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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends her approval of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Until the U.S. passes more aggressive clean energy legislation, she explains, "we're either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf, or dependent on dirty oil from Canada."
Bestselling author Tim Ferriss scoffs at Malcolm Gladwell's theory that most people can master a skill in 10,000 hours, quipping, "For most people, they do things the wrong way." However, argues Ferriss, given enough practice, most people have the capacity to excel at a variety of skills.
Would you rather be cared for in a hospital that produces fewer complications, or a hospital that has a better rescue rate? Atul Gawande, surgeon and New Yorker staff writer, explains which hospital is more likely to provide better care.
Malcolm Gladwell recounts Civil Rights protests organized by Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama. While King was attacked by a Nazi in 1963, he counters with a hug and forgiveness.
Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman explains why the U.S. government is slower to help its economy now than Japan was after the bubble burst in the 1990s.
Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken, points to the 3 billion hours the world invests every week in online gaming as a clear indicator that many people are not being sufficiently challenged in their day-to-day lives.
"5.93 million years is how long people have spent tackling unnecessary obstacles in World of Warcraft," says McGonigal. "We've spent as long playing World of Warcraft as we have evolving as a human species."
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom describes innovative ways of thinking about electric cars. He suggests a pricing plan for electric cars modeled after cell phone pricing plans.
"Instead of buying minutes, you buy miles," says Newsom.
Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, traces his making routes to advise young makers how to make using found and discarded materials.
Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, demonstrates how offering courses to large classes online through a partnership with San Jose State helps combats rising tuition costs.
Simon Winchester, bestselling author of the Professor and the Madman, discusses the subject of his new app and book Skulls and the unexpected discovery of Alan Dudley's collection of over 2,000 animal skulls.