Cool Thing to Know About: Internet Archive’s Searchable TV News in 2001

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine
shows us what we looked like online in 2001.

At Line 21 accessibility is one of our biggest mandates. Whether it’s providing captions for the hearing impaired or being able to dig up research and old news headlines, access to information is something we strongly believe in. That’s why we think that the Internet Archive is one of the web’s coolest things going.

The Internet Archive, located in San Francisco, is a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” Besides hosting the VERY COOL Wayback Machine (ahem, check out what Line 21 looked like in 2001!), the Internet Archive also hosts TV News to Search and Borrow, which is a database of TV news broadcasts and uses the broadcasts’ captioning streams to make the news searchable. Amazing!

The project was initiated for the 2012 US election in order to help voters better understand the issues and personalities involved, and its implications and usefulness for research of all kinds are truly mind-blowing. What an incredible contribution to democracy. And of course we always love to see captioning content being put to use. We put a lot of care and attention into doing a quality job to provide access to information, so this resource makes us really happy.

Poke around here.

We’ll leave you with this quote from Larry Goldberg, Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM), which sums up exactly how we feel at Line 21: “Those of us who work in the field of media accessibility for people with disabilities are thrilled to see closed captioning, created and fostered for societal inclusion, being repurposed to enrich our civic life.”

Hear, hear.

April Recipe: Chocolate Banana Cream Pie (in a glass!)

Photo by Kelly

A sunshiny smoothie!

Photo by Kelly

There couldn’t be anything easier than throwing some delicious ingredients in a blender and clinking glasses with a friend. This power-house smoothie is great for breakfast, after a workout or for dessert! Enjoy.


1 banana

2 scoops really good quality whey isolate powder

2T hemp seeds

1T maca powder

2T really good quality cocoa powder

2c chocolate almond milk

Blend all ingredients, pour into two glasses, and share with a friend!