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Get Your Drums Right | Beat Making Lab

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A crash course in mixing tracks, recording sounds, and expressing your creativity through electronic music with the PBS Beat Making Lab DJs. Using local sounds from Senegalese musicians and sampling real Sabar drummer recordings, watch as these professional DJs transform a bland track into a colorful and exciting new beat. It's Mixing 101!

MN Original | Painter Dan Bruggeman

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Learn about how painter Dan Bruggeman is interested in the places between urban and suburban; landscapes which are uniquely American. His paintings portray vignettes where humans have altered the natural environment for entertainment purposes.

As a senior lecturer of studio art at at Carleton College, Dan Bruggeman’s work bridges together concepts of art, science and history.

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Wild Horses | Outdoor Nevada

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Nevada contains the largest population of wild horses in the United States. Due to extended drought conditions in the Nevada desert and the risk posed to other wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management has taken measures to control the population of wild horses.

Designing the Mall | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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Learn about the evolution and design of the National Mall from its inception and explore the early considerations made by its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The design of the capitol city involved converting tidal flats, forests, and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, placing the Capitol Building on the highest spot. Other design elements included a space for the President's house, the Washington Monument, and a grand promenade, lined with buildings and a broad canal, better known today as our National Mall.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Ruhija Orphans Group

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Learn about Ruhija Orphans group in Uganda. Children show up at the tourist camp and provide entertainament and tourists will provide money to support initiative.

MN Original | Musician Jayanthi Kyle: "That's How The River Flows"

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Watch singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle performs “That’s How the River Flows” on the sunny banks of the Mississippi River with guitarist Wes Burdine.

Kyle is the vocalist in several Twin Cities bands including Black Audience, Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies, Romantica, Gospel Machine and Davis Bain Band.

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Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Bill Patrie

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Learn how Bill Patrie, a North Dakota economic developer, looks for an anchor or signature building which personifies a community, has structural integrity, and is located in a town where residents believe in the future.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

A Photographer’s View of Iceland | Nyholl and Dettifoss

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Photographer Wayne Gudmundson and his daughter Liv visit their ancestral home and the spectacular falls of Dettifoss and discuss the family’s emigration from Iceland. Travel to Iceland where the beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired countless artists, including Wayne Gudmundson, to capture the sights and explore its volcanic majesty.

Tour of the Rotunda | Our Nation's Capitol

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In this segment, we are taken on a tour of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, which is filled with statues of notable Americans as well as other artwork that depicts United States history and culture.

Islamic Art | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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The Islamic Empire once stretched from the Atlantic Ocean in the West, to India and the borders of China in the East. Over many centuries, the artistic traditions of these different regions merged into an identifiably Islamic style. The traveling exhibition "Palace and Mosque" features a world-renowned Islamic art collection. In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a guided tour of the exhibition by Tim Stanley, senior curator for the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, provides a historical perspective and cultural context for understanding Islam through religious art.

For more resources like this, visit the collection Promoting Understanding: Islam.

Duke Ellington Plates | History Detectives

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THE DETECTIVE: Tukufu Zuberi.

THE PLACE: Brooklyn, New York.

THE CASE: 1941, Manhattan bustles, and New York City’s newest subway line – the "A" train – is moving people in more ways than one. A new instrumental "Take the 'A' Train," rolls up the charts and will become the signature song of pianist Edward Kennedy Ellington. The song, written by Billy Strayhorn, will bring financial success to a pioneering music publishing venture, owned by Duke Ellington. More than half a century later, Garfield Gillings, of Brooklyn, New York, has made a discovery, boxes of sheet music in a dumpster. Among the paper scores are metal sheets that look like printing plates for “Take the 'A' Train." History Detectives sets out to find the story behind these plates and to determine the role they played in this jazz classic.

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Dunseith

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The closing of the former San Haven Tuberculosis Sanitarium in 1989 resulted in the loss of 400+ jobs. While efforts to rehab that beautiful building failed, it did result in attracting other businesses to replace the jobs in Dunseith, Rolla and Rolette.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Jamestown

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Trying to create an inviting downtown that draws residents and tourists alike, developers, including The Marcil Group, have led the way in rehabbing downtown buildings in Jamestown for a variety of uses. The Franklin School is a prime example of preserving an historic landmark building.

For decades, “downtown” was the hub of the economic and social lives of rural residents across North Dakota. But today, these same downtowns are struggling to maintain their vitality. Seeking to reverse years of decline, visionaries are taking steps to revitalize their communities by rehabilitating old buildings and putting them to new uses, helping small towns preserve their identity and quality of life. Old To New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize showcases some of the new ideas being implemented today and their implications for community leaders. As one rehab leader said, “Nothing’s ever going to be 200 years old, if you don’t let it get to be 100 years old.”

MN Original | Photographer David Bowman

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Watch how in a search for the headwaters of Lake Superior for his narrative landscape project, LAKEHEAD, photographer David Bowman further connects with his family roots.

In addition to fine art photography, Bowman works editorially and commercially. His work can be seen in Vanity Fair, TIME, Glamour, Target, National Geographic, ESPN and Dwell. In 2013, Bowman became an independent member of National Geographic Creative, and in 2014 he was named Best Of ASMP by the American Society of Media Photographers.

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MN Original | Leav Interactive Art App

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Learn how the Leav iPhone app, a project of Six Impossible Things, allows people to unlock art experiences throughout the Twin Cities based on environmental factors like location, season and time of day.

Leav’s team commissions work from local artists, including writer and man-about-town Andy Sturdevant, that ranges from self-guided artist studio tours to dance performances to literary readings.

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