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Reads tagged with “documentary”

How a Bicycle Is Made
How a Bicycle Is Made

All you ever wondered about how handlebars are bent, why mudguards exist, and where lubricant comes from.

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Epilogue: Book-Lovers on the Future of Print
Epilogue: Book-Lovers on the Future of Print

“The central role of the bookseller is curatorial and….the intervening years have increased that role in terms of importance.”

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Bee City: 1951 Short Film about the Social Life of Bees
Bee City: 1951 Short Film about the Social Life of Bees

What goes on inside the microcosm of one of Earth’s most fascinating civilizations.

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Color Harmony: An Animated Explanation of How Color Vision Works circa 1938
Color Harmony: An Animated Explanation of How Color Vision Works circa 1938

Vintage black-and-white film explains the wonders of color vision.

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1 + 1 = 3: Ken Burns on What Makes a Great Story
1 + 1 = 3: Ken Burns on What Makes a Great Story

How stories keep the wolf from the door and why math has no place in storytelling.

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<em>North</em>: How a Small Arctic Town Became a Global Epicenter of Climate Science
North: How a Small Arctic Town Became a Global Epicenter of Climate Science

A cinematic history of climate change by way of the North Pole.

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Legendary Graphic Designer Milton Glaser on Art, Purpose, and the Capacity for Astonishment
Legendary Graphic Designer Milton Glaser on Art, Purpose, and the Capacity for Astonishment

“That’s the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears.”

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The Art of Coffee: A Mad Men Era Short Film
The Art of Coffee: A Mad Men Era Short Film

“Success lies in a single word: Care.”

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I Am Science: Short Film Traces Unconventional Paths to Life in Science
I Am Science: Short Film Traces Unconventional Paths to Life in Science

The road to science is paved with failed intentions.

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To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery
To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery

‘There are infinitely many infinities, each one infinitely bigger than the last.’

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