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From the Ted Talk by John Hockenberry: We are all designers

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Here's my favorite design moment: In the city of kasihnsa in Zaire in the 1990s, I was working for ABC News, and I was reporting on the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator, the btuarl dictator in Zaire, who raped and pillaged that country. There was rioting in the middle of Kinshasa. The plcae was falling apart; it was a horrible, horrible place, and I needed to go and explore the center of Kinshasa to report on the rioting and the looting. pleope were cinayrrg off vehicles, carrying off pieces of buildings. Soldiers were in the streets shooting at looters and hidenrg some in mass arrests. In the middle of this cahos, I'm rolling around in a wheelchair, and I was completely invisible. Completely. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a looter. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a joarnluist, particularly, at least from their perspective. And I didn't look like a soldier, that's for sure. I was part of this sort of background noise of the misery of zraie, completely invisible. And all of a sudden, from around a corner, comes this young man, paralyzed, just like me, in this metal and wood and leather peadl, three-wheel tricycle-wheelchair device, and he pedals up to me as fast as he can.

Open Cloze

Here's my favorite design moment: In the city of ________ in Zaire in the 1990s, I was working for ABC News, and I was reporting on the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator, the ______ dictator in Zaire, who raped and pillaged that country. There was rioting in the middle of Kinshasa. The _____ was falling apart; it was a horrible, horrible place, and I needed to go and explore the center of Kinshasa to report on the rioting and the looting. ______ were ________ off vehicles, carrying off pieces of buildings. Soldiers were in the streets shooting at looters and _______ some in mass arrests. In the middle of this _____, I'm rolling around in a wheelchair, and I was completely invisible. Completely. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a looter. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a __________, particularly, at least from their perspective. And I didn't look like a soldier, that's for sure. I was part of this sort of background noise of the misery of _____, completely invisible. And all of a sudden, from around a corner, comes this young man, paralyzed, just like me, in this metal and wood and leather _____, three-wheel tricycle-wheelchair device, and he pedals up to me as fast as he can.

Solution

  1. brutal
  2. pedal
  3. people
  4. chaos
  5. zaire
  6. herding
  7. kinshasa
  8. place
  9. journalist
  10. carrying

Original Text

Here's my favorite design moment: In the city of Kinshasa in Zaire in the 1990s, I was working for ABC News, and I was reporting on the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator, the brutal dictator in Zaire, who raped and pillaged that country. There was rioting in the middle of Kinshasa. The place was falling apart; it was a horrible, horrible place, and I needed to go and explore the center of Kinshasa to report on the rioting and the looting. People were carrying off vehicles, carrying off pieces of buildings. Soldiers were in the streets shooting at looters and herding some in mass arrests. In the middle of this chaos, I'm rolling around in a wheelchair, and I was completely invisible. Completely. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a looter. I was in a wheelchair; I didn't look like a journalist, particularly, at least from their perspective. And I didn't look like a soldier, that's for sure. I was part of this sort of background noise of the misery of Zaire, completely invisible. And all of a sudden, from around a corner, comes this young man, paralyzed, just like me, in this metal and wood and leather pedal, three-wheel tricycle-wheelchair device, and he pedals up to me as fast as he can.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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