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    Istanbul Captured in Beautiful Color Images from 1890: The Hagia Sophia, Topkaki Palace’s Imperial Gate & More

    Even those who know nothing else about Istanbul know that it used to be called Constantinople....

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    Explore the Ruins of Timgad, the “African Pompeii” Excavated from the Sands of Algeria

    Image via Wikimedia Commons Fifteen centuries after its fall, the Roman Empire lives on in unexpected...

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    The Iconic Album Covers of Hipgnosis: Meet “The Beatles of Album Cover Art” Who Created Unforgettable Designs for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel & Many More

    Try calling to mind Nirvana’s Nevermind without its naked, swimming baby; or London Calling without Paul...

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    James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

    There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism...

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    What Does the United States’ Coronavirus Response Look Like Abroad?: Watch the Rest of the World Stare Aghast at Our Handling of COVID-19

    "Even in third world countries, like Senegal, it isn't like this..." Related Content: Carl Sagan Predicts...

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    The Map of Quantum Physics: A Colorful Animation Explains the Often Misunderstood Branch of Science

    In our time, few branches of science have taken as much public abuse as quantum physics,...

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    Revisit Scenes of Daily Life in Amsterdam in 1922, with Historic Footage Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence

    Welkom in Amsterdam… 1922. Neural network artist Denis Shiryaev describes himself as “an artistic machine-learning person with a soul.”...

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    Zamrock: An Introduction to Zambia’s 1970s Rich & Psychedelic Rock Scene

    The story of popular music in the late 20th century is never complete without an account...

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    Why “The Girl from Ipanema”‘ Is a Richer & Weirder Song Than You Ever Realized

    Say what you want about YouTube’s negative effects (endless soy faces, influencers, its devious and fascist-leaning...

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    Take an 360° Interactive Tour Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

    You can’t take it with you if you've got nothing to take with you. Once upon...

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    Watch Metropolis’ Cinematically Innovative Dance Scene, Restored as Fritz Lang Intended It to Be Seen (1927)

    When it came out in 1927, Fritz Lang's Metropolis showed audiences the kind of wholly invented reality,...

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    The Story Behind the Iconic Black Power Salute Photo at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City

    You may know his name, and you definitely know the iconic photo of him standing next...

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    Historic Mexican Recipes Are Now Available as Free Digital Cookbooks: Get Started With Dessert

    There are too many competing stories to tell about the pandemic for any one to take...

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    Rick and Morty as Absurdist Humor, Yet Legitimate Sci-Fi with Family Drama (Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #54)

    Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt address the 4-season 2013 Adult Swim show, which currently...

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    Tony Hawk & Architectural Historian Iain Borden Tell the Story of How Skateboarding Found a New Use for Cities & Architecture

    Wouldn't we enjoy seeing our cities like an architectural historian, in command of deep knowledge about...

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    The Rise & Fall of Silver Apples: The 1960s Electronic Band That Built Their Own Synthesizer, Produced Two Pioneering Albums, and Then Faded into Obscurity

    In the late 70s and early 80s, a handful of musical duos emerged who would have...

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    New Digital Archive Opens Access to Thousands of Digitized African American Funeral Programs (1886-2019)

    Funeral rites, burials, and other rituals are held near-universally sacred, not only due to religious and...

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    Behold 19th-Century Japanese Firemen’s Coats, Richly Decorated with Mythical Heroes & Symbols

    Some firemen today may complain about the boredom of all the time spent doing nothing at...

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    Édith Piaf’s Moving Performance of ‘La Vie en Rose’ on French Television (1954)

    Édith Piaf's life was anything but rosy. Born in a Parisian slum, she was abandoned by...

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    Comedians Speaking Truth to Power: Lenny Bruce, George Carlin & Richard Pryor (NSFW)

    No matter how strenuously people claim to support free speech, hardly anyone believes we should get...

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    Hear the Cristal Baschet, an Enchanting Organ Made of Wood, Metal & Glass, and Played with Wet Hands

    Playing a musical instrument with wet hands usually falls somewhere between a bad idea and a...

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    Hear the Sound Of Endangered Birds Get Turned Into Electronic Music

    Bird-watching is having a moment, thanks to the pandemic. As non-essential workers adjusted to spending more...

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    Why Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green (RIP) Was the Most Underrated Guitarist in British Blues

    Debates about whether a guitarist is underrated often involve a lot of posturing and needless name-dropping—they...

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    A Free Stanford Course on How to Teach Online: Watch the Lectures Online

    Earlier this month, Stanford's Online High School offered (in partnership with Stanford Continuing Studies) a free,...

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    Watch Manhatta, the First American Avant-Garde Film (1921)

    Every city needs its ideal observer. Moreover, a city needs an ideal observer for each of...

