A selection of uplifting reads — all suggested by TED speakers — for your end-of-year break.

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How the setting for “Slumdog Millionaire” became the location for a unique and vibrant pushcart museum

This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves

Victor Gruen was an avant-garde European socialist who inadvertently designed that all-American creature, the mall. But, as Steven Johnson reveals, his master plan was way grander — and one we might want to build today

Filmmakers Jenni Chang and Lisa Dozals offer photos of eight people they met when documenting the global diversity of LGBTQ experience.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, an international humanitarian and author, writes about misogyny and the continuing struggle for women’s equality — and points to the way ahead

This fall photographer Camille Seaman travelled to join the pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Here, she brings us up close to some of the many people drawn there to defend the water and the earth.