Online: ‘Inside Amazon’s Smart Warehouse’ (Video)

Amazon is the world’s biggest retailer, and its CEO Jeff Bezos the world’s richest man, for one very good reason. His company is better than anyone else, ever, at giving people what they want, quickly. Amazon acquired its undisputed status as heavyweight champion of the retail universe thanks largely to its lightning-fast delivery times.

The astonishing feat of ferrying hundreds of millions of items, from guitar strings to saucepans to car parts, directly to your door, inside 24 hours, is nothing short of a modern logistical miracle. So how does Amazon do it? A super-smart army of slave robots, for one. Ingenious, if occasionally unscrupulous, management practices are part of the answer too.

And the modern-day voodoo of deep-learning AI – all of which are made flesh in the most advanced stockrooms the world has ever seen. So join us today, as we button up our hi-vis jacket and journey inside Amazon’s smart warehouses.

World News Podcast: The Resiliency Of Democracy, Nordic Politics & Diego Maradona (Economist)

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how resilient is democracy? Nordic politics (11:00) and remembering Diego Maradona (19:34)

Top Train Travel: ‘Rocky Mountaineer’ In The Canadian Rockies (Video)

This train not only provides sustainable travel through the gorgeous Canadian Rockies, it supports efforts to preserve the environment throughout Canada.

Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, and be inspired as you wind through mountain passes and dramatic canyons. Experience the only passenger rail service on this historic rail route by Rocky Mountaineer, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West.

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Profiles: ‘J.M.W. Turner’ – Romanticism’s Greatest Painter (1775 – 1851)

Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, known contemporarily as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

Inside Artworks: ‘Marilyn Monroe’ By Andy Warhol

In 1967, Warhol established a print-publishing business, Factory Additions, through which he published a series of screenprint portfolios on his signature subjects. Marilyn Monroe was the first one. He used the same publicity still of the actress that he had previously used for dozens of paintings. Each image here was printed from five screens: one that carried the photographic image and four for different areas of color, sometimes printed off-register. About repetitions Warhol said, “The more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.”

Covid-19: ‘When Will The U.S. Get The Vaccine?’

The initial doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines could go out next month, if the FDA grants emergency authorization. There are also three other promising vaccine candidates in the pipeline from AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The process of distributing the vaccine to the 330 million people living in the U.S., however, could prove a logistical challenge. Here’s a look at how the federal government plans to do it.

Full-Time Camper Travel: Catherine Gregory In The Eastern Sierras (Video)

Join me at my camp in the Alabama Hills of the Eastern Sierra. You’ll get a glimpse of my camp life/home life living full time in a truck camper. I am surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountains with an amazing view of Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous US). I’ll go about camp chores and town chores in the nearby town of Lone Pine. Come explore Whitney Portal Road to the top where there is a frozen waterfall. You don’t want to miss the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets I witness either!

Interviews: 59-Year Old Actor George Clooney

Actor-director George Clooney returns to the world of sci-fi with his latest futuristic drama, the post-apocalyptic thriller “The Midnight Sky,” He talks with correspondent Tracy Smith about shooting in Iceland; how marriage and fatherhood has changed his perspective; and does he really cut his own hair?

George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana and the other for co-producing Argo. In 2018, he was the recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Autumn Travel Video: ‘Blue Ridge Parkway’ In The Great Smoky Mountains

“Sunday Morning” takes us along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to witness fall foliage. Videographer: Charles Schultz.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29  Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is at U.S. 441 on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The roadway continues through Shenandoah as Skyline Drive, a similar scenic road which is managed by a different National Park Service unit. Both Skyline Drive and the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway are part of Virginia State Route 48, though this designation is not signed.