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In case you missed it: Day 3 at TED2014

In case you missed it: Day 3 at TED2014

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Day 3 at TED2014 was dense with science, design, conversation. Here’s a quick recap of some highlights: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s surprise dance Hugh Herr is a bionics designer and multiple amputee. He gave a talk that was half mind-blowing — full of extraordinary advances in prosthetics, like bionic designs that produce the same forces []

TED News in Brief: Bryan Stevenson speaks out on circumventing mandatory minimum sentencing, Emily Oster takes back her pregnancy

TED News in Brief: Bryan Stevenson speaks out on circumventing mandatory minimum sentencing, Emily Oster takes back her pregnancy

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Over the past week, we’ve noticed a lot of fascinating TED-related news items. Here, some highlights. Yesterday, U.S. attorney general Eric Holder announced a major relaxing of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession. He asked prosecutors to use their discretion when charging nonviolent, low-level offenders and opt not to list the quantities of drugs involved []

Watch Bryan Stevenson on “Moyers & Company”

Watch Bryan Stevenson on “Moyers & Company”

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Bryan Stevenson, who gave the powerhouse talk “We need to talk about an injustice” at TED2012, appeared on Moyers & Company this past weekend. In the episode, titled “And Justice For Some,” Moyers takes a hard look at systematic biases in the American legal system. The occasion for this episode — the 50th anniversary of []

Comments we loved this year: The words of support

Comments we loved this year: The words of support

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TED Talks often get 100 or more comments — usually a mixed bag of kudos, critiques and questions. Looking back on the year, we’d like to share a few comments that wowed us. These intelligent, observant contributions took the talks beyond their 18 minutes and into an ongoing conversation. Every speaker appreciates a “Great job!” []

Playlist: The roots — and effects — of income inequality

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Explore these TEDTalks that discuss income inequality — what causes it, the brutal effects, and how we might fight it. Start with this talk from Richard Wilkinson, whose 2009 book The Spirit Level gathers decades of research to draw this conclusion: Societies with more income inequality suffer — in utterly predictable ways — more than []

TED’s first response to Bryan Stevenson’s talk on injustice

TED’s first response to Bryan Stevenson’s talk on injustice

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Photo: Duncan Davidson Bryan Stevenson’s talk inspired one of the longest and loudest standing ovations in TED’s history. And it provoked a blizzard of requests from audience members that we find a way to support the work of his nonprofit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative. When I asked Bryan about funding needs, this is what []