NPR/TED Staff

NPR/TED Staff appears in the following:

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

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Should We Take "The Other" To Lunch?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Elizabeth Lesser shares a simple way to begin meaningful dialogue: find someone from a totally different background — and spend a few hours with them over lunch.

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How Can We Look Past (or See Beyond) Our Digital Filters?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Eli Pariser explains why being trapped in "filter bubbles" is bad for us and bad for democracy. He says we don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.

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After A Horrible Hate Crime, How Do You Not Hate Back?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Suzanne Barakat speaks about the challenge of reconciling shock, anger and acceptance after her brother and sisters-in-law were murdered in an anti-Muslim hate crime.

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How Do We Transform Conflict Into Cooperation?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Negotiator William Ury offers an elegant (but not easy) way to get two opposing sides to agree: the approach? Find the "third side."

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Is It Possible To Bridge The Gap Between Rich and Poor?

Friday, December 16, 2016

J.D. Vance is a self-proclaimed member of the elite, but he grew up poor in the American Rust Belt. He details what the loss of the American Dream feels like.

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What Defines The Perfect Meal?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Professor Charles Spence studies what makes for a great eating experience. He says it's far more dependent on 'the everything else' that surrounds the meal, rather than the food itself.

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How Worried Should We Be About Sugar?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sugar is a major culprit in diseases such as obesity, diabetes and dementia—and because it's in almost everything we consume, Dr. Robert Lustig says it's time to get more proactive.

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Are Insects The Future Of Food?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Entomologist Marcel Dicke wants us to reconsider our relationship with insects, promoting bugs as a tasty — and ecologically sound — alternative to meat in an increasingly hungry world.

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How Has the American Diet Changed Over Time?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Food writer Mark Bittman says long before Pop Tarts, Americans ate simple food that was grown closer to home. He says we need to get back to that time by eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably.

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How Does Food Become A Tool For Connection?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Community leader Pam Warhurst says we can enjoy and relate to our food not only by buying it in supermarkets, but by growing it in our town's public spaces and engaging our communities.

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Is Capitalism Compatible With Democracy?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Yanis Varoufakis proposes a provocative idea: democracy is not compatible with capitalism. He argues corporations have gained too much control and advocates for an "authentic democracy."

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Are We Wrong To Think We're Right?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Our biases lead us to amend the facts. Writer Julia Galef explains how we can have better judgement by developing more empathy and testing our own beliefs.

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Are Immigrants The Key To A Stronger Democracy?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Sayu Bhojwani urges her fellow immigrants to participate and find their own power in the political process in order to make democracy stronger.

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Does My Vote Really Matter?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Eric Liu says that voting is the most important thing a citizen in a democracy can do. He says when we vote, even if it is in anger, we are part of a collective creative leap of faith.

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How Can We Solve Democracy's Problems?

Friday, November 04, 2016

After immersing himself in the politics of Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, and many other countries, Jonathan Tepperman emerges with an optimistic view: democracy is remarkably pliant — and resilient.

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Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

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How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Friday, October 21, 2016

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

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