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TED2014 newsmakers: Ben Saunders ends epic Antarctic trek, Jehane Noujaim releases documentary via Netflix

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Ben Saunders in the final week of his 1,795 mile Antarctica trek. The journey didn't go as planned, but is now over. Image: The Scott Expedition/Facebook Ben Saunders in the final week of his 1,795 mile Antarctica trek. The journey didn’t go as planned, but is now over. Image: The Scott Expedition/Facebook

With just over a month until TED2014, themed “The Next Chapter,” this year’s lineup of speakers has been busy making music, writing books and, oh, trekking across Antarctica. Check out speakers who’ve made the news in recent weeks:

On Monday morning, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders completed his 1,795-mile, 105-day trek across Antarctica. This is Saunders’ third attempt to retrace the ill-fated journey of polar explorer Robert Scott. While he and trek partner Tarka L’Herpiniere had planned to do the journey unassisted, in this blog post Saunders explains the terrifying conditions that led him to call for a resupply plane. “In an instant I realised that my and Tarka’s lives are not something I wanted to gamble with,” he writes. “Now my head is…

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