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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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Sex and Punishment: A 4,000-Year History of Judging Desire
Sex and Punishment: A 4,000-Year History of Judging Desire

How we went from medieval male marriages to executions to marriage equality.

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Richard Feynman Reveals the Key to Science in 63 Seconds
Richard Feynman Reveals the Key to Science in 63 Seconds

“If it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong.”

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Animated Anatomy of Shakespearean Slurs
Animated Anatomy of Shakespearean Slurs

Heartless hinds, fishmongers, and lots of thumb-biting.

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René Magritte’s Little-Known Art Deco Sheet Music Covers from the 1920s
René Magritte’s Little-Known Art Deco Sheet Music Covers from the 1920s

From wallpaper to Golconda by way of Art Deco.

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Graphing Jane Austen: Using Science to Extrapolate the Human Condition from Classical Literature
Graphing Jane Austen: Using Science to Extrapolate the Human Condition from Classical Literature

What literary Darwinism reveals about universal values.

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