My favorite way to absorb information is with some nice, straightforward knitting in my hands. Some TV viewing, including a lot of what we recommend here, can upset the rhythm of knitting, by requiring you to stop so that you can freak out from suspense, or figure out what someone just said in an unfamiliar idiom.
“Riveting” is a great quality in entertainment, but it can mess up your increases.
This is not a problem with 10 That Changed America, a series about the built environment of the United States that I dug up on Channel Thirteen, my local PBS station. It’s streaming on their Passport service for supporters.
I started with an episode that indulges my penchant for real estate voyeurism: 10 Homes That Changed America. The parade of noteworthy homes starts with the Taos Pueblo and moves along through the grandeur of Monticello, the squalor of the 19th-century tenements of New York City’s Lower East Side New York, and onward. Other episodes in the series cover buildings, parks, towns, streets, monuments, and other “modern marvels.” It’s history through the built environment. You see a lot, and you learn a lot.
And you never have to put your knitting down for a second.