Life Through the Eyes of a Sea Turtle

From Great Big Story. We all became acutely aware of the dangers of plastic pollution in 2015, when a video of marine biologist Nathan Robinson pulling an entire plastic straw out of a sea turtle’s nose began to circulate. Today, Robinson is studying green sea turtles off the coast of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera,…

Eating China’s 1,000-Year-Old Egg

From Great Big Story. Century eggs don’t look anything like the eggs you might be used to. Cut one open, and you’ll find an albumen that’s brown jelly and a yolk that’s shades of black and brownish green. They are considered a delicacy in China, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Qianggeng Wu and Aishu…

5 Real-Life Fairytale Castles

From Great Big Story. Most of us will never live in a castle. But we can dream, right? In this reel, we visit seven extraordinary castles. On the tour: A castle in Segovia, Spain, that inspired the fairytale castles in the Walt Disney movies “Cinderella” and “Snow White” and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon,…

Finding Homes for Hellbenders

From Great Big Story. In the fast-flowing streams of eastern Tennessee, Emilly Nolan is working hard to reestablish a population for a strange looking animal with an even stranger array of nicknames. The Eastern hellbender—aka “snot otter,” aka “lasagna lizard”—is one of the largest salamanders on Earth, growing to nearly 2 feet in length. Sadly,…

5 Masters of Martial Arts

From Great Big Story. From India’s Kalaripayattu to Chinese Kung Fu to Korea’s Taekkyeon, we’re exploring martial arts around the world and celebrating the discipline, strength and grace it takes to master them. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #MartialArts #taekkyeon #kalaripayattu This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you…

Eating Japan’s Biggest Sushi

From Great Big Story. How much do you love sushi? Enough to eat 11 pounds of it? In Japan, Hiromu Inagaki serves super-size sushi at the Umewaka Restaurant in Anjo City. The aptly-named Generous Roll is among the enormous options. Too much for you? Inagaki also prepares the most adorable mini sushi for those with…

Crafting Traditional Japanese Brushes

From Great Big Story. Visit Tokuzen Sanemori, and chances are you will find him seated on the floor of his workshop making Kumano brushes entirely by hand. Sanemori is one of less than 20 people in the city of Kumano, Japan, practicing the nearly 200-year-old craft. He was taught the craft by his father, and…

These Stories Will Inspire You to Recycle

From Great Big Story. People are finding creative ways to recycle waste. This reel begins in Kamikatsu, Japan, a town that produces almost no trash, and ends in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where the Plastic Bank cleans up the environment and alleviates poverty at the same time. In between, we visit a Federal Reserve Bank in New…

Why My Teenage Code Was Terrible: Sorting Algorithms and Big O Notation

From Tom Scott. When I was a teenager, I wrote some terrible code. Here’s why. • Sponsored by Dashlane — for free on your first device @ https://www.dashlane.com/tomscott MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha Written by Sean M Elliott and Tom Scott Directed by Tomek Graphics by Mooviemakers https://www.mooviemakers.co.uk/ Audio mix by Haerther Productions https://haerther.net/ I’m at https://tomscott.com

How the Fish Cakes In Your Ramen Get Made

From Great Big Story. There are many kinds of kamaboko—aka fish cake—to choose from in Japan. But pretty much everyone loves hanpen. Uniquely fluffy, this popular delight is made with pollock. Toshio Oka knows how to shape and boil hanpen to perfection. He invites us to join him in the kitchen Kanmo in the Nihonbashi…

1, 2, 3, 4 Stories About Math

From Great Big Story. From geometry to personal finance, there is one common denominator that links the stories in this reel—they are all about math. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people…

Mongolia’s Sumo Queen

From Great Big Story. Tuvshinjargal Bum-Erdene was always bigger than other kids. She got teased a lot growing up, but today, Bum-Erdene is thankful for her stature. She uses it to her advantage as a sumo wrestler in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She trains alongside men, and has won medals at international amateur sumo competitions. Unfortunately, only…

Around the World in So Many Ways

From Great Big Story. Buckle up. In this reel, we’re cruising the canals of Holland’s Little Venice, we’re riding with an all-female motorcycle club in New Orleans, and we’re boarding the Scottish airline Loganair for the shortest flight in the world. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb This story is a part of our Planet Earth series. From mammals…

A Decade In Music

From Great Big Story. Maybe you took piano or guitar lessons at some point in your life, but have you ever played a typewriter? (Yes, a typewriter.) How about a theremin? (What’s a theremin?) We’ve profiled some incredible artists over the years who can find the music in just about anything. Make some noise as…

A Monastery in the Sky

From Great Big Story. It’s easy to spot the Katskhi pillar—it reaches up into the air like a skyscraper. This natural wonder is a limestone monolith dominating the hilly landscape in a remote part of Georgia. It’s been a site of religious significance going back to Pagan times. At present, the Orthodox Georgian Church maintains…

A Decade In Fashion

From Great Big Story. What we wear says a lot about us. Fashion is more than just trends, it’s culture and self-expression. From Brooklyn’s green queen, to Mexico’s pachucos, we’ve got all the looks. Strut your stuff as we celebrate a decade in fashion. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #fashion #decade #SelfExpression This story is a part of…

