Posts Tagged ‘Vox videos’

Fred Hampton

September 14, 2021

On December 4, 1969, the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chairman Fred Hampton was murdered by police. He had founded the multicultural Rainbow Coalition. A Vox video.

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How the rich avoid paying taxes

August 11, 2021

Under our tax system, owning something is better than actually working at something. Madeline Marshall explains how the rich avoid paying taxes. A Vox video.

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The Chinatown Aesthetic

July 20, 2021

The architecture of “Chinatowns” around the world have a similar style that can be traced back to the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Music for Truckers: The 1970s

July 15, 2021

Estelle Caswell of Vox outlines trucker country music with country and folk music scholars Travis Stimeling and Nate Gibson. The video starts at a strange on-ramp, but soon gets up to cruising speed. Would have welcomed more discussion of clear channel AM radio stations and their overnight shows for long haul truckers, but a video that long might have exceeded drivers’ hourly limits.

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How High Is Mount Everest?

July 12, 2021

The Himalayas are getting taller. Here’s why. A Vox video by

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Mesmerism

July 8, 2021

“Franz Anton Mesmer, a charismatic physician from Vienna, Austria, began ‘healing’ people in Paris using an alternative therapeutic practice he called ‘animal magnetism’ …..

“Mesmer claimed an invisible magnetic fluid was the life force that connected all things, and that he had the power to regulate it to restore health in his patients. He was a celebrity figure until Louis XVI, the last king of France, commissioned a group of leading scientists to investigate Mesmer’s methods in 1784.”

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“Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial,” Urte Laukaityte, Public Domain Review

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Mao’s Big Swim

June 22, 2021

After announcing his Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966, Mao Zedong swam across the Yangtze River. Mao had done that 10 years earlier, to prove his vitality, and he hoped it would work again. A Vox video.

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The suffrage movement didn’t protect all women’s right to vote

June 21, 2021

The 1920 legislation enfranchised all American women, but Black women still faced racial discrimination when registering to vote and going to the polls. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that this type of racial discrimination was prohibited by federal law. Historians Martha S. Jones and Daina Ramey Berry reflect on what the 19th Amendment means for Black American women. A Vox video.

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The Next Pandemic May Come From Meat Farms

June 3, 2021

 Almost all the meat we eat today comes from industrialized factory farms, AKA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs. Globally, 90 percent of the world’s meat supply comes from CAFOs, and in the US, it’s close to 99 percent. CAFOs may be tough on farm animals, but they’re ideal for breeding virus and bacteria mutations new to human immune systems. A Vox video.

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Jakarta is sinking

May 17, 2021

Jakarta, Indonesia, is sinking. While the coastal city is prone to flooding due to sea level rise, the land is subsiding as much as 25 cm (9.8 inches) a year as residents extract water from underground. A Vox video.

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“Indonesia’s capital city isn’t the only one sinking,” Leah Asmelash, CNN

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