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Stay curious in 2017

Happy New Year!

Part and parcel with a new year arrives both reflection on the past and excitement (hopefully) toward the future.  Here at CuriosityStream, we are very much looking forward to 2017 and to helping you become more curious about the many wonders in science, technology, history and nature.  Our team has been hard at work over the holidays putting together a release schedule of original and exclusive titles debuting on CuriosityStream over the next few months.  Take a look at some highlights below and stay tuned for their official premiere dates.

 

January 2017

New year, new you!  Hosted by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller How Not to Die and editor of the world renowned website NutritionFacts.org, explore the dramatic health benefits of plant-based diets and the amazing revolution in how we approach our relationship with food.  New episodes will be released bi-weekly beginning in early January.

February 2017

Travel back in time to visit the three most powerful extinction events in Earth’s history.  This original series explores the major events that wiped out between 70-90% of Earth’s species developed during the Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.

March 2017

Join former astronaut Chris Hadfield – a YouTube sensation for his performance of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station – along with hitchhikers Michio Kaku and more on a joyride across our Solar System, scaled down to the size of the continental United States.

April 2017

You will be captivated by this epic story of our origins told through the story of one extended family.  This group of men, women, and children are your guide to over 15 million years of human history, including the trials, drama and joys of being human across the ages.

May 2017

Can a team of scientists reveal unknown chambers in the Great Pyramid using special muon detector plates beneath the pyramid?  In this expedition, experts use high-tech drones, thermal cameras, laser scanning to create a 3D map of inside and out of the famous Giza plateau tombs.

Stay curious!

Cheers,

Elizabeth Hendricks North
President & CEO, CuriosityStream

Elizabeth Hendricks North is President and CEO of CuriosityStream. Follow her on Twitter @ehendricksnorth.

 

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Top 10 Curious Moments of 2016

As we look back on 2016, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our curious community.  This past year has been monumental for science and technology and CuriosityStream been there every step of the way with documentaries that explore key moments in science, history, space, technology, nature and the human spirit.

Journey down memory lane by binge-watching our top 10 curious moments of the year.  Who knows what 2017 will have in store?

               

               

               

               

               

 

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All I want for Christmas is…to stay curious!

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was a change-making year, to say the least.  I, for one, learned a lot and am anxious to see what 2017 has in store.  In a year filled with controversy, new beginnings, tragedy, joy, milestones and re-writing history, one thing binds it all together: curiosity.  As the son of an engineer and a costume designer and uncle to three growing boys – all of whom embody curiosity and creativity – I can’t wait to spread some holiday cheer this year in the form of CuriosityStream gift cards.  This year, we have introduced digital gift cards available here, as well as hard copies available on Amazon.com.  The best part is that annual subscriptions add up to a 16% savings over the course of the year as opposed to monthly plans – something to keep in mind for all of you existing monthly subscribers who might be interested in upgrading in the new year!

I hope you will join me this holiday season by giving the gift of curiosity.  After all, no one should be curious alone.

Here I am staying curious with my nephew on a fall day after watching a ton of documentaries!

Happy Holidays from all of us at CuriosityStream!

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In the Classroom with CuriosityStream

As back to school season gets underway, we were curious about how teachers are engaging with our content. We had to look no further than our members to learn that many students just might get a taste of CuriosityStream in their classrooms this year. Today, we hear from Todd Johnson, a Teacher and Media Specialist from Winnipeg, Canada about how CuriosityStream might make an impact in his school this year. And we like what we’re hearing!

Being a teacher, I am always looking for up to date/engaging media material to share with my students. I teach Social Studies and Science in the middle years (grades 6-9).

Upon first discovering CuriosityStream, I must admit that I wasn’t really thinking of it as a tool for a classroom. I was just more excited to explore and discover on my own, and then to share that knowledge during our science and history discussions. I tweeted out a few links to videos and it was mentioned to me on Twitter that maybe CuriosityStream might be valuable in the classroom, so I started thinking about what that might look like.

