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Myth of the Isolated Scientist | World Science Festival 1:33min

This is an excerpt from a lecture called “Science and Story: The Instinct for Curiosity”, hosted by the World Science Festival (great youtube channel!) where a physicist and author is talking about how science should be considered part of culture rather than being categorized as ‘education’ or something. She also says that scientists, like […]

The Digital Economy should be about Capital Creation 9:54min

Here is the transcript for The Digital Economy Should Be About Capital Creation

I don’t own the rights to this video. This speaker is talking about how some big technology companies are now more like financial companies because they’re mostly buying and selling other companies (because of the need to show ‘growth’ on […]

The Tragedy of Wounded Knee (The Ghost Dance) 17:14min

You can download notes, discussion questions and transcript for The Tragedy of Wounded Knee (The Ghost Dance)


By 1980, no Indian people anywhere in the West lived freely on their own land — And even the reservations on which they struggled to survive were being broken up under the Dawes Act

Congress had […]

TED-Ed Why We Love Repetition in Music 4:31min

TED-Ed Why We Love Repetition in Music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? and take a moment to think, How many times have you listened to it? Chances are, you’ve heard that chorus repeated dozens, if not hundreds, of times And it’s not just popular songs in the […]

The City That Has Its Own Operating System 14:29min

A city in the UK has decided to create an open wife network as a sandbox for development of new technologies and products. This video has interviews with a city planner, a local entrepreneur and a former hacker who speak about the threats and opportunities of this initiative.

Here is the transcript with […]

TED-Ed Who was Confucius? 4:29min

TEDed Who was Confucius_transcript and notes

Monetary Policy: A Quick and Dirty Explainer 2:49min


Note: I don’t own the rights to this video.

Here is Monetary Policy — A Quick and Dirty Explainer_transcript and notes

1 minute Introduction

The transcript is in the notes.

Pre-viewing vocabulary:

Post-viewing Dictation and True / False Questions:

Step 1 — Listen and write what you hear. Step 2 — […]

Bombay Lunch Box – India 10:28min

Here is the transcript in .doc format for Bombay lunchbox india transcript


A muggy monsoon dawn in Mumbai It’s the brief quiet before the daily storm of activity sweeps across Indian’s commercial capital This city of 17 million is infamous for its crowds and chaos But Mumbai is also renowned for its meals […]

World water supply and future problems 14:11min

This is an excerpt from the documentary: Blue Gold: World Water Wars about how much human development is harming rivers, emptying aquifers, polluting rivers and possibly causing desertification. This clips includes short interviews with scientists, farmers, activists and researchers who are concerned about how we are managing our water resources.


We’re entering into […]

How to Install Recessed Lighting 4:45min

This is a DIY, how-to video about how to safely replace fluorescent lights with recessed can lights in a basement. The narrator takes you from how to remove the old fixture to how to install the recessed one to improve the look and feel of a basement family room. I don’t own the rights […]

Singapore Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions 5:11min

This is a 10/10 introduction to the sights and attractions of Singapore! I like this video for English learning because it has a lot of place names (proper nouns) which are common features in the listening portions of language tests and also common in day-to-day conversation.


One of the smallest and most […]

The 4 WORST Muscle Building Workout Mistakes Beginners Make 5:55min

Avoid these four newbie mistakes if you want to gain some muscles. He tells you the mistakes he made when he started body-building and some tips about eating and choosing and designing a program.

Here is the transcript for The 4 Worst Muscle Building Workout Mistakes Beginners

This clip includes very natural speech, full […]

Andy Borowitz at The Moth Storytelling Festival: “Unexpected Twist” Part 1 8:56min

Andy Borowitz (writer, comedian) tells the story of his life-threatening illness and what it taught him.

Warning: this video includes some taboo language / swearing

Here is the transcript for Andy Borowitz — Unexpected Twist Part I

How Wolves Change Rivers 4:33min

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This is video from Sustainable Man Youtube Channel about how wolves changed Yellowstone National Park. Note:I do not own the rights to this video. It’s a fast-paced video but worth listening and watching a few times — it’s an encouraging story, as well as a […]

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists 5:58min

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

Urban planner Nick Falbo wants U.S. engineers to borrow a trick from the Dutch: use four design tricks to make intersections safer for cyclists. Here is the transcript