StoryBored USA: ANCESTRY AND THE SINGLE STORY (PART ONE)

♪♪ CABALLERO: For Christmas last year, my wife got me a DNA testing kit. After submitting my saliva sample, I waited a few weeks for my results to come in. (applause) I was excited to learn that my ancestry consisted of about half European, 30% African, ten percent Native American, and the rest a mix […]

Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves? | Deep Look

We’re looking at some of the world’s earliest and most competent farmers. These leafcutter ants make humans look like newbies. We’ve been farming for 12,000 years. Ants have been doing it for 60 million. We developed plows and shovels. Ants use their own bodies. Their mandibles are shears that cut through leaves with incredible efficiency. […]

Can Fandom Change Society? | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Fandom, at the very basic level, is one of the dominant modes of engagement online. Fandom is something that has become really pervasive. Whatever your interest is you can probably find a community of people into that same thing. We’re in a culture that “I read you, you read me.” We’re all in it together. […]

Why Are We The Only Humans Left?

Look around and you’ll meet some pretty smart animals, but there’s no species quite like us. But that wasn’t always true. As recently as 50,000 years ago we walked the planet along with at least three other human species. Denisovans and real-life Hobbits Homo floresiensis didn’t leave much behind to know them by, but Neanderthals […]

Cattle Ranching – America’s Heartland: Episode 917

America’s Heartland is made possible by… Farm Credit – Financing agriculture and rural America since 1916. Farm Credit is cooperatively owned by America’s farmers and ranchers. Learn more at farmcredit.com   CropLife America – Representing the companies whose modern farming innovations help America’s farmers provide nutritious food for communities around the globe.   Hi I’m […]

Why Don’t Birds Lay Square Eggs?

Hey smart people, Joe here. What shape is an egg? Chances are you’re picturing this: It’s generally round, a little fatter at one end, and it probably came out of the non-clucking end of a chicken. The chicken egg is the egg that most of us know, which makes sense considering there’s 2.5 chickens for […]

FINDING YOUR ROOTS | Season 4 Official Teaser Trailer | PBS

Henry Lewis Gates: Every family has family stories. This is your full family tree. Amy Schumer: Wait stop, is this a joke? Lupita Nyong’o: No! William H. Macy: I got a chill. VO: Henry Lewis Gates helps them discover a past they never knew. Scarlett Johansson: I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. Ted Danson: I’m […]

How Sloths Went From the Seas to the Trees

8 million years ago, off the coast of Peru, a large mammal used its powerful claws to pull itself along the ocean floor, holding fast against the waves as it foraged for seagrass. 5 million years ago, a similar creature was burrowing underground in Argentina, digging burrows so massive that you could walk right into […]

Family Safety Network To Hold 2nd Annual Parade Of Trees

>>AND NOW, LAKELAND NEWS AT 10.>>>NEED CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND WANT TO SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE? WELL, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE SECOND ANNUAL PARADE OF TREES GOING ON TOMORROW AT THE UNION CONGRESSIONAL CHURCH. VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY HAVE DECORATED AND DONATED WREATHS, CENTER PIECES, AND SMALL CHRISTMAS TREES TO BE AUCTIONED OFF AT THE […]

NOVA scienceNOW : 41 – First Primates

NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON: As inhabitants of Earth, we humans are relative newbies. In fact, our branch of the evolutionary tree may have split with these apes only about 6,000,000 years ago. But what if we look further back in our primate family tree? There must have been some great and wise ancestor who founded this […]