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Crash Course Theater

Crash Course Theater

Mike Rugnetta teaches viewers about theater and drama. Are you in drama club? Want to know about the history of theater? Maybe learn some theater history? Have a lot of fun? This is the series for you! Learn about the history and workings of the dramatic arts.

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Crash Course Theater

Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

19th century racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture in America.
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12:07
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North America Gets a Theater...Riot

How did American theater develop after the Revolutionary War?
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11:34
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The Rise of Melodrama

In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really, really dramatic theater.
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11:09
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Why So Angry, German Theater?

After Germany was unified, we got Sturm, Drang, Weimar Classicism and Goethe.
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11:37
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England's Sentimental Theater

English Sentimental Comedies weren't that funny, but they were definitely sentimental.
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10:51
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China, Zaju, and Beijing Opera

Let's discuss wizard theater and the rise of classical Chinese theater and Beijing Opera.
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10:13
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All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali

Learn about the all-night dance shows in India that culminate in killing a Demon.
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11:51
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Japan, Kabuki, and Bunraku

Under the Shoguns, we get Kabuki and Bunraku. And Samurais get in trouble for watching it.
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11:06
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Pre-Columbian Theater, Spanish Empire, and Sor Juana

American theater existed before Europeans arrived, and the Spanish greatly influenced it.
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11:11
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Molière - Man of Satire and Many Burials

Meet Renaissance France's theater greatest playwright: Molière.
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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

The Library of Congress National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Authors Discuss American Ingenuity

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Author Amy Tan of 'The Joy Luck Club'

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The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Former First Lady, National Book Festival Founder Laura Bush

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Crash Course: Artificial Intelligence

What Is Artificial Intelligence? #1

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Crash Course: Artificial Intelligence

Supervised Learning #2

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11:29
Crash Course: Artificial Intelligence

Neural Networks and Deep Learning #3

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Crash Course: Artificial Intelligence

Training Neural Networks #4