The first episode of a new docu-series from director Ondi Timoner about an upstart town being built in the middle of the Panamanian jungle.
The American food system doesn’t make it easy for small farmers to get their healthy food to your home, but meet two farmers who are trying: Ricky Horton and Sherilyn Shepard. They’re siblings who grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables in southwestern Virginia. Their livelihood is filled with uncertainties ranging from unpredictable weather to changing immigration laws. Here’s their story. (Source: Bread for the World)
I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch at his favorite deli in Los Angeles, where we live. That day, we waded through a getting-to-know-you conversation that somehow felt both more awkward and less awkward than most of its kind. Jordan has Asperger’s syndrome, and so he often gets pulled into his own world, one that can seem chaotic and isolated from ours. But he has learned to make deliberate choices to stay present in reality.
I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quick-witted middle-aged man having lunch across from me. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and movies, and a strikingly clever sense of humor. So I was intrigued. The lunch became the first of many meetings we shared over the course of many months, before we started … Read More »
Some women have chosen to stop their periods – we (Mae and Mona) are two of them. (Source: The Guardian)
This documentary examines the life of Clive Wearing, a musicologist and conductor who in 1985 contracted a form of herpes that permanently damaged his brain. Today at 78, he still cannot remember anything really except the love he has for his second wife. A sad but fascinating story.
Antony van Leeuvenhoek was not a trained scientist, but he was insatiably curious, and ground his own lenses that he used to find the bacteria. (Source: VOX Observatory)
A small community in Snowflake, Arizona, has retreated into the desert to escape modern life. Residents say they have multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illness, which have not been scientifically proven as real illnesses by medical professionals. (Source: The Guardian)
One man cracked his knuckles in one hand for 60 years and not the other. Watch the video to see what he found out.
Why working out is great for health, but not for weight loss, explained in five minutes. (Source: VOX)
Smallpox was always present, filling the churchyard with corpses, tormenting with constant fear all whom it had not yet stricken, leaving on those whose lives it spared the hideous traces of its power, turning the babe into a changeling at which the mother shuddered, and making the eyes and cheeks of the betrothed maiden objects of horror to the lover. (1848)
— Lord Thomas Macaulay, History of England.
In the 1970s, D.A. Henderson and a group of determined scientists successfully eliminated smallpox — at least from the general population. How did they do it? Smallpox is highly contagious, but it is not spread by insects or animals. When it is gone from the human population, it is gone for good. By surrounding the last places on earth where smallpox was still occurring — small villages in Asia and Africa — and inoculating … Read More »