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A flower at the end of life
Dangerous Ideas

Author and professor Simon Critchley offers a dangerous idea that concerns time. And death.

Length: 
3:24
Choose something from 2018 and leave it behind.
Dangerous Ideas

Anne shares a yearly ritual for leaving behind something you regret, and moving into the new year a little bit lighter. 

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1:11
David Giffels and his dad
Deep Tracks

A few years ago, David Giffels took on an unusual woodworking project — he started building his own coffin. With his 80-year-old father. But after losing his mother and best friend suddenly, his woodworking project took on a whole new meaning.
 

Length: 
11:33
Data streams
Articles

Yuval Noah Harari is the big-thinking historian who warns that whoever owns the data owns the future. He told Steve Paulson that it’s become the most important resource in the world.

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12:42
Goshawk in flight
Articles

Shattered by her father's sudden death, writer Helen Macdonald began dreaming of wild hawks.  In an effort to move beyond her grief, she bought and trained a wild goshawk — one of the world's fiercest birds of prey.   But between the bird and her grief, she became, in her words "more hawk than human."

"The Dark Is Rising" by Susan Cooper
Bookmarks

Wizarding fiction didn't start with "Harry Potter," says the author of "H is for Hawk." Every year, MacDonald reads this tale of a boy who finds out he's one of the "old ones," part of a series from author Susan Cooper. She says it reconnects her with a sense of wonder inspired by what might lurk beneath the surface of the seen world.

deray on Twitter
Sonic Sidebar

Maybe you can do without social media, if your life is already pretty comfortable. But you know what? Some people can't wait for something better to come along. They need social media today. Like organizer DeRay Mckesson.

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03:57
internet of nonsense
Articles

Viral videos and memes are good for a laugh — but how often do you think about where they came from? Digital culture scholar Whitney Phillips says the internet is both playful and mean. And we’re not good at telling the difference.

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12:31