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Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

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“Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014″, Danny Cooke says.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant melted down in 1986, creating a 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone that has been almost completely devoid of human interference for decades. Parts of this film is filmed by a drone.

Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.

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The Art of Richard Thompson

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Richard Thompson has been called a “cartoonists’ cartoonist.” Find out why in this warm and moving portrait. It’s a must-see.

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Babbel Insights: Untranslatable Words from Other Cultures

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Sometimes a country doesn’t have the word in their language, because the people simply don’t have the act in their culture. Danes always need to explain our word ‘Hygge’.

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Exes

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This short film written and produced by Ali Vingiano and directed and shot by T.J. Misny made me smile.

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Marie’s Dictionary

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Well done, Marie!
This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

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Free books

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I truly love concepts like this one: Leaving books, you don’t want anymore, for others to take. Don’t letting them just stand there at home for no use. But passing it one – for free.

And this installation is even made in a super creative wooden design.
I want an “Exchange Place” like this in my hood!

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The Observer

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Meet Alex – the “Stalker Photographer”.

“I was introduced to Alex about a year ago through a mutual friend. I had heard about a “stalker photographer” from a couple people and was pretty intrigued. After about a two month process of trying to get her to sit down with me she finally agreed to tell her story. I was pretty blown away. Seeing the world through her eyes has been a unique experience to say the least. Her photos are unreal. Can’t say I completely agree with her craft but its very beautiful in its own way. If you’d like to see more of her work, go here, director MP Cunningham says.

 

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Get your own Viking Ship from Denmark’s Viking Ship Museum

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After touring a museum, what do you think is the best gift shop souvenir to commemorate your visit? A post card? A magnet?

At the Viking Ship Museum here in Denmark, you can get your own authentic handcrafted Viking ship. Or you can buy it online!

Part of the facility features a workshop where modern day craftsmen use authentic ancient tools and techniques to build copies of Viking boats. The boat pictured above is actually partly made using authentic Viking tools, but modern equipment as well, so that it can be more easily mass-produced. As a result, the Trýbekkur, as it’s called, will only cost you just north of $24,500.

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Compassion for World Farming: The Secrets of Food Marketing

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This is a must-see talk!

No amount of marketing makes factory farming acceptable. You can stop the spin here.

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Tom Fugle

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Longtime bike-builder, 72-year-old Tom Fugle is working to complete a chopper for the Born Free motorcycle show. After years of toiling in relative obscurity and near poverty Tom’s work is at last getting some recognition.

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Men Perform Epic Beyonce Dance

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Oh, wow! Respect! Theses guys are awesome – and extremely talented dancers. I smiled all over my face watching this.

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Balan the Blowpipe Maker

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Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the dying craft.

This short film is an extract from the 30 minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo, which will be released online later this year.

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Tibetan Monks Breakdance For Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch

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Two years ago Beastie Boys’ co-founder Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, died from cancer only 47 years old. Yauch was an inspiration to many for his music, filmmaking, and political activism. In addition to his artistic endeavors, Yauch was also a practicing Buddhist, and a  weekend in May 2014 a group of men (dressed as monks) performed an elaborate breakdance in his honor in Union Square park.

Big thanks to Thue for sending me this!

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Adrenaline Junkies Have Snake Massage

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“It’s good”, he says. But there’s something in his voice, that makes me not believe in him.

Snake massage from 20 feet Burmese pythons. This is so weird…

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Kankudai by 7-year-old Mahiro

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OMG, she’s fast! Check out 7-year-old Mahiro do her Kankudai. Extremely impressive!

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