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  • A doctor’s case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

    Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

    CONKMay 18, 2017
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  • In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks

    Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we’re told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry.

    CONKMay 9, 2017
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  • 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains — an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

    CONKMay 8, 2017
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  • Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today — and where we can find common ground.

    CONKApril 28, 2017
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  • Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.

    CONKApril 26, 2017
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  • Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli

    Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness.

    CONKApril 22, 2017
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  • 3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi

    Polls that predict political candidates’ chances to two decimal places are a problem. But we shouldn’t count out stats altogether … instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying.

    CONKApril 18, 2017
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  • Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan

    We all go through challenges — some you can see, most you can’t, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we’re all part of each other’s support systems.

    CONKApril 13, 2017
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  • Inside America’s dead shopping malls | Dan Bell

    What happens when a mall falls into ruin? Filmmaker Dan Bell guides us through abandoned monoliths of merchandise, providing a surprisingly funny and lyrical commentary on consumerism, youth culture and the inspiration we can find in decay.

    CONKApril 11, 2017
    2,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 52,878 votes, average: 4.49 out of 5
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  • What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

    Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex.

    CONKApril 6, 2017
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  • A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

    Here’s a question we all have to answer sooner or later: What do you want to happen to your body when you die? Mortician and funeral director Caitlin Doughty explores new ways to prepare us for inevitable mortality.

    CONKApril 4, 2017
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  • Why women should tell the stories of humanity | Jude Kelly

    For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-fictional women’s stories and rights.

    CONKMarch 31, 2017
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  • To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

    Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.

    CONKMarch 29, 2017
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  • Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

    To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye.

    CONKMarch 25, 2017
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  • This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

    The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet.

    CONKMarch 23, 2017
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  • The data behind Hollywood’s sexism | Stacy Smith

    Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers.

    CONKMarch 22, 2017
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  • The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

    Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress.

    CONKMarch 15, 2017
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  • How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

    Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

    CONKMarch 9, 2017
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