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Social Experiments to Fight Poverty – Esther Duflo

Social Experiments to Fight Poverty – Esther Duflo

Esther Duflo is a French economist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Specializing in development economics, Duflo focuses on the causes of poverty, as well as practical and effective solutions to eradicate it. In her most recent TED Talk, Duflo questions the impact of aid. While it is unlikely that we will ever […]

 Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture

Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture

Taxi to the Dark Side is an in-depth look at the United States’ use of torture in the War on Terror that won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film looks at the issue through the case of an Afghani taxi driver named Dilawar who died from treatment he received while in U.S. […]

The Fog of War – Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

The Fog of War – Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

The Fog of War is a film about the life and times of Robert S. McNamara, the former Secretary of Defense under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The piece is a mix between historical footage and an interview with Robert McNamara by the director, Errol Morris. While allowing McNamara to tell the story from his […]

Surviving a Nuclear Attack – Irving Redlener

Surviving a Nuclear Attack – Irving Redlener

Irving Redlener gives a short lecture on the possibility of a terrorist nuclear attack. Splitting up the nucear age into two chapters, Redlener describes the first chapter (between 1941-1992) as one of paranoia and delusion, exhibited by impractical evacuation plans. The only thing that prevented the United States and the U.S.S.R. from bombing the other […]

Hans Rosling's New Insights On Poverty

Hans Rosling’s New Insights On Poverty

Hans Rosling, doctor and researcher, seeks to change perceptions about the developing world and dispel myths and common misperceptions. In his latest TED Talk, Rosling shows trends in health and economics, ultimately seeking to explain how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. The dimensions of development, or the tools necessary to move away from […]

Countdown to Zero - The Case for Nuclear Disarmament

Countdown to Zero – The Case for Nuclear Disarmament

Countdown to Zero attempts to remind us that while most people may not perceive nuclear weapons to be as threatening as they once were, they still pose as grave a threat to the human race and world stability as they did during the Cold War. Using interviews with world leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Robert […]

Retrofitting Suburbia - Ellen Dunham-Jones

Retrofitting Suburbia – Ellen Dunham-Jones

In a TED presentation, Ellen Dunham-Jones shows how to drastically improve the sustainability of cities by reducing suburban sprawl through “retrofitting,” the redevelopment of underperforming retail and office property. The primary design project over the next few decades will be retrofitting old retail sites into more productive sites. Through retrofitting, growth can be redirected into existing property instead […]

The Response to the Financial Crisis - Joseph Stiglitz

The Response to the Financial Crisis – Joseph Stiglitz

As an early critic of the Washington Consensus (an opinion that got him fired from his position as the Chief Economist at the World Bank) and a 2001 Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz has repeated challenged the conventional norms regarded economic and financial policy. Frequently, he has been proven completely correct. Within the below video, Stiglitz offers his insights into the […]

Encounter Point - An Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Documentary

Encounter Point – An Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Documentary

The documentary, Encounter Point, presents a leveled perspective of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, examining the efforts of individuals and organizations attempting to achieve reconciliation such as the Bereaved Families Forum and Seeds of Peace. The perspectives of the Israelis as well as the Palestinians are discussed in equal measure while giving a cursory overview of many […]

Stopping Global Population Growth - Hans Rosling

Stopping Global Population Growth – Hans Rosling

As the developer of the Gapminder software as well as having delivered five previous Ted Talks, Hans Rosling has become an authoritative voice on global health and development statistics. Furthermore, his presentations are always riveting. In his most recent Ted Talk, Rosling discusses the global population growth since 1960 and how the popular distinction between the “West and the Rest” is […]