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Aerial roots.
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There is an unusual, giant corn in southern Mexico that gets its own nitrogen from the air — no manufacturing required.

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Clockwise: Wheat in a field, flint corn, kamut grains, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
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Most of us get our food from the grocery store, not the fields where it grows. But if you really want to understand where our food comes from — and the potential threats to the food supply — you have to think about seeds.

Paul Wendell Jr.
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Rapper Tall Paul uses hip-hop to reclaim his Native language—and he's not the only musician remixing Native culture.

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A powwow in 2015 at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
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Tommy Orange's debut novel “There There” was one of the big breakout books of 2018. He told Steve that with his novel, he hoped to better represent modern Native Americans that have grown up living in cities.

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Person at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
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A wide range of writers — now celebrated with commercial and critical success — work to celebrate an evolving literary canon without limiting it. 

bamboo graffitt
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If climate change is the most urgent problem facing humanity, why are there so few novels about it? Acclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh believes that’s a big problem. He says climate change is less a science problem than a crisis of imagination.

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12:31
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Dangerous Ideas

When we talk about reforming work, fixing work, creating new kinds of work — author and historian James Livingston thinks perhaps we’re not going far enough. 

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4:51
man walking to work
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The anthropologist David Graeber says “BS jobs” are an epidemic. Especially in that circle of hell known as middle management.

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11:51