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The second best quality Diane Johnson has as a writer is that she's so smart. Her first best quality — and one that's far more rare — is that she credits her audience with being smart, too. Whether she's writing fiction, biography or essays, Johnson lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds.

Is Privacy Over? Tell Us Your Thoughts

Jan 31, 2014

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Everyone expects a degree of privacy. But is losing our privacy the cost of living in a modern world? Or can we have both?

We at PCHH have a long history with awards shows in general and the Grammys in particular, but this year's Grammys were a little different. Yes, Daft Punk took some big prizes, and Lorde took some big prizes, and Taylor Swift really played that piano super-hard, and Kacey Musgraves wore a dress that lit up.

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

About Beth Noveck's TED Talk

Former White House deputy CTO Beth Noveck shares her vision of practical openness: connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, and creating a truly participatory democracy.

About Beth Noveck

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

About Mikko Hyppönen's TED Talk

Virtually every international Internet user is being watched, says hacker and cyber security expert Mikko Hyppönen. He calls for digital privacy in the age of government surveillance.

About Mikko Hyppönen

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

About Hasan Elahi's TED Talk

When Hasan Elahi's name was mistakenly added to the U.S. government's watch list, he fought the assault on his privacy by turning his life inside-out for the world to see.

About Hasan Elahi

Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

Jan 31, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

About Alessandro Acquisti's TED Talk

Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti studies how everyday decisions contribute to blurring the line between our public and private lives.

About Alessandro Acquisti

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

Jan 31, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

About John Wilbanks' TED Talk

Health IT expert John Wilbanks explores whether the desire to protect privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could create a wave of health care innovation.

About John Wilbanks

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  • An education report commissioned by UNESCO found "shocking levels of youth illiteracy" around the world. At least 250 million of the 650 million primary school age children globally aren't learning basic skills in reading and math, the report finds.