The Groovy Origins of the Waterbed

You remember waterbeds. The plush, squishy mattresses. The hours of bouncy fun. It all started with a homework assignment. In graduate school, industrial design student Charlie Hall was tasked with improving human comfort. He thought beds should be more comfortable.…

What Happens to NYC’s 3.2 Million Tons of Trash

New York City is one of the most wasteful cities in the world. But none of its trash is actually processed in NYC. It’s sent to waste-to-energy facilities and landfills as far away as Ohio and South Carolina. It takes…

‘Magic of the White City’: Chicago World Fair 1893

Narrated by Gene Wilder, Magic of the White City brings the Chicago World’s Fair to life. Experience the world of 1893 through a cinematic visit to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. Nearly 28 million people visited the Fair. Dubbed the “White City,”…

Wall Street Traders in 1980

David Hoffman: “When I filmed this it looked so new and I saw things I had never seen before. Global financial trading. It now looks so old in some ways and probably, if I went to that spot again, in…

Discovery and Restoration of a Leonardo da Vinci Painting

Leonardo da Vinci is one of history’s greatest artists and thinkers. Only about 15 of his paintings are known to exist and one was thought to be lost forever. Leonard painted that masterpiece, called “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World)…

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