Illustration by Andrea Turvey for TED.

Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?

Cowboy at Paniolo Heritage Rodeo-Saturday, Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

So much has disappeared from the islands of my childhood. Will the paniolo be next?

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Star Trek star George Takei has written a musical. No, not about his time on the U.S.S Enterprise, but about his family’s experience being interned during World War II. Take a look at this and other pop culture references to this little known period of American history

Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin disappears into his works, silently making bold statements about consumerism, mass culture — even the Chinese government. See a gallery of previously unpublished works.

Prisoner's Arms Resting on Cell Bars

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man, and spent 19 years in prison for his crime. He talks with neuroscientist Daniel Reisel about the challenge of rehabilitating in prison — and why it’s so important to restore people to society.

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Three men were executed by lethal injection in the United States last week. Helen Walters argues that the death penalty is wrong — and a new philosophy of criminal justice is desperately needed.

How a letter written in 1855 gave Kyra Gaunt a whole new perspective on slavery.