NPR/TED Staff

NPR/TED Staff appears in the following:

Andreas Schleicher: What Are The Keys To A Successful Education System?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Andreas Schleicher created PISA, an exam that compares the knowledge of 15-year-olds from around the world. He says the test can help us understand why some countries perform better than others.

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Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?

Friday, August 11, 2017

When a student complained that science textbooks were boring, teacher Tyler DeWitt got thinking about how he can make his lessons fun. DeWitt recounts his quest to make kids care about science.

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Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: to make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.

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Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Friday, August 11, 2017

As principal of a low-performing school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman's students faced huge challenges. She shares how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students.

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Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Technology allows us to choose information to support our beliefs. In this new reality, cybersecurity expert Laura Galante says, it's easier for foreign governments to influence public opinion.

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Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Friday, June 23, 2017

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Friday, June 23, 2017

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

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Jia Jiang: Can You Train Yourself To Accept Rejection?

Friday, June 16, 2017

For 100 days, Jia Jiang did a bunch of random things - asking a stranger for $100, requesting a burger refill at a restaurant, asking for a haircut at PetSmart - all to conquer his fear of rejection.

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Emily Balcetis: If You Focus On The Finish Line, Will You Get There Faster?

Friday, June 16, 2017

To get better at anything, you need motivation. But conjuring it up can be tough. Psychologist Emily Balcetis says the key to better motivation is simple — just focus on the finish line.

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David Brooks: Can You Become A Better Person By Confronting Your Worst Self?

Friday, June 16, 2017

New York Times columnist David Brooks says success alone isn't enough to build character or achieve happiness. He says those things come from struggling for something bigger than yourself.

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Matt Cutts: Can You Change For The Better In Just 30 Days?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Every 30 days, Matt Cutts gives himself a new challenge: writing a novel, giving up sugar, even chewing slower. He says 30 days is enough time to develop a habit or just make life more interesting.

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Andy Puddicombe: Why Should We Meditate?

Friday, June 16, 2017

After ten years as a Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe wanted to help other people understand the benefits of meditation. He says just ten minutes a day can give you peace of mind.

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Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

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Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Friday, May 26, 2017

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

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Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

Friday, May 26, 2017

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

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Elizabeth Lesser: Why Is It So Hard To Ask For — And Offer — Forgiveness?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Before donating bone marrow to her sister — Elizabeth Lesser and her sister undertook a process of seeking forgiveness from each other. She says forgiveness is hard but necessary for our well-being.

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Sue Klebold: When Your Son Does The Unthinkable, Can You Forgive Him And Yourself?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sue Klebold's son Dylan was one of the two shooters at Columbine High School. Nearly 20 years later, she talks about her struggle to understand his actions, and to find forgiveness.

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