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A lonely Antartic landscape.
Articles

In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge became the first person to cross Antarctica alone. It took him 50 days. The thing that had the biggest impact on him was the silence.

The IceCube Lab at the South Pole
Articles

Francis Halzen, the lead scientist of the IceCube Neutrino Detector, explains how light sensors buried deep in the ice at the South Pole detected a neutrino that traveled four billion light-years.

Length: 
11:40
Umbrellas as art
Sonic Sidebar

Celebrated curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has a vision: get art out of galleries and into the real world.

Length: 
8:02
Polar bear
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Depending on where you live, winter can be tough to get through.  It’s cold, it gets dark early, the weather’s messy.  Naturalist Bernd Heinrich shares some amazing stories about the ingenious ways animals survive winter.

"Winter World" by Bernd Heinrich
Bookmarks

How does a hummingbird survive in subzero winter temperatures? Why endure them at all? Author T.C. Boyle couldn’t understand why the small bird would be anywhere near his mountain writing retreat, but he found the answer in Bernd Heinrich’s “Winter World.”

Uptown Theatre
Photo Gallery

Photographer Matt Lambros takes us inside America’s abandoned movie palaces.

Length: 
7:35
A powwow in 2015 at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
Articles

Tommy Orange's debut novel “There There” was one of the big breakout books of 2018. He told Steve that with his novel, he hoped to better represent modern Native Americans that have grown up living in cities.

Length: 
14:44
Person at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
Articles

A wide range of writers — now celebrated with commercial and critical success — work to celebrate an evolving literary canon without limiting it.