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    Watch the Last, Transcendent Performance of “Echoes” by Pink Floyd Keyboardist Richard Wright & David Gilmour (2006)

    “Gentle, unassuming and private.” These are the words David Gilmour chose in his eulogy of Richard...

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    Revisit Six of Elton John’s Most Iconic Concerts, Streaming in Their Entirety for 72 Hours

    Just as Bohemian Rhapsody introduced Freddy Mercury to an unsuspecting generation of young fans, last year’s Elton John...

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    Raymond Chandler’s 36 Great Unused Titles: From “The Man With the Shredded Ear,” to “The Black-Eyed Blonde”

    For Chandler's birthday today. He was born on this day in 1888. via Chris Power Related...

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    W.E.B. Du Bois Devastates Apologists for Confederate Monuments and Robert E. Lee (1931)

    Who won the U.S. Civil War? “The north, of course,” you say… but ah… if you...

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    How Ornette Coleman Freed Jazz with His Theory of Harmolodics

    The term free jazz may have existed before Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come...

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    Devo De-Evolves the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”: See Their Groundbreaking Music Video and Saturday Night Live Performance (1978)

    In 1978, the debut album by a forcefully idiosyncratic new wave band out of Akron, Ohio...

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    The Rolling Stones Release a Long Lost Track Featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page

    The Rolling Stones are readying a re-release of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup in September,...

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    Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #53 Explores the Hamilton Phenomenon

    Your hosts Erica Spyres, Mark Linsenmayer, and Brian Hirt are joined by Broadway actor Sam Simahk...

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    H.R. Giger’s Dark, Surrealist Album Covers: Debbie Harry, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Celtic Frost, Danzig & More

    The work of H.R. Giger is immensely powerful. Giger’s amazing cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s...

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    The Moment When Bob Dylan Went Electric: Watch Him Play “Maggie’s Farm” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965

    The phrase “when Dylan went electric” once carried as much weight in pop culture history as...

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down How He Wrote Hamilton‘s Big Hit, “My Shot”

    The current moment has forced the original cast and crew of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s massive hit musical...

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    Artists Give Advice to the Young: Words of Wisdom from Andrei Tarkovsky, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, John Cleese & Many More

    When Rainer Maria Rilke began corresponding with a poetically inclined 19-year-old military-academy cadet named Franz Xaver...

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    How Vladimir Nabokov Wrote Lolita, “My Most Difficult Book”: A 1989 Documentary

    How many of us could write a book with the impact of Lolita? The task, as...

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    When Astronomer Johannes Kepler Wrote the First Work of Science Fiction, The Dream (1609)

    The point at which we date the birth of any genre is apt to shift depending...

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    A Beatboxing Buddhist Monk Creates Music for Meditation

    Most of us assume Japanese Buddhist monks to be silent types. In their personal lives they...

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    Icons of Art Wearing Masks: Frida Kahlo, Mona Lisa, Girl with the Pearl Earring & More

    We hear the phrase “unprecedented times” every day now, but the truth is few calamities in...

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    Dr. Fauci Reads an Undergrad’s Entire Thesis, Then Follows Up with an Encouraging Letter

    Photo via the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  What are some qualities to look...

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    Dr. Wise on Influenza: Rare Silent Film Shows How They Tried to Educate the Public About the Spanish Flu a Century Ago (1919)

    “Pics or it didn’t happen,” says the Internet, a phrase typically “used in jest,” writes Erin...

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    29 Free Short Stories from Some of Today’s Most Acclaimed Writers: Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell & More

    Let us call your attention to 29 free short stories, written by some of today's most...

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    Modern English Performs Their 1982 Hit, “I Melt With You,” in Quarantine

    Nearly 40 years after they released their New Wave classic, Modern English is back, performing together...

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    Everything You Need To Know About Viruses: A Quick Visual Explanation of Viruses in 9 Images

    It’s a great time to tune in to what scientists are trying to tell us. It’s...

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    Sunken Films: Watch a Cinematic Meditation on Films Found on the Ocean’s Floor

    Bill Morrison has been entranced by the beauty of decaying nitrate film for decades, creating art...

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    You Can Play the New Samurai Video Game Ghost of Tsushima in “Kurosawa Mode:” An Homage to the Japanese Master

    Video games are starting to look and feel like movies: even those of us who haven't...

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    Make Your Own Krispy Kreme Face Shield

    Magician Andy Clockwise shows you how you can make "your very own Krispy Kreme face shield...

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    Hear an Enchanted Medieval Cover of Dolly Parton’s Classic Ode to Jealousy, “Jolene”

    Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is an endlessly renewable resource of beautiful sadness, and many a modern-day bard...