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Now, from my teacher lens, I have a whole new perspective. Many of the subjects that we explore in class are covered on CuriosityStream with relevant, HD, high quality programming. Typical videos in a science catalog are expensive and can become outdated quickly. Videos on YouTube have ads, not to mention may not be credible and/or appropriate. CuriosityStream provides an ever-growing catalog of high quality videos – many that align to science and social studies – covering topics that our 15-year old textbooks have yet to discover.

“CuriosityStream provides an ever-growing catalog of high quality videos – many that align to science and social studies – covering topics that our 15-year old textbooks have yet to discover.”

One of the great parts of CuriosityStream is that there are lots of shorter videos. I think the days of rolling in a TV and having all students watch a video for the entire class are gone. First of all, most students use this as a time to check out, asking questions like: “Do we have to take notes?” Really what they mean is: “Can I take a nap?” Instead of the old way, students can sit down with their own device in a corner of the classroom and watch a video that is relevant to their studies. Or we can project a quick video using my device or laptop and projector. I see these videos as inquiry starters. Instilling a literal “curiosity stream” in our students is what we are trying to do as educators any way, and from what I’ve seen, the quality content available in CuriosityStream could become a significant part of a classroom environment.

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More and more these days, as a teacher, I find myself searching for ways to get students more involved in their own learning. To get students active, I often have my class set up in centers and students will rotate through to investigate topics that interest them. This is where I see CuriosityStream fitting into a classroom environment. It could be a resource in a center where students watch a pre-selected video, or search through the library to find a video related to their topic of research. Perhaps instead of having a worksheet of questions, a potential idea would be to have students generate five questions from one of the videos and then carry out research afterwards to answer some of them. Or they could create a quick presentation using an app on their own device, summarizing their learning from what they explored. CuriosityStream allows students the opportunity to browse an engaging library of short clips that are relevant to their subject area. I often use apps such as Socrative, Kahoot or ISpring Quizmaker, I could see it being a fun activity to show a quick clip followed by questions using one of these educational apps. Admittedly, I’m really just brainstorming ideas, but I’m excited to try this year and see where it leads us. I look forward to integrating CuriosityStream content this year and I’m positive that new ideas for how to leverage this service will generate from my students and fellow educators.

In just a few minutes of searching, here are a few CuriosityStream documentaries that line up with our curricular outcomes here in Canada:

Deep Time History

Deep Time History – Grade 8 Social Studies

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Inside the Human Body – Grade 8 Science

JourneyOfTheUniverse_rev

Journey of the Universe – All Grades/subjects

Dark Matter

Cosmic Front: Dark Matter – Grade 9 Science/Astronomy

RebuildingAncientRome

Rebuilding Ancient Rome – Grade 8 Social Studies

 

This is just beginning to scratch the surface for how CuriosityStream might be used in a classroom. I will make it a goal this new school year to provide some more concrete examples of how CuriosityStream could become an invaluable classroom resource. Join me by starting a free trial if you’re not yet a member and exploring the content.

 

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is a Teacher, Media Specialist and proud CuriosityStream member from Winnipeg, Canada. Follow him on Twitter @mrj_rwp.

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How ‘Deep Time History’ Just Got Personal

They say knowledge is power. If that’s the case, then I felt on top of the world after watching CuriosityStream’s new 3-part series Deep Time History. It stuck with me for several days because I couldn’t help feeling a little overwhelmed by our universe’s astonishing 14-billion year history. It got me thinking about how brief the human experience is in comparison. And yet, there are humans who have significantly impacted our existence throughout time. Julius Caesar. Christopher Columbus. Albert Einstein. Mother Teresa. Malala Yousafzai. The list goes on.

As a marketer, reflecting on the human experience made me curious about the history of CuriosityStream’s community of viewers and followers. That curiosity felt like a natural alignment to the very premise of Deep Time History. So, we put the question out there as a way for people to bring their personal history into the larger conversation about the series: “What’s YOUR story?” Centered around the hashtag #MYdeeptimehistory, we asked people to share photos from their past for the world to see. I’ve been inspired, I’ve laughed and I’ve reflected on my own history while scrolling through the responses.

