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♪ the reichs museum, 7:00 a.m. they let me in before the crowds for a priceless moment alone with rembrandt. red light district, midnight. here the crowd considers the price of a moment alone with her. for centuries, this town has catered to those in search of
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pleasure for eye and soul, fresh and ego. welcome to amsterdam, the world's most liberal city for over 500 years. and now this ancient place wants to be the world's most livable city, a model for a better urban future. but the tides are rising, both ocean and human. so i wonder what happens to such an open-minded place when so many minds and borders are slamming shut. my name is bill weir and i'm a storyteller. i've reported from all over the world, and i have seen so much change.
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so i made a list of the most wonderful places to explore right before they change forever. this is "the wonder list." ♪ >> i've been a new yorker now about a quarter of my life, and i never realized until this episode how much we all owe to the dutch. because the basic ideals of melting pot america, the freedom of trade and religion, speech, democracy, the very soul of new amsterdam would not exist without old amsterdam. the impossible capital of an impossible country. see those lights above museum square? that is natural sea level.
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all of this should be 10 feet under water. but the dutch are crafty. they took salty swamp and made a country. dig a canal, throw the mud on the side. build a house on that mud, rinse, and repeat. 600 years ago, they carved a country out of land no one wanted. so instead of answering to some king or pope, the dutch have always ruled themselves. community keeps them dry. and empathy keeps them progressive. same-sex marriage, euthanasia, these ideas were accepted here long before anywhere else. but at the same time, the cutting edge dutch can be very old-fashioned. exhibit a.
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newborn dutch see the world from the become of a bicycle. from the front of a bicycle. and when they're 4, they learn to get on a bicycle. when it rains, sleets, or snows, they just ride faster. this is a hard-core commute. >> around age 4 they learn how to ride [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> where only a foreign bonehead carries a iphone in his back pocket. [ bleep ] damn it! this sturdy little number belongs to fleur. >> thank you for loaning me the dutch experience. >> you played it very well. >> well, i don't know about that. i think i looked horrible. ridiculous. >> you didn't bump into anybody. >> i didn't hit anybody. >> she is a dutch journalist and a proud zamoraer. >> when you're in high school and a boy asks you on a date,
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does he come pick you up on his bicycle? >> yes. >> really? >> yes. >> and i also think it's very romantic to sit on the back of the bike and the guy is cycling. and you go to a bar and hang out and then go off again tomorrow. it's a romantic thing. >> i'll be honest, when people would say amsterdam, my hole life i would immediately think of drugs and sex. >> yeah. >> what do you think of that? >> yeah, that's something that -- yeah, that really hits me. >> it's got to be offensive if you love this city. >> a little, yeah. because the way we see it as a city full of culture and pretty architecture. yeah, there is so much happening. i don't really see the whole idea of coming here only to do -- turkey, sin. >> yeah. >> but if you do, the locals will likely just roll their eyes and roll on by. few people more proudly embrace the idea of live and let live. but i wonder, what made the
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dutch so dutch? what made amsterdam so progressive so soon? well, i found some clues inside "the wonder list" zamora bureau. at least for a week, we rented this 300-year-old canal house. and it's a fantastic illustration of the idea, the mind-set that framed this place. you see, even the richest merchant in the gold age lived in homes no wider than a few millimeters. servants also lived in a place like this under the house, but were treated like members of the family. feudal lords would visit from the rest of europe and would be shocked to see a maid eating with the family. of course, in a man-made place like this, every square inch is put to good use. we might call it cramped. they call it hezilikite, cozy. back in the day the first floor was usually the store. and polite visitors would take
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off their clogs before crossing the line into this new concept known as home. now the success of that home often depended on dad's ability to stand in a spot like this and imagine the possibilities. i mean, think of the dutchman who stood here decades before the united states was even born and enjoyed this view. this exact view that is so full of possibilities. this is a merchant town. your ability to make a living depended on your ability to have an open mind, to welcome strangers from strange lands, their new technologies and new ideas. all of that together made amsterdam one of a kind. >> i lived here almost 50 years. and every morning i cycle along one of the canals. it is just a feeling that's you wake up next to a beautiful partner. a beautiful wife you feel good.
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>> he is an esteemed author, a historian and lifetime amsterdamer. and together we zip around the waterways where every five years an event called sail gives an idea of how much wealth and energy sailed in and out at the height of the renaissance. and holding it all together, dutch cooperation. it's funny. i was reading that the story of the little dutch boy was written by an american. right? >> that never happened. >> it would never happen here. here it would be a committee. here it would be the water board comes together and they're the here trophy's story. >> when there is this enormous storm, and the dike goes down. we have to be together to save. when you have to pump away a lot of rainwater we have to do it together. >> but holland's legendary togetherness is being tested these days, along with their
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liberal ideas. dozens of the notorious pot smoking coffee shops have been shut down. sex workers feel as if they're under siege. and fights over immigration are pitting neighbor against neighbor. so how long will the tolerant dutch tolerate tolerance? ♪ >> "the wonder list with bill weir" is brought to you by -- the world is full of surprising moments. they're everywhere. and as a marriot rewards member, i can embrace them all. the new marriott portfolio of hotels now has 30 brands in over 110 countries. so no matter where you go, you are here. join or link accounts at members.marriott.com.
