Simon de Pury: Who are today's green artists?

Simon de Pury: Yes it is beginning to happen. In England for instance, you have David de Rothschild who has worked with designers, furniture makers to try and use recycled materials; transform them into works of art; or Africa has some of the greatest talent today. Artistic talent is coming out of Africa, and it is sensational to see how materials, you know, can . . . of very common objects are being recycled into major works of art. And so yes, one just begins to see something of that happening. There is a great collection of African art put together by a collector called John .... . . John ..., that collection has traveled through various museums. I think it was shown at the . . . the Hirshhorn if I’m not mistaken in Washington. It was shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa. It was shown at the Monte Carlo. It was shown at the Venice bi-annual. The last one, there was a whole section devoted to African art which showed some of those aspects. And . . . But it’s still not easy to find that art, and there are one or two good books that have been written on the subject. Recorded on: 2/7/08


De Pury on the work emerging from England and Africa.

Ideology drives us apart. Neuroscience can bring us back together.

A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.

  • How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
  • To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
  • The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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