70 Intelligent YouTube Channels

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You may find the following videos useful in your courses. This list originally appeared on OpenCulture.

General

  • @GoogleTalks
    • Google has lots of famous visitors speaking at its headquarters, and they're all recorded and neatly presented here.
  • Al Jazeera English
    • The Middle Eastern news service, which has generated its share of
      controversy, now airs broadcasts in English and presents them here.
  • Amnesty International
    • The leading human rights organization brings you various videos
      outlining human rights concerns across the globe, and the work they're
      doing to improve conditions.
  • BBC
    • A series of videos promoting programs coming out of Britain's main
      media outlet. Unfortunately many of these videos are short and not
      entirely substantive. A missed opportunity.
  • BBC Worldwide
    • Ditto.
  • Big Think
    • This collection brings you videos featuring some of today's leading thinkers, movers and shakers.
  • BoingBoingTV
    • These videos are brought to you by the makers of the very popular BoingBoing blog.
  • Brooklyn Museum
    • A fairly rich lineup of videos exploring the collections at Brooklyn's main art museum.
  • Charlie Rose
    • PBS interviewer Charlie Rose presents segments of his nightly interviews.
  • Citizen Tube
    • YouTube's own channel presents videos dealing with the American political process and the 2008 election.
  • Computer History Museum
    • A good number of videos that delve into computers, networking, and semiconductors.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    • A resource designed to provide insight into the complex international issues challenging policymakers and citizens alike.
  • CSPAN
    • Videos that keep a close eye on the inner-workings of the American political process.
  • FORA.tv
    • Delivers video presentations from the world's great writers, leaders, activists and thinkers.
  • Guardian Unlimited TV
    • The Guardian brings you videos that make the television world its focus.
  • Gizmodo
  • Google Tech Talks
    • The name kind of says it all.
  • HBO
    • Provides outtakes from new HBO productions. The videos are all short and largely promotional. Give us some beef, sirs.
  • KQED on Demand- San Francisco
    • Media provided by the public broadcasting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I drink at this well daily.
  • MoMA
    • Videos highlighting the art collection, public programs, and temporary exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
  • National Geographic
    • The collection is rich, but the videos are short. Another instance
      where the provider could use the medium to offer more substance/depth.
  • New Scientist.
    • Videos and vodcasts covering science, technology, space, the
      environment and a whole lot more. An international team of expert
      journalists brings you the latest innovations and ideas in science and
      technology, from the wonderful to the worrying to the weird.
  • NOVA
    • Short video outtakes from PBS's popular science program.
  • PBS
    • Promotes new PBS programming with painfully short videos.
  • PoliticsTV
    • Political videos with a progressive bent.
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's mission is to promote
      in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that
      have been under-reported, mis-reported - or not reported at all.
  • ReelNASA
    • Videos show the latest happenings at NASA and new developments in space exploration.
  • Reuters Video
    • The latest video from Reuters.
  • Sundance
    • Provides video clips from original series and films airing on the Sundance Channel.
  • The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco)
    • Videos coming out of the nation's oldest and largest public affairs
      forum, presenting topics ranging across politics, culture, and society.
  • The Commoncraft Show
    • The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by
      Lee and Sachi LeFever. The goal is to fight complexity with simple
      tools and plain language.
  • The Davos Question
    • Every year, global leaders attend the World Economic Forum in
      Davos, Switzerland to discuss how to better the world. Here you get to
      see what they have to say.
  • The New York Times
    • All the news that's fit to stream.
  • The New Yorker
    • The official video channel of The New Yorker magazine.
  • The Nobel Prize
    • Brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.
  • The Onion News Network
    • A good dose of funny videos from The Onion. Good for when you need some comic relief.
  • The Real News
    • The Real News Network is a global online video news network that
      listens to and is dependent solely on its audience. No ads. No
      government subsidies. No corporate sponsorship.
  • The Research Channel
    • Based out of the University of Washington, the ResearchChannel
      brings together content from leading research and academic institutions.
  • The World Bank
    • Videos coming out of the institution whose goal is to rid the world of poverty..
  • The YouTube Screening Room
    • Provided by YouTube itself, this collection presents high quality,
      independent films to web users and promises to roll out four new films
      every two weeks.
  • TED Talks
    • Generally engaging videos coming out of the annual TED conference. Features important thinkers from different walks of life.
  • WNYC Radio
    • Videos provided by WNYC, New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station in the US.
  • World Economic Forum
    • The World Economic Forum is an independent international
      organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging
      leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
  • Yad Vashem
    • Containing the world's largest repository of information on the
      Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Holocaust education,
      commemoration, research and documentation.
  • 92nd Street Y
    • Pretty much anyone and everyone on the cultural radar passes through the 92nd Y in NYC.

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