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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Why was Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls?

Why was Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls?

Why was pink for boys and blue for girls? And did you know that young boys used to wear dresses? Pink for boys and blue for girls used to be the fashion rule. But when did that switch? And when did young boys stop wearing dresses? If you want some to hear something a little […]

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Why Do We Love Zombies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Why Do We Love Zombies? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, the recent resurgence of zombies is because of technology. [GROANS] Ideas. So unless you’ve been in your bunker preparing for the zombie apocalypse, you’ve probably seen plenty of zombies recently. You know the type, shambly walk, groany voice, very restricted diet. And for whatever reason, we can’t seem to get enough of […]

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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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Do We Still Need Libraries?

Do We Still Need Libraries?

With almost unlimited access to a wide array of knowledge online, do we still need libraries? And do phones, computers, tablets and other devices make brick and mortar libraries obsolete? While some think that libraries are expensive and rarely used, others argue that they’re still essential social spaces that provide vital resources for communities. Today, […]

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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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Pop Culture’s Highs and Lows

Pop Culture’s Highs and Lows

>>>THE DEATH OF ARETHA FRANKLIN UNITING THE COUNTRY, “BLACK PANTHER” BREAKING RACIAL BARRIERS, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOOSING TO SIT WITH KANYE WEST INSTEAD OF HIS OWN CABINET MEMBERS. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE KEY PIVOTAL MOMENTS OF 2018. WHILE EVERY YEAR IS DEFINED BY ITS TOP POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL MOMENTS, WE NOW TAKE […]

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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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Pop Culture & The Media

Pop Culture & The Media

>>>EVERY YEAR IS DEFINED BY ITS TOP POLITICAL MOMENTS BUT WHAT WERE THE TOP POP CULTURE MOMENTS OF 2017? HERE TO GIVE US HIS FIVE TOPICS FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, ROBERT THOMPSON. THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THE PROGRAM.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>PROFESSOR, LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT. WHAT IS AT THE VERY TOP OF YOUR LIST […]

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