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In this extended version for the web, James Corden asks Elton John to help him navigate Los Angeles on a rainy day while the two sing some of his songs, including a Lion King classic and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.”

Whenever I talk about what makes a video go viral, I usually say make the audience either laugh, cry or get angry. I should just say fill up a mini-train full of cute dogs, and watch the hits pile up.

Texas Famous reports that a man in Fort Worth, Texas frequently takes his pack of dogs on a mini-train ride around town.

“I was writing music that called for that arrangement,” says Laura Marling, who plugs in an electric guitar for three tracks on her latest album Short Movie, which was written on her dad’s Gibson 335.

Though ahead of her performance at the second annual Festival Palomino, Marling went back to her roots: She stopped by The Current to perform an acoustic set live in-studio and to chat with host Steve Seel about her new record.

Before Short Movie, though, there was another (scrapped) album. “It was just a bit of a boring record,” says Marling. “I wasn’t inspired really, in a lyrical way.”

Then Marling moved to Los Angeles. “It so directly confronts you with everything that’s so awful about societal inequity and segregation and your complete powerlessness to do anything about it,” says Marling. “It sent me into an existential tailspin.”

“I was sort of surprised by how inspiring I found L.A., and I like the unlikely,” says Marling.

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“You know, life not all guessing games, frog. Sometimes we have to care about friends — especially friends who love cookies. Friends who love cookies so much they play silly guessing games.” — Cookie Monster, getting it right.

Best part? When he says, “Me all ears.”

As a critic, activist, and award-winning author of speculative fiction, Margaret Atwood has always been looking ahead. In her glances toward the future, she’s often searching for how technology influences content. The digital transition has already run through an entire era of online evolution, fossilizing a first round of experiments that failed to catch on. But serial stories, online collaborations, and sites like Wattpad, which connects tens of millions of new authors, are leading the way in a new wave of innovation. We’ve always told stories—it’s part of our humanity—but how those stories are created and shared is changing all the time, and Atwood’s looking to share her excitement about it at this year’s Future Of StoryTelling.

Margaret Atwood – A State of Wonder: How Technology Shapes Story from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

The question remains, just how do you make tough subjects like math and art, and make it funny? Invite Steve Martin and Robin Williams. Back in 2002, Stanford University mathematics professor Robert Osserman chatted with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. The event was called “Funny Numbers” and it was intended to deliver a lively discussion on math. And like Schoolhouse Rock, you may never forget these facts in the video ever again.