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4.5 The beginning of mirth
The History of India Podcast Kit Patrick
access_time6 hours ago
(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great Emperor Harsha's family: from its beginnings in black magic and legend, through the long hard years serving greater kings, to the emerging of the family once again into the eye of history. Along the way, we hear of Harsha's homeland, full of rivers and overflowing with rice.
The most Martian place on Earth | Armando Azua-Bustos
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 day ago
How can you study Mars without a spaceship? Head to the most Martian place on Earth -- the Atacama Desert in Chile. Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos grew up in this vast, arid landscape and now studies the rare life forms that have adapted to survive there, some in areas with no reported rainfall for the past 400 years. Explore the possibility of finding life elsewhere in the universe without leaving the planet with this quick, funny talk.
What we're missing in the debate about immigration | Duarte Geraldino
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time2 days ago
Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind? Journalist Duarte Geraldino picks up the story of deportation where the state leaves off. Learn more about the wider impact of forced removal as Geraldino explains how the sudden absence of a mother, a local business owner or a high school student ripples outward and wreaks havoc on the relationships that hold our communities together.
Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time2 days ago
How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn't, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò -- it has a knowledge crisis. According to Táíwò, a lack of knowledge on important topics like water and food is what stands between Africa's current state and a future of prosperity. In a powerful talk, he calls for Africa to make the production of knowledge within the continent rewarding and reclaim its position as a locus of learning on behalf of humanity.
Journey of learning about Indian culture -IIM040
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Amy shares her experience of being introduced to Indian culture.  It took a very interesting path and the events led to a place that convinced her that she chose wisely. We all have our own journeys and these are all perfect for where we need to go.  We need to learn and grown from our experiences and that's why many say, "everything happens for a reason". Amy took big steps that moved her personally and professionally.  She is living a life that she hadn't exactly planned but she sure sees it as rewarding and fulfilling. I encourage you to learn more about Amy and follow her as she builds a community empowering women in India.  Her knowledge, courage, and dedication to serving her community is an example that stands out.  She will be speaking at Salesforce event in India in September. You can hear all about her future plans in the episode as she shares her love for Indian culture, food, music, people, and clothes. Hope you enjoyed this episode and are encouraged to share your story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments below. You may connect and follow Amy: Instagram, Twitter
How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time3 days ago
What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they'll also factor in other kinds of data as well, from food intake to sleep to data collected by a "smart toilet." With all of this valuable information, Wang hopes to create an engine that will change the way we think about health, both on an individual level and as a collective.
On authenticity
A Point of View BBC
access_time6 days ago
Authenticity, writes Monica Ali, has become the yardstick by which we measure the value of much of our day-to-day lives. "In this hyper-mobile, hyper-connected world" she says, "the cult of authenticity is flourishing". But what does it mean to be "authentic"? Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time6 days ago
In the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing performance art.
4.4 The bard of mirth
The History of India Podcast Kit Patrick
access_time6 days ago
(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) This week the history of India podcast gets personal. We get to know the great writer, Bana. We hear about his tragic childhood. His wild, party driven youth. We hang out in his village, meet his friends. And then we see his ascent to the imperial court.
The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time7 days ago
Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski presents various concepts in physics you can become familiar with using everyday things found in your kitchen.
The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time7 days ago
We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.
A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time8 days ago
Forget quinoa. Meet fonio, an ancient "miracle grain" native to Senegal that's versatile, nutritious and gluten-free. In this passionate talk, chef Pierre Thiam shares his obsession with the hardy crop and explains why he believes that its industrial-scale cultivation could transform societies in Africa.
What really motivates people to be honest in business | Alexander Wagner
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time9 days ago
Each year, one in seven large corporations commits fraud. Why? To find out, Alexander Wagner takes us inside the economics, ethics and psychology of doing the right thing. Join him for an introspective journey down the slippery slopes of deception as he helps us understand why people behave the way they do.
There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time9 days ago
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.
How our friendship survives our opposing politics | Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time10 days ago
Can you still be friends with someone who doesn't vote the same way as you? For Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge, two best friends who think very differently about politics, the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election could have resulted in hostility and disrespect. Hear about how they chose to engage in dialogue instead -- and learn some simple tactics they're using to maintain their bipartisan friendship.
