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How Time is on Your Side

According to author and artist Bridget Watson Payne, there really is enough time to do it all: the passion projects, the to-do list, or simply making time to do nothing. The—the trick is knowing how to look for it. Time: it's not the enemy; it's...

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

[embed]https://youtu.be/-wfwriDc4Ik[/embed] Camilla Townsend's new book, "Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs," documents the story of the Aztecs from an entirely new perspective, from the Aztecs themselves. Townsend is a Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of numerous historical books. She...

The Power of Unplugging

 If you're looking for a powerful New Year’s resolution, Donna Freitas recommends turning your cell phone off.  Freitas is a research associate at the University of Notre Dame and the author of “The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect...

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

[embed]https://youtu.be/-iZuKozVJKA[/embed] Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls “We didn't want to give children the usual fairy tales.” Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is not a typical book of fairy tales. All these stories are true. Authors Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo say they're true stories, about real...

1st Elephant Orphanage in Africa

[embed]https://youtu.be/PuAqp-5cod8[/embed]  Queen of Elephants - Dame Daphne Sheldrick Why do elephants line up to hug a little old lady in Nairobi National Park? She's their mother. Their adopted human mother. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Daphne has been saving orphaned baby elephants in Africa for over fifty years now, rescuing hundreds from certain death after their...

Space Archaeology – Help Find Ancient Sites from Home

[embed]https://youtu.be/ThnIbwtXi50[/embed]  Help Find Ancient Egyptian Sites on your Coffee Break Sarah Parcak is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and she’s a space archaeologist.  Her new book is called “Archaeology from Space.”   Parcak was a child of the 80’s and one of her...

How To Treat People

[embed]https://youtu.be/MIn69oelvTY[/embed] Molly Case is a nurse, born and raised in south London. She’s also a spoken word artist, influenced by the early hip hop and rap of Tupac and Eminem. In 2013 she achieved international recognition for her poem, “Nursing the Nation.” Case had been invited to...

The Last Butterflies

Saving the Last Butterflies Nick Haddad studies the very rarest butterflies in the world. He’s a professor of integrative biology at Michigan State University and lives in Kalamazoo. His new book is called “The Last Butterflies: A Scientist’s Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature.” The...

School for Broken Hearts

[caption id="attachment_1414" align="alignleft" width="410"] The School of Broken Hearts, Seihon Cho[/caption] Zen Buddhist teacher and author, leads a session at the School of Broken Hearts, a nonprofit that offers group counseling and meditation for people experiencing challenges in life. Haemin Sunim Haemin Sunim, the Zen Buddhist monk who...

Girl Rising

  Story Transcript: Heather McElhatton: I'm Heather McElhatton, and this is A Beautiful World Tanya Stone: You know, there has been so much turmoil and negativity lately, I've been looking for moments to find beauty, and I'm finding it in the voices and faces of people who are...