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Simple Ideas

The famous Renaissance man Leonardo Da Vinci once said that “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”. But could “simplicity” be used to solve major issues facing the globe like unsafe water, food shortages and a lack of basic education? On this episode, we talk with people who prove that simple ideas can foster change, make a profound impact and even save lives.

According to the World Health Organization, pneumonia and diarrhea are two of the leading causes of death among children, under the age of five, in developing countries. Yet, both can be prevented by access to simple hygiene products that most of us take for granted. Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save millions of lives using soap, while at the same time, offering programs to protect the environment. He’s the founder of the nonprofit social enterprise, Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel hygiene products.

The impact has been enormous. Since launching the effort in Orlando, Florida back in 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 30 million bars of soap to children and families in 100 countries around the world. In that time, the number of deaths from these diseases has dropped by 35%.

Shawn Seipler joins May Lee in the Los Angeles studio to talk about changing the world and saving lives, one bar of soap at a time.

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Connecting The World Through Music (David Foster)

Music is one of the greatest equalizers, bringing together people from all different social and cultural backgrounds for a shared human experience that transcends all boundaries. 

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Thinking Outside of the Box (Richard Curtis)

It seems solving some of the world’s biggest problems often takes novel or creative ideas so solution seekers who think “outside the box” tend to see big results. 

While some people merely dream of changing the world, for award-winning British filmmaker Richard Curtis, it’s a reality. The man behind such international hits as "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones’s Diary," is also co-founder of the hugely successful Comic Relief and Red Nose Day fundraising events. In life, and on film, Curtis seems to perfectly capture both humor and humanity.

Outwitting Genetics (Marianna Palka)

Illnesses can sometimes run in families. Inherited genetic mutations can increase a person’s risk of developing different diseases – from cancer to mental disorders. But now, relatively new genetic testing is changing the way these illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

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Unicef (Angelique Kidjo)

UNICEF was created in 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries devastated by World War Two. Since then, the UN program has furnished long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to millions of children and mothers in more than 190 countries.This week on Full Frame, we’ll meet three of UNICEF’s celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how they’ve used their fame and fortune to advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. 

Resilience (Sundaa Bridgett Jones)

Resilience is the ability to adapt to adversity; to roll with the punches despite the challenges before you. Could resilience help build a better world? Rather than “reacting,” would we be better off taking deliberate, planned, and proactive risks?

Sustainability of Land and Sea (Sylvia Earle)

Each year in April, the world demonstrates its support for environmental protection on what’s known as “Earth Day”. But what is being done the other 364 days of the year to safeguard the planet’s future?

In a warming world, the planet’s ecosystems are under attack, from clean water to a stable climate. Now, environmental pioneers, around the globe, are trying unique and innovative ways to save the Earth.