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Have we lost sight of ancient virtues like courage, compassion and truth?  Mark Edmundson thinks we have, and he says we'd do well to read Homer, Plato and the ancient sages.More

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Egypt
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Archeologist Eric Cline says a "perfect storm" of calamities led to the collapse of the Late Bronze Age. He points out that we face many of the same challenges today.More

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9:52
broken columns
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Renowned classicist Mary Beard says we have lots to learn from Ancient Rome, including insights into how empires rise and fall.More

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12:53
Marcel Marceau
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For more than 60 years, the great French mime Marcel Marceau dominated stages around the world without ever saying a word. Shawn Wen documents Marceau's story in a book-length essay called “A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause.”More

Tents of scientists during Antarctic summer
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When Jane Willenbring was a young scientist working in Antarctica, she was the target of constant hazing by her team leader. Years later, she filed a complaint. David Marchant was recently found guilty of sexual harassment by Boston University.More

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4:36
Chimpanzee
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African chimps store caches of big rocks to throw at certain trees. And some scientists wonder, are these sacred trees?More

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16:03
Ann Bishop's Wikipedia page
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Women are underrepresented on Wikipedia. So Emily Temple-Wood recruited people to write more articles about notable women. In return, she got rape and death threats. Now, every time she's trolled, she writes a new Wikipedia bio of a female scientist.More

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god and man
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Yuval Noah Harari's sweeping and provocative Sapiens retells the history of our species from an entirely new perspective.More

An outhouse. For pooping
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At the University of Colorado, microbiologist Rob Knight is exploring a new frontier — the human microbiome.More

Yogurt
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The future belongs to a cultured dairy product, in science fiction writer John Scalzi's short story "The Day the Yogurt Took Over."  Read by Adam Hirsch.More

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