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Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

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Maysoon Zayid: Should Humor Make Us Uncomfortable?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Maysoon Zayid teases herself for all the ways she's different: she has cerebral palsy, she's Muslim, she's Palestinian. By making us laugh at it, she gets us to think about acceptance.

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Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Friday, March 24, 2017

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Friday, March 24, 2017

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.

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Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?

Friday, March 10, 2017

We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.

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Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

Friday, March 10, 2017

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.

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Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?

Friday, March 10, 2017

One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Friday, February 24, 2017

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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When Does Medicine Leave Women Behind?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Men and women experience some diseases differently. Doctor Paula Johnson says this is alarming — because most treatments were designed for men, not women.

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What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can't Diagnose?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jen Brea's doctors thought her fatigue and neurological symptoms were psychosomatic — but she knew that wasn't quite right. She shares her journey to find the right diagnosis.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors are often puzzled when pain lives on after the underlying cause goes away. Medical professor Elliot Krane explains why it can makes sense to think of chronic pain as a disease.

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

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How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing — because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

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