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wonder what rembrandt would make of modern amsterdam. crowds bathed in red light. a tourism industry driven by sex, drugs, and art. well, he actually used local prostitutes as models back in the day, and he painted his own reflections so many times, his brush is the original selfie stick. so he'd probably love amsterdam
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in the age of instagram. the dutch masters invented the moody filter, capturing ordinary schmoes, the milk maid, and light normally made for gods and kings. so what would they do with window front hookers? but what would happen to this side of modern amsterdam as crowds get bigger and attitudes get tighter? >> today they want to close down windows in the red light district. >> how many windows? a percentage? all of them? >> no, not all of them. no, they're too smart for that. >> mariska is a former prostitute. >> i started sex work in a very impulsive way because i needed money to buy a dog. >> really? >> a german shepherd. >> so if you could travel back in time and talk to that 16-year-old girl who wanted the
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german shepherd, what would you tell her? >> girl, what were you thinking? >> we want our windows back! >> she is now an advocate for the 20,000 licensed sex workers in the netherlands. most are from south america or eastern europe who discover that when they get here, it's harder and harder to make a living in the oldest profession. and she rallies sympathizers to march with them in protest. >> it's called project 1012. 1012 is the zip codes, i believe it's called in english. it's actually a gentrification plan. and they think we have too many coffee shops, too many window brothels, too many cheap tourists, a low standard businesses. >> the red light district has long been one of the nicest neighborhoods in amsterdam with residents who embraced their naughty neighbors. but today's locals are overrun by waves of tourists, most who aren't buying, just looking. >> it's unbelievable that people
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often see sex workers in our windows as objects instead of human beings. i worked in the early '80s myself in the windows here. and sometimes i felt like a strange type of monkey in a zoo. i even played for a monkey sometimes when they made me completely crazy. i started -- in my underwear and high heels. people looked at me like what? >> oh my goodness. >> they make you crazy sometimes. but we had more customers than tourists. and today it's the other way around. so in a way, tourism is kind of destroying work for sex workers in the area. >> i hear a similar lament over at the world famous greenhouse, where joe and his fellow owners consider themselves heirs to amsterdam's sailors of fortune. but instead of silk, they import the finest marijuana. >> you're a dad. >> yeah. >> do your kids know what you're
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doing for a live? >> well, it's all over youtube. and i'm smoking a joint with snoop dogg. >> explain the rules. cannabis is not really legal? >> it's not really legal. basically, the government gives out a few -- they're not even called licenses. they're basically a declaration. they will look the blind eye if we follow some rules, basic rules like no hard drugs, no under 18 years old in a coffee shop. we can only have 500 grams in the coffee shop, which is one pound. compared to the state, that's very low. it is legal for a coffee shop to sell the weed in a coffee shop. but it's not legal to buy the weed, you know. >> so where do they think you're getting it? >> basically, it comes dropped from the sky. >> joe says the weed business in the u.s. is already much more advanced, because the dutch are forever tangled in a moral tug-of-war, trying to figure out just the right amount of wrong. >> you think should it be legal
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everywhere? >> yes, i think should it be legal everywhere. >> you do? >> where in the world can you find different religious like a muslim and atheist and a christian sit in one place and have a nice discussion with each other? there is very few places in the world, no? >> yes. the united nations. >> exactly. >> of cannabis. >> explain the word joint. the joint that we pass around enjoys people. >> it is a beautiful city, of course. but i have more and more learned to appreciate the mentality of the amsterdamers as a beautiful thing. you can live and let live. >> right. >> everharts is the mayor, charged with finding the balance in decadence. is there a thing as too much freedom, though? we're wrestling with legalization of marijuana in the united states and trying to find the best way forward. what lessons could we learn? >> i can't find scarcely
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examples of too much freedom. but it can happen. >> too many coffee shops on one block would drive people away, right? >> 40 coffee shops. we still have 170. but we thought in certain neighborhoods, there were too many. for instance, next to the schools. >> coffee shops in the south of holland were getting so many border-hopping tokers from belgium and germany, the government issued a weed pass. >> that means only people from holland can enter a could have of fee shop. the mayor of amsterdam luckily didn't agree with this because there are so many people coming to amsterdam also to try cannabis. >> sure. >> they would end up on the street basically where you have street dealers and everything. >> you get what, about nine million tourists a year? >> something like that, yeah. >> how many is too many? >> we don't know. like every western country, we have made a lot of effort to get the tourists to the city. but we have stopped doing that, because we will not follow
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venice or florence or barcelona. we need a balance. i always say a city primarily belongs to its citizens. and the tourists are very welcome, but there are limits. >> but as this famously open place tightens up, the fiercest arguments aren't over who gets to visit, but who gets to stay. ♪ ♪ i want a hippopotamus for christmas ♪ ♪ only a hippopotamus will do at the united states postal service, we deliver more online purchases to homes than anyone else in the country. and more hippopotamuses, too.