US Open - The Men
The Bollywood Lawyer Seema Iyer
access_time12 days ago
Welcome to the US Open mini-series where Seema explores her tennis obsession with Former Pro Tennis Player (ATP) turned Coach (ATP/WTA) Alex Aksanov.   Alex Aksanov on Instagram - @aaksanov25 Seema's articles on RealSport -    "US Open - Welcome to New York City" https://realsport101.com/news/sports/tennis/us-open-welcome-to-new-york-city/   "Madison Keys vs Sloane Stephens: US Open Semifinal Preview and Prediction" https://realsport101.com/news/sports/tennis/madison-keys-vs-sloane-stephens-us-open-semifinal-preview-prediction/   Follow Seema on Twitter and Periscope: @seemaiyeresq You can also tweet about the show using #TheBollywoodLawyer And find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBollywoodLawyer Our producer can be found on Twitter: @victoriamanna
Tackling the moped menace
A Point of View BBC
access_time13 days ago
Monica Ali describes her desire for vengeance after her son was robbed by two boys on mopeds. She reflects on the recent surge in moped crime and what can be done to stop it. She says the criminals involved in this new brand of crime are nearly all children and, whatever our desire for justice, "crackdowns on children can never provide the entire - the right - solution to the problem". Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time13 days ago
Underneath every shiny new megacity, there's often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai." She compels us to hold our governments and ourselves accountable for keeping our cities safe for everyone. "The only cities worth building, indeed the only futures worth dreaming of, are those that include all of us, no matter who we are or how we make homes for ourselves," she says.
What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time14 days ago
What the astronauts felt when they saw Earth from space changed them forever. Author and artist Benjamin Grant aims to provoke this same feeling of overwhelming scale and beauty in each of us through a series of stunning satellite images that show the effects human beings are having on the planet. "If we can adopt a more expansive perspective, embrace the truth of what is going on and contemplate the long-term health of our planet, we will create a better, safer and smarter future for our one and only home," Grant says.
How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time15 days ago
What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think -- even calling out the boss is fair game. Learn more about how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds and how you might harness the power of data-driven group decision-making.
How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time16 days ago
Terrorists and extremists aren't all naturally violent sociopaths -- they're deliberately recruited and radicalized in a process that doesn't fit into a neat pattern. Erin Marie Saltman discusses the push and pull factors that cause people to join extremist groups and explains innovative ways of preventing and countering radicalization.
A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time16 days ago
Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects -- from a bike path in Eindhoven, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy, to Beijing, where he developed a smog vacuum cleaner to purify the air in local parks, to a dance floor that generates electricity to power a DJ booth. Check out Roosegaarde's vision for a future where creativity is our true capital.
TED's secret to great public speaking | Chris Anderson
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time18 days ago
There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED curator Chris Anderson shares this secret -- along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?
US Open- A Laborious Weekend
The Bollywood Lawyer Seema Iyer
access_time18 days ago
Welcome to the US Open mini-series where Seema explores her tennis obsession with Former Pro Tennis Player (ATP) turned Coach (ATP/WTA) Alex Aksanov. Follow Seema on Twitter and Periscope: @seemaiyeresq You can also tweet about the show using #TheBollywoodLawyer And find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBollywoodLawyer Our producer can be found on Twitter: @victoriamanna
Religion in Indian Families & Being A Religious Person – IIM039
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, I address a few question about religion and the importance of religion in Indian families.  I share my  definition and experiences of a religious person.  This episode is an account of a little part of my dad's life and why I think he is a religious human being.  It's actions that offer me the definition of a religious person. My dad practices Sikh religion and has followed its teachings.  His values and principles have guided him to be an amazing human being. If you have comments or questions, please reach out to me.  You may comment below or email me at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com.  You may also fill out the contact form if you prefer that method.
The Religion of Rights
A Point of View BBC
access_time20 days ago
"European society", says Sir Roger Scruton, "is rapidly jettisoning its Christian heritage and has found nothing to put in its place save the religion of human rights". But, he argues, this new "religion" delivers one-sided solutions since rights favour the person who can claim them - whatever the moral reasons for opposing them. He says Europe needs to rediscover its Christian roots. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time20 days ago
We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it's time to change the question from "Where are you from?" to "Where are you going?"
How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time21 days ago
What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about you easily, cheaply and without a warrant -- and if you've ever participated in a protest or attended a gun show, you're likely a person of interest. Learn more about your rights, your risks and how to protect yourself in the golden age of surveillance.
US Open - Seeing clearly after the rain has gone....
The Bollywood Lawyer Seema Iyer
access_time21 days ago
Welcome to the US Open mini-series where Seema explores her tennis obsession with Former Pro Tennis Player (ATP) turned Coach (ATP/WTA) Alex Aksanov. Follow Seema on Twitter and Periscope: @seemaiyeresq You can also tweet about the show using #TheBollywoodLawyer And find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBollywoodLawyer Our producer can be found on Twitter: @victoriamanna
How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time21 days ago
Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced technology called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions, preserving the memory of our global, shared, human heritage. Find out more about how you can help celebrate and safeguard history that's being lost.
Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time22 days ago
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?
