One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History

NARRATOR: 1957. 70 miles from Venice, amid the cliffs and gorges of Italy’s Vajont River Valley, work begins on the Vajont Hydroelectric Dam. Crucial to the dam’s operation is a vast reservoir that can hold 44 billion gallons of water. Ever since the filling of the reservoir in early 1960, enormous cracks have begun appearing on Mount Toc, above the dam. LUCIA FILIPPIN (IN ITALIAN): People could sense that something big was about to happen because the ground was moving and suddenly, new cracks would appear, very deep and very large. NARRATOR: Then, in late 1960, another warning sign. This […]

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How Bespoke Italian Leather Shoes Are Made

I think the passion, you really need it to create something on a particular level. You need to give everything from yourself in there and that’s the difference I think. Bespoke means for me, that I discuss really with the client what he wants. You have ideas here, you can see different materials, different models. It’s very important to listen. Nowadays, many people don’t listen anymore. The last is really the copy of your foot on which we create the shoe. But nobody shows you how to make a last, really, so you have to train it by yourself, and […]

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Can Goats Predict Volcanic Eruptions?

The Argentata dell Etna is a breed of goat found nowhere else in the world. Each morning, Gaitano herds his animals out onto the slopes of the volcano. The goats will eat just about anything. But Gaitano knows that on the upper slopes of Etna, there are glades of a yellow flower that he thinks gives his goats milk a unique taste. Gaitano has been working on the mountain his whole life, and in that time, he’s noticed some bizarre behavior in his animals. He believes that the goats behave erratically, not just during one of Etna’s eruptions, but before […]

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