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Pindrop

Author: TED

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Escape with host Saleem Reshamwala as he journeys across the globe in search of the world's most surprising and imaginative ideas. It's not a travel show, exactly. It's a deep dive into the ideas that shape a particular spot on the map, brought to you by local journalists and creators. Weave through the streets of Bangkok with a motorcycle midwife. Time-travel with dinosaurs behind a hardware store in New Jersey. Meet a guy who dresses up as a luchador to protect citizens from traffic in Mexico City. Drop in, listen up, dig deep.
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Oberammergau

Oberammergau

2020-07-0147:54

Nearly 400 years ago, a tiny town in Germany made a bargain with God: spare its people from the Black Plague and we'll put on a play in your honor... forever. And it worked! Now every decade, the entire town comes together to stage the play, drawing massive crowds to one of the largest religious spectacles in the world. But problematic parts of the play have been challenged, and tensions rise when a new voice tries to update a 2,000 year old story with help from some unexpected allies
Mexico City

Mexico City

2020-06-2426:11

Harnessing the creativity of a megalopolis isn't easy, but Mexico City shows us how it's done. Follow a real-life superhero who dons a luchador mask and cape to protect his fellow residents from speeding cars, learn how citizens are hacking their way to a better public transport system, and see what it takes to crowd-source a constitution from a city with 21 million minds. We're doing a survey! If you have a minute, please take it at surveynerds.com/pindrop. It really helps make the show better.
Mantua Township

Mantua Township

2020-06-1740:192

With each step, you slide 400,000 years back in time. Where are you? Behind a hardware store in New Jersey — which also happens to be a massive prehistoric graveyard. The only thing that can save it from turning into an apartment complex is geologist Ken Lacovara, a Leslie Knope-type local government official, and a community effort unlike any attempted before. Hear how this town of 15,000 tapped into a 66 million year old murder mystery, and learn why solving it is so important to our own future on earth. We're doing a survey! If you have a minute, please take it at surveynerds.com/pindrop. It really helps make the show better.
Nairobi

Nairobi

2020-06-1030:433

Fun, fierce and frivolous: AfroBubbleGum is an art movement from Nairobi, Kenya, that challenges the narratives often seen about Africa as limited to war, poverty and devastation. But sharing this joyous art is no frivolous task — it can even mean having your work banned. See why AfroBubbleGum faces opposition and what artists, like filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, are willing to do to fight for it. Also featuring an interview and music from "Blinky" Bill Sellanga. We're doing a survey! If you have a minute, please take it at surveynerds.com/pindrop. It really helps make the show better.
Bangkok

Bangkok

2020-05-2728:514

Let's say you go into labor in the back of a taxi. The traffic is so bad you don't know if you'll make it to the hospital on time. You make the obvious call to the local radio station—which serves as an emergency hotline, lost and found, and community noticeboard all at once. Now a team of motorcycle police (trained as midwives!) is on the way, weaving through the streets of this sinking city. Adaptability, connectivity, creativity in Bangkok, Thailand. We're doing a survey! If you have a minute, please take it at surveynerds.com/pindrop. It really helps make the show better.
Launching on May 27: Pindrop, a new podcast from TED. Escape with host Saleem Reshamwala as he journeys across the globe in search of the world's most surprising and imaginative ideas. It's not a travel show, exactly. It's a deep dive into the ideas that shape a particular spot on the map, brought to you by local journalists and creators. Weave through the streets of Bangkok with a motorcycle midwife. Time-travel with dinosaurs behind a hardware store in New Jersey. Meet a guy who dresses up as a luchador to protect citizens from traffic in Mexico City. Drop in, listen up, dig deep.
Comments (5)

Johnny Hamilton

Oh, good lord! As a new listener I was excited about the potential for this podcast. What a purported to be about was very intriguing, and I couldn’t wait to get started listening. However, the Mantua township episode has strayed far, far, into liberal mantra and progressive talking points. A paleontologist spouting off about global warming, and the fact that we apparently are the cause of it, that’s not what I was wanting to hear.

Jun 25th
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Sylvia Stéphanie D.

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Jun 16th
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Pete Jackson King

I just love the end of this!! Thank you Brian!!

Jun 13th
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Peyman Askaripour

It’s broken and I couldn’t neither download it nor listen it.

Jun 2nd
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