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Alison Prato

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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Alison Prato writes about popular culture, entertainment, current events, fashion and more--specializing in profiles of celebrities, innovators, thinkers, and doers. She has written for everyone from Playboy to New York to Harper's Bazaar.

Stories by Alison Prato:

Biology

Kinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin BondarKinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin Bondar

Posted By Alison Prato

There’s wild sex. And then there’s sex in the wild — a topic that biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar has been talking about for years, spawning not only a book, The Nature of Human Nature, but also a popular web series, “Wild Sex,” all about the evolution of sexual behavior. In her funny and […]

Q&A

This girl hacker is beating all the boys: a Q&A with Jennie LamereThis girl hacker is beating all the boys: a Q&A with Jennie Lamere

Posted By Alison Prato

If you’ve ever had the ending of your favorite TV show ruined by a spoiler-filled tweet, Jennie Lamere feels your pain. The 18-year-old tech whiz won the grand prize at Boston’s TVNext Hack event in April for inventing Twivo, a clever app that blocks all mentions of a show you’re waiting to watch until you’re […]

TEDCity2.0

My City: Life as a blind architect in San FranciscoMy City: Life as a blind architect in San Francisco

Posted By Alison Prato

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2008, Chris Downey, an architect, planner and consultant who lives in Piedmont, California, some 10 miles east of San Francisco, reported to the hospital for surgery to remove a brain tumor. The procedure was a success. But two days later, his sight started to fail. On the third day, it […]

Gallery

San Francisco in pictures: Chris Downey on the experience of a citySan Francisco in pictures: Chris Downey on the experience of a city

Posted By Alison Prato

It might seem strange to show a gallery of images of places the narrator can’t actually see. But as architect Chris Downey explains, he picked these locations in San Francisco because they’re meaningful to him, not because they’re photogenic (though as it happens, they’re that too). “As with any large, great city, its success is […]

Gallery

Christchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquakeChristchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquake

Posted By Alison Prato

Christchurch-based Danny Squires is director of Space Craft Systems and co-founder of WikiHouse/NZ, a global  project aiming to make it possible for anyone to design, download and “print” houses. Squires was going about his daily business in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through the city, causing horrific damage and killing […]

Entertainment

David Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mindDavid Blaine shares the last magic trick that boggled his mind

Posted By Alison Prato

David Blaine, the magician, illusionist and endurance artist, is back on prime time TV tonight with the special, David Blaine: Real or Magic. Traveling around the world, the TED speaker (watch his talk, “How I held my breath for 17 minutes“) performs magic and elicits astonished reactions from people on the street — as well as from […]

TEDCity2.0

My City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain futureMy City: An artist spray-paints Cairo’s uncertain future

Posted By Alison Prato

Early one morning, hours before the sun would rise, Lebanese-Egyptian artist, activist and historian Bahia Shehab was alone on the streets of Cairo, spray-painting a stenciled message that spoke out against the stripping of veiled women. It’s a campaign she discussed in “A thousand times no,” her inspiring TED Talk, and it was not only […]

TEDCity2.0

My City: sound artist Jason Sweeney on life in AdelaideMy City: sound artist Jason Sweeney on life in Adelaide

Posted By Alison Prato

Jason Sweeney lives and works in Adelaide, Australia, a city he describes as “a prototype for what a developed city in the western world could be like.” Here, he describes his life in the city. Also, see and hear his favorite Adelaideian spots in the photoessay by Kristin Alford, accompanied by audio snippets of the […]

TEDCity2.0

My City: Trash anthropologist Robin Nagle talks New York City garbageMy City: Trash anthropologist Robin Nagle talks New York City garbage

Posted By Alison Prato

In the first of a series of city-related articles, we profile Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence at the Department of Sanitation and long-time resident of New York City. She describes a life dedicated to, well, trash, and documents some of her favorite locations throughout the American city’s boroughs, captured in an accompanying photoessay by Ryan Lash. In […]

Entertainment

Studying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo RobbinsStudying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo Robbins

Posted By Alison Prato

If you ever meet Apollo Robbins in person, hold onto your wallet. The professional sleight-of-hand artist, who has been studying magic for more than 25 years, made headlines in 2001 when he pickpocketed Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail, taking their badges and even the keys to the motorcade. Since then, he has gained a reputation […]