The Meaning of Conservative
A Point of View BBC
access_time23 days ago
Roger Scruton asks: "What does the Tory Party really stand for?" He says the Conservative party at present is muddling along without a philosophy. But he argues that, far from being the 'nasty party', the most fundamental belief underpinning Conservative policies historically is the idea of responsibility towards others. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Tamil Allai-29-08-2017
Tamil Allai Free FM
access_time23 days ago
Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time23 days ago
Could it be wrong to help children in need by starting an orphanage? In this eye-opening talk about the bad consequences of good intentions, Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused in part by foreign donors, and details the harm done to children when they are separated from their families and left to grow up in institutions.
The US Open - Welcome to NYC!
The Bollywood Lawyer Seema Iyer
access_time23 days ago
Welcome to the first episode of this mini-series where Seema explores her tennis obsession with Former Pro Tennis Player (ATP) turned Coach (ATP/WTA) Alex Aksanov. Follow Seema on Twitter and Periscope: @seemaiyeresq You can also tweet about the show using #TheBollywoodLawyer And find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBollywoodLawyer Our producer can be found on Twitter: @victoriamanna
Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time23 days ago
We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. Where's the fun? Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda. Rethink the value of all that is unserious as Kahiu explains why we need art that captures the full range of human experiences to tell the stories of Africa.
When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time24 days ago
Another economic reality is possible -- one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own the businesses they work for, making decisions for themselves and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Pottering towards the new socialist state
A Point of View BBC
access_time27 days ago
Roger Scruton looks at the impact of Harry Potter on our world view. "People are starting to live in a kind of cyber-Hogwarts", he says, "a fantasy world in which goods are simply obtained by needing them, and then asking some future Prime Minister to wave the magic wand". Producer: Adele Armstrong.
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time27 days ago
Every artist has a name, and every artist has a story. Laolu Senbanjo's story started in Nigeria, where he was surrounded by the culture and mythology of the Yoruba, and brought him to law school, to New York and eventually to work on Beyoncé's "Lemonade." He shares what he calls "The Sacred Art of the Ori," art that uses skin as canvas and connects artist and muse through mind, body and soul.
What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time28 days ago
Meet the "ems" -- machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from. Futurist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast computers and copying themselves to multitask, leaving humans with only one choice: to retire, forever. Glimpse a strange future as Hanson describes what could happen if robots ruled the earth.
What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time28 days ago
Your cells are coated with sugars that store information and speak a secret language. What are they trying to tell us? Your blood type, for one -- and, potentially, that you have cancer. Chemical biologist Carolyn Bertozzi researches how sugars on cancerous cells interact with (and sometimes trick) your immune system. Learn more about how your body detects cancer and how the latest cancer-fighting medicines could help your immune system beat the disease.
A lyrical bridge between past, present and future | David Whyte
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time29 days ago
With his signature charm and searching insight, David Whyte meditates on the frontiers of the past, present and future, sharing two poems inspired by his niece's hike along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
4.3 The cruel pleasures of the moon
The History of India Podcast Kit Patrick
access_time29 days ago
(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) The great city Pataliputra is at peace. But the good times cannot last. Soon, its start to squabble amongst themselves. A new power emerges to take advantage: the moon king will gain a tight grip on the city, and oppress its people. Or so the stories say. This week, we hear the stories, and judge the truth for ourselves.
Your Genes Are The Key to Better Health!
The Bollywood Lawyer Seema Iyer
access_time1 month ago
In this episode Dr. Sharad Paul explains how understanding the connection between our genetic makeup can improve our health and happiness. Learn how science is now giving us the tools to our best health EVER!   BUY THE BOOK "The Genetics of Health" - http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Genetics-of-Health/Sharad-P-Paul/9781501155413 - https://www.amazon.com/Genetics-Health-Understand-Genes-Better/dp/1501155415   FOLLOW @drsharadpaul - Twitter & Instagram  www.drsharadpaul.com The Myth of Race- TED Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v0ykTrTQEc Follow Seema on Twitter and Periscope: @seemaiyeresq You can also tweet about the show using #TheBollywoodLawyer And find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBollywoodLawyer Our producer can be found on Twitter: @victoriamanna
The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
Should your driverless car kill you if it means saving five pedestrians? In this primer on the social dilemmas of driverless cars, Iyad Rahwan explores how the technology will challenge our morality and explains his work collecting data from real people on the ethical trade-offs we're willing (and not willing) to make.
How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
"Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are.
LSDcast - episode 71: Soul mates and unconditional support
The Love Sex & Dating 'Cast Sonologue
access_time1 month ago
Soul mates it's a beautiful ideal, but one listener is having doubts. Because isn't the job description of a soul mate to support us when we're low or need help and direction? Or is that too much of an ask? Shefali is an artist and she feels like her partner is becoming impatient of her dreams. Is this a warning sign about the relationship? Sibling hosts and the best intimacy coaches and agony aunts ever, Prem and Rogue have many angles to consider. What do you think? Is it an unconditional thing? Or can there be some strings attached to this soul mate business? Let us know what you think on social media or email after you listen to the episode! 
The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.
7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.