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How are police horses chosen to become the highly trained and trusted steeds that they are? Via BBC Earth, watch the police horse testing and training process as conducted by the San Francisco mounted police unit, where only 10% of the horses that begin the program are found to be right for the job.

Videos in the archives: horseback riding in Yosemite, Mongolian horsemen herding wild horses, and the amazing War Horse puppet with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Swapnil Chaturvedi refers to himself as the Chief Toilet Cleaner, and is known as “Poop Guy” in the community of Pune, India. Officially, he’s the founder of Samagra Sanitation, a company providing sanitation services to the urban poor. After a decade in the United States, he returned to India with his young family to improve the sanitation facilities where almost 626 million of the 1.2 billion population do not have access to toilets. In this video from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he explains his main motivation:

"…there is only one reason: for a woman’s dignity. It goes back to me being a father of a girl child… when I look at my daughter and I think about her future, this is the kind of service I would like her to have. As kids become adults, they take with them all sorts of hygiene habits so that they don’t have these issues and that is the only way.

We can live without Facebook, we can live without a smartphone, but we cannot live without relieving ourselves. It’s a daily natural activity. Then why such a taboo around it? We should talk about it openly and we should do something about it.”

Related watching: the Japanese volunteers that clean public toilets and more innovation.

via @MelindaGates.

From Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls YouTube series: meet firefighter Xochitl Hernandez, one of 57 female firefighters in Austin Fire Department. Hernandez explains why she loves her job, and shares some of the amazing equipment that she uses with her brigade to help people in need.

There’s more to check out at AmySmartGirls.com, and watch more excellent firefighter videos in the archives.

Hitch a ride with brothers Aarne and Lasse, two reindeer herders that help manage the last group of wild reindeer in Finland. This is a clip from Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, a documentary by filmmakers Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel.

There’s a fascinating interview with Oreck and Teel here at National Geographic. You might also know their Mysteries of the Vernacular series for TEDEd, previously featured here.

Related snowy work: photographing the world’s second-largest known tree, removing heavy snow in Montreal, Canada, and traveling through Greenland on a dog sled.

What does it take to make a t-shirt? We’ve watched a video about this subject before, but NPR’s Planet Money answered this question in the most amazing way: they traveled across the globe to document the people and processes of this task firsthand. The stories are in five chapters. Above, Chapter 1: Cotton, and below, Chapter 2: Machines

A note for younger viewers: In Chapter 3: People, which features the story of Jasmine Akhter, a garment worker in Bangladesh, there are graphic scenes of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse from 3m10s to 3m52s.

You can watch the entire piece on their information-filled site: Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.

In the archives: more videos about money and clothing.

via @faketv.