Zippy Weekly Videos

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Pandas at play

Just 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild today, but the nonprofit Chengdu panda base in China is one organization aiming to conserve and increase the size of that population. It's one of the leading panda breeding, research, and conservation centers in the world, and has one of the largest controlled-breeding populations of giant pandas.

While panda conservation is a serious issue, there's still some roly-poly fun involved at the base, as you'll see in this video. Enjoy!

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An "uplifting" experience

Can't take nine days off work to attend the world's largest hot air balloon festival? This very cool time lapse video of the event — the annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico — is a breathtaking alternative.

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It's the circle of life

The folks on this airplane probably didn't realize that they were in for a treat on their flight: a free, impromptu peek at Broadway hit The Lion King. Cast members who were on the flight were inspired to break into "The Circle of Life" as the crew readied for departure from Brisbane, Australia. If only they could spice up the in-flight safety instructions, too!

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Dancing statistics: variance

If you've been a regular Zippy reader for a while, this video might look familiar. It's our latest highlight from the British Psychological Society's "Dancing Statistics" video series, which uses dance choreography to demonstrate statistical concepts. Review or learn the statistical concept of variance through this number.

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Summer learning loss

For many kids, school's out for the summer. But what does that mean for children in families of different income levels?

In this video, NBC news anchor Brian Williams lays out the summer learning loss that a child from a low-income family could experience, versus a middle-income child. More information about grade-level reading is available on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading website.

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Calls for dad

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there! This video from Dove Men+Care was created to bring attention to and celebrate the ways that dads care for and support their children. Maybe some of the scenes will remind you of a special dad in your life.


Shirley and Moe: A meeting of the souls

"When my husband was dying, I said, 'Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?' He told me, 'Take the love you have for me and spread it around.' "

Centenarian Shirley tells the sweet story of her relationship with her late husband, Moe, in this video made for the storytelling project Humans of New York.

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Stephen Fry on language

Are there such things as "right" or "wrong" elements of language? Or is proper language use really defined by the context of its use and the societal conventions around it? What does language really convey?

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry gives his take in this essay, presented as a kinetic typography video.

Simon Robins and Pauline Boss

Ambiguous loss and approaches for working with families of the missing

Dr. Pauline Boss is a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of family stress and is widely recognized for her research focused on the theory of ambiguous loss. Her expertise in this theory is widely sought, especially when catastrophe strikes in the world.

This hour-long conversation about ambiguous loss theory occurred between Dr. Boss and Dr. Simon Robins, a humanitarian practitioner and researcher, on April 28, 2014. It was organized and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. The recording is presented by the National Council on Family Relations.

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A new perspective for moms

Happy (almost) Mother's Day to all the moms out there! If we asked you to talk about yourself as a mother — what your successes are, what challenges you face — what would you say? What do you think your kids would say about you?

The question was posed to the moms in this video, and then they got to see what their kids said about them in a separate session. Take a few minutes to see what resulted.