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The Hydrologic and Carbon Cycles: Always Recycle! – Crash Course Ecology #8

Adorable story alert! So I was hanging out with my 2-year-old second cousin in the ocean in Florida and we’re jumping up and down with the waves and it’s fun but then the water got all calm and I said, “Oh, no more waves!,” because, like, that’s the top tier of communication I’m going for… Read More »

Pollution: Crash Course Ecology #11

I think we should do this one outside. This is better. This is beautiful. Just, oh, of course… except for this. Litter – is a kind of pollution, but like barely. Like, I would rather it not be here. It makes me kind of angry and it makes nature less pretty, but environmentally, there’s a… Read More »

Ecosystem Ecology: Links in the Chain – Crash Course Ecology #7

There’s a lot of ideas that we just assume that we know a lot about because we hear about them all the time. For instance, I know what pop music is, but if you were to corner me at a party and say, “Hank, what is pop music?”, I’d be like, “It’s, uh…it’s like, uh…the… Read More »

Is Somaliland an Independent Nation?

In 1991, a country was born of blood. It was built from the rubble of what many consider to be Africa’s worst civil war. Driven from a genocide the entire world ignored. It has three and a half million citizens. And its expats live in almost every major nation on Earth. And yet, I wouldn’t… Read More »

Beasts of No Nation: Crash Course Film Criticism #14

There are movies about war. And there are movies about kids. But the movies about war starring kids are more rare. Some are science fiction, like 2013’s Ender’s Game. Others follow children trying to survive during wartime, movies like Stephen Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun starring a young Christian Bale. Or John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical Hope… Read More »

Ecology: Crash Course History of Science #38

We’ve explored the origins of modern biology, the earth sciences, and even the sciences of outer space. Now it’s time to put these disciplines together. Starting around 1900—but picking up during the Cold War—scientists looked beyond individual species and ask questions about how whole systems of living and nonliving things change together over time. Where… Read More »

The Pyramid Scheme that Collapsed a Nation

In architecture, pyramids are famed for their sturdiness. They’ve lasted for thousands of years despite overgrown jungles and blasting desert sands ripping at their foundations. They’re about as indestructible as our buildings get. But as businesses? Not so much. A pyramid scheme beings to collapse the moment it’s begun. Because it’s not really a pyramid.… Read More »

Natural Law Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #34

Thomas Aquinas was no dummy. Remember him? The Italian fella? Christian monk? Philosophical superstar of the 13th century? Aquinas thought morality was important for everyone, and that being a good person was a vital part of God’s plan for each of us. But he knew that not everyone had been exposed to the Bible, or… Read More »

What Is Justice?: Crash Course Philosophy #40

Justice is one of those things that people talk about all the time, without really being specific about what they mean. Activists talk about economic justice. Police and lawyers talk about criminal justice. Parents, teachers, and students talk about justice a lot, too, though they may never use that word. When there’s a fight on… Read More »

Should Malta Be Catholic?

Should Malta be Catholic? On our first night in Gozo we went out for a pizza. And an old man was feeling chatty at the table next to us. As per usual, we asked him if you were in charge of our series what would you say about your island. And then after he learned… Read More »