GIF or GIF: Our Picks from PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, check out this week’s pick from PBS Digital Studios’ Idea Channel!

Do You Pronounce it GIF or GIF?

So. Whether you like it or not, when you say the word G-I-F, especially on the internet, people are gonna talk about it. Some will correct you, some will correct the people correcting you, it’s the same conversation every time. Over and over and over. Which is why Mike proposed a third pronunciation way back when: Zhaif, or in the IPA: ʒaɪf.

BBQ with Franklin: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Every Austinite has experienced the enormous line for barbecue at Aaron Franklin’s downtown restaurant Franklin’s Barbecue. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ BBQ with Franklin, Franklin himself will share how-to’s on some of his favorite recipes – no line included.

Beef Jerky – BBQ with Franklin

Looking for a quick and easy snack? In this segment, Franklin will teach you how to prepare and make your own delicious beef jerky.

Smokin’ Sausage – BBQ with Franklin

Sausage is a staple in Central Texas barbecue, and there’s not much to it! In this episode, Franklin will teach you his method of smoking sausage and see the difference between a perfectly cooked sausage and an overcook sausage.

Beef Ribs – BBQ with Franklin 

Join Franklin as he takes you step by step into preparing mouth-watering ribs!

Winter is coming, the universe may be expanding and Earth’s shape: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Science doesn’t come easy to some individuals— those usually turn into English, philosophy or communication studies majors. Though, you may still need to register for that dreaded Astronomy course you’ve been putting off until your senior year. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios are here to help you stop seeing stars when it comes to your science homework.

Is an Ice Age Coming?PBS Space Time

In a world where you can’t get away from a viral picture of a polar bear and its cub floating on a melted piece of ice, studies suggest that the current ‘warm period’ may be coming to an end. Sure, we’re in a brief interglacial phase, a summery-stretch which causes the glaciers to retreat, but these interglacial periods are short lived— so you might want to stock up on some parkas. Is an Ice Age really coming? Watch the episode to find out!


Will the Universe Expand Forever? – PBS Space Time

Dump all information regarding how large the Universe is out of your mind because scientists are currently unaware of its size. Truthfully, the Universe may be finite or infinite—strange, right? Even stranger, the expansion of the Universe will be dominated by a mysterious influence: dark energy. Yeah, it’s crazy.

Why is the Earth Round and the Milky Way Flat? – PBS Space Time

Our Universe creates some pretty cool things, right? But why do the planets, the stars and galaxies take on different shapes? They’re all held together by gravity, so how do they decide what shape to be? This episode of Space Time uncovers the two key principles behind these questions!

 

 

 

Wolves, Bees and Birds: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

If you’re that person who only thinks of Alaska as being the home to Eskimo kisses, igloos and ice fishing you might want to take look at this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios. This week’s picks features three episodes from Indie Alaska and the colorful lives of some of its resident – both humans and animals.

The Wolf Pack – Indie Alaska

We know what you’re thinking and, no, this is in no reference to Alan Garner’s ‘The Wolfpack’ speech (The Hangover). However, it does center on the life of zookeeper Tim Lescher and his belief that wolves are friendlier creatures than often portrayed in myth and popular culture.

The Hives and Lows of Beekeeping in Alaska – Indie Alaska

Scared of bees? Tell that to Alaskan beekeepers Keith Malone and Nathan Bromley who deal with these yellow and black creatures on a daily basis. However, Malone and Bromley have a different approach to keeping bees alive – and from stinging- on the last frontier. Through genetic tweak and all-natural methods, they have produced happy, healthy and stingless bees that last year-round.

I am a Birder – Indie Alaska

In this episode of Indie Alaska, Anchorage bird watcher Aaron Bowman shares his passion for bird watching, discusses the science behind bird counts, talks about why Alaska is a birders paradise.

 

Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

With this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’ you don’t have to worry about that English exam you have next week. Learn all about three classics from Crash Course.

Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 and Part 2: Crash Course Literature 205 and 206

If you didn’t already know, Frankenstein is the name of the creator not the monster. Come to think of it, Mary Shelley didn’t give the monster a name – weird. Besides the numerous cultural adaptations of Shelley’s novel, how much do you really know about the novel that started it all? In these episodes, John will review the plot and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel.

 

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I and Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #4 and #5

You’re all familiar with the American Dream, right? It’s what they teach you in U.S. history class right after you learn about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But wait, you’ll also hear it again in English class when your teacher assigns The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel that explores the themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval and much more. In this episode of Crash Course, John will cover the rich symbolism of the novel, from the distant green light to the pale gold of wealth and decay. Also, Paris Hilton drops by.

 

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

The 1847 novel, Jane Eyre, may just be the the first coming of age novel that coins the term ‘stared from the bottom now we’re here.’ Sorry Drake. In this episode of Crash Course Literature, you’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions.

The 27 Club: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

There’s a lot of things to be thankful for, but one thing we can all be grateful for is great music. Sadly, some of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century died at the age of 27 which has encouraged mythologizing on what actually happened. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At that time, the deaths of these talented musicians did give rise to some speculation, but it wasn’t until  Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 that the idea of a ’27 Club’ hit the mainstream.

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Blank on Blank,’ will take you into lost interviews with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain.

