The Swiss Art of Papercutting

From Great Big Story. It’s amazing what Anne Rosat can do with a pair of scissors. This 83-year-old artist has been depicting life in the Swiss Alps through the folk art known as papercutting for 50 years. Using scissors, paper, tweezers and glue, she crafts intricate, colorful and layered works that are uniquely hers. Rosat…

The Swiss Art of Papercutting

From Great Big Story. It’s amazing what Anne Rosat can do with a pair of scissors. This 83-year-old artist has been depicting life in the Swiss Alps through the folk art known as papercutting for 50 years. Using scissors, paper, tweezers and glue, she crafts intricate, colorful and layered works that are uniquely hers. Rosat…

Slither Into 8 Stories About Snakes

From Great Big Story. Snakes on a plane? We don’t have any stories about snakes on a plane. But we have lots of other snakes stories that are just as snaky. Maybe even snakier. Possibly the snakiest of all time. Among them—the snake catchers of Bangkok, the true story behind snake oil and America’s longest…

These Sandwiches Are Superb

From Great Big Story. Hungry? How about a sandwich? This reel is full of them, and you will want to eat them all. We’ve got stories about the chopped cheese sandwich billed as “the real New Yorker’s sandwich,” the New Jersey sandwich shop that uses pickles instead of bread and the corned beef sandwich a…

The Last of Switzerland’s Cowbell Makers

From Great Big Story. There are musical cowbells, and then there are the ones Swiss artisan Stéphane Brügger makes by hand for actual cows to wear. Brügger’s ornately beautiful creations are customized with images of the Swiss cross, a cottage, a cow and two edelweiss. The most expensive go for more than $4,000. We joined…

5 Sneakers Stories to Get Your Kicks

From Great Big Story. Sneakerheads, this reel steps off with some drama—the bitter sibling rivalry behind the founding of Adidas and Puma. We’ll also introduce you to a teen cobbler and a teen sneaker dealer. And at the end of this sneaker-centric reel, we’ll all marvel at the skill it takes to walk and dance…

The Chocolate Croissant Controversy

From Great Big Story. A chocolate croissant—is it correct to call it a pain au chocolat or a chocolatine in France? Depends on who you ask. It’s a subject of great debate that’s been addressed by the French Parliament and President Emmanuel Macron. We went straight to the people who bake these delicious pastries for…

Taking Care of the World’s Baby Animals

From Great Big Story. This reel is full of stories featuring baby animals, and the cuteness is intense. We’ve got some inspiring and moving stories, including one about a dog who is a surrogate mom to zoo animals in need of nurturing and another about a “preschool” where orphaned orangutans learn how to survive in…

The Hairdresser to Japan’s Sumo Wrestling Elite

From Great Big Story. Kato Akira is a hairdresser with a very specific clientele—sumo wrestlers. He has been styling their hair for 52 years and is considered the top in his profession. In Tokyo, Akira schools us in sumo hairstyles—from the traditional topknot to the oicho gingko leaf style worn only by high-level wrestlers for…

This 12-Year-Old Has Taken the Art World by Storm

From Great Big Story. Lots of kids paint. But 12-year-old Aelita Andre is an established artist known for her abstract paintings inspired by everything from nature to music. Andre, who is from Melbourne, Australia, was just 2 years old when she had her first gallery exhibit. Since then, the painter’s work has been exhibited in…

This Rivers Reel Flows

From Great Big Story. We’re rollin’ down the rivers in this reel. All kinds of rivers, including a river in the Peruvian jungle that is hot enough to kill you, a holy river in India that’s turned toxic because millions of tons of flowers that are dumped into it every year, and a river Missoula,…

How to Conduct an Orchestra

From Great Big Story. We’ve all seen a conductor standing in front of an orchestra wielding a baton. All the baton waving might look random to the untrained eye, but there is meaning in every gesture. Gustavo Dudamel, the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, shows us how he guides the musicians using his body…

Voguing and Waacking Through Vancouver

From Great Big Story. Voguing was born in New York City, waacking in Los Angeles. The House of La Douche combines both dance styles to entertain and connect to diverse audiences in Vancouver. Jojo Zolina founded the House of La Douche in 2006. In the early days, House of La Douche was all about promoting…

Why Military Veterans Are Hunting Pythons in the Everglades

From Great Big Story. Endure. Evolve. Achieve. That’s the motto of the Swamp Apes. Founded by Tom Rahill, the organization is mostly made up of military veterans who are clearing the Florida Everglades of Burmese pythons. It’s a therapeutic mission for the vets—they are putting their training to good use tracking, capturing and removing the…

5 Stories for Book Lovers

From Great Big Story. This is a reel for book lovers, and it’s a page turner. A few excerpts: In Chapter One, we meet R.L. Stine, the author famous for the Goosebumps books series. Chapter Three is devoted to an artist who makes flipbooks for people to share stories with loved ones who are incarcerated.…

This NYC Restaurant Is Hidden in a Freight Entrance

From Great Big Story. Psst… We’re about to tell you about one of New York City’s hidden gems. It’s the Acuario Cafe, and you’ll find it in the Garment District on 37th Street. There’s no sign outside—you have to walk through a nondescript freight entrance to visit this tiny Latin American restaurant. Rodolpho Perez runs…

The 14-Year-Old CEO

From Great Big Story. Like anyone who runs a startup, Hillary Yip spends a lot of time developing investor pitch decks, executing marketing plans and conferring with customers. But she has to do all of this after she finishes her homework. She is just 14 years old, after all. Yip, who lives in Hong Kong,…

Sniffing Out 6 Stories About Smell

From Great Big Story. Catch a whiff of that? We’ve got six—count ’em—six fascinating stories about smell. Among the highlights: We meet a woman who can tell if someone has Parkinson’s disease by sniffing them; we visit the perfume capital of the world, and we introduce you to the man who invented those ubiquitous tree…

5 Skilled Artisans Making Stuff by Hand

From Great Big Story. So much of what we use is mass produced in factories by machines, but there are still people crafting things by hand. In this reel, we profile a variety of skilled artisans including a craftsman who builds automatons, a family that creates inventive custom coffins and two men who have been…

South Korea’s Figure Skating Prodigy

From Great Big Story. Young You started skating when she was 6 years old. She still remembers her first time on the ice. Simply standing was difficult. Today, the 15-year-old is a three-time South Korean national figure skating champion. Her ultimate dream is to win gold at the Olympics. And she’s putting in the hard…

Trying the Chow Mein Sandwich

From Great Big Story. If you love Chinese food, and you love sandwiches, the humble chow mein sandwich could be your new favorite nosh. Think a heaping portion of crispy fried noodles served on—wait, more like spilling out of—a hamburger bun and smothered in brown gravy. This unique culinary creation is popular in Fall River,…

This Stuff Is Expensive

From Great Big Story. This reel is full of pricey things, but keep your money. It’s no good here. We’re not charging you a penny to watch these stories. First, we’ve got a jeweler who sells bling to the likes of Beyoncé, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, then, the origin of the world’s most expensive…