Friday, January 18, 2019

Oceans 101 | National Geographic


Oceans serve as the planet’s largest habitat and also help to regulate the global climate. But why is the ocean salty? And how is climate change impacting the ocean? Find out more about the ocean, including the consequences of and potential solutions to these changes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Benefits of Music: Sound, Language & Memory


There is evidence that shows parallels between how we process music and the way we process language. The benefits of music are endless!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Can You Solve the Multiplying Rabbits Riddle? - Alex Gendler


After years of experiments, you’ve finally created the pets of the future – nano-rabbits! They’re tiny, they’re fuzzy ... and they multiply faster than the eye can see. But a rival lab has sabotaged you, threatening the survival of your new friends. Can you figure out how to avert this hare-raising catastrophe? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Introducing the Baroque Theorbo


"People complain a lot about the space that I take up".

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it's like to carry it around on the train.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What a Conductor Actually Does on Stage


If you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to be focused instead on their music stands. So what exactly is the conductor doing?

We decided to ask James Gaffigan – a conductor who recently guest conducted the New York Philharmonic in Central Park – just what it is that makes a conductor so necessary and how their actions shape the performance.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Can You Solve the Stolen Rubies Riddle? - Dennis Shasha


Townspeople are demanding that a corrupt merchant’s collection of 30 rubies be confiscated to reimburse the victims of his schemes. The king announces that the fine will be determined through a game of wits between the merchant and the king’s most clever advisor – you. Can you outfox the merchant and win back the greatest amount of rubies to help his victims? Dennis Shasha shows how.

Lesson by Dennis Shasha, directed by Artrake Studio.