At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of scientists, activists, academics, and filmmakers to envision what Earth would look like in a century. “We know that the oceans control weather patterns—we haven’t got the foggiest idea still about how they’re changing, but they’re changing rapidly and dramatically,” says the oceanographer David Gallo. “That’s not good for humans, we don’t like change and change is coming.” Other panelists include Pete McBride, Louie Psihoyos, M. Sanjayan, Leilani Munter, Kathryn Sullivan, and Luiz Rocha.
The Big Question is a series inspired by The Atlantic‘s back-page feature.
News media are constantly panicking about the health effects of “screen time,” but almost anything can be done on a screen. Is lumping them all together under one name–and issuing warnings and official recommendations–actually productive? In this episode of If Our Bodies Could Talk, James Hamblin discourages technophobic panic.
In the forthcoming documentary Give Me Sex Jesus, the filmmakers Brittany Machado and Matt Barber tell personal stories of struggle from within the Evangelical Christian community to remain sexually pure until marriage. In this excerpt from the film, we meet Chris Bright, who grew up gay in one of the world’s most famous Evangelical families. It is a frank testimony about the realities of sex and shame within Christianity, albeit a very personal one.
The entire film will screen for free on Vimeo on September 17, 2015. For more information, you can visit the film’s website.
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August of 2005, the students of Warren Easton High School scattered across the country. The school board was set to shutter Warren Easton—the oldest public high school in Louisiana—because of damage from the storm. In 2006, however, the school reopened and ever since then has been rebuilding its fledgling football team from scratch. This short documentary follows the Warren Easton football team all the way to the Louisiana state championship game last year, the apex of their comeback. “We have a bunch of kids on this team where the community told them they’d probably never amount to anything,” says head coach Tony Hull. “They care about this game a whole lot, because they know this game can take them to places they’ve never been before.”
The film is the second episode in the series “Glory Days: High School Sports in America,” which was co-created by Victory Journal and Prospect Productions. It was originally developed for Complex Media and is presented by Powerade. Colin Barnicle was the director, Nicholas Strini was the director of photography, and original still photographs were taken by Christaan Felber. You can follow Victory Journal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, is the first and only U.S. museum and memorial to slavery. While other museums may include slavery in their exhibits, the Whitney Plantation is the first of its kind to focus primarily on the institution. John Cummings, a 78-year-old white southerner, has spent 16 years and more than $8 million of his own fortune to build the project, which opened in December of last year.
Cummings, a successful trial attorney, developed the museum with the help of his full-time director of research, Ibrahima Seck. The duo hope to educate people on the realities of slavery in its time and its impact in the United States today. “The history of this country is rooted in slavery,” says Seck. “If you don’t understand the source of the problem, how can you solve it?”