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Akhnaten, played by Anthony Roth Costanzo, ascends steps to the sun, during a dress rehearsal for the opera.
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How an opera gets made

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The trick that made animation realistic

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Why you always seem to have room for dessert

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This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

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How America fails its whistleblowers

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The insect collector who gave us stop motion

The Amazon rainforest is in trouble. Again.

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The war for the Amazon’s most valuable trees

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Brazil’s indigenous land is being invaded

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The destruction of the Amazon, explained

Movies were short. Why’d it change?
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Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours

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Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape

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Where the 1960s “psychedelic” look came from

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America’s wilderness is for sale

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How Mars photos inspired the first CGI

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China’s fight with the NBA, explained

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The mistake that toppled the Berlin Wall

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Why do memes matter?

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Why Turkey is invading Syria

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What happens when we die? 

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The problem with the endangered species list

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The man who rigged America’s election maps

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How the US stole thousands of Native American children

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How did American CEOs get so rich?

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Are you supposed to tip your Uber driver?

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Will we survive Mars?

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The phone call that could get Trump impeached

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How this chair became a pop culture icon

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No, Vitamin C won’t cure your cold

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How these rocks became a Western movie cliché

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Why this creepy melody is in so many movies

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The chart that predicts recessions

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The scandalous painting that helped create modern art

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