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I Beam – Sesame Street

A red hot steel I-beam is molded at the factory, moving back and forth within the machines as it takes shape in the form of the letter I. This classic Sesame Street clip was first seen in 1980 during the show's 12th s...

Lawnchair Larry – Songs For Extraordinary People

From Michael Hearst, in concert with his book Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals, this is the 1982 tale of Larry Walters, aka Lawnchair Larry, who asce...

Oscar Peterson and Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside

From the BBC Four broadcast of Oscar Peterson: Words and Music, circa 1980, Oscar Peterson & Count Basie perform 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' on two Bösendorfer grand pianos. They're joined in London's Royal Festival Hal...

Celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

On June 18th, 1983, NASA physicist Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space. Orbiting Earth on Space Shuttle Challenger, she inspired an entire generation to follow their interests in s...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

The Ring of Truth: Two Hydrogen Atoms & One Oxygen Atom

Possibly the most well-known scientific formula on the planet, H2O is one of those terms that we see around all the time. We know that H2O means water, and that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen (H) atoms &...

Matchstick Triangle Puzzle – The Curiosity Show

Get out some matchsticks or toothpicks and some Play-Doh! Deane Hutton, science educator and co-host of Australia’s The Curiosity Show, sets up two challenges that requires some hands-on creative thinking: 1. How ...

Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

How does a music box work? – The Curiosity Show

In this clip from Australia's The Curiosity Show, science educator and co-host Deane Hutton demonstrates the basics of sound, moving air particles, and forced vibrations with a plastic comb, hacksaw blades, the metal ...

The Ring of Truth: Noodles & the principle of halving

Chef Kin Jing Mark demonstrates how to make super-thin noodles and helps introduce the principle of halving in this clip from the PBS miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry Into How We Know What We Know - Atoms (198...

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

40 Years of Cellphone

This project, 40 Years of Cellphone by Amrit Pal Singh, gives a brief tech history lesson for anyone who can’t remember what phones were like before smartphones, starting with the DynaTAC...

The Ring of Truth: Molten gold transforms into gold leaf

Above, watch molten gold transform into gold leaf as it is beaten into thinner and thinner pieces while cold. This clip is from PBS’ six-part miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry I...

Blues Brothers & Ray Charles – Shake a Tail Feather (1980)

When you’re looking to buy an instrument, you should really test it out to make sure it’s still in good condition. In this scene from the Blues Brothers (1980), Elwood and Jake get some help from music st...

Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar

Imagine that the age of the universe, 13.82 billion years, is compressed into only one year. Carl Sagan explains this idea (using 15 billion years as his example) in a clip from his 1980 television series, Cosmos: A ...

Plane Geometry – Angle Dance

Math + 80s glamrock = Angle Dance. The rock group “Plane Geometry” singsplains angles in this clip from Children’s Television Workshop's Square One Television, a show dedicated to teaching math....

Architecture (1980) by Al Jarnow

Architecture (1980), a stop motion short made with blocks by Al Jarnow. TKSST RECOMMENDSCelestial Navigations: Short Films of Al JarnowAl JarnowView this dvd on Amazon

Freeez – I.O.U.

"I.O.U.” by British dance music group Freeez is a) great for remembering vowels, b) a video time capsule of what was what in 1983, c) sung often in our house or d) all of the above. Bonus: some seri...

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