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Reads tagged with “documentary”

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms

“If you give up, it’s all over.”

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No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy
No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy

Explaining the scientific process with chess, or why childlike wonder is key to getting unstuck in science.

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Eames: The Architect and the Painter

From fiberglass to James Franco, or what Ice Cube has to do with designing the American imagination.

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What is Generative Art? A 7-Minute PBS Micro-Documentary
What is Generative Art? A 7-Minute PBS Micro-Documentary

The rhetoric of data, or how to reconcile human and algorithm in the age of collective intelligence.

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Oscar Wilde: The Rise and Fall of the 20th Century’s First Pop Celebrity
Oscar Wilde: The Rise and Fall of the 20th Century’s First Pop Celebrity

“He had a musician’s sense of a sentence.”

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Sir David Attenborough Narrates Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” to Glorious Glimpses of Nature
Sir David Attenborough Narrates Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” to Glorious Glimpses of Nature

“The colors of a rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by…”

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Product Design: A PBS Off Book Documentary
Product Design: A PBS Off Book Documentary

What safe sex has to do with 3-D printing, robotics, and education in the developing world.

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From Beer to Life on Mars: The Seven Wonders of Microbes
From Beer to Life on Mars: The Seven Wonders of Microbes

What genetic engineering has to do with the English Reformation, leftovers, and the invention of Penicillin.

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How Bananas Became a Global Commodity
How Bananas Became a Global Commodity

What the silent film era has to do with the architecture of atmospheric control.

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Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986
Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986

A startup sentiment sandwich from the master chef, or why “reality distortion” helps sales but hurts design.

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