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  • Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

    “There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers — and their deliberate distortion of history.

    CONKMay 24, 2017
    2,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 52,044 votes, average: 3.96 out of 5
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  • Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

    We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we’re not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it.

    CONKMay 23, 2017
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  • How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

    On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls — but in Nigeria, government officials called the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying any efforts to rescue the girls.

    CONKMay 19, 2017
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  • We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.

    CONKMay 16, 2017
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  • How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri

    To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it.

    CONKMay 13, 2017
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  • An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott

    If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED — in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away.

    CONKMay 10, 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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  • How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

    Why does race matter so profoundly for health? In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.

    CONKMay 3, 2017
    1,742 votes, average: 2.72 out of 51,742 votes, average: 2.72 out of 51,742 votes, average: 2.72 out of 51,742 votes, average: 2.72 out of 51,742 votes, average: 2.72 out of 5
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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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  • Why civilians suffer more once a war is over | Margaret Bourdeaux

    Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less).

    CONKApril 14, 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
    1,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 out of 51,611 votes, average: 4.84 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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  • Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions | John Koenig

    Here, he meditates on the meaning we assign to words and how these meanings latch onto us.

    CONKApril 1, 2017
    1,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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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
    1,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 5
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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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