Harlem in Montmartre: Notes on the French Contribution to Jazz
Charles Hobson, producer of the PBS Great Performances program Harlem in Montmartre, brings to The New School the story of the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars, a fascinating but neglected piece of African American history. Inspired by William A. Shacks book of the same title, his documentary contains rare archival performance footage of James Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Bricktop, Eugene Bullard, Django Reinhardt, and many more. Using photographs and film cli
Drawing students from around the world, EARTH University in Costa Rica teaches future leaders how to implement agricultural techniques that drive economic progress while still respecting and preserving the earth's resources. It's mission is to promote sustainable development and eco-sensitive agriculture in the developing world.
An Introduction to Pop Art
This video is a very good introduction to the pop art style as well as a number of great pop artists. The video begins with a narration that introduces some of the leading pop artists of the world. The video continues by showing the works of these artists and talking about what their artwork represents.
The Disappearance of the Bees
When Chinese farmers in South Sichuan Province, the largest producers of pears in that region of China, alerted the government to the absence of bees due to pesticides and that the year's crop was endangered, the government's unprecedented response was to insist on hand-pollination. Meanwhile, farmers in the United States, faced with the same dilemma, wonder if this method will someday, too, be their fate. This video segment adapted from Nature: Silence of the Bees discusses the impact of t
Pyramus and Thisbe - Performed by the Beatles
The complete Pyramus and Thisbe skit - with Shakespeare's words - from the Grenada television program Around the World With The Beatles. Black and white film footage with audience laughter (7:03)
Red-Tailed Hawk vs. Rattler
You'd have to be one tough and hungry animal to try to make a meal out of a venomous western diamondback rattlesnake. After all, this North American desert dweller is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. This video uses professional video footage and narration from National Geographic to show the battle between two predators, the rattler and a hawk. The issue of which animal is the superior predator is quickly established. An excellent video while teaching a lesson about predators.
MAS.965 NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users (MIT)
Can you make a cellphone change the world? NextLab is a hands-on year-long design course in which students research, develop and deploy mobile technologies for the next billion mobile users in developing countries. Guided by real-world needs as observed by local partners, students work in multidisciplinary teams on term-long projects, closely collaborating with NGOs and communities at the local level, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Students are expected to leverage technica
Fraction Scavenger Hunt
This video is a skit teaching about fractions. The quality of the video and sound are not very good. There is a lot of background noise. However, the lesson gives some good practical ways to introduce and relate fractions to real world examples. Number lines and equivalent fractions are also discussed.
The Aftermath of World War II
The Grand Alliance was a military success—Germany and Japan were defeated by the fall of 1945. However, despite the agreement to organize the United Nations, nothing close to a lasting ideological or political alliance was formed among the Allies during the Second World War. There were simply too many irreconcilable differences between them, exacerbated by a traditional distrust that commenced with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
Actions taken by the Allied powers during the war likew
Atomic Bomb and World War Two
In August of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing World War II to an end. Forensic medical investigator Shiya Ribowsky explains why death was never far from those who survived the blasts. A very good video for ends justify means discussion or one about the number of atomic bombs in existence or even Iran's situation.
The Treaty of Versailles
Nearly one year after President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and laid out his Fourteen Points, fighting in Europe had reached its end. In the last weeks of the war, Wilson used the promise of his Fourteen Points to persuade the German people to overthrow Kaiser Wilhelm II and establish an armistice. Under the armistice, Germany had to withdraw behind the Rhine River and surrender its submarines and munitions.
To establish the conditions of surrender for the defeated Central Powers, me
Treaty of Versailles (1919)
The long process before the tready was signed. Each country wanted parts or control over other countries. President Wilson's League of Nations is also mentioned. This three minute video shows how this treaty helped cause the Second World War.
Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov
This light but manic piece brings to mind the buzzing of a bee or swarm of bees. The music for the Nasonex bee in a 2006 TV commercial. Look for a killer version of this piece by Croation pianist Maksim Mrvica on his 2003 CD "The Piano Player." This is the World Premiere Performance of Maksim August 24, 2006 on the piano.
The United States Enters the War
This is a video about WWII and the moment when the United States was engaged in an undeclared naval war with Germany. President Roosevelt ordered the navy to "shoot on sight" any German submarines after an American destroyer, the Greer, was attacked near Iceland. In October, the Kearny was torpedoed killing 11, and the destroyer Reuben James was sunk—more than 100 sailors perished. Congress amended the Neutrality Act in November, to permit trade with belligerents and the arming of merchant ves
Counterculture of the 1960's
While President Johnson was simultaneously rolling out his Great Society blueprints and entering ever deeper in the conflict in Vietnam, a cultural rebellion was gathering strength in American universities. The affluence of the 1950s allowed an unprecedented number of young people to attend college in the 1960s. This growing demographic had little real-world experience, and they looked critically at a society that had provided prosperity for them and their families. Many university students and
America's Economy Roars, Post WWI
This video is accompanied by text. At the close of World War I, the United States found itself in a recession. Millions of veterans were suddenly looking for jobs at a time when industry was reeling from the cancellation of billions of dollars in war contracts. In addition, shortages of consumer goods that were not produced during the war created high prices and inflation. The cost of living doubled from 1913 to 1920, causing great distress for many Americans.
Declaration of Independence
On June 7, 1776, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced to the Continental Congress a resolution: "That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States." He further called "for forming foreign Alliances and preparing a plan of confederation." Lee's resolution announced America's break from England, but members of Congress believed a more formal explanation was needed to unify the colonies, secure foreign assistance, and justify their actions to the world.
This video is accompanied by text and it is about the political situation and political causes of the American Revolution. "The Revolution generated radical changes in the principles, opinions, and sentiments of the American people. New ideas and issues affected social customs, political ideals, and gender and racial roles as the thirteen colonies evolved into the United States. Debate and conflict over government authority, diverse state economies, federal control of western territories, and th
Beginnings of Revolutionary War
The causes of the war are reviewed started with British taxes. This two minute video does not go into depth, but does highlight the major differences. Ends with Shot Heard Around the World. Run time 01:41.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Growing Chilies
Chilies are grown around Mexico, Japan, Africa, and India. Join us at
the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and learn how you can grow chilies in your corner of the world. Run time 03:33.