4 Stories for Your Next Wine & Cheese Party

From Great Big Story. Up for Wine and Cheese? We’re serving wine and cheese in this reel because we know how to treat guests. That said, we’re not so sure how you’re going to feel about the rare Sardinian cheese featured in one of our stories. To enjoy this cheese, you have to be okay…

Capturing Louisiana’s Disappearing Wetlands

From Great Big Story. Photographer Ben Depp’s quest to chronicle the disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands is beautifully documented in this film, “On a Wing and a Prayer.” You are taken flying high with Depp as he pilots his powered paraglider—an ultralight aircraft consisting of a paragliding “wing,” a harness and a motor attached to his…

A Decade In Dance

From Great Big Story. We’re throwing a Great Big Dance Party, and you’re invited. From hiplet to hula, from dancing in stilettos to dancing on stilts, we’ve had the opportunity to bust a move with some incredible dancers from around the world. Kick up your heels as we celebrate a decade in dance. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb…

The World’s Largest Organ Is in This Pizza Shop

From Great Big Story. When you dine at Organ Stop Pizza, you’re in for a show. The Mesa, Arizona, restaurant is home to the largest Wurlitzer organ in the world. Organist Brett Valliant plays the massive instrument for patrons, with an accompanying light show. The restaurant, which opened in 1972, is unique today, but during…

How To Start a Death Metal Band in Japan

From Rare Earth. My friend Remy, previously Rameen, runs a bar called Remy’s, previously Fujiyama. He’s a great person, and the last man on earth I’d expect to find screaming death metal at a small crowd in a military town. Yet, there he is. And in him, a story about life. Your support keeps us…

Teaching Babysitters Life-Saving Skills

From Great Big Story. Babysitting is a big responsibility, and many teens do it with little or no training. That’s why Dignity Health teaches a Safe Sitter program at its facility in Chandler, Arizona. Ingrid Chung, 13, is one of the participants in the workshop taught by Missy Beauchamp, a registered nurse. The participants learn…

Meet Wrestling’s First Hijab-Wearing Competitor

From Great Big Story. Nor “Phoenix” Diana might be small in stature, but she dominates in the ring. The world’s first hijab-wearing pro wrestler, she is also the first female to hold a Malaysia Pro Wrestling championship. She has been criticized by those who say women shouldn’t pursue sports like wrestling, but Nor tunes them…

What to See, Eat and Do in Ghana

From Great Big Story. In 2018, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo announced that 2019 would be an official “year of return.” To mark the solemn 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade, Ghana is extending an invitation to reunite Africans on the continent with Africans in the diaspora. We met up with travelers who made the…

These Grandmas Got Skills

From Great Big Story. Who run the world? Grandmas! From a 101-year-old tattoo artist still inking away, to a spray paint-wielding grandma scrubbing away signs of Nazi hate, these are the women we look up to and aspire to be. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and…

Finishing the NYC Marathon While Paralyzed

From Great Big Story. Hannah Gavios runs using crutches. The New Yorker calls it “crutching” or “going for a crutch.” An avid runner since high school, Gavios suffered a spinal cord injury after a horrific attack in 2016 that left her partially paralyzed. Unable to imagine a life without running, Gavios learned how to run…

Why Christmas 2004 Was Iconic

From Great Big Story. The year is 2004. It’s almost time for Christmas—Pottery Barn’s “Essential Christmas Holiday Trilogy” CD set is playing in the background, the Nintendo DS is on everyone’s wish list, and the extremely questionable made-for-TV movie “A Very Cool Christmas” is scheduled to air that night. Take a trip down memory lane…

FREEZR – a SKI x FPV film by BLASTR

From airblastr. Blastr and Level 1 Productions proudly presents FREEZR. Fly along and travel the world with this talented group of professional skiers through all aspects of the sport. Filmed entirely with FPV drones to create the most unique angles ever captured of skiing. #blastr #hypercine #skiing Skiing by: Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Blake Wilson,…

Is Japan the Perfect Nation?

From Rare Earth. I suspect this one is going to get a lot of backlash. That’s ok. As long as you have to think about it for even a split second, I’ll be happy. Also, just to preempt. Yes, I’m aware that’s not the political definition of socialism. I speak colloquially. Your support keeps us…

Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

From Tom Scott. We still shouldn’t be using electronic voting. Here’s why. • Sponsored by Dashlane — for free on your first device @ https://www.dashlane.com/tomscott MORE BASICS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96C35uN7xGLLeET0dOWaKHkAlPsrkcha REFERENCES: Computerphile video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3_0x6oaDmI Stories about voter identification happening outside the law: https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-1051,00.html Voting machines left connected to the internet: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kxzk9/exclusive-critical-us-election-systems-have-been-left-exposed-online-despite-official-denials Hackers getting voting machines to play…

The Best Way to Enslave a Dolphin

From Rare Earth. This episode is about aquariums, because I was at an aquarium. I want to mention that the best part of the aquarium was the goats. They’re not exactly normal aquarium fare. Every day you could come around at a certain time and they’d let you take them for a walk. And there’s…