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Mark on own personal "Walden Pond" in Animal Crossing
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Game developer Tracy Fullerton tells us why Henry David Thoreau would play her new game. It’s called “Walden.”

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8:46
Girls in pink, boys in blue
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Historian Jo Paoletti speaks with Shannon about gender's ever-changing relationship with fashion.

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9:01
Carolyn Smith
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Could you trade the convenience of instant-purchase online clothing stores for a wardrobe you made yourself? Carolyn Smith went for an even bigger challenge: only wearing clothing she made by hand for a full year.

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6:16
The many realities
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How do you know what’s real? Start with your senses — if you can see, touch, hear or taste something, it’s real — right? Not necessarily, according to cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman and neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan.

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18:13
Screenshot from "Desert Bus" playthrough by Phrasz013.
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A simulated eight-hour bus drive earns you one point. Why would anyone want to play a game like that?

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3:04
Mural of ancient soldiers returning from battle
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Historian Margaret MacMillan tells Steve what war reveals about human nature.

Mark and Anne in front of Mark's home in "Animal Crossing"
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Mark just built a new house. In fact, he built a whole town. And it's the one place we can actually visit, because it’s inside a game. He’s been taking refuge from the grim reality of a global pandemic...in Animal Crossing.

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8:35
Moken
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Moken is from Cameroon. He is a storyteller, with a voice both beautiful, bold, and at times bizarre. Charles sat down with him to talk about his new album “Missing Chapters” and to hear some incredible live music.

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13:15