Maria Popova thinks and writes about science and art, poetry and philosophy, children's books and our search for meaning — about what it means to live a decent, inspired, substantive life of purpose and gladness, wonder-smitten by reality.

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Maria Popova is the creator of The Marginalian (founded in 2006 under the bygone name Brain Pickings), which is included in the Library of Congress permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials; the author of some very thick and some very slender books; and the maker of The Universe in Verse -- a charitable celebration of the wonder of reality through stories of science winged with poetry.

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Border Stories: A night of talks on immigration, justice and freedom

September 12, 2019

Immigration can be a deeply polarizing topic. But at heart, immigration policies and practices reflect no less than our attitude towards humanity. At TEDSalon: Border Stories, we explored the reality of life at the US-Mexico border, the history of the US immigration policy and possible solutions for reform — and investigated what’s truly at stake. […]

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