NPR/TED Staff

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Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

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Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

Friday, February 09, 2018

In our galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of planets. And Sara Seager is looking for the perfect one, a "Goldilocks" planet— neither too hot nor too cold— that could support life.

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Anne Milgram: How Can Smarter Statistics Help Us Fight Crime?

Friday, January 26, 2018

As New Jersey Attorney General, Anne Milgram transformed the most dangerous city in her state. She changed a criminal justice system based on gut and instinct to one supported by data and statistics.

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Alan Smith: Why Do We Trust Intuition Over Even The Most Reliable Numbers?

Friday, January 26, 2018

For years, Alan Smith analyzed the most reliable demographic data in the U.K. — the census. He noticed people's perceptions conflicted with reality, and wondered if there was a way to bridge the gap.

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Mona Chalabi: How Can We Tell The Good Statistics From The Bad Ones?

Friday, January 26, 2018

We need statistics to make fair policy decisions, but there are a lot of bad stats out there. Data journalist Mona Chalabi says you need skepticism and a list of questions to face any dubious stat.

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Cathy O'Neil: Do Algorithms Perpetuate Human Bias?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mathematician Cathy O'Neil says algorithms embed existing bias into code — with potentially destructive outcomes. Everyone should question their fairness, not just computer scientists and coders.

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Joy Buolamwini: How Does Facial Recognition Software See Skin Color?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Facial analysis technology is often unable to recognize dark skin tones. Joy Buolamwini says this bias can lead to detrimental results — and she urges her colleagues to create more inclusive code.

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Ian Bremmer: What Happens When The World's Superpower No Longer Wants To Lead?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Political instability is on the rise. Political scientist Ian Bremmer argues it's because the United States is abandoning it's leadership role in global institutions, creating a power vacuum.

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Rutger Bregman: Is A Universal Basic Income The Answer To Ending Poverty?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Historian Rutger Bregman says a lack of cash is the cause, not the symptom, of poverty. He proposes a simple but radical solution: give those in need a guaranteed basic income.

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David Miliband: Whose Responsibility Is It To Solve The Global Refugee Crisis?

Friday, January 12, 2018

There are more refugees in the world today than at any other time since World War II. David Miliband says each of us has a moral obligation to help solve this crisis by turning empathy into action.

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Sara Menker: How Can We Farm Enough Food to Feed the World?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Data analyst Sara Menker believes we could be less than a decade away from a global food crisis. She says Africa can help meet the world's growing demand for food.

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Tim Kruger: How Do We Slow Climate Change Before It's Too Late?

Friday, January 12, 2018

To tackle climate change, geoengineer Tim Kruger is developing technology that could remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. But he says it takes unprecedented cooperation to make it work.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee: Can We Reimagine Our Approach To Treating Disease?

Friday, December 22, 2017

When it comes to medicine, one rule of thinking has generally prevailed: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee says treatment should take a broader approach.

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Joseph Ravenell: Could Barbershops Become The New Doctor's Office?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Many black men trust their barber more than their primary care doctor, if they even have one. Physician Joseph Ravenell wants to turn barbershops into a place where men can access basic health care.

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Atul Gawande: Medicine Has Become A Team Sport — So How Do We Treat It Like One?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Surgeon Atul Gawande says doctors used to know and do everything themselves — like craftsmen, or cowboys. But those days are over. He argues for creating systems where clinicians all work together.

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Jocelyne Bloch: After An Injury, Can The Brain Heal Itself?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch and her colleague were studying brain samples of head trauma patients when they made an amazing discovery — brain cells with the ability to generate new cells.

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Theo E.J. Wilson: What Happens When A Black Man Goes Undercover In The Alt-Right?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Youtube activist Theo E.J. Wilson wondered about the people posting racist comments on his videos, and where they were getting their facts. So he adopted a pseudonym and joined their conversation.

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Under The Taliban, How Can A Girl Attend School Undercover?

Friday, December 15, 2017

When Shabana Basij-Rasikh was six, the Taliban forbade girls from getting an education. Rather than giving in to their threats, she dressed up as a boy and went to a secret school for girls in Kabul.

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Mubin Shaikh: Why Did a Former Extremist Go Undercover To Fight Terrorism?

Friday, December 15, 2017

When his childhood friend was connected with a terrorist attack, Mubin Shaikh set out to help combat Islamic extremists--even though he used to be one. So he joined the Canadian Intelligence Service.

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Jamie Bartlett: What Goes On In The Secrecy Of The Dark Web?

Friday, December 15, 2017

When journalist Jamie Bartlett dove into the secret, hidden part of the Internet known as the Dark Web, he was surprised by what he found lurking there.

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