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Pop!Tech Pop!Casts

Pop!Tech Pop!Casts

Pop!Tech is an extraordinary three-day summit bringing together 550 visionary thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, the arts, education, social development, government, and culture to explore the cutting-edge ideas, emerging technologies and new forces of change that are shaping our collective future. Now you can take the energy and inspiration that is Pop!Tech with you anywhere, with these video and audio podcasts. Pop!Casts let you join the conversation and engage in the extraordinary work that had its start in Camden , Maine . Are you ready to accept the challenges issued by the thinkers and innovators who move Pop!Tech audiences, year after year?

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  • Injectable drugs are a huge part of modern life, and with 16 billion injections a year, delivery system innovation is a field ripe for breakthroughs. 2010 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Rush Bartlett ?s company LyoGo has developed a completely self-contained system with the potential to revolutionize the way people are immunized.


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  • Founder and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis believes that competition can drive radical innovation in the sciences. He first did so through a $10 million purse that developed private spaceflight. From overhauling the automobile industry to personalized medicine, Diamandis argues, ?The right prize can change the world.?


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  • What makes species go extinct? Evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the influences of climate and humans in determining species extinction. By analyzing the genes of ancient plants and animals, she traces the complex relationship between environment and the extinction and evolution of species.


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  • In a stirring performance, slam poet and visual artist Vanessa German imagines the things she could accomplish if her hands were two shooting stars or a raucous jazz quintet.


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  • Biologist Willie Smits has spent the last thirty years searching for ways to restore fragile ecosystems. From his home in Indonesia ? a leading producer of greenhouse gases ? Smits has discovered a method of sustainable energy production: using the forest to generate biofuels with a carbon-positive impact.


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  • Why haven?t we rallied our collective power to solve global warning? Join best-selling author Dan Gilbert as he explores our capricious reaction to different threats?from tooth decay to anthrax to climate change.


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  • Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation?today?s 18-30 year olds?are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.


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  • Computer scientist Luis von Ahn?s programs harness the human brainpower to solve complex problems. von Ahn invented ReCaptcha, a program that uses squiggly characters that humans easily decipher but blocks spambots ? and helps digitize millions of old texts. The CMU professor also makes games that use human knowledge to improve computers. Find them at gwap.com.


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  • Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.


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  • If you think this is the first time humans have grappled with climate change, you weren?t paying attention in archeology class. Join world-famous archeologist Brian Fagan as he travels back in time to teach us a lesson that ancient civilizations learned the hard way: adapt or die.


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  • Shortly after posting self-styled videos on You Tube, singer songwriter Zee Avi woke up to 3,000 emails one morning. One offered her a recording contract with Brushfire Records. Since then, Avi left her home in Kuala Lumpur for Los Angeles. Avi performs melodic, melancholy songs tinged with irrepressible optimism. mp3s: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4


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  • Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books: The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. In this moving story, the award-winning writer shares a chance encounter between migrants in western Wyoming.


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  • 2009 PopTech Fellow Derek Lomas is director of the Playpower Foundation , a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. Playpower leverages the availability of ultra-low-cost computers to create and distribute affordable, effective, and fun learning games for under-privileged children worldwide.


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  • Logan Richardson?s alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as ?incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes.? At PopTech 2009, Richardson?s improvisations muse on America at a critical crossroads.


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  • Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, is devoted to creating a more inclusive America. If we?re willing to be explicit about the ways racism works around us, Sen says, we can create the society we all want to live in. Sen also publishes the ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics. ( www.arc.org )


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  • With a voice that could move a mountain, orator Eloma Simpson Barnes practically channels Martin Luther King, Jr., as she performs one of his speeches. She emulates King?s cadence, intonation and enunciation in this inspirational reminder to stand up for what you believe in.


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  • With roots in folk and country-blues, Kelly Joe Phelps serves up music the Washington Post says is brimming with ?poignancy, passion and spirituality.? Live on the Pop!Tech stage, the distinctive singer-songwriter coaxes satin-smooth melodies from his guitar, while his raw, honest voice delivers heartfelt lyrics.


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  • Michael Pollan on voting with your fork, Nick Bilton on news, Neri Oxman on an eggshell membrane, Marije Vogelzang on designing playful eating, Naif Al-Mutawa on comics, James Fowler on connections, Dean Ornish on changing your genes, and Zoë Keating, Ruby Jane Smith, Mark O'Connor musically closing the day.


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  • The stars and stripes forever? Futurist and author Juan Enriquez isn?t sure of that. He cites a long history of borders, countries and flags that have changed, and warns the United States isn?t immune.


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  • Can your social network make you fat? Affect your mood? Political scientist James H. Fowler reveals the dynamics of social networks, the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other. With Nicholas A. Christakis, Fowler recently coauthored, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.


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