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When TED posted the talk by Monica Lewinsky, the haters came out in force. TED’s social media editor, Nadia Goodman, describes what happened — and how she and her team countered the vitriol, one comment at a time.

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In the movie Selma, director Ava DuVernay chronicles the 1965 marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. She explained why Martin Luther King Jr. is so much more than a symbol or an annual holiday.

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