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The treadmill's dark and twisted past - Conor Heffernan


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The constant thud underneath your feet. The constrained space. The monotony of going nowhere fast. Running on a treadmill can certainly feel like torture, but did you know it was originally used for that very purpose? Conor Heffernan details the dark and twisted history of the treadmill.

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  • Educator Conor Heffernan
  • Director Yukai Du
  • Animator Jiaqi Liu
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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