Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Here’s a question we need to rethink together: What should be the role of money and markets in our societies? Today, there are very few things that money can’t buy. If you’re sentenced to a jail term in Santa Barbara, California, you should know that if you don’t like the standard accommodations, you can buy […]

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The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

I was only four years old when I saw my mother load a washing machine for the very first time in her life. That was a great day for my mother. My mother and father had been saving money for years to be able to buy that machine, and the first day it was going […]

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The meaning of life according to Simone de Beauvoir – Iseult Gillespie

The meaning of life according to Simone de Beauvoir – Iseult Gillespie

At the age of 21, Simone de Beauvoir became the youngest person to take the philosophy exams at France’s most esteemed university. She passed with flying colors. But as soon as she mastered the rules of philosophy, she wanted to break them. She’d been schooled on Plato’s Theory of Forms, which dismissed the physical world […]

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What’s a squillo, and why do opera singers need it? – Ming Luke

What’s a squillo, and why do opera singers need it? – Ming Luke

Gripped with vengeful passion, The Queen of the Night tears across the stage. She begins to sing her titular aria, one of the most famous sections from Mozart’s beloved opera, “The Magic Flute.” The orchestra fills the hall with music, but the queen’s voice soars above the instruments. Its melody rings out across thousands of […]

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Fallacy: Deaf as Economic Burden | Wanda Riddle | TEDxGallaudet

Fallacy: Deaf as Economic Burden | Wanda Riddle | TEDxGallaudet

Translator: Thomas Horejes Reviewer: Denise RQ [The interpretation provided for this presentation is live and unrehearsed. Interpreter(s) assigned may or may not have had materials in advance for preparation. Inaccuracies related to the content of the material may be due to imperfections in the interpreting process. This interpretation has not been reviewed by the presenter.] […]

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The Egyptian myth of Isis and the seven scorpions – Alex Gendler

The Egyptian myth of Isis and the seven scorpions – Alex Gendler

A woman in rags emerged from the swamp flanked by seven giant scorpions. Carrying a baby, she headed for the nearest village to beg for food. She approached a magnificent mansion, but the mistress of the house took one look at her grimy clothes and unusual companions and slammed the door in her face. So […]

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Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED Talks

Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED Talks

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast When I was 11, I remember waking up one morning to the sound of joy in my house. My father was listening to BBC News on his small, gray radio. There was a big smile on his face which was unusual then, because the news mostly depressed him. “The […]

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How do blood transfusions work? – Bill Schutt

How do blood transfusions work? – Bill Schutt

In 1881, doctor William Halsted rushed to help his sister Minnie, who was hemorrhaging after childbirth. He quickly inserted a needle into his arm, withdrew his own blood, and transferred it to her. After a few uncertain minutes, she began to recover. Halsted didn’t know how lucky they’d gotten. His transfusion only worked because he […]

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Turning trash into toys for learning | Arvind Gupta

Turning trash into toys for learning | Arvind Gupta

My name is Arvind Gupta, and I’m a toymaker. I’ve been making toys for the last 30 years. The early ’70s, I was in college. It was a very revolutionary time. It was a political ferment, so to say — students out in the streets of Paris, revolting against authority. America was jolted by the […]

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How to tutor a billion students | Zach Wissner-Gross | TEDxBeaconStreet

How to tutor a billion students | Zach Wissner-Gross | TEDxBeaconStreet

Translator: Silvia Rivera Reviewer: Mile Živković How many times have you been in lecture halls, like this one? Maybe this reminds you of some of you college classes or if you’re a little younger, this is what you have to look forward to, when you get to college, right? Hundreds of people, packed into one […]

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