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The Violinist Playing for Freedom in Venezuela

When Wuilly Arteaga, a Venezuelan violin virtuoso, joined protests with just his instrument, he was beaten and arrested. But that hasn’t stopped him from using music to help bring freedom to his country.

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The Sound of Science
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
The Sound of Science
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
When we convert complex data into sound and listen to it, quite often what emerges is something we can understand through sound, even though we could never understand it visually.
By Teresa Carey

If you think staring at rows of numbers and graphs seems humdrum, these musicians agree. They are on a mission to expose new scientific information through sound, by turning flat datasets into musical scores --- creating the soundtrack for science:

Listen to Mark Ballora’s sonification of singularity with flutes and electronics:

Jenni Evans first met Mark Ballora at a Penn State social gathering. Both were professors at the university, but…

Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether…

By B. David Zarley

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether due to prior convictions, medical concerns, poverty, homelessness, or any other issues which make gainful employment difficult.

Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village

Building a new, community-based foster care system

By Brandon Stewart

Building a new, community-based foster care system

Innovation
Who Will Save Your Parent’s Life Story?
Who Will Save Your Parent’s Life Story?
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Innovation
Who Will Save Your Parent’s Life Story?

When her dad had Alzheimer’s, this journalist wrote his life story to help his caregivers understand him. Now, she’d doing…

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Memory Well is a new service where professional writers work with the elderly to tell their life stories online. It preserves their memories - and improves the care they receive in hospices and nursing homes.

It started on the difficult day when MemoryWell founder Jay Newton-Small put her father into a long-term care home. She realized that the staff wouldn’t know him like she did - so, as a journalist,…

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
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#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?

Prosecutors are afforded a wide array of discretion within the criminal justice system and wielding that discretion appropriately could mean…

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Emily Bazelon's new book Charged: The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration is an incredible tour de force that guides readers through America's broken criminal justice system through the eyes of two young people as they go through the system.

The book reveals the breathtaking amount of power prosecutors wield in our modern legal system and highlights the ways that some reform-minded District Attorneys are using…

Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts
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Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts

It’s time to change how we make change. Join us as we meet inspiring social entrepreneurs who are exploring bold…

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How can we make progress on a problem as huge and seemingly intractable as poverty? How can we not? There is no silver bullet to eradicating poverty, but all across the country, a diverse array of social entrepreneurs are doing their part to take on this monumental challenge, building amazing organizations that are having a real impact in their communities. Catalysts, a Freethink original series presented by Stand Together, will…

Dispatches
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
Dispatches
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?

New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.

By Dan Bier

New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.

Crossing The Divide
How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable
How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable
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Crossing The Divide
How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable

Insights on working through conflict with Harvard's top negotiation expert.

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Have you ever found yourself in an argument that was so frustrating that no resolution felt possible? Harvard’s top negotiation expert, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, says it’s not what we’re arguing about that’s the problem, it’s how we’re arguing. Dr. Shapiro is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable and has committed his career to giving people a framework for resolving their most emotionally-charged conflicts. As political and cultural tensions continue to heighten…

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…

Amazon's new grocery store, Adobe's new tech can make you say anything, and pay for the bus by watching an…

By Mike Riggs

Amazon's new grocery store, Adobe's new tech can make you say anything, and pay for the bus by watching an ad.