Friday, November 30, 2018

How I Found Myself Through Music | Anika Paulson

"Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mars 101 | National Geographic

From its blood-like hue to its potential to sustain life, Mars has intrigued humankind for thousands of years. Learn how the red planet formed from gas and dust and what its polar ice caps mean for life as we know it.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Who Decides What Art Means? - Hayley Levitt

There is a question that has been tossed around by philosophers and art critics for decades: how much should an artist's intention affect your interpretation of the work? Do the artist’s plans and motivations affect its meaning? Or is it completely up to the judgment of the viewer? Hayley Levitt explores the complex web of artistic interpretation.

Lesson by Hayley Levitt, directed by Avi Ofer.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

How One Designer Created the "Look" of Jazz

Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, giving it its signature look in the process.

When asked to visualize what jazz looks like, you might picture bold typography, two-tone photography, and minimal graphic design. If you did, you’re recalling the work of a jazz label that single-handedly defined the “look” of jazz music in the 1950s and1960s: Blue Note.

Inspired by the ever-present Swiss lettering style that defined 20th-century graphic design (think Paul Rand), Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, particularly during the hard bop era, and gave it a definitive visual identity through album covers.

Some songs don't just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you enjoy this celebration with your family full of laughter and peace. Happy Thanksgiving greetings!

Monday, November 19, 2018

What’s the Smallest Thing in the Universe? - Jonathan Butterworth

If you were to take a coffee cup, and break it in half, then in half again, and keep carrying on, where would you end up? Could you keep on going forever? Or would you eventually find a set of indivisible building blocks out of which everything is made? Jonathan Butterworth explains the Standard Model theory and how it helps us understand the world we live in.

Lesson by Jon Butterworth, directed by Nick Hilditch.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturn 101 | National Geographic

How did the rings around Saturn form? How many moons does the planet have? See stunning NASA images of the gas giant studied by Christian Huygens and Giovanni Cassini.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jazz Deconstructed: John Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

John Coltrane, one of jazz history’s most revered saxophonists, released “Giant Steps” in 1959. It’s known across the jazz world as one of the most challenging compositions to improvise over for two reasons - it’s fast and it’s in three keys. Braxton Cook and Adam Neely give me a crash course in music theory to help me understand this notoriously difficult song, and I’m bringing you along for the ride. Even if you don’t understand a lick of music theory, you’ll likely walk away with an appreciation for this musical puzzle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Can You Solve the Secret Werewolf Riddle? - Dan Finkel

You’re on the trail of a werewolf that’s been terrorizing your town. After months of detective work, you’ve narrowed your suspects to one of five people. You’ve invited them to dinner with a simple plan: to slip a square of a rare antidote into each of their dinners. Unfortunately, you only have one square left. Can you divide it into perfect fifths and cure the werewolf? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, directed by Artrake Studio.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Pluto 101 | National Geographic

Pluto is one of the most mysterious and controversial celestial objects in the solar system. Find out what most mystifies scientists and stargazers about this dwarf planet.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Music and Confidence | Benefits of Music

'One of the most important things for being successful in life is having high levels of can provide that self-belief'

Dr. Susan Hallam, Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology, on the benefits of taking part in music.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How Far Would You Have to Go to Escape Gravity? - Rene Laufer

Every star, black hole, human being, smartphone and atom are all constantly pulling on each other due to one force: gravity. So why don’t we feel pulled in billions of different directions? And is there anywhere in the universe where we'd be free of its pull? Rene Laufer details the inescapability of gravity.

Lesson by Rene Laufer, directed by TED-Ed.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Top 10 Strangest Musical Instruments

You’ve probably never heard of these instruments, but wait until you hear the incredible sounds they can create! Welcome to and today we’ll be taking a look at our picks for the top 10 Strangest Musical instruments. From the Earth Harp, to the Octobass, Marble Machine, Hurdy Gurdy and Sharpischord to the Pikasso Guitar, Theremin, Hydralophone and the Great Stalacpipe organ, they’re all here! Did your favorite strange instrument make it onto the list?

Friday, November 2, 2018

How Rollercoasters Affect Your Body - Brian D. Avery

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull off far more exciting tricks and do it safely. Brian D. Avery investigates what rollercoasters are doing to your body and how they’ve managed to get scarier and safer at the same time.

Lesson by Brian D. Avery, directed by Stretch Films Inc.