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Why bother leaving the house?

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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Inside A Real-Life Spy Mansion

Espionage historian H. Keith Melton takes Forbes reporter Morgan Brennan on an exclusive tour of his Metropolis-inspired lair.

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From physics to probabilities: Pokerstars’ Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree has always been passionate about astrophysics and gained a First Class Honors degree in Physics from Manchester University. She became involved in the poker industry after graduation, making a name for herself by winning the European Poker Tour in 2010 in San Remo. Liv’s substantial career winnings and work in the television industry prove that a physics degree can be applied in a less orthodox way.

A Man Ravaged by Polio Spends his Life Building a Helicopter from Trash

Everything is Incredible is a short documentary by Tyler Bastian and Cameron Trejo about a man named Agustín from Siguatepeque, Honduras who was struck with polio at a young age. His body ravaged from disease, he was left unable to walk and spent most of his life working as a shoemaker in what is described as near-poverty.

Possibly plagued by childhood dreams of flight, in 1958 he embarked on his life’s work: the construction of a crude, custom-designed helicopter made completely from trash with the exception of a few pieces of rebar purchased from a hardware store. Even the chains he uses to power the propeller were forged by hand. 

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Warming Up

"Warming Up" :60 is AT&T’s extended Olympic brand/anthem spot featuring Ryan Lochte, epically swimming across the Atlantic as a metaphor for all that Team USA athletes have to do to get to the Olympic Games. Throughout his journey, we see him overcoming one obstacle after another until he finally swims ashore in London. 

Sidney Rittenberg: Use Your Head and Follow Your Heart

Sidney Rittenberg has known every Chinese leader: Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the notorious “Gang of Four,” Deng Xiaoping, and the present president and premier. The Army trained Sidney in Chinese Studies during World War II, and sent him to China.

He later joined the UN Relief Program, met and formed a friendship with Zhou Enlai, and in 1946 accepted the invitation to help train Chinese journalists working in English. He became a leading translator for the Works of Mao Zedong, and was the only American citizen accepted into the Chinese Communist Party, until he withdrew from the party during the Cultural Revolution.

In China, Sidney found Yulin, his dream girl and lifetime partner; she has been for 56 years the source of his happiness and the strength behind his achievements. 16 of Sidney’s 35 years in China were spent as a prisoner in solitary confinement on charges of being an American spy. He was freed in 1977 and eulogized by the post-Cultural Revolution Chinese government as a true friend of China.

His family became a myth and a legend, giving them easy entrée to China’s leaders — a great advantage for their consulting work. As consultants, Sidney and Yulin have helped clients like Intel, InFocus, Nextel, Levi Strauss, Hughes Aircraft, ARCO, Microsoft, and Teledesic, as well as CBS’ Dan Rather and Sidney’s close friends, Mike Wallace and the Reverend Billy Graham. Sidney has appeared on virtually every major TV and Radio interview program, he has been interviewed or revieweed by every major newspaper, and frequently gives seminars on the China business.

He has been a Distinguished Professor of Chinese History at the University of North Carolina, where an endowed chair has been announced in his honor, and is currently Visiting Professor of China Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. Sidney’s 35 years in China are chronicled in “The Man Who Stayed Behind,” co-authored with (then) senior Wall Street Journal writer, Amanda Bennett. 

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How Ideas Are Living, Beautiful Beings Of Wonder | Jason Silva

In this video from his talk at PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Jason Silva shares two of his ‘shots of philosophical expresso’ - an exploration of how technology can quickly manifest our ideas and desires. The filmmaker and futurist rapidly demands that we need to learn to see the word in new ways in order to experience anew the amazement that has always been there.

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Everyone a Changemaker | RSA

World-renowned social entrepreneur and founder of Ashoka, Bill Drayton discusses the key skills every person must learn in order to contribute meaningfully to a rapidly changing world.