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April 23, 2015

In which Hank's video makes very little sense but is hopefully entertaining anyway.

Counterstrike Weirdness Courtesy of https://www.youtube.com/user/HeRorikG...

From this amazing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5f7A...

TOUR BECAUSE AWESOME TICKETS: http://tourbecauseawesome.tumblr.com/

DFTBA Baseball T: http://store.dftba.com/products/dftba...

Charlie's QualiTea Blend: http://store.dftba.com/products/charl...

Beer and Board Games: https://www.youtube.com/user/blamesoc...

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Published on April 23, 2015 21:41 • 232 views

In which John Green takes a long, hard look at some of his son's favorite movies, including The Lego Movie, Despicable Me 2, The Croods, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Children's movies turn out to be really interesting, discussing everything from what makes us human to how we should wield our suddenly enormous power to shape our biosphere.

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Published on April 23, 2015 21:41 • 919 views

April 3, 2015

In which Hank answers questions asked to him by Snapchat!

TitansGrave is a table-top, dice based RPG (like Dungeons and Dragons) that anyone will be able to play in the future, but that Hank and some friends get to play early for a YouTube show that will air in June and July on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/geekandsundry

Also, the lighting was just AMAZING in this studio so I had to shoot something...SO PRETTY!

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Published on April 03, 2015 09:36 • 468 views

March 31, 2015

In which John addresses the pressing matter of Hank's haircut. John is playing FIFA right now (as of 2pm ET) on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/realjohngreen and you can follow the many adventures of the AFC Wimbly Womblys here on YouTube: http://youtube.com/hankgames

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Published on March 31, 2015 12:26 • 347 views

March 30, 2015

New Auto-Tune the News Featuring Hank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztnuh...

The Gregory Brothers (of Auto-Tune the News and Schmoyoho) got a hold of our argument about Batman, and made it into a catchy song. SO HONORED TO BE A SONGIFIED VIDEO!

If you'd like to download the song, it'll be going live on iTunes in the next day or so.

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Published on March 30, 2015 10:23 • 332 views

March 27, 2015

More Information and Registration: http://www.nerdcon.com

In which Hank discusses the power of stories and announces a new event happening on October 9th and 10th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. WOO!

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Published on March 27, 2015 09:14 • 398 views

March 24, 2015

In which John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law's effectiveness and repercussions. I also look at health care in the United States more generally, and the limited scope of the Affordable Care Act relative to the size of the overall health care system in the U.S.

I got a ton of help from Aaron Carroll, who hosts the great Health Care Triage https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealt..., but any errors are my fault and mine alone.

SOURCES:
More than 17% of US GDP goes to health care expenses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_c...
The U.S. spends way more on health care than any other country: http://www-tc.pbs.org/prod-media/news...
And yet our healthcare outcomes are not generally better (and are in many cases worse): http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publi...
44 (or maybe 46) million Americans were uninsured in 2009: http://www.pbs.org/healthcarecrisis/u...
This NYT article assessing the ACA is excellent: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
Understanding pre-existing condition exclusions: http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-she...
Medical debt is the biggest cause of U.S. bankruptcy: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148
Employer-based insurance distorts the labor market in the United States: https://www.bostonfed.org/economic/co...
Both the access and the cost savings parts of the Affordable Care Act are discussed really well at this wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_...
We are nowhere close to a path to health care spending stability: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/45471
But the uninsurance rate has dropped dramatically: http://www.gallup.com/poll/180425/uni...
And more than 12 million people have gotten insurance through the health care exchanges set up by Obamacare: http://acasignups.net/
The rollout of healthcare.gov was a disaster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HealthCa...
Insurance premiums rising more slowly than before exchanges: http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-br...
More insurance companies are participating in the exchanges this year than last year: http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-state...
The law is costing less than expected: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/us/...
Is the law actually improving health? It seems so at least for young adults and also for colonscopy screening rates, but much is still unknown: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
Many are still uninsured and underinsurance is a huge problem: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/ups...
(Don't get mad at me for linking a lot to the New York Times; they do way more data analysis and reporting on this stuff than anyone else I've come across)
Britons live longer and healthier lives than Americans despite being pretty similar lifestyle-wise: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK...
Our health care spending will sink us in the long-run, but if anything the situation was worse before the ACA: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/45471

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Published on March 24, 2015 16:05 • 894 views

March 20, 2015

Tickets for Tour Because Awesome: http://tourbecauseawesome.tumblr.com

Paper Towns Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFGiH...

Transfer your Subbable account: http://www.subbable.com

In which Hank talks about the weirdness of individuality in the internet age where the crowd is distributed and often alone...acting individually and making individual decisions, but being understood as some massive, unthinking herd. And how he thinks that the lack of proper conception of how crowds actually function could be cured by more nerds going to concerts.

It's ne thing to sacrifice your individuality, which is what I think we all do to some extent when we become part of something. It's quite another thing to have it taken from you because it makes the internet easier to understand.

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Published on March 20, 2015 09:44 • 455 views

March 17, 2015

In which John discusses paper towns, paper streets, mountweazels, and other fictitious entries. Why do encyclopedia editors and lexicographers and cartographers occasionally make things up on purpose? And do these fictional nonfictions say anything about the relationship between the imagined and the real?

IN OTHER NEWS: The Paper Towns movie trailer will debut on The Today Show on Thursday morning!

ALSO: Check out Hold Me Closer, David Levithan's new book!

AND: If you support crash course or SciShow through subbable, head over to http://subbable.com to move your subscription to Patreon, which is like Subbable only better.


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Published on March 17, 2015 17:31 • 1,093 views

March 13, 2015

Crash Course Kids: http://www.youtube.com/crashcoursekids Ages 7 - 11
SciShow Kids: http://www.youtube.com/scishowkids Ages 5 - 8

In which Hank discusses the weird required secrecy of business and how frustrating it is to be feeling things but not be able to discuss them.

Whether it's excitement or anger or frustration, I'm just not used to not being able to talk about it. I would like to find ways to avoid this, because I think business is fascinating and I want to share it with everyone. But at the moment, I can't.

Thanks to Izzy for the title inspiration.

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Published on March 13, 2015 09:09 • 479 views