I dug up my old family photos and stumbled upon a few gems that I couldn’t help but share, including the baby picture below of me (in a very coordinated outfit, if I do say so myself) standing between two vintage cars.

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I soon expanded to my father’s photo library and the scenery he has captured on camera. You see, my father is a world traveler and a few years ago, he put some of his favorite photos on a disc so that my brothers and I could cherish them forever. I learned that one of the places he has been to is The Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. I had no idea. But here is the photographic evidence to prove it.

Perito Morena Glacier

As the #MYdeeptimehistory hashtag started to spread, it wasn’t long before some people within my personal network got in on the game. While I hate to play favorites, it was my friend and colleague John’s post that took my breath away. John is an educator who has trekked across the globe and fortunately, he always brings his camera along with him.

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In summary, the three engaging hours I spent watching Deep Time History turned into something much bigger. I loved the series and by learning about the history of our universe, I was inspired to reflect on the history of my own family and friends, which has taught me new things about some of the people I am closest to. And I hope you will do the same. Check out the series for yourself and share your photos with our curious community by tagging them on Twitter and Instagram using #MYdeeptimehistory.

We all have some amazing stories to tell. What’s yours?

Michael Hammerstrom

Michael Hammerstrom is CuriosityStream’s Manager of Marketing and Engagement. Follow him on Twitter @mhammerstrom.

Deep Time History is available now in ultra HD 4K, HD and standard definition on CuriosityStream.  The exclusive, original 3-part documentary series offers captivating insight into the links between astronomy, deep time geologic events and human civilization.

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CuriosityStream now on Apple TV

Enjoying your new 4th-gen Apple TV?  Make sure to look for CuriosityStream in the brand new app store!

All of your favorite science, tech, history and nature documentaries from CuriosityStream are now available on the device, which features a touch and Siri-enabled remote and a revamped user interface.

When Apple unveiled the new Apple TV last year, CEO Tim Cook talked about how the logistics of the television experience hadn’t changed that much in decades.  He said, “We believe the future of television is apps.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Of course, you can also find the CuriosityStream app on the other top streaming devices, including Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

And of course, we still support earlier model Apple TV devices via AirPlay.

Check in with our CuriosityStream help center with any questions, and as always, stay curious!

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Curiosity Retreats 2016

Greetings from CuriosityStream! I’m pleased to announce the speakers for our next Curiosity Retreat, to be hosted October 2-7, 2016 at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa.

Led by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alan Stern and David Eagleman, our Curiosity Retreat will feature eight world-class speakers leading four days of “deep dive” exploration of science, technology, civilization and the human spirit.  All lectures will be filmed so that we may share them on CuriosityStream with our community of inquisitive minds.  As well, the retreats allow participants to interact directly with the speakers in small breakout sessions in between lectures.  Our 2016 lineup includes:

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author & Political Commentator
Balancing Work, Love and Play: Lessons from the Presidents

David Eagleman
Neuroscientist, PBS Host of The Brain, best-selling Author, Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine
The Future of the Brain

Alan Stern
Planetary Scientist & Principal Investigator of the New Horizons Mission
To Pluto & Beyond

Sean Carroll
Cosmologist, Physicist & Author, Winner of the Andrew Gemant Award in Physics
The Big Picture

Nonny de la Peña
Pioneer of Virtual Reality & CEO of Emblematic Group
Our Virtual Reality

Spencer Wells
Population Geneticist, Anthropologist; Former Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic
The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey

Roland Fryer
Economist, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 2015 Winner of the John Bates Clark Medal
The Economics of Incentives

Max Tegmark
Cosmologist, Astrophysicist, Author & Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Our Mathematical Universe

 

We hope you will consider joining us in October!  In the meantime, I encourage you to enjoy our Curiosity Retreat Lectures series featuring past luminaries including Michio Kaku, Brian Greene and Jason Silva, on CuriosityStream.

Stay curious!

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Elizabeth Hendricks North is President & CEO of CuriosityStream. Follow her on Twitter @ehendricksnorth.

