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Literature, it is a-Changing

In case you missed it, this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan. Yes, that Bob Dylan. What does it mean for the world of literature when the best it has to offer is not a poet (in the traditional sense) or a novelist or a playwright,...

Architecture that’s built to heal | Michael Murphy

Architecture is more than a clever arrangement of bricks. In this eloquent talk, Michael Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they're designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach that produces community as well...

Your phone is now a refugee’s phone

If you had to flee your country, what’s the one piece of technology you would take with you? This striking film, designed to watch on a mobile phone, helps the viewer to experience with immediacy the confusion and fear facing refugees making a perilous journey by...

The transformative power of classical music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections....

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The tragedy of not being a saint

Holiness is something that most artists struggle vainly to capture. Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot depicts an extraordinarily good man as, well, an idiot: wise and kind, but feckless. In Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh wrestled with the idea of holiness in the dysfunctional Marchmain family. His...

The Importance of Making your Bed

It's the little things in life that matter. Admiral William McRaven shares why it's so important to make your bed every morning....

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Will IVF change human history?

Evolution works because of the differential reproduction of individuals with certain features. If an organism has a harmful gene, it will not survive to reproduce and will perish before it produces offspring. To some extent this is true for human beings as well, although we usually...

How China Is Changing Your Internet

In China, a sheltered internet has given rise to a new breed of app, and American companies are taking notice. What was once known as the land of cheap rip-offs may now offer a glimpse at the future. Produced by: JONAH M. KESSEL and PAUL MOZUR...

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Understanding Generation Snowflake: “I Find That Offensive!”

When faced with the mewling and puking of campus Social Justice Warriors about hate speech, tone, safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger warnings, the temptation for those who value free speech, vigorous argument, and the right to dissent is to exclaim like the Pharisees, “I thank...

Children pose as they drink tea under a tent as they wait with other migrants and refugees to cross the Serbian-Croatian border in the village of Berkasovo, near the north-western Serbian town of Sid, on October 20, 2015. Croatia allowed thousand of migrants who were stuck at the border with Serbia to cross into its territory late in the afternoon on October 19, having earlier dramatically slowed the number of crossings. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC
Welcome to Chai-Town: The importance of communi-tea

There is an improvised wooden sign close to the entrance of the camp that says “Kara Tepe Square.” When I first arrived, it almost looked like dark-humored mockery, pretending that this bunch of housing units was a town, that this collection of interrupted lives was...