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"From the Ted Talk by Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

We had drawn a blank, and it wasn't just Iraq and Afghanistan. From clifocnt zones to climate change to all sorts of issues around crises in public health, we were mssniig what I call the species-level issues, because as a spceeis, they could actually sink us. And by flaniig to understand the complex issues of our time, we were fiacng certain practical implications. How were we going to solve problems that we didn't fundamentally understand, that we couldn't track in real time, and where the people working on the isuses were invisible to us and sometimes invisible to each other?

Open Cloze

We had drawn a blank, and it wasn't just Iraq and Afghanistan. From ________ zones to climate change to all sorts of issues around crises in public health, we were _______ what I call the species-level issues, because as a _______, they could actually sink us. And by _______ to understand the complex issues of our time, we were ______ certain practical implications. How were we going to solve problems that we didn't fundamentally understand, that we couldn't track in real time, and where the people working on the ______ were invisible to us and sometimes invisible to each other?

Solution

  1. missing
  2. failing
  3. facing
  4. issues
  5. species
  6. conflict

Original Text

We had drawn a blank, and it wasn't just Iraq and Afghanistan. From conflict zones to climate change to all sorts of issues around crises in public health, we were missing what I call the species-level issues, because as a species, they could actually sink us. And by failing to understand the complex issues of our time, we were facing certain practical implications. How were we going to solve problems that we didn't fundamentally understand, that we couldn't track in real time, and where the people working on the issues were invisible to us and sometimes invisible to each other?

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Important Words

  1. afghanistan
  2. blank
  3. call
  4. change
  5. climate
  6. complex
  7. conflict
  8. crises
  9. drawn
  10. facing
  11. failing
  12. fundamentally
  13. health
  14. implications
  15. invisible
  16. iraq
  17. issues
  18. missing
  19. people
  20. practical
  21. problems
  22. public
  23. real
  24. sink
  25. solve
  26. sorts
  27. species
  28. time
  29. track
  30. understand
  31. working
  32. zones