How an opera gets made

How an opera gets made

This is Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor extraordinaire, rehearsing one of the most challenging pieces in opera today. For six straight minutes, he and his fellow castmates have to sing the word “ah.” That seems easy enough, right? Until you watch it. [Sings “ah”] It’s an extraordinary feat that happens roughly one hour into Akhnaten, an

It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean

It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean

I’m on an island near the North Pole and I’m here to find out who owns the Arctic. As the ice melts more and more in this region, you can see just how dramatic the ice has been shrinking. One of these countries has shown that they’re willing to fight for it. Russia’s making a

How an MS Paint artist made this picture

How an MS Paint artist made this picture

I’ve always been an artist, I’ve always drawn pictures, and when it comes to digital art and Microsoft Paint, I’ve taught myself completely. My name is Pat Hines, I’m from Boston, I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m sure you can hear my accent. The sad thing is I didn’t even know I had it

The origin of the ’80s aesthetic

The origin of the ’80s aesthetic

If we were to make a mood board for each decade… It would probably look something like this, right? Even if we didn’t live through the ‘50s, ‘60s, and the ‘70s… We can pretty much agree on the defining look of the time. This is my favorite—the ‘80s. And minus the questionable hairstyles… the ‘80s

Why these all-white paintings are in museums and mine aren’t

How “Instagram traps” are changing art museums

There’s a warehouse in Brooklyn that feels like stepping into a dream. It’s an art exhibit but the only picture frames you’ll see are right here, on smartphones. This exhibit is part of a new generation of pop-up art experiences designed to look good in person and here on Instagram. There’s the Museum of ice

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

We’ve all been there: after a long day at work, you sit down and binge-read some Arthurian romances. They’re called “illuminated manuscripts” – because they’re illuminated with illustrations in the borders, colorful drawings, and very … special doodles in the margins. But among all those steroidal rabbits and this hooded person laying literal eggs, there’s

Why we still need courtroom sketch artists

Why we still need courtroom sketch artists

What do P Diddy, Donald Trump, and Martha Stewart all have in common? Christine Cornell. She’s a courtroom artist who’s captured all of them at their trials. I’ve been covering trials for the last 1,000 years, which is about 1975. I did Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. I’ve drawn Mick Jagger a couple of times.

All student debt in the US, visualized

All student debt in the US, visualized

And the US feared that they were falling behind. One of our greatest and most glaring deficiencies is the… America newsreels like this one stoked anxieties that the country was wasting its intellectual talents. So in 1958, President Eisenhower signed a bill that let college students borrow up to $1,000 a year from the federal

India’s trucks are works of art

India’s trucks are works of art

Drive through India and you are sure to see this. These are India’s trucks. Most goods in India are transported by truck. And as India’s economy has grown trucks have become central to how the country does business. But since they were introduced to India in the 1940s, these trucks have become more than just