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience – Blank on Blank

Today’s rockers will probably tell you Jimi Hendrix was huge influence on their music and we can’t blame them. Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer-songwriter, is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of all time and is still celebrated by music-goers today. On this episode of Blank on Blank, you will listen to Hendrix’s last interview, one week before his on September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin on Rejection – Blank on Blank

Up until Janis Joplin rose to fame in 1967, the music industry was predominantly owned by men. Joplin is now considered the premier female blues musician of the 1960s, with a powerful, raw and emotional stage presence it’s easy to see why she still holds this title. However, the negative opinions from others deeply affected Joplin in a way we had no idea about. In this Blank on Blank video, you will see a different side of Joplin in her last interview before her death on October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is BeautifulBlank on Blank

Today’s society has engraved in us that being overweight is looked down upon by the public. Everywhere you turn celebrities and models show off their beach-ready bodies, but Jim Morrison has something to say about that. Frontman of the American rock band, The Doors, opens up in this interview about his personal experience with weight gain and his view on it.

Kurt Cobain on Identity – Blank on Blank

When you think of the 1990s one face comes to mind: Kurt Cobain. Lead singer of American punk band, Nirvana, Cobain was – and is- the spokesperson for every teenager that doesn’t feel accepted by society. Often, he was the outcast at school and found a way to release himself through punk music – which portrayed how he felt socially and politically. In this interview, you will learn how Cobain felt towards his own identity and how he dealt with it.

 

Memories, delusions and dreams: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

There is so much we know about how our brain works, knowing these facts scientists and doctors can now figure out what’s wrong with our brains when something unusual happens. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios, watch three episodes of Brain Craft and explore how memories shape the criminal justice system, delusions and if dogs dream.

Can Your Memory Make a Murderer? – Brain Craft 

After watching Netflix’s Making a Muderer Vanessa Hill, Brain Craft host, had some interesting questions about the documentary. In this episode, Hill will explore false memories, incorrect eyewitness testimonies and false confessions along with their connection with the criminal justice system.

The Truman Show Delusion – Brain Craft

At one point in your life you’ve probably dreamt of being famous, right? Well, for some individuals being the center of attention has driven them to point of delusions. Scientists and doctors have named it the ‘Truman Show Delusion.’ Much like the 1998 film, The Truman Show, these individuals think everything and everyone around them is part of a television show; when in reality their mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. In this episode of Brain Craft, Hill will explore this symptom of Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.

Do Dogs Dream? – Brain Craft 

On average, dogs sleep for about 14 hours a day. Yeah, that’s a long time. Consuming so much sleep makes you wonder if dogs dream. Watch this episode of Brain Craft to find out!

Physics Girl: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

This week join Physics Girl as she explores the science of your eyes, what colors our brain thinks we’re seeing and see if your phone can receive calls while in a microwave.

Could you replace your eye with a camera? – Physics Girl 

How does the eye compare to a camera? How do they work, and will camera technology ever get to the point where you would want to replace your eyeball with a camera? Find out on this episode of Physics Girl!

Does this look white to you? – Physics Girl

Color is all around you. You can’t escape it. But did you know your brain only has three color sensors: red, blue and green. In this episode, you will uncover how your brain creates color by using these three colors.

Can you call a cell phone in the microwave? – Physics Girl

Can a cell phone placed in a microwave receive signals? What’s the difference between oven radiation and the signals used by your phone? Find out on this episode of Physics Girl!

Indie America: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Indie Amierca‘ will take around the U.S. featuring stories on unique towns across the country.

Story Time in the Heights, Michigan – Indie America

As Michigan native Barbra Lubic began to see the crime and unemployment rate increase in her community, she decided to stand up and make a difference. In this segment, watch Lubic as she helps an entire community simply by offering ice cream and books to children.

Lion Habitat Ranch, Nevada – Indie America

For years Keith Evans has brought his lions daily to the MGM Grand, where they were an attraction for tourist and locals. Now the lions live leisurely at Evans’ ranch south of Las Vegas. The Lion Habitat Ranch is open for visitors of all ages. The owners hope that it will become an attraction that pays for itself one day. In the meantime, it’s a labor of love.

Professor of Scrounge, Texas – Indie America

One man’s trash is another man’s living. Jeff Ferrell is a professor of sociology and criminology, author of numerous books including “Cultural Criminology” and “Empire of Scrounge” and an avid dumpster diver. For Ferrell, combing the trash around Forth Worth, Texas for recyclables and reusable items is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life.

 

 

Gross Science: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

Science is filled with stories; some of them beautiful and some of them are gross. This week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios’Gross Science‘ explore the side of science that you don’t hear in science class!

What Lives In Cheese? – Gross Science

Yes, we know you love cheese but what makes it so delicious? It’s the bacteria, fungi, mites and maggots living in it, of course! So think twice next time you order that plate of ravioli.

Beer Made From Insects: A Gross Vlog – Gross Science 

Did you know your favorite beer is actually made from insects? Scientists are making beer out of yeasts that live on bugs. Yup, you read that correctly.

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Scratch everything your dermatologist told you about cleansing your face because, right now, there are tiny mites eating, laying eggs, dying and leaking feces on your face.