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#BeyondTheSelfie

BY AMANDA PICHLER
@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

Amanda Pichler shares her year long exploration with self portriature.

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Copper Harbor, Michigan

BY JOHN DONOVAN
@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.

Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."

(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. 

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How to Live a R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Life

BY LAINE MENDENHALL-BUCK
@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

In 2014 Laine Mendenhall-Buck was "called by God" to live boldy and take more risks. This presentation shares her story and is intended to encourage others to take step out of their comfort zone.

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Change Your Past

BY SHERRY BORZO
@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

Personal historian Sherry Borzo shares a look at how our stories influence our past. 

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Kitchen Science: Fermenting with SCOBYs

BY SARAH HARGREAVES
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Sarah Hargreaves goes over some of the amazing science behind the process of fermentation and shows how you can take advantage of it to easily make cheap and delicious new foods in your own home.

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Back to the Land

BY NICK WALLACE
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.

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The Hero's Sandbox

BY MATHEW SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Mathew Smith teaches us that by searching for problems in the world we can understand what we want to do with our lives. He lays down a yellow brick road to guide us, and discusses the archetypal hero's journey.

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Puppy Mills in Iowa

BY MARY LAHAY
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

When Mary LaHay went shopping for a new puppy, she uncovered a shocking practice. Watch this presentation to learn what puppy mills are and why we should be more careful about where we buy our puppies from.

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New Zealand

BY JENNIE SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Jennie Smith tells you why you should go to New Zealand right now.

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Life Transformation

BY CRAIG NEIDERHEISER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

An inspirational talk by Craig Neiderheiser on how he turned his health around and how you can too.

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Introversion

BY CALEB KELLER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Caleb Keller goes over common misconceptions about introversion and how we can make better use of introvert's strengths. Caleb also discusses the realities of our extrovert-dominated society and how it came to be that extroverts are championed, whereas introverts are marginalized.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 14, 2013.

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Conscious Consumerism

BY BETHANY WILCOXON
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Bethany Wilcoxon is dialed in to the latest mobile applications asssiting their users in purchasing goods responsibly. She discusses her personal goals to cut down on spending, and speaks on apps like "Buycott" which encourage consumers to purchase from corporations who are socially and ethically responsible.

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