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Celebrating the Quirky Signs of Change

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For the residents of San Francisco, one bird and an iconic sign sparked a new love for a little piece of their quirky history! Take a close look around you and you might start to notice the details that make your hometown special. 

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5 minutes

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A Charming Tradition that is Equally as Sweet!

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It only takes one person to breathe new life into a dying tradition. Meet Shinri Tezuka, the craftsman who is sculpting the sweet, ancient Japanese art form of Amezaiku back into the hands (and mouths!) of modern society.

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25 minutes

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Generations of Love Sewn into the Quilts of Gee’s Bend

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In a tiny community tucked in a bend in the Alabama River, quilters are carrying on a tradition over a century old. In the past few decades, their quilts have moved from bedroom cupboards to the walls of museums across America! Here’s their beautiful story.

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12 minutes

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The Amazing Way a Fish Changed Human History

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Could a single fish really be the reason our world is the way that it is? Could the scope of human history have been entirely different without it? Let’s explore! This is amazing!

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10 minutes

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A Celebration of Falconry, Shakespeare, and 1000 Years of History!

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What do falcons, William Shakespeare, modern English, and ancient hunting techniques have to do with each other? The answer starts with the beautiful art form of falconry.

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10 minutes

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Can the Photos You Share Really Make a Difference?

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Do your shares on social media really mean anything? We’re taking a look in the history books to see how sharing photographs has changed the world before, and how you can have a hand in making a difference today!

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12 minutes

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How to Sail Around the World Without GPS or Technology — Just Ancient Knowledge!

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How in the world did ancient mariners navigate the vast oceans before GPS or technology? These techniques were almost a lost art. That is, until 2013, when Hōkūleʻa set sail to travel around the globe. Take a look at this remarkable ship’s voyage and how her crew is preserving the Polynesian tradition of open ocean navigation.

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20 minutes

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Celebrating a Global Communi-TEA!

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Did you know you probably have some fascinating connection to tea? This beverage has reshaped history and cultures around the world and led to many aspects of our lives today. So what does that say about some of the universals of human nature and our shared humanity?

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15 minutes

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Into the Fascinating World of Pop-Ups!

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There are very few things in life that promise to delight and fascinate us at any age. And it turns out, pop-up books are one of them! They have a fascinating history as a practical wonder and offer a welcomed expansion of our common notions. This is some pretty fun stuff, take a look!

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5 minutes

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The White Horse: An Effort that Links 90 Generations!

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This piece of art has been draped across an entire English hilltop for three thousand years. And we have an unbroken thread of ordinary people to thank for it being here today; they showed up unfailingly and sat patiently smashing it with hammers. Take a look!

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17 minutes

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How the Jump Rope Became an Elite Sport and a Symbol of Community

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Double dutch may be one of the most underrated sports out there. These young athletes combine football star levels of footwork with the flexibility of gymnasts and the speed of sprinters. Better yet, they are a part of a community built to give them the support and love they need. Now this is inspiring!

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8 minutes

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Without Cheese, We Might Not Be Here!

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Throughout human history, cheese has given us a huge survival advantage and changed civilization. If that isn’t friendship, we don’t know what is. So let’s spend a little quality time with one of our oldest pals, and remind ourselves of all that we’ve been through together.

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32 minutes

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Exploring The Legacy Not Left Behind

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We may not get to go back in time to relive some of the planet’s wonders lost to human influence, but this is the story of a rare moment we get to catch a glimpse of the past to help us learn for the future.

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15 minutes

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Chickpeas: Doing the Hum-Most!

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Chickpeas have been a staple in dishes around the world for centuries, so we’re going to give these little protein-packed cuties some attention. We’ll point you to one of our favorite YouTube channels to get some insights into why we should care about the rich history of chickpeas!

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9 minutes

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Gunpowder, Stars, Art, and… Bigfoot?

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When you see fireworks, you’re witnessing an art form with a surprisingly rich history. How fireworks grew from scaring away a creature of lore to the beautiful spectacle today is an incredible story that will leave you with a little more awe the next time you see the night sky light up.

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9 minutes

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How Cambodia’s Ancient Temples Can Help Us Plan for the Future

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The ancient temples of Angkor are some of the most beautiful in the world. They are the symbols of a once thriving empire. But the stories they tell go far beyond the ancient past, giving us a roadmap to ponder for our future.

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5 minutes

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Can Your Buttons Change the Way You Look at the World?

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It’s a simple innovation but the button is one of many small wonders we see every day. So what is it that makes the button so special, and could learning about it make us happier, maybe even come up with the next small wonder? It can!

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30 minutes

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Adventure to the Island that Came Back from Extinction

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Can we really save an entire ecosystem when it is nearly hunted to extinction? We can! Let’s adventure to an island of survival where life is once again finding a way.

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14 minutes

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Have You Hugged an Apex Predator Today?

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Did you know that whale poop can slow climate change, wolves can change rivers, and the sand from China’s Gobi Desert is now reaching the United States? It’s all about those apex predators and keystone species!

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30 minutes

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Iceland’s Comeback Story

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Iceland may be well known for its barren and sweeping landscapes, but the island didn’t always look like that. Here’s how scientists are using the latest science to regrow Iceland’s long-lost forests.

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20 minutes

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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Rapa Nui

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Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is well known for its Moai. While many go to see these incredible stone statues that tower over the landscape, few are introduced to the rich culture they represent. This is the story of that culture and the people working to preserve it!

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7 minutes

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Creating Beauty from Scraps

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Mexico’s copper artisans are some of the most skilled in the world. Their work recycles the materials of everyday objects and transforms them into remarkable works of art.

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9 minutes

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How Cecilia Chiang Changed Food in America

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If you’ve ever enjoyed Chinese food in the United States, like potstickers and Peking duck, then we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Chiang. She’s the “Julia Child” of Chinese cuisine, and the story of how she changed the way Americans eat is as remarkable as her influence!

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4 minutes

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The (Actual) Magic of Mona Lisa’s Smile

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Great art can be hard to “get”, but here’s how Leonardo da Vinci used his masterful understanding of human perception to craft the Mona Lisa and transfix us 500 years later!

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6 minutes

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Why Does Human Skin Come in So Many Shades?

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The way humans have adapted to suit life in all corners of the planet tells the extraordinary story of our history as a species. Here’s the science behind it all!

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15 minutes

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Why Does van Gogh’s The Starry Night Captivate Us?

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We’ve all seen this painting before, but why do we love it so much? The answer is a fascinating mix of science, legend, mathematics, and our place in the universe.

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21 minutes

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Vesuvius and Reading the Ancient Knowledge in a Charred Library

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When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, an entire society was preserved in moments. This is the kind of story that brings us some truly amazing insights and silver linings, especially when two very smart people, some ancient scrolls, and particle accelerator are involved.

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17 minutes

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Snowboarding’s Alternative Origin Story?

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We think of the modern snowboard is a fairly recent innovation, but people in Turkey have been sliding down snow-covered hills on the petranboard for centuries!

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10 minutes

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Let Us Bridge Some #GenerationalDifference

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Let’s talk about a controversy that we’ve all had to experience. What do you call this little symbol: “#”? Whether you call it a hashtag or a pound sign, today we explore its fascinating origins.

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