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Tumultuous Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City

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This time-lapse clip from Rob Whitworth captures ordered chaos in Vietnam's largest city

We habitants of Los Angeles might think we know a thing or two about traffic, but as this clip shows, we don't have nothin' on Ho Chi Minh City. During his travels in Southeast Asia, UK photographer Rob Whitworth shot over 10,000 photos of traffic weaving through the streets and waterways of Vietnam's largest city, where urban congestion is taken to a whole other level. The result is an......read more

The Beekeeper

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A Made By Hand profile of rooftop beekeeping in Brooklyn

Created by Brooklyn filmmaker Keith Ehrlich, the excellent web series Made By Hand profiles various pockets of artisinal activity around New York City. The latest episode departs from the black-and-white look of the first two episodes, with a beautifully shot, sun-soaked view of a rooftop beekeeping operation in Brooklyn. Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it......read more

Young Farmers: Zoe

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After a chaotic day at school, Zoe's orderly veggie garden offers some welcome relief

The front yard garden at Zoe's place, while not exactly as fussy and meticulous as a French formal garden, is nevertheless an orderly place, one that provides a welcome respite from the hectic city outside. Zoe contrasts her steady, reliable botanical friends with her erratic, hormonal classmates at high school, who never seem to do what the teachers want. With plants, she says, all she has to do......read more

Brooklyn Farmer

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Filmmaker Michael Tyburski profiles the world's biggest rooftop farm

If you're reading this, you're probably already familiar with Brooklyn Grange (if not, start here then go here). In Brooklyn Farmer, filmmaker Michael Tyburski follows the story of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who turned unused space in the city into the world's biggest rooftop farm, producing over 120,000 pounds of food for the local community. Today the farm is looking to......read more

Gardens NYC: Green Retreat

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A landscape designer's backyard oasis in Williamsburg.

In New York City, hidden among the cement and concrete, there lie pockets of plantlife, carefully nurtured by denizens of the city. In the SHFT series Gardens NYC, we give some shine to these gardens and the people who grow them. In this episode, we pay a visit to landscape designer Jamie Hardy's backyard oasis in Williamsburg, where peas, peonies, and tomatoes thrive in the Brooklyn air. ...read more

Urban Farming

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From Lexicon of Sustainability

We were thrilled when we first saw our good friend Douglas Gayeton's photographic series Lexicon of Sustainability.  Now we're over the moon for the series he's brought to PBS.   In this episode: "Urban Farmer"Novella CarpenterGhost Town FarmOakland, CANovella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, and co-author of The Essential Urban Farmer. She farms......read more

Sebadoh "State of Mine"

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Collage-style animation takes aim at the suburban dream

Sebadoh, the seminal indie band led by Lou Barlow, returned last year from a prolonged hiatus to release Defend Yourself, their first album in 14 years. Now we have a video for lead single "State of Mine," in which the middle-aged Barlow sings about the pressures of fatherhood and family finances. The video, a collage-style animation by Geoff Hoskinson, is a nightmarish exploration of the......read more

In South America

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Watch Vincent Urban's epic video of a road trip below the equator

Vincent Urban and his gang of globe-trotting mates are at it again, this time traveling across most of South America in a "rusty Land Rover," from Argentina, Chile and Bolivia to Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil. The five-minute video, spotted at The Atlantic, is full of time-lapse shots and epic landscapes that  have us itching to book a trip south.  "We brought our......read more

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