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Jon Mooallem:
How the teddy bear taught us compassion

TED2014 · 14:16 · Filmed Mar 2014
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Jon Mooallem: How the teddy bear taught us compassion
14:16 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 15 languages

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.

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Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Full bio
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