I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace | Zak Ebrahim

I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace | Zak Ebrahim

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Madeleine Aronson On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time on lesser charges, he and other men began planning Read more about I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace | Zak Ebrahim[…]

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) | Clay Shirky

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) | Clay Shirky

I’m going to start here. This is a hand-lettered sign that appeared in a mom and pop bakery in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn a few years ago. The store owned one of those machines that can print on plates of sugar. And kids could bring in drawings and have the store print a sugar Read more about Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea) | Clay Shirky[…]

How art can shape America’s conversation about freedom | Dread Scott

How art can shape America’s conversation about freedom | Dread Scott

I am a visual artist, and I make revolutionary art to propel history forward. I’m going to come right out and tell you something: I don’t accept the economic foundation, the social relations or the governing ideas of America. My art contributes to fundamental change by encouraging an audience to address big questions from that Read more about How art can shape America’s conversation about freedom | Dread Scott[…]

Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert

(Laughter) (Laughter) That’s SpotMini. He’ll be back in a little while. I — (Applause) I love building robots. And my long-term goal is to build robots that can do what people and animals do. And there’s three things in particular that we’re interested in. One is balance and dynamic mobility, the second one is mobile Read more about Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert[…]

How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it’s headed | Reed Hastings

How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it’s headed | Reed Hastings

Chris Anderson: I have been long so fascinated and amazed by so many aspects of Netflix. You’re full of surprises, if I may say so. One of those surprises happened, I think about six years ago. So, the company back then was doing really well, but you were basically a streaming service for other people’s Read more about How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it’s headed | Reed Hastings[…]

An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

You know me. I am in your friendship circle hidden in plain sight. My clothes are still impeccable — bought in the good years when I was still making money. To look at me you would not know that my electricity was cut off last week for nonpayment, or that I meet the eligibility requirements Read more about An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White[…]

What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park

What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park

I was born in 1993 in the northern part of North Korea, in a town called Hyesan, which is on the border with China. I had loving parents and one older sister. Before I was even 10 years old, my father was sent to a labor camp for engaging in illegal trading. Now, by “illegal Read more about What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park[…]

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold

Hello. I’d like to show you guys 30 seconds of the best day of my life. (Applause) So that was El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park, and in case you couldn’t tell, I was climbing by myself without a rope, a style of a climbing known as free soloing. That was the culmination of Read more about How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff — without ropes | Alex Honnold[…]

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast Once upon a time, the world was a big, dysfunctional family. It was run by the great and powerful parents, and the people were helpless and hopeless naughty children. If any of the more rowdier children questioned the authority of the parents, they were scolded. If they went exploring Read more about Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption[…]

There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

I used to think the whole purpose of life was pursuing happiness. Everyone said the path to happiness was success, so I searched for that ideal job, that perfect boyfriend, that beautiful apartment. But instead of ever feeling fulfilled, I felt anxious and adrift. And I wasn’t alone; my friends — they struggled with this, Read more about There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith[…]