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  Published on Mar 2, 2017    

Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2000 obituaries | Ted Talk

Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, a surprising view of what achievement looks like over a lifetime. Here, he shares what obits can teach us about a life well lived.

  Published on Jan 3, 2014  
time 14:13

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems... palsy is just one | Ted Talk

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled

  Published on Jun 9, 2017  
time 6:12

Theaster Gates: Collecting | Art21 "Extended Play"

Episode #247: From his Chicago studio, Theaster Gates reflects on the various collections he has acquired and created artworks with, including the Jet magazine archives and the inventory of an entire hardware store. In addition to serving as source material for the artist, the collections provide Gates with insight into how one person or institution sees the world. “It's like this little time capsule of things that were important to someone,” he says. 

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