The Weekly's five most-viewed videos in 2015


The subjects are diverse -- chronic fatigue syndrome, the demolition of Palo Alto High School's big gym and the grand opening of Palo Alto's Magical Bridge Playground -- but they share a commonality: They were the subjects of the most-viewed Palo Alto Online videos of 2015.

The Weekly staff produces a variety of videos, including a half-hour news-analysis webcast, "Behind the Headlines"; First Person interviews with newsmakers, hosted by Lisa Van Dusen; Athletes of the Week videos with prep athletes; news and entertainment videos and more. You can find them all on the Weekly's YouTube channel,

5. Interview with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl cast (959 views)

by Peter Canavese, June 16

Film critic Peter Canavese of the Palo Alto Weekly and Groucho Reviews talks to the cast of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl": Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke. Watch the video here.

4. Athlete of the Week, Jacey Pederson (1,010 views)

by Palo Alto Online, Jan. 29

Weekly Sports Editor Keith Peters chats with girl Athlete of the Week, Palo Alto High School's Jacey Pederson, who plays on the girls soccer team. Watch the video here.

3. Palo Alto High School's big gym demolished (2,523 views)

by Palo Alto Online, Sept. 2

Palo Alto High School's beloved gym is demolished to make room for a new state-of-the-art athletic center.Watch the video here.

2. Magical Bridge Playground Grand Opening (9,489 views)

by Veronica Weber, April 20

The grand opening of Magical Bridge Playground in Mitchell Park, which is specifically designed for children and adults with special needs and disabilities. Watch the video here.

1. Invisible Illness: Stories of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (20,492 views)

by Veronica Weber, July 10

A mini documentary reveals stories of people who are affected by chronic fatigue syndrome -- a little-known disease that affects roughly 836,000 to 2.5 million people in the United States and receives little research funding. Watch the video here.

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