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What Can You Actually Do About Climate Change?

The average carbon footprint of a person in the US is 16.5 tons –TONS. So, what can you actually do decrease this number and make a meaningful difference? Miriam Nielsen itemizes how our individual choices can hav...

Meet the robot workers at Amazon

In this facility in Boston, Massachusetts, small orange Amazon robots are built, tested, and autonomously driven onto shipping pallets for transport to Amazon fulfillment centers around the country. It's a 'nursery' f...

Elizabeth Magie and the history of the board game Monopoly

In Monopoly, you try to buy land, build properties, and get rich while bankrupting your opponents. It's a classic American game with many popular versions... including an original version that was created to teach peo...

The precision and serendipity of Ebru (paper marbling)

Watch ebru artist Alparslan Babaoğlu as he floats bright blue and yellow flowers on the surface of water and then transfers the piece to paper. The Turkish artist spends nine peaceful minutes shaping leaves and petals...

Why do we confuse weather and climate?

Weather and climate are not the same things, yet we might get confused between the two. What is weather and what is climate? And how is climate like the game Plinko? In this episode of PBS Digital Studio's Hot Mes...

Mapping whale songs in the South Pacific

Why do male whales make such complex songs? And what are they communicating? Dr. Ellen Garland has been analyzing sound arrangements made by the tens of thousands of whales living in separate communities across the So...

How long have we known about climate change?

What is climate change, how long have we known about it, what will its effects be, and what can we do to help solve it? Hot Mess is a new PBS Digital Studios YouTube series from hosts Miriam Nielsen, Talia Buford, and...

How to Make 29 Handmade Pasta Shapes With 4 Types of Dough

How are different kinds of pasta shapes made? In this epic 27-minute Bon Appétit video, Eataly Flatiron's pastaio Luca D'Onofrio demonstrates how to make 29 handmade pasta shapes with four types of dough: Semolina pas...

My Father’s Tools and the indigenous art of basket weaving

From finding a bendable Black Ash tree in the forest—"He chooses the specific log based on soil, smell, and even the sound of the tree when you bang on it."—to chopping, preparing, and refining it for weaving, Stephen...

The discovery of King Tut and what we’ve learned from his tomb

Ever wonder how Egyptian royalty lived 3,000 years ago? In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of an intact tomb revealed a wealth of artifacts and information that turned King Tut into a household n...

How do birds learn to sing?

A brown thrasher knows a thousand songs. A wood thrush can sing two pitches at once. A mockingbird can match the sounds around it — including car alarms. These are just a few of the 4,000 species of songbirds. How do ...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere's largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more. What happened? With...

Bottlenose dolphins of Jeju Island encounter a Haenyeo diver

This pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) lives in the waters around the volcanic islands of Jeju, South Korea all year round. Although they are social creatures amongst themselves, seeing humans...

A New Republic: The portrait work of artist Kehinde Wiley

Blending and contrasting contemporary clothes and objects with ornate fabrics, lush plant life, detailed patterns, and bold colors that reference earlier eras of art history, Kehinde Wiley's heroic portraits are large...

Food of the Enslaved: Michael Twitty cooks recipes from American history

Historic interpreter and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty preserves and promotes the food traditions of enslaved African and African American communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the dishes he makes to...

What is public life?

In parks, at bus stops, on the sidewalk, in playgrounds, in street and farmers markets: These are just some of the public spaces where we can participate in our city's diverse and thriving public life, where people fr...

Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone plays live in London (1968)

Playing live in London in 1968, singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone sings a medley of Ain't Got No, I Got Life, two songs that were originally written for the late 1960s counterculture musical Ha...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

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