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Aerial roots.
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There is an unusual, giant corn in southern Mexico that gets its own nitrogen from the air — no manufacturing required.

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20:07
Conversation with Samantha, the artificial intelligence
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To a certain extent, loneliness is part of the human condition. You can be lonely anywhere, even surrounded by friends. But modern life has exacerbated it, and that requires modern solutions. Indie game designer Jason Rohrer has one — an artificial friend named Samantha.

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15:10
A man with totalitarian ideas and conspiracy swirling around him.
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Examining both historical and present-day moments of widespread loneliness, philosopher Samantha Rose Hill argues we must understand our feelings of loneliness — otherwise they could be exploited to control us.

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14:47
A tree recorded by David Haskell.
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Biologist David Haskell has been listening to and recording the sounds of urban trees. Haskell can identify leaves by sound, and talks about listening as a way of doing science. He explains why nature/culture is a false dichotomy.

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10:43
Cecil Rhodes cartoons and statues.
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Questions about identity, history, language, what should or should not be taught in school — these are all debates about confronting our past. Political theorist Adom Getachew says many of these issues were debated in Africa more than 60 years ago.

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14:31
headphones in the city
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Composer, environmental philosopher and guest producer David Rothenberg teaches us how to deeply listen to urban spaces.

Africa made of books
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Kenyan literary scholar Simon Gikandi says you can’t understand the rise of European culture — or for that matter, the formation of the modern world — without also knowing how European thinkers demonized Africans and the very idea of "blackness."

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17:52
Ngugi wa Thiong’o
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Ngugi wa Thiong’o — the renowned Kenyan author — believes African writers should write in their native language, not the colonial language of English or French. He says the best way to decolonize the mind is to reclaim native languages.

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15:09