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Emily McManus

I live in Philly and work at TED in NY, where I'm basically the bass player in the TED content+editorial management team band. Check out ideas.ted.com for . Previously: Wired, MacWEEK, the SF Bay Guardian, magazines.

Stories by Emily McManus:

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

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Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

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In March 2007, a handsome iron-haired man stepped onto the low stage at Monterey dressed in full leathers, and gave what might be the most beautiful 3-minute TED Talk of all time. Jok Church told a story from his childhood: I was the class queer. I was the guy beaten up bloody every week in the boys’ room, []

Decisive ideas, scientific breakthroughs, critical junctures: A recap of TEDGlobal>Geneva

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Decisive ideas, scientific breakthroughs, critical junctures: A recap of TEDGlobal>Geneva

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Innovation happens at the critical junctures between success and failure, risk and reward, truth and daring, past and future. At TEDGlobal>Geneva, in a former power plant right in the middle of the Rhone river in downtown Geneva, the conference gathered 900 attendees from nearly 80 countries. Against a stage backdrop designed by the students of []

Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

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Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

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TED.com has gone dark for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted until Monday, August 10, 2015, while most of the TED staff takes a two–week holiday. Yes, we all go on break at the same time (mostly). No, we don’t all go to the same place :) We’ve been doing it this way now for six years; our summer break is a []

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

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The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

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Since the first teaser in late 2013, we’ve been in countdown mode for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new outer-space epic that promises to blast us through space and time and wormholes. If you’re as excited as we are but can’t clear three hours to go see the whole movie, here’s the plot we could figure out []

Remembering Robin Williams

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Remembering Robin Williams

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It’s 2008, moments before a BBC broadcast live from the stage at TED. But something’s gone wrong. The house lights are still up, the camera ops are looking at one another, official-looking folks are wandering at the stage apron muttering into headsets, and the panelists are sitting patiently onstage but looking, increasingly, baffled. Minutes go []

Remembering Felix Dennis, 1947-2014

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Remembering Felix Dennis, 1947-2014

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We want to remember Felix Dennis, who passed away this week at the age of 67, as he’d probably wish—with this trenchant, funny aside from his 2004 TED Talk. “You guys, you know, you’re going to totally transform everything. Cloning will transform everything. Voice navigation will transform everything … But human nature doesn’t change, mate. My []

Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

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Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

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On June 17, 2014, US president Obama pledged support to create 700,000 square miles of new Pacific Ocean “hope spots” — no-fish, no-drill zones to help the ocean recover. As Sylvia Earle asked in her 2009 TED Prize wish:

I wish that you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect?