The biggest radioactive spill in US history

From Vox. How the US poisoned Navajo Nation. As World War Two was ending, the growing nuclear arms race put the US in need of uranium. It turned to Navajo Nation, where the uranium mining industry thrived for four decades — but left disease, pollution and the biggest radioactive spill in US history. That spill…

What it means to be Black in Brazil

From Vox. Racism rooted in slavery has not gone away in Brazil — and it took time until its existence was even acknowledged. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Brazil imported more African slaves than any other country in the world: over 4 million people. Despite the ancestry forming a big part of the population, the…

How reality TV shows cast the right people

From Vox. How do you find the perfect person for a reality show? We spoke to the casting director for Queer Eye (and a ton of other shows) to find out. Danielle Gervais is the Emmy-winning casting director for Netflix’s Queer Eye (and she and her team are nominated this year as well). In addition…

How the pandemic distorted time

From Vox. Our perception of time is incredibly malleable — no wonder the pandemic upended it. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO There used to be this thing called a party. The concept was simple — gather a bunch of living, breathing bodies in the same place at the same time and just see what happens.…

How to be a cloud detective

From Vox. What different clouds mean, explained for kids. Welcome to our first-ever week of programming for kids! If you’re standing outside and you look up, you’ll likely see something familiar above you: clouds! They can be long and skinny, low and rumbly, white and fluffy, or anything in between. But what do these different…

The secret history of dirt

From Vox. Dirt isn’t just the stuff beneath our feet. It’s the stuff of life. Welcome to our first-ever week of programming for kids!  Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Dirt is alive. It’s full of billions of creatures so small you can’t even see them under a microscope. For 10,000 years, dirt has helped humans…

Why bird nests aren’t covered in poop

From Vox. An ornithologist explains how robin hatchlings and their parents keep their nest clean. Welcome to our first-ever week of programming for kids! Earlier this year I noticed a bird nest with a single bright blue egg sitting on my front porch. Over the course of a few days, the single egg turned into…

What Black Lives Matter means to an 11-year-old

From Vox. Eleven-year-old Jolia Bossette on being a Black kid in America. Welcome to our first-ever week of programming for kids! The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and hundreds of other Black Americans at the hands of police officers have inspired protests across the country and around the world. The news coverage has been…

When voting rights didn’t protect all women

From Vox. The suffrage movement didn’t protect all women’s right to vote. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO On this landmark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, historians Martha S. Jones and Daina Ramey Berry reflect on what the 19th Amendment means for Black American women. The women’s suffrage movement was a predominantly white cause, one that…