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What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.
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How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.
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What Can A Small Town In England Teach Us About Resilience?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Community organizer Rob Hopkins argues that individuals, towns and communities have a large role to play in lowering our dependence on fossil fuels.
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Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.
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Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.
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When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
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Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Poet Rives explores why 4 in the morning has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.
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Why Does Time Exist?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cosmologist Sean Carroll tackles a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.
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Why Should We Look Forward To Getting Older?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Psychologist Laura Carstensen says that as people get older, they usually become less stressed and more content.
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Can You Remember Your Life 1 Second At A Time?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.
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How Can Listening Transform An Entire Community?

Friday, June 05, 2015

During the '80s, Rev. Jeffrey Brown watched his neighborhood become overrun with drugs and violence. He decided to listen to young people in the community, not preach to them, to bring about change.
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How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Dave Isay started StoryCorps with a booth in Grand Central Station and an open invitation for people to interview one another. Since then, it's turned into a massive archive of humanity.
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How Do We Listen When We're Unable to Hear?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Percussionist and recording artist Evelyn Glennie is almost completely deaf, which means she listens to music with her body, not her ears.
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What Happens When People Are Given A Voice?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Over 20 years ago, Dave Isay's radio documentary Ghetto Life 101 was broadcast. It presented voices many listeners hardly ever hear, setting a standard for storytellers everywhere.
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What Does Space Sound Like?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Sound artist Honor Harger spent the last few years listening to the stars and recording some of the sounds of space.
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Can Aging Be Cured?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at that.
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How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?
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Is Aging Really So Bad?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Author Isabel Allende is in her 70's. She's got a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective, too. She says she plans to keep on living passionately as long as she can.
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What Are The Secrets of Centenarians?

Friday, May 22, 2015

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner studies the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live longer than anyone else on the planet.
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How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

Friday, May 22, 2015

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.
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