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An Israeli-Iranian Meme Lovefest

about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? While Israel and Iran teeter on the brink of war, two Israeli graphic designers decided to reach out to Iranian citizens by creating a slogan that Internet users can impose over any photo of their choice. The text reads "Iranians, We Love You." Iran's netizens responded ...

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The Medical Brain Drain

about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Zambia-born Kunj Desai is a doctor in Newark, NJ where his salary is nearly ten times that of what he gets paid back home. He practices medicine in modern facilities and utilizes sophisticated technology to treat his patients. This is a stark contrast to how Desai's friend ...

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When Does Learning Begin?

about 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? In a recent interview, the United States’ foremost educational historian Diane Ravitch told Big Think what really matters when it comes to learning, inside schools and out. Contrary to conventional wisdom, she says, it's not K-12 teachers who are most responsible for kids ...

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See This Now! "Footnote"

about 2 years ago

In a brilliant new twist on the theme of "fathers and sons," Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s film  Footnote examines the rivalry between two generations of Talmudic scholars at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Eliezar is a philologist who spent decades tracking down obscure inconsistencies that proved ...

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A History of Violence

about 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  When (if ever) is violence necessary? What (if anything) does it have to do with “manhood”? And what toll does a life of violence take on the human spirit? These questions writhe at the heart of Andre Dubus III’s profound new memoir, Townie . Forced at the age of 11 into ...

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Subversive Art and Russia's Protest Movement

about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Graffiti artist P183, whose real name is Pavel, canvasses the streets of Moscow at night armed with a can of spray paint. One of his murals depicts a grandmother and child holed up in a shelter with a bomb looming overhead. This is P183's commentary on Vladimir Putin's ...