largest cities in the world from 1500 to 2019, based on population (measured in multiples of thousands). A Rankings Hub video.

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Humans Domesticated Cats Twice (or vice versa)

February 7, 2020

Felis catus, the domesticated cat. A PBS Eons video.

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The history of the world according to cats

January 28, 2020

“The history of the world according to cats,” a TED-Ed video by by Eva-Maria Geigl, dircted and animated by Chintis Lundgren.

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When German Spies Blew Up New Jersey

January 17, 2020

Before the U.S. entered World War I, German spies blew up the munitions works on Black Tom Island in New York Harbor. A Vox video.

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One Hundred Years of Coney Island

January 2, 2020

A century of Coney Island, as seen by The New Yorker.

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Will Economists Flunk History, Bring On Recession?

December 5, 2019

Robert Skidelsky explains why economists need to know history. He assumes that political leaders listen to economists. As an economist, he should know better. A video from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

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The Front Lawn

November 29, 2019

The largest irrigated crop in America is grass, all those front lawns. How did that happen? A New York Times video.

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