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Magic Lantern Slides

Magic lantern slides brought the world to life in pictures. The first lantern slides were created in the 1600s, around 200 years before photography was invented and they provided spectacular entertainment and educatio...

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 ...

My Grandfather’s Memory Book

It’s hard to picture my grandfather without a sketchbook in his hands. He was always drawing. Gramps lived for 94 years — long enough to experience the Great Depression and the Great Recession, the birth of both tele...

Lucas the Spider tells a scary story & meets a new friend

In this Lucas the Spider adventure, Lucas finds a book full of scary stories. But when he doesn't like the story he's reading, he makes up his own. Lucas also keeps busy with his one-spider band... And his ...

The Importance of Setting in a Story

The characters, the plot, the conflict they're facing, and the overall theme are all key components of a good story. But there's another important narrative element that provides context for everything that's going on...

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...

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...

Threads, an animated short by Torill Kove

Note: Due to licensing agreements, some European countries may not be able to view this National Film Board of Canada film. A woman follows a red thread across the sky to find a small child. Ever-moving forward in ...

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

"Herman's quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful." What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad? Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a...

The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes. ...

Preschool Poets: Animated shorts based on poems by four & five year olds

Eight poems, written and read by four and five-year-olds, were animated in a wide variety of styles by artists from around the world. Preschool Poets is a collaborative project helmed by artist and poetry teacher Nanc...

The Pits: An avocado searches for its other half

An avocado wanders New York City, feeling lonely and searching for its other half in this award-winning, puppet-filled story by The Bizzaro Company, directed by Mike Hayhurst. The Pits originally premiered at the New ...

Fløjteløs / Whistleless by Siri Melchior

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And the animals in the zoo. And the police officer directing traffic. How...

Joy and Heron

When a pesky Heron tries to steal all of the worms meant for a fishing trip, little Joy tries to scare it away without rocking the boat and scaring away the fish, too. From Passion Pictures Australia, this is Joy and ...

The Temple of Knowledge and what it’s like to grow up in a library

Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growi...

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...

The North Wind and the Sun: A Fable by Aesop

Once the North Wind and the Sun were arguing about who was the stronger. They saw a man walking below. "I am the strongest," said the North Wind fiercely. "Only I can get the coat off that man." But the sun, answering...

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