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Leading Matters

Leading Matters

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The DragonFly Effect: How Ideas Take Flight

Social psychologist and marketer Jennifer Aaker gives a presentation which draws on psychological insights on happiness, storytelling principles, and design thinking methodology to reveal why some ideas and brands take off quickly. (May 7, 2011)

49mins

26 May 2011

Rank #1

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The Future of the American West: A History

David Kennedy talks about the development of the American West as a region as well as the issues that need to be solved in order to create a successful future, specifically water management. (May 7, 2011)

1hr

26 May 2011

Rank #2

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Stem Cells and the Promise of New Cancer Therapies

Irv Weissman gives a presentation on the current state of stem cell research and technology, describing the current uses for them and how they will affect medical techniques in the future. (January 22, 2011)

56mins

7 Feb 2011

Rank #3

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What's Happening with English Language Learners in Our Schools?

Claude Goldenberg and Susan O'Hara discuss the challenges of teaching english language learners in the public school system and what is begin done to improve the process. (January 22, 2011)

58mins

7 Feb 2011

Rank #4

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Race to … Where? Will "Reform" Cure or Kill the American Public Education System?

(November 13, 2010) Deborah Stipek discusses the efforts that have been made over the last few years to reform the public education system in America. She shows why education will need to be so much different in the future.

1hr 4mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #5

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Iraq Then and Now: Lessons from Empires Past

Professor Priya Satia explores the parallels between the British occupation of Iraq after World War I and the current American occupation. (November 13, 2010)

59mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #6

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Music, Memory and (Gulp) Aging

Jonathan Berger discusses music as an aspect of human behavior and how it can be used to trigger memories and emotions. He also examines how music and memory correlate during the aging process. (November 13, 2010)

54mins

3 Dec 2010

Rank #7

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Why the Boston Tea Party Really Mattered

Jack Rakove gives a detailed history of the historic event that we now know as the Boston Tea Party. He gives historical background and explains the events leading up to and the implications stemming from the political event. (September 25, 2010)

59mins

15 Oct 2010

Rank #8

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The Automobile: Past, Present and Future

Michael Shanks, Chris Gerdes, Clifford Nass, and Sebastian Thrun -- all leading inventors and researchers at Stanford's new Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) -- investigate the topic of current, present, and future automobilles. (May 22, 2010)

1hr 8mins

11 Jun 2010

Rank #9

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Touching Where It Hurts: The Physician in a Technological Age

Dr. Abraham Verghese, a professor at Stanford University, discusses how doctoring has changed in the technological age, yet how some aspects of medicine -- some rituals -- are vital and unchanged since antiquity. (May 22, 2010)

56mins

11 Jun 2010

Rank #10

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From Dreams to Reality: Medical Breakthroughs on the Horizon

The presenters discuss how Stanford is leading the way in inventing and developing novel diagnostic and medical surveillance capabilities; techniques for disease control, mitigation and eradication; and tools for ensuring health and well-being. (May 22, 2010)

1hr 15mins

11 Jun 2010

Rank #11

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Performance in the Age of Social Networks, or, Facebook as Theater

Peggy Phelan, Stanford Ann O'Day Maples Professor in the Arts, discusses the elements of performance and self-fashioning in social networking sites. (May 22, 2010)

57mins

8 Jun 2010

Rank #12

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Motivating People in Lean Times

Professor Frank Flynn explores alternative "psychological levers" that can help engender employee motivation--tools that truly motivate employees without excessive spending. (May 22, 2010)

56mins

8 Jun 2010

Rank #13

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Innovation Is a Process, Not a Flash

David Kelley, George Kembel, Perry Klebahn, and Diego Rodriguez, four leading innovators from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, explore the process behind innovative outcomes to complex problems. (May 22, 2010)

1hr 14mins

8 Jun 2010

Rank #14

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What's New at the U.S. Supreme Court?

Kathleen Sullivan, Stanford Professor of Law, discusses recent rulings by the US Supreme court and asks if these decisions strike the right balance between respecting and restraining the work of the other executive branches. (April 17, 2010)

1hr 3mins

11 May 2010

Rank #15

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Improving Education: The Connection Between Motivation, Mind-Set and Achievement

Carol Dweck and Deborah Stipek discuss their perspectives on how a "fixed" mind-set can compromise a student's motivation and achievement, while teaching a "growth" mind-set can have the opposite effect. (March 6, 2010)

1hr

22 Mar 2010

Rank #16

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Civil Rights Law After Obama

Pamela Karlan will discuss what President Obama's election means for the blockbuster statutes passed during the Second Reconstruction and for civil rights law. (November 14, 2009)

1hr 12mins

4 Dec 2009

Rank #17

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The Jazz Improviser's Mind

Mark Applebaum, jazz pianist, composer, and Associate Professor of Composition and Theory in the Stanford Music Department, presents a mini-concert and lecture demonstration in which the basic principles of jazz and improvisation are explained. (May 9, 2009)

1hr

26 May 2009

Rank #18

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The Innocence Revolution and the Death Penalty

Lawrence Marshall, professor of law and associate dean for public service and clinical education, discusses the ramification over the wrongful conviction phenomenon on the criminal justice system in general and on the death penalty in particular. (May 9, 2009)

1hr 2mins

26 May 2009

Rank #19

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Solutions to the Long-Run Problems of the Economy

John Shoven, professor of economics and director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and George Shultz, fellow at the Hoover Institution and former Secretary of State, discuss long-term problems with the U.S. economy. (May 9, 2009)

1hr

26 May 2009

Rank #20