Is Miku Hatsune A More Authentic Pop Star Than Lana Del Rey? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Miku Hatsune A More Authentic Pop Star Than Lana Del Rey? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. Miku Hatsune, a computer generated vocalist, is a more authentic pop star than Lana Del Rey. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you’ve missed it recently, Lana Del Rey is a human pop star with fingers, blood, a mom, the whole nine yards. But Lana has caught a lot of flak for being inauthentic. She […]

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The Humans That Lived Before Us

The Humans That Lived Before Us

For about a million years in the early Pleistocene Epoch — from about 2.4 million to 1.4 million years ago — it was a really exciting time to be a hominin. Hominins, you’ll recall, are the group of human ancestors that are more closely related to us than to chimps and bonobos. During this million-year […]

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Brief History of Andy Warhol: Pop Art King

Brief History of Andy Warhol: Pop Art King

[MUSIC PLAYING] Guess which artist lived with this man most of his life, was obsessed with Hollywood and ice cream, bald as a bat but loved crazy wigs, and loved to cover everything in aluminum foil? Yep, it’s Andy Warhol. You intrigued? So was I. (VOICEOVER) This episode is funded by the Glick Fund and […]

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Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, popular culture isn’t made up solely of stuff that’s popular. My sense has always been that popularity in culture is simultaneously referring to three things. One, something that a huge number of people like. Two, something that seems like a huge number of people like it. And three, something made on purpose […]

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“Black sounding” names and their surprising history

“Black sounding” names and their surprising history

– Thanks to Audible for supporting PBS Digital Studios. (smooth music) Oh my gosh, y’all, thank you so much for all these gifts. Look at these shoes! (giggles) Okay, so next, I asked all of y’all to guess baby’s name, so we’re gonna read through them now. (hums) (smooth music) (papers rustle) Moses, okay, is […]

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The Case for Ai Weiwei | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

The Case for Ai Weiwei | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

NARRATOR: In 1995, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei photographed himself as he picked up a 2000-year-old urn and let it smash to the ground. If we’re appalled when cultural heritage is destroyed in the name of god and state, how can we possibly defend Ai’s action? How can we buy a ticket to see photos of […]

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A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

Here’s an idea. Popular culture is an abstract location where values are secured and challenged. ICYMI, in these final three episodes, we’re talking about the principles that have guided Idea Channel. This is the second of those episodes, meaning that it is our second to last episode ever. We’re doing this in the hopes of […]

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Are Older People Wiser?

Are Older People Wiser?

This episode is brought to you by Hover Are older people wiser? No, not necessarily. I think older people are experienced and I think there’s a difference. So if you’ve experienced something, then you’ve had some learning from it. I think wisdom sometimes comes from even small children. Okay, this is my Nana. She’s the […]

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Is Language a Virus? Starring Punished “Venom” Snake | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Language a Virus? Starring Punished “Venom” Snake | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. Your language is your homeland. Also bet you can’t see me. This episode of Idea Channel is brought to you by Dropbox. “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” which is the 22nd entry into the metal gear series of action adventure stealth games created by famed video games skipper Hideo Kojima […]

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The Surprising Ways Death Shapes Our Lives

The Surprising Ways Death Shapes Our Lives

Okay, how would you caption this image? Joe? “You guys have anything other than Cat Fancy Magazine around here? Woof” Anna? “I don’t know how to tell you this, but you’re adopted.” So researchers asked this question in a 2013 study. But just before they asked, some participants were instructed to think about death. The […]

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