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♪ this is the story of amir, the aoud, and the red scarf. the story about the biggest fights and the biggest fear in the netherlands today. >> you're from homs, syria? >> yeah, i am from the last time. but i grow up in syria. >> amor's dad played the aoud, and as a boy he fell in love with this instrument. at 21, he started a music school
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to spread that love. >> and almost two years i had more than 100 students in my school. >> wow. >> but then came war. this is what his hometown of homs looks like today. >> when you go out to home, you have to say goodbye to your family as last goodbye, because you don't know if you'll come back or not. >> wow. >> that's the war. >> when did you decide to leave? >> i decided to leave -- >> it's the only time his mood darkens. >> i can not talk than. >> until the pain of that memory passes. >> about why i decide to leave. it was about if i stay, i will be killed. >> did you have a plan on how to get out? did you know where to go or how
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to cross? >> no. just go. >> really? >> yeah. >> just took everything you had. did you take your -- >> nothing. >> instruments? >> just my instruments and my red scarf. >> and your red scarf. >> and so began a journey from this to this. a winding journey of thousands of miles. constant border bribe, countless refugee camps. in one, he started a music school and posted their songs on youtube as proof of life and hope. >> that was for me not about to let my students be online, to tell the people around the world we still have life. we live. we still -- we love the life. not just war, war, war. there is something nice. >> did you know you wanted to come to the netherlands? >> yes.
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>> why? >> i watch first of all on tv. when i look at netherland's team, we see always very nice girls. [ laughter ] >> very early, and then they city in the netherlands. >> but he had no idea that the netherlands were going through hard, angry times. the open-minded dutch were worried about their borders and their future. and fewer people articulated the fears better than this man, who works just a few miles from amer's new home in the hague. >> you been called the dutch donald trump. >> wow. >> how do you -- >> well, i'm flattered. >> are you? >> yes, of course. because i think he is a very brave man, that he woke up not only the republican party in your country, but also the united states as such. certainly if i would be an
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american, i would vote for him. >> gert wilders believes holland is being overrun with muslims. and more than 20% of the country agrees with him. he was convicted of discrimination but cleared and given no punishment. >> 20% of the electorate are not racist or bigots. they're just concerned about their own identity and their own safety and securing their own culture. and we have too much islam in the netherlands today. we are not an islamic country. the biggest disease in europe today is cultural relativism. politicians who believe that all account chers are equal. they are not. our culture based on christianity and judaism and humanism is far more sophisticated, far better than the islamic culture. >> the dutch people are very direct. they're very blunt, right? >> i love that. >> you like that? >> oh my god.
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really, because it's just say what you think, what you feel. you don't need to go around like in syria, you cannot go direct. >> right. >> you have to go around. i hated that. like just go. >> just say what you mean. >> yes. >> so we know where we stand. >> just say. >> but with more and more dutch men willing to tell him he is not welcome, how can he stay? and just how far is gert wilders willing to go to get rid of him? how can amsterdam be amsterdam with your ideas? >> but it's a very good question. there is no typical day. there is nothing typical about making movies. i'm victoria alonso and i'm an executive producer...
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amsterdam, every historian will tell you, became this intellectual rich capital because it was the open-minded, accepting, tolerant society. >> i agree. >> at the time. >> yes. >> you're going against everything i thought the dutch were about.
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>> yes. >> how can -- how can amsterdam be amsterdam with your ideas? >> but it's a very good question. and i think the problem is we dutch are known for our tolerance. yes a tolerant people. we are tolerant country. but in the process of the last decades, we made one mistake, and that is we started to become tolerant to the intolerant as well, to the ideology of hate that has no tolerance for us. we became tolerant as well. hey, we have in holland whether you like it or not the enormous problem with the moroccan community. of course not with everybody. i pick moroccan because both comes to dependency on social benefits as when it comes to the public crime rates, they are overrepresented enormously. i didn't say and i didn't mean that all moroccans are wrong or bad people or all moroccans should leave. i would never say that but less
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moroccans, yes, indeed. >> you did say to the turks don't even think about joining the eu. you're not welcome. and at the heart of your criticism, as you just said, a belief that islam is perverse and by nature a violent religion. >> yes. >> but what do you say to military and law enforcement officials who believe that we need -- they need the billion and a half moderate muslims on their side. and by inciting this kind of fear and suspicion, your making that fight harder. >> you know, islam is not here to integrate or assimilate. islam, the word means it even, is here to dominate. i'm not saying that all muslims are bad people or terrorists. it would be ridiculous to even suggest and i would never do that. a muslim highest to our constitution, to our values. and of course they are welcome to stay and equal as anybody else in our society.
