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Saddam Hussein’s Speeches on Democracy (1977-1978)
“The question of democracy is an extremely complicated one. It needs your great concern.” “We aspire to make the child a source of enlightenment within the family, which includes his parents and his…
Author: Maria Popova
Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Length: 11 minutes (2831 words)
Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome
Jamie knows very well he has a disability, and he identifies readily with his "group" — the couple dozen adults and young adults with intellectual disabilities in Centre County. He knows that…
Length: 3 minutes (772 words)
THE 21ST-CENTURY COWBOY
The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert  From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, July/August 2014 The San Luis…
Length: 4 minutes (1238 words)
The man with the golden blood
His doctor drove him over the border. It was quicker that way: if the man donated in Switzerland, his blood would be delayed while paperwork was filled out and authorisations sought. The nurse in…
Author: Penny Bailey
Published: Oct. 21, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3416 words)
When Dave Chappelle Met Rob Ford
I know this is the exact opposite of more privacy, but what would the world have to do for you to get active on Twitter or Instagram? Because that’d be hilarious. I have a pretty dope selfie…
Author: Mike Dang
Published: Nov. 19, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (373 words)
My life in hell | Meghan O’Gieblyn
A couple of years ago, a Chicago-based corporate-identity consultant Chris Herron gave himself the ultimate challenge: rebrand hell. It was half gag, half self-promotion, but Herron took the project…
Published: Nov. 26, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5594 words)
AMONG THE REINDEER
A woman running a media consultancy in New York takes a DNA test. She learns that she is descended from the Sami people, who herd reindeer in the Arctic Circle. What happens next? A memoir by Laura…
Length: 14 minutes (3536 words)
‘It Should Not Take Everything You Have to Turn Down Someone’s Offer for Sex’
Twice in my life I have had to fight for my safety. Twice in my life I have physically pushed a man out of my home. Twice in my life I have thrown a man off of me and locked myself in a room where he…
Author: Sam Stecklow
Published: Oct. 10, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (357 words)
Gravel
Credit TIERNEY GEARON, “UNTITLED” (1999 )/YOSSI MILO GALLERY At that time we were living beside a gravel pit. Not a large one, hollowed out by monster machinery, just a minor pit that a…
Author: Alice Munro
Published: June 27, 2011
Length: 21 minutes (5399 words)
How Sam Simon, Co-Creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ Is Facing Cancer
— In Vanity Fair, Merrill Markoe profiles her friend Sam Simon, a co-creator of the Simpsons who was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago. He’s been continuing to live the only…
Author: Mike Dang
Published: Sept. 29, 2014
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