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Reads by Maria Popova

Illegal Drugs, Explained in LEGO: A 1970s PSA
Illegal Drugs, Explained in LEGO: A 1970s PSA

The architecture of addiction, or why mixed metaphors might be more harmful than marijuana.

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Radioactive Orchestra: Making Music from Nuclear Isotopes
Radioactive Orchestra: Making Music from Nuclear Isotopes

Getting excited about excited states, or what Marie Curie has to do with experimental music.

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Where Children Sleep: James Mollison’s Poignant Photographs
Where Children Sleep: James Mollison’s Poignant Photographs

What the Amazon rainforest has to do with the Kaisut Desert and Fifth Avenue luxury.

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Astonish Me: A Beautiful Short Film About the Mysteries of Nature
Astonish Me: A Beautiful Short Film About the Mysteries of Nature

What Harry Potter has to do with the enigmas of the natural world and the beauty of the unknown.

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In The Plex: How Google Changed Our Lives and Everything Else
In The Plex: How Google Changed Our Lives and Everything Else

What red gym balls have to do with censorship, privacy and organizing all the world’s information.

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Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries
Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries

A reading manifesto from Dr. Seuss, or what space ships have to do with fairy godmothers and civil rights.

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