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In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
12/26/2010 12:56 pm
PBS documentary 'The Calling,' 60-CD set 'Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition,' new Keith Urban album 'Get Closer,' and more recommendations.
12/17/2010 10:40 am
Golden Globe nominations 2011: The King's Speech and The Social Network took the most nominations.
12/15/2010 12:12 am
The fighting isn't just in the ring in 'The Fighter,' as Mark Wahlberg's working-class boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward deals with his destructive family.
12/10/2010 03:25 pm
We have more gift ideas for you this holiday season. For the person who enjoys Canadian television comedy, World War II drama, a TV documentary on mankind's narrative myths, and a classic British television detective series, we have a quartet of selections. By the way, if you would like to purchase any of these DVD sets, there are links to do so on each page and you can help the Monitor at the same time.
12/02/2010 12:23 pm
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, as prince and speech therapist, are marvelous in 'The King's Speech,' a moving and remarkable story of friendship and triumph.
11/24/2010 04:18 pm
Top picks: 'Edible Stories,' 'Mood Music for Time Travellers,' Fran Lebowitz focused documentary 'Public Speaking,' and more
Author Mark Kurlansky's 'Edible Stories,' Either Orchestra CD 'Mood Music for Time Travellers,' Martin Scorsese documentary 'Public Speaking' on Fran Lebowitz, and more recommendations.
11/18/2010 01:58 pm
For the first time in Arkansas, convicted murderers prevail in seeking review of DNA evidence. Such reviews have exonerated 261 others, but will it help West Memphis Three?
11/16/2010 04:52 pm
Veterans Day 2010 observances included a charity cross-country 'Gumpathon' and 'code talkers' ringing the bell on Wall Street.
11/11/2010 05:36 pm
In Pictures Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman