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Portugal confronts its slave trade past

LISBON — Over five centuries after it launched the Atlantic slave trade, Portugal is preparing to build a memorial to the millions of Africans its …

Black History

Western taste for bamboo art is transforming an ancient Japanese tradition

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Japan opened up to the world in the middle of the 19th century, Western merchant ships were quick to return home with exotic art from the once reclusive nation. The private galleries and curiosity shops of London and Paris were flooded with Japanese woodblock prints, calligraphy and …


The Best National Park in Every U.S. State, Mapped

In case you didn't know already, this year, America's National Park Service is 100 years old — and to celebrate, we're disclosing a few of the …

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

Southern Ocean

Incredible 1,000fps slow-motion 4K lightning footage

If you need something to get your week off to an 'epic' start, look no further than DP Dustin Farrell's incredible storm chasing video he just …

Review: Sharon Van Etten, '(it was) because i was in love'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>It's a common trajectory for musicians to start out sounding tentative and insecure, only to bloom into battle-tested, fully formed …

Twin Peaks

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

Education Technology

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Give up the bad habits that rob kids of mental strength.<p>Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength doesn't make you immune to hardship and it's not about suppressing your emotions.<p>In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental …


Hunting for Hallucinogenic Honey in Nepal

Each year, an increasing number of Nepalis leave rural villages to work abroad, and honey hunting has become a way for the villagers to maintain a connection with their ancestors.<p><b>This story appeared in the September issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p>Every year, for centuries in Nepal, …


World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct …


Thunder Thighs - Miss Eaves (Produced by KEISHH)

Todd Webb’s New York: 26 Intimate Photos Of The City And Its People After WWII

After the stock market crash of 1929, a young Todd Webb was left jobless and broke. He ventured out in search of gold and dabbled briefly in …

Ansel Adams

Inequality is not inevitable, it's a policy choice. For proof, look at Namibia

Don’t despair that the huge gaps between rich and poor cannot ever be bridged. As our new index shows, some countries are taking steps to reduce inequality<p>When you hear eye-watering statistics like the fact that eight men own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity, the first …

Rio's Valongo slave wharf becomes Unesco heritage site

<b>A wharf in Rio de Janeiro where nearly a million African slaves are estimated to have landed has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN cultural organisation, Unesco.</b><p>The Valongo wharf operated for three centuries and became the biggest entry point for African slaves in Brazil.<p>Its remains …


Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture the Relatable Moments of Modern Everyday Life

That disappointment when you spot a fancy cafe but it turns out to be a beauty salon.A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada …

Japanese Culture

Seven Reasons Why Kids Should Read Poetry

It’s no secret that poetry isn’t taught in schools well. I say this as a former high school teacher, so I’m not hating on teachers or schools. I’m …


Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her 'Anchor'

Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don't like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration.<p>But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety.<p>"What do you …


ODESZA - It's Only (feat. Zyra) (20syl remix)


Gramatik - Day Of The So Called Glory

Faux Tales - Ascent

Tobtok - Aber

Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave (Gryffin Remix)

Katelyn Tarver - You Don't Know (tofû remix)


When I Get There