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Reads tagged with “documentary”

Christopher Sykes, the Filmmaker Behind the Beloved Richard Feynman Documentaries
Christopher Sykes, the Filmmaker Behind the Beloved Richard Feynman Documentaries

Storytelling meets the pleasure of finding things out.

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The Hidden Beauty of Pollination
The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

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The Dawn of the Microprocessor and the Birth of Venture Capital
The Dawn of the Microprocessor and the Birth of Venture Capital

“Announcing a new era of integrated electronics.”

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Maurice Sendak on Passion, the Risk of Art, and Never Having Written for Children
Maurice Sendak on Passion, the Risk of Art, and Never Having Written for Children

What Herman Melville has to do with the artist’s gauntlet and the sacrilege of sequels.

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The Voyagers: A Short Film About How Carl Sagan Fell in Love
The Voyagers: A Short Film About How Carl Sagan Fell in Love

A thousand billion years of love, or what the vastness of space has to do with eternal mixtapes.

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How Money Is Made: A 1920 Silent Film from the Royal Mint of Canada
How Money Is Made: A 1920 Silent Film from the Royal Mint of Canada

“In this factory no samples are given as souvenirs, though the practice would be a very popular one.”

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How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths
How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths

What The Netherlands can teach us about child safety and mass protests as effective policy-benders.

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PBS Off Book: The Magic of Book Art and Papercraft in 5 Minutes
PBS Off Book: The Magic of Book Art and Papercraft in 5 Minutes

The architecture of whimsy, or what the progression of time has to do with embracing the possible.

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Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary”
Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary”

Why reality is a better storytelling tool than fiction and how film can be a conduit of democracy.

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Francis Ford Coppola Predicts YouTube in 1991
Francis Ford Coppola Predicts YouTube in 1991

What a fat girl in Ohio has to do with Mozart and one of our era’s most radical shifts in the culture of creativity.

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