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The Spanish City of Swords: Toledo

Toledo, an ancient walled city in central Spain, has been the center of sword making for thousands of years. The city’s weaponry history dates back to the Roman Empire, when emperors took a liking to the blades crafte...

The Big City, a microscopic tour of Vancouver

From high above planet Earth, humans can seem microscopically small. Busy highways and crowded cities, seen from far away, can quickly remind us of bustling ant hills filled with a colony of millions. Conversely, if y...

Building a wigwam, a time lapse

A dome made from tree saplings, grasses, bark, buckskin, cloth, and other available local materials, the wigwam was a seasonal structure used by many Native American cultures in the North Eastern United States. Histor...

How does a cruciverbalist create crossword puzzles?

How are crossword puzzles made? In this episode of WIRED Masterminds, cruciverbalist David Kwong demonstrates how he makes crossword puzzles for The New York Times. And since he's also a magician, his theme for the cr...

Life Cycle: Ai Weiwei in Los Angeles

Made from the traditional kite-making materials—bamboo and silk—mythical creatures float above large figures in a boat. Millions of sunflower seeds, handmade and painted porcelain pieces made by 1,600 artisans in Jing...

The record-setting Queen of Limbo

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo ...

The Tramp meets a flower girl in City Lights

Charlie Chaplin's Depression-era silent romantic comedy City Lights (1931) is a classic in American cinema. In this short scene from the film, Chaplin's 'Little Tramp' character buys a flower from a flower girl played...

A dreamlike swim in an underwater wheelchair: Sue Austin’s ‘Creating the Spectacle’

Filmed among the sea life in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, British multimedia, performance, and installation artist Sue Austin gently swims through the water in a specially-adapted underwater wheelchair. The dreamlik...

Amanda Crowe, Eastern Band Cherokee Indian woodcarver

Amanda Crowe was a prolific artist and educator known for her woodcarvings of animals. She is featured in this November 2018 Google Doodle, a collaboration with the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual and William H. Crowe, Jr...

Giant Minotaur and spider robotic puppets in Toulouse

The city of Toulouse, France "has given itself over to an immersive form of street theater, bringing to life creatures like the giant spider and the Minotaur, the mythical monster from Greek mythology that is half bul...

Tableaux Vivants: Caravaggio paintings performed live

Actors from the Italian theater company Ludovica Rambelli Teatro recreate paintings by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, or, more accurately, they're recreating how Caravaggio created scenes to paint ...

Abigail Mendoza, world renowned Zapotec chef

Mexico's Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a ...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

Moving and restoring an ancient Greek mosaic

The Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus, a large stone mosaic illustrating the Greek god in a chariot pulled by panthers, dates back to the late-2nd and early 3rd century CE. It was unearthed from an ancient banquet ha...

Notable Women, an AR app that adds 100 historic American women to U.S. currency

Notable Women is an augmented reality experiment that lets anyone see 100 historic American women where they’ve historically been left out: U.S. currency. Discover the accomplishments of activists, artists, scientists...

Stilt fishing in Sri Lanka

Anura Wijewikrama fishes two hours each morning and two hours each evening. And like his grandfather and father before him, he does so on handmade stilts driven into the sand. He is one of the few still carrying on th...

Kindness, a Thought Bubble by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What constitutes a life worthy of being remembered? In this award-winning 2010 Thought Café video about kindness, the late New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal asks, "How do you want to be remembere...

Okuda San Miguel paints a colorful 23-story mural in Toronto

Okuda San Miguel works up high on a swing stage scaffold, the same kind of suspended platform that window washers use. The internationally renowned Spanish street artist sprays sharp edges of bright color fields. They...

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