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Fall 2018

The Soul Of Community

Like many American cities, Durham, N.C. has been turning once-abandoned factories into tech hubs and microbreweries. Over the decades, it has also been building a shared commitment to the poor, the disenfranchised, and people of color. Barry Yeoman, a veteran journalist who has lived in and loved Durham since 1985, digs into the city’s soul. And he discovers an architecture underneath this community with some unusual layers.

Fall 2018

The Ultra-Ecological House

Every few years, discussions about using straw as a building material, in bale form, come up again. Now, as our environmental challenges mount—from wildfires to hurricanes—straw bales seem to offer an answer to a good many of them. As we step into October, and the one-year anniversary of Northern California’s first wave of historic fires, it’s time to ask: Has the straw bale’s time finally come?

Fall 2018

The Wootz Hunter

Sometime in the 1800s, long after the Persians had beaten back the Crusaders, the technique for making the mighty swords that won those battles was mysteriously lost. In the centuries that followed, Europe’s best metallurgists repeatedly tried to revive this craft, with no luck. Then, in the 1980s, a lone horseshoer in Florida named Al Pendray started tinkering with steel recipes. A Craftsmanship Mini-Documentary

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Al Pendray: The Wootz Hunter

A country blacksmith rediscovers an ancient sword making technique that has eluded the world’s greatest metal scientists for centuries.

India’s New Carpet Weavers

In our mini-doc, “India’s New Carpet Weavers,” visit some villages where hand-knotted carpets are made.

Yannis Pappas turns a painful break-up into hilarity

Turning a breakup into a joke isn’t easy. After a LOT of trial and error, Yannis Pappas ended up with…

For Michelle Buteau, racism can make a great joke

Michelle Buteau goes transcontinental, with a hilarious take on how the Dutch use a blackface performer to celebrate Christmas. video…

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