Videos

Above Average

What If Your Subway Conductor Suddenly Got Real?

A new spoof, "The MTA Is Not Apologizing," shows impatient riders no mercy.

YouTube/Jeff Altman

A Chicago Cop, a 16mm Film Archive, and a Family Legacy

Jeff Altman's grandfather loved to travel, and he left behind a remarkable collection of films that are now being preserved.

Brookings

Using Legos to Explain Taxes and Economic Inequality

A playful way to understand a complicated problem.   

When a Korean Drummer Performs in a NYC Subway

"I'm not busking for money. I want to share this identity, this culture."

Kelly Loudenberg

The Ghost Town of Los Angeles

How a small neighborhood next to LAX slowly disappeared.

Flora Lichtman/The Adaptors

A Lego Car That Runs on Air

A 21-year-old inventor gets creative with half a million toy bricks.

Above Average

What Your Upstairs Neighbors Are Really Doing

Are they assembling furniture? Bowling? Partying on a weeknight? A new video reveals the truth.

The Enduring Appeal of Vienna's Historic Coffeehouses

"In other parts of the world you have new, modern things. But the old things, I think, are more important."

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

San Francisco's Sewer System Gets Its Very Own Rap Video

In “You Can’t Live Without Me,” the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reminds residents that “your #2 is our #1.”

Gotham City/Toby Harriman

A Time-Lapse of San Francisco That Feels As Epic As a Major Motion Picture

"Gotham City SF" is a brooding, dramatically scored montage of Bay life.

Volvo Wants to Make Bike Commuting Safer by Selling You Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Is "Life Paint" a helpful new technology, or a dubious marketing ploy?

Florian Lalanne

Celebrating the Distinctive Tiles of Lisbon

A new short film looks at the vibrant and eclectic culture of the Portuguese capital and its trademark azulejos.

teamLab

Tokyo's New 'Floating Flower Garden' Is a Beautiful Thing—Which Is Exactly the Problem

The public loves ethereal immersive installations, even if art critics don't.

Reuters/Francisco Bonilla

Why Are Tons of Ripe Produce Being Dumped Into Arizona Landfills?

It's a loss to farmers and consumers alike.

Ethan H. Minsker

A Pragmatic Introduction to Riding a Bike in New York

For one thing: "Never assume they see you."

Oregon Humanities

The Voices of the Displaced in Portland, Oregon

"Losing those spaces means that you lose a critical element of who you are."

A Single Day on the London Tube, Condensed Into 2 Minutes

It’s a living, breathing transit map.

Utah DOT/YouTube

Watch a Utah Construction Crew Demolish a Bridge in 32 Seconds

Also, watch the Michigan Department of Transportation “slide” a new bridge into place.

Tom Explores Los Angeles

A Day in the Life of an L.A. Graffiti Buster

Larry, a 20-year crew member of L.A.'s graffiti removal team, will never be out of a job.