Henrietta Lacks, the Tuskegee Experiment, & Ethical Data Collection: Crash Course Statistics #12

From Crash Course. Today we’re going to talk about ethical data collection. From the Tuskegee syphilis experiments and Henrietta Lacks’ HeLa cells to the horrifying experiments performed at Nazi concentration camps, many strides have been made from Institutional Review Boards (or IRBs) to the Nuremberg Code to guarantee voluntariness, informed consent, and beneficence in modern…

Moonlight: Crash Course Film Criticism #13

From Crash Course. Moonlight is a hard-edged yet beautifully made story about a Black American dealing with his sexuality in a sometimes unforgiving and violent world. It’s director, Barry Jenkins, uses every trick in the filmmaking book to put us in the perspective of the main character, Chiron. It’s an amazing accomplishment as Michael Aranda…

The Eagle Huntress: Crash Course Film Criticism #12

From Crash Course. During our Film History and Production series, we talked about how Film is an “Illusion of Reality.” That filmmakers use shots, cuts, and narrative structure to trick us into believing what we’re seeing. But, what happens when that Illusion of Reality is an Illusion of Actual Reality? Otto Bell’s “The Eagle Huntress”…

Influence & Persuasion: Crash Course Media Literacy #6

From Crash Course. We’ve mentioned already that there’s a lot of money in media and a huge chunk of that money is spent on trying to get you to do something – buy something, vote a certain way, change a behavior. How does advertising work? And what’s the difference between advertising, public relations, and propaganda?…

Three Colors – Blue: Crash Course Film Criticism #11

From Crash Course. Movies are really good at making us feel. Happy, sad, excited, etc… Part of that is because they use so many different types of media all at once. Photography, music, performance, and editing all play into their ability to communicate ideas and make us feel emotions. And Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors: Blue”…

Media & Money: Crash Course Media Literacy #5

From Crash Course. Media isn’t just movies and newspapers and TV shows, it’s also a part of society that involves a lot of money. And all that money has implications for the media that gets created. Media is created by people — a range of people, making a range of decisions, and earning a range…

The Limey: Crash Course Film Criticism #10

From Crash Course. Steven Soderbergh is known as much for his Oscar winning tense dramas as he is retiring… then not retiring. He was a part of the indy revolution in the 1980s and 90s that helped usher in a new case of writers and directors who didn’t play by the rules of the Hollywood…

Controlled Experiments: Crash Course Statistics #9

From Crash Course. We may be living IN a simulation (according to Elon Musk and many others), but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to perform simulations ourselves. Today, we’re going to talk about good experimental design and how we can create controlled experiments to minimize bias when collecting data. We’ll also talk about single…

Media & the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy #4

From Crash Course. You are constantly surrounded by media, so the question is: how does your brain handle all of that? The unfortunate answer is that our brains have a lot of processes that not super helpful for media literacy, but hopefully with a little self-awareness, we can work around that. *** Resources: How americans…

Crash Course History of Science Preview

From Crash Course. For as long as Hank has hosted Crash Course, he’s wanted to host a series about the history of science. We’ve been asking big questions for a really long time and we’ve all wanted to explore how we’ve sought to answer those questions through the centuries. Questions like, “What is stuff?” and…

Pan’s Labyrinth: Crash Course Film Criticism #9

From Crash Course. In 2006, a movie took on authoritarianism and the violent aftershocks of the Spanish Civil War—all through the eyes of an innocent young girl and the fairy tale world she discovers in the woods. Pan’s Labyrinth is both a beautifully crafted fairy tale, and harrowing R rated adventure film. In this episode…

Correlation Doesn’t Equal Causation: Crash Course Statistics #8

From Crash Course. Today we’re going to talk about data relationships and what we can learn from them. We’ll focus on correlation, which is a measure of how two variables move together, and we’ll also introduce some useful statistical terms you’ve probably heard of like regression coefficient, correlation coefficient (r), and r^2. But first, we’ll…