Are We Alone? Galactic Civilization Challenge | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

Are We Alone? Galactic Civilization Challenge | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

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BUT WAIT: Is Bob Dylan’s Work Really Literature?

BUT WAIT: Is Bob Dylan’s Work Really Literature?

Here’s an idea. Bob Dylan is literature because anything can be literature. [THEME MUSIC] The question, what is literature, is not one that often captures the public’s attention. But recently it did after famed American folk musician Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The takes, they were both many and hot, hinging on […]

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Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab | Off Book | PBS

Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab | Off Book | PBS

F.A.T. Lab is a group of hackers and artists finding ways to make people be aware of what they’re doing online. F.A.T. Lab is meant to be a place where you can, like, hit publish buttons without having to worry too much. The internet’s a new audience that could be an art audience with the […]

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Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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Why Did They Make Me Read This in High School? (Feat. Lindsay Ellis) | It’s Lit!

So let’s say you’re a student taking your first western literature class, and all is going well and fine until the professor starts asking you questions about the great dread dinosaurs of literature that maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading. And you don’t want to admit you haven’t read these guys. Maybe you know […]

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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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