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Emily McManus

New York, NY, United States
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Editor, TED.com

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I live in Philly and work at TED in NY, where I lead the editorial team. Check out ideas.ted.com right now. Previously: Wired, MacWEEK, the SF Bay Guardian, and various other magazines.

Stories by Emily McManus:

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?

5 days of TED in one page

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5 days of TED in one page

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What does 5 days of TED feel like? As Lucy Farey-Jones says: “Upon my re-entry to the real world, friends, clients and folks at my firm say: ‘How was TED?’ And there is a big pause from me as my brain tries and fails to sum it up. It’s an impossible question to answer. It’s like []

Great company, great goals, great parties: Social entrepreneurs talk at TED2014

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Great company, great goals, great parties: Social entrepreneurs talk at TED2014

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This afternoon, over a cup of coffee at the #TOMSRoastingCo Cafe at TED2014, the TED Blog listened in on a fascinating coffee-hour chat among three social entrepreneurs: Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS and the moderator of the conversation; Ben Goldhirsh, founder of GOOD. the online magazine and community; and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Wait — Zappos? But as the []

Remembering Sherwin Nuland

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Remembering Sherwin Nuland

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Surgeon, author and speaker Sherwin Nuland died on March 3, 2014, at age 83. The author of a dozen books — including the award-winning How We Die, a clear-eyed look at life’s last chapter — Nuland came to TED in 2001 to tell a story he’d never told before. The world-renowned surgeon, clinical professor of []

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This July 4, protests against data surveillance

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Today, several US-based internet communities — including 4chan (watch Christopher “moot” Poole’s TED Talk), Mozilla (watch Gary Kovacs’ talk), Fark (Drew Curtis has given a TED Talk too), and Reddit (Alexis Ohanian has given a talk and created a TED playlist) — are rallying against NSA surveillance of the internet, as revealed by a whistleblower in June. Visit any of these sites []

Dr. Rita Pierson: The TED community reflects

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Dr. Rita Pierson: The TED community reflects

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This short post collects messages and reflections on Rita Pierson, who passed away Friday in Texas. If Dr. Pierson’s talk or work touched your life, please share in the comments below. So very sorry to have this terrible news. I only met Dr. Pearson on the day of the recording and was deeply impressed as []