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Making Your List, Checking It Twice

For me, it’s all about my in-laws. The generous grandparents who shower family with gifts around the holidays. The grandparents who gush over every handmade ornament or craft du jour from the kids, because they really don’t need another sweater, or another delicious-smelling hand lotion set. They have everything they want, but we still search for that meaningful gift to show them how much we appreciate and love them.

Or maybe it’s your younger brother who is exploring the world, and needs something that travels light. Or your child’s favorite teacher, who will certainly get her share of mugs and baked goodies.

This year, consider giving the gift of curiosity! CuriosityStream is now offering its first ever gift cards. Your special someone will have instant, unlimited access to over 1,000 non-fiction documentaries on science, technology, history, nature, pop culture and more.

The gift cards are available in both electronic and physical gift cards, starting at $29.99 for a 12-month subscription. Electronic gift cards are available instantly at CuriosityStream.com/gift and physical gift cards can be purchased at Amazon.com, search “CuriosityStream.”

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More proof a gift card is a great idea: the National Retail Federation’s annual holiday survey reports that gift cards continue to be the number 1 requested item. 58.8% of shoppers this year said they wanted a handy, convenient gift card more than anything else, making it the most requested present 9 years in a row.

So for me, the gift of curiosity is the answer to one of my toughest holiday gift-giving challenges. But shhh.. don’t tell my father-in law. I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

 

Happy Holidays,

Vanessa

 

 

 

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Honoring Our Veterans

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”                                                                                                                                    — Abraham Lincoln

Today, November 11th, CuriosityStream would like to honor and pay respect to all the men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, celebrated on the first anniversary of the end of fighting in World War I. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

But while Wilson’s words honored “those who died,” the holiday we now call Veterans Day honors the men and women, both living and deceased, who served in our nation’s armed forces during war or peacetime. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made that change in 1954, to honor all vets, and soon after, Congress officially changed the name of the holiday, replacing Armistice with Veterans. And it has been that way ever since.

Take some time today to honor our veterans by watching the documentary WWI: Hidden Traces, for new insight from the first World War.   A century later, archaeologists have helped bring to light the unexpected details of the daily lives of soldiers on the front line.  Here is a preview:

 

To all our veterans today… thank you.

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9/11 : Never Forget

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended.   

                                                                 President George W. Bush | September 11th, 2001

 

14 years ago, a day that changed a city, a nation, and world forever.

Americans will forever spend 9/11 remembering where they were, what they saw, and how they felt in those first hours of that beautiful sunny day that turned dark in an instant. The worst terrorist attack in American history took nearly 3000 lives, created a void that could never be filled, yet inspired a nation to come together in ways like never before.

To pay tribute to the victims who died, and to honor the courageous responders who worked tirelessly following the attack, the United States Congress designated September 11th as Patriot Day. It is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, when every American is encouraged to do at least one good deed on 9/11, to honor all that was lost that day.

On this Patriot Day, CuriosityStream offers a not only a way to explore the history of history of the conflict, but also a way to celebrate all the things that are uniquely American.

Holy War | ZDFE
This 5 episode documentary explores the history of armed struggles between the East and West in the name of God, that affect life in the 21st Century.  Here is a preview:

 

Also:

Curious Minds: the Middle East
This collection brings you insight from our CuriosityStream experts on the factors that will shape the emerging Middle East of the 21st Century.

Curiosity Retreats Lectures: The Middle East and Global Security
Curiosity Retreat luminary Ambassador Henry Crumpton is a veteran CIA operative with experience on the front lines of America’s initial campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Hear his insight on the paradigm shift caused by the increased role of non-state actors in the Middle East and other issues facing that region and the world.

And to celebrate the moments in our history that make America what it is today:

Curiosity Retreats Lectures: The Art of Discovery
Curiosity Retreat luminary and master historian David McCullough narrates the history and character of America like no other. Watch as he tells the tale of the 2 courageous Americans who taught the world to fly.

Curious Minds: American History
This collection takes a deeper look into prominent figures in U.S. history, including little known stories about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

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