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What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.
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How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.
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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.
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Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.
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Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.
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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Friday, July 18, 2014

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.
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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.
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How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.
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Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pateros, a town of about 650 residents in north central Washington, emptied out Thursday night as wildfires continued to grow. One resident described it as looking like "the caldron of hell."
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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Friday, June 27, 2014

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.
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Is Everything A Remix?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.
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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.
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Does Copying In Fashion Keep It Fresh?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Copyright law barely touches fashion — and the industry benefits in innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. She explains what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.
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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Friday, June 20, 2014

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.
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Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.
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How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.
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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.
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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.
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How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.
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How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.
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