Robyn Kaur Sidhu – “White Girl Does a Political Science Presentation (after Jasmin Roberts)”

After Jasmin Roberts, when the white girl is called up to present next in my political science tutorial, she is still excited. I can tell whatever her paper topic is does not affect her directly. I can tell she made it through this assignment unbothered, alive. White girl talks about race and economic inequality in […]

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The physics of playing guitar – Oscar Fernando Perez

Hendrix, Cobain and Page. They can all shred, but how exactly do the iconic contraptions in their hands produce notes, rhythm, melody and music. When you pluck a guitar string, you create a vibration called a standing wave. Some points on the string, called nodes, don’t move at all, while other points, anti-nodes, oscillate back […]

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Smithsonian Open Access Teen Songwriting Intensive: N M Bodecker Foundation and Musician Chris Funk

[muffled small group of people talking] We didn’t answer the question, do we want to work on one song or one subject… Three songs. Three songs? Okay. ♪♪♪ The Smithsonian is sponsoring songwriters to create songs that have to do with the historical founding of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian archives is huge. So I can […]

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Classical Musicians React: EXO ‘Groove’ vs ‘Obsession’

James: nICe sILENCE Brianna: Ooh! This the nicest transition to a rap, period. Kevin: I’ve been waiting for six minutes! Umu: yOU OWE ME A HOT CHOCOLATE. Yunyi: I never agreed to that. Umu: yES YOU DO Kevini: Hello. Yunyi: Hello. Umu: All right. Y’all ready to react to EXO? Owen: Yo. Elizabeth: It’s one […]

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