Federal Theatre and Group Theatre: Crash Course Theater #42

From Crash Course. The 1930s in the United States were pretty bad for employment in all industries, and the theater was no exception. As part of Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Works Progress Administration created a division called the Federal Theatre Project. The agency created theater companies across the country to put actors and crew back…

The Engineering Challenges of Renewable Energy: Crash Course Engineering #30

From Crash Course. This week we are looking at renewable energy sources and why we need them. We’ll explore hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar power, as well as some of the challenges, and how engineers are working to make their use more widespread. Crash Course Engineering is produced in association with PBS Digital Studios: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqJzeaJAV15Tq0tZ1vKj7ZV…

When Predictions Fail: Crash Course Statistics #43

From Crash Course. Today we’re going to talk about why many predictions fail – specifically we’ll take a look at the 2008 financial crisis, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and earthquake prediction in general. From inaccurate or just too little data to biased models and polling errors, knowing when and why we make inaccurate predictions…

The Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Theater #41

From Crash Course. In the 1920s, there was a blossoming of all kinds of art made by African Americans in the New York neighborhood Harlem. Let’s call it a renaissance. While all the arts were having a great run, some extremely interesting things were happening in the theater. Writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale…