History, Videos

“Balloonfest”, The Spectacle That Became A Tragedy

In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined.

History, Politics

The Peruvian Corruption-Buster Bigger Than Mueller

With his implacable pursuit of the presidential trio, the corruption-busting prosecutor José Domingo Pérez has established an international template for how to prosecute former heads of state on graft charges.

History

The Forgotten History Of Greensboro’s A&T/Dudley Revolt

In May 1969, a controversial election for student body president at Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, turned into an open revolt against police repression and racial segregation.

Cities, History

How Philadelphia Became “The First City That Bombed Itself”

In 1985, an armed standoff between Philadelphia police and members of a radical black liberation group, resulted in the deaths of eleven people. No police officers or city officials were ever charged for their role in what’s known as the MOVE bombing.

History, Media

Psychiatry, Racism, And The Birth Of ‘Sesame Street’

How an African-American psychiatrist helped design a groundbreaking television show as a radical therapeutic tool for helping minority preschoolers.

History

Why The Brazilian Soccer Team Wouldn’t Wear White – Until Now

White is also the color that the Brazilian national soccer team was wearing in the infamous “Maracanazo” match, a decisive showdown against Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup. Nearly 70 years later Brazil is ready to tempt fate.

History, Photos

100 Years Ago In Photos: A Look Back At 1919

A century ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, as much of the world was still recovering from the devastation of World War I. Rebuilding was just beginning, refugees were returning home, orphans were being cared for, and a global influenza outbreak was being battled.

Crime, History, Politics

Who Killed Sweden’s Prime Minister?

Three decades ago, Olof Palme was assassinated on Stockholm’s busiest street. The killer has never been found. Could the discovery of new evidence finally close the case?

Life, Videos

“Too Long At The Fair”, Short Film About The Brutal Reality Of Adulthood

After a mishap at an important client’s party, Charlie and Val find themselves in the hole and desperate for funds. They meet a charming divorcee, and an adventurous day awaits—but life has taught them that the promise of L.A. has its ups—and its downs.

History, World

How Half A Tonne Of Cocaine Transformed The Life Of An Island

In 2001, a smugglers’ yacht washed up in the Azores and disgorged its contents. The island of São Miguel was quickly flooded with high-grade cocaine – and nearly 20 years on, it is still feeling the effects.

Art, History

A Secret Cupid Is Emerging From A 17th-Century Vermeer

During a routine round of conservation on Johannes Vermeer’s 17th-century Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, art detectives realized that a section of the canvas had been painted over after the Dutch artist’s death in 1675, concealing a cupid figure.

Nature, Videos

“Glacier Exit”, A Portrait Of Rapid Environmental Change

Filmmaker Raphael Rogers stood on the ice dunes of the glaciers of Alaska in the midst of a snowy winter. The silence and majesty of the mountains surrounding us, the bluest ice we had ever seen and the steady rush of ice turned to water. 

History, Life, Videos

“Quadrangle”, Award-Winning Doc About Marriage And Divorce

A documentary about two ‘conventional’ couples that swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early 70s, hoping to pioneer an alternative to divorce and pave the way for how people would live in the future.

Videos

“Black”, A Sci-Fi Short Film By Tomek Popakul

A pair of astronauts trapped on an orbital space station because of nuclear war that ran very fast on the earth below. They lost contact with earth, all attempts to make a connection with base or with anybody failed without answer.

Videos

“The Shivering Truth”, A 6 Episode Dark Comedy

The omnibus of painfully riotous emotional parables dripping from the deepest caverns of your unconscious are lovingly animated in stop-motion. In other words, it is the Truth.

Cities, History, Photos

Underground Photos From New York’s Seediest Years

The “Poet of Radical Photography”, Miron Zownir, captures the provocative energy and aggressive hedonism of New York City in the 80s.

Videos

“Ten Meter Tower”, Award-Winning Doc About Fear

To jump or not to jump? The premise at the heart of Axel Danielson and Maximilien van Aertryck’s “Ten Meter Tower” might seem simple, but the award-winning documentary is a deceivingly smart portrait of human behavior in the face of fear. 

Cities, Videos

“Seoul Wave”, A Short Film About South Korea’s Futuristic City

Filmmaker Brandon Li made a thrilling 7-minute film on life in the South Korean city of Seoul. Li’s distinctive filming style is present—swooping gimbal shots, push-ins, a saturated vibrancy.

History, Life, Politics

Who Owns South Africa?

The Glen Grey Act was the first piece of legislation to enshrine in law the residential separation of the races. It was also the basis for the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913, which in its final form allocated a mere thirteen percent of all arable land to the black majority. 

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