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Morton Bast

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Morton Bast comments, proofreads, fact-checks, moderates, reads, writes and reasons for TED.com. She has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a thirst for knowledge, and a medium-sized collection of Hello Kitty paraphernalia. She is also a New Yorker, for which there is no known cure.

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In case you missed it: Day 4 of TEDGlobal 2014

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In case you missed it: Day 4 of TEDGlobal 2014

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TEDGlobal 2014 has wrapped up – here, some highlights from the last day of the conference. Onstage and online, it’s been a busy and fantastic Friday. Word spreads of Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize. Excitement was high at TEDGlobal this morning when the news came out that the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize had gone jointly to Pakistani education activist []

4 lessons from Brazilian gun and drug policy: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho at TEDGlobal 2014

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4 lessons from Brazilian gun and drug policy: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho at TEDGlobal 2014

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Twelve years ago, Ilona Szabó de Carvalho gave up her career as an investment banker to become a civil society diplomat. She wanted to create change in her native Brazil by focusing on two very pressing public concerns: drug policy and homicidal violence. Unfortunately, she says, “Latin America is ground zero for both.” Though many people questioned whether she []

Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

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Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

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Last week on TED.com, origami-folding techniques transformed a 50-cent piece of paper into a fully functioning microscope, human DNA came tumbling out of a vending machine, and we got a look at how an industry is growing to help governments conduct surveillance on citizens. These fascinating talks have something neat in common: The speakers are []

The gamification of weight loss

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The gamification of weight loss

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In 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett put Oklahoma City on a diet, after the city made a less-than-flattering appearance on a list of the most obese cities in the United States. In today’s talk, Cornett shares the aha moments that led him to create This City Is Going on a Diet, a somewhat unusual mayoral initiative. []

Sally Kohn’s talk, the “clean” version

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Sally Kohn’s talk, the “clean” version

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Sally Kohn had a point to make in her TED Talk. During her career as a progressive lesbian talking head at Fox News, she’d get letters from people who really, really didn’t like what she said, or objected to her very existence. To make this attitude crystal-clear, onstage at TED@NYC Kohn read out the kind []