The PRI team shares the people, actions, inventions, and places that are currently inspiring us.
|Climate change is something on the forefront of my mind. And the folks at grist.org know how to present facts in an interesting, sometimes funny, always compelling, way.|
|My friend introduced me to a fabulous show called "Only Connect" from the BBC. Four seemingly unrelated items are presented, and teams compete to find the connection between them. What’s the connection here: Plum, Moriarty, Indiana Jones, Higgins? If you said they’re all professors, you’d be correct. That’s probably the simplest of all clues we’ve seen—and that’s why my family and I are hooked. Presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell is sharp, witty, and just about perfect.|
“Here we mark the price of freedom.”
I’ve always been inspired by the wit, insight, and humble inquisitive nature of Joe Persico, and am saddened by his passing. In addition to his role as a speechwriter for Nelson Rockefeller and the numerous books he’d researched and written (first on index cards—including the autobiography My American Journey: Colin Powell (with Joseph Persico), he participated in writing the words that adorn the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. I’ll always remember the 4th of July discussions he and my father, a WWII vet, would enjoy.
|Very inspired this month by Serena Williams's sixth U.S. Open win. She's also starring in an ad for Beats by Dre that inspires us all to get off the couch and get some exercise.|
|Eliza Dushku may be taking a break from acting, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t keeping busy. Best known for her role as Faith, the rogue vampire slayer in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she just returned from Africa on a trip for THRIVEGulu, a non-profit organization where she serves on the board of directors. THRIVEGulu operates a center for community gathering and learning in Gulu, Uganda, to support the emotional healing and rehabilitation of trauma victims of the Ugandan civil war through educational programs. Here she is pictured meeting some children from the village.|
First the ALS ice bucket challenge, now the rice bucket challenge—India's twist on the fundraising campaign that has taken the Internet by storm.
Unlike the ice bucket challenge, which involves pouring ice-cold water on one's head to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, participants of the rice bucket challenge do not dump rice over their heads. Instead, they are asked to buy or cook a bucket of rice and give it to someone in need.
|Nail polish that detects date rape drug: "With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes colour, she'll know that something is wrong."|