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but don't be fooled. islam has no place in our free society. islam and democracy are incompatible. and almost every country, if not every country where islam is dominant has a total lack of democracy, a total lack of freedom and a civil society. >> i leave the hague wondering what holland's muslims must think as those ideas catch fire. 5% of this nation of 17 million practices islam, including abutallab, a moroccan who came here at age 15 and learn dutch from vol tire, the first thing to do is to use a bicycle. but i have no money for a bicycle. so i borrow a bike federal a friend and then go to a park and learn to ride a bike. and fall and get up and fall.
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>> you had to learn to ride a bike before you could learn to speak the language. >> that's correct. >> that's amazing. >> it's even more amazing now that he is the mayor of rotterdam and the political counter weight to wilders. >> if i press this button, the answer. if i close the borders, have i the answer. if i smash the muslims out of the country, that is the answer that is wrong. and he knows that. of course. smart enough to know that. but people are really desperate, in need for answers on complex questions. >> how long did it take you to feel dutch? >> i think 15 years. >> yeah. >> it's really a complicated thing. and don't ask immigrants to burn everything that they have been learning while living in another culture. >> the mild mannered mayor made headlines when he told muslim extremists to f off. but that was a rare outburst. when wilders attacks islam on a
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daily basis, his poll numbers go up, especially among those outside the cities. it's easy to live in a canal house in amsterdam. >> it's gorgeous, yeah. >> and talk about liberal values and tolerance for us. but if you live in a little village and your property value goes down? that tests your values. >> exactly. for example, the financial crisis is something that gave a lot of fear as well. because also in the cities, i don't think we noticed it that well. but in other pars of the country, they did. so they're afraid of their jobs. and then there is lots of immigrants coming. now and i kind of get why they are tense and why they are afraid. >> it's the same wedge of fear that split britain from the eu and could eventually tear modern europe apart. but in the meantime, after years in the system and five different
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settlement kampxcamps, amer now his own place. it seems he got in just in time. >> talk to me and she told me you can stay in netherlands. like now here almost three years. and i can stay in netherland, take care of me with everything. that's meaning a lot for me, of course. i have to do a lot for netherland for that. >> you owe them now, you feel indebted, yeah. >> yeah. >> he teaches music to dutch kids now, and is touring the nation with his oud and his red scarf. and as for mr. wilders? >> i would like one time, one day to meet him. >> you would? >> to talk to him like do you know what you have? and i will tell you what i have. >> you think if he meets somebody like you? >> i think he will change. >> it will change his mind. >> one islamic and one
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christian. i have very good best of friends, jewish friends and the christian friends. and some people don't believe about all that but in the end, your religion between you and your god. it's not between me and you. if anyone understand that like that, the world would be very nice without all these wars.
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if it was smart and new, the dutch were early adopters. they were all over inventions like the book, the newspaper, microscope, telescopes, the stock market. but this is the invention that made them rich. and this spot was the silicon valley of the 1700s.
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there were over a thousand mills here using wind to pump water, saw lumber, even grind pigment for rembrandt's paint. without wind power, the sea faring nation could not have built so many ships so fast. now they want to use it to power all their trains. by next year. they want to ban gasoline powered cars by 2025. and eventually run everything from toasters cleanly. >> can i climb in with you? awesome. >> yes, in the land of innovation, this is a school bus. these electric chariots are the brainchild of edwin who thought -- >> there needs to be another way. and we thought of the specs. ten children, safety, et cetera.
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>> right. low carbon footprints. quiet. >> quiet, but also socially. which this model, the driver could be a parent or a teacher. there are now 1200 of these babies zipping babies all around the netherlands. but imagine a day when delivery men or plumbers can park their big trucks outside of town and shuttle to your door on something this small, clean, and quiet. and this guy, he gets paid to think about that future every day. so you are the chief technology officer, not of a company, but of the city. >> yep. the city of amsterdam. >> how does that happen? >> our city was a bit we think in their strategy and hey, we need to adapt quicker to, well, changes in society from social net works to autonomous vehicles, to e health care to education. we felt we needed to create a new way of thinking within the city.
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>> through the years, not all efforts to make amsterdam smarter were warmly embraced. plans to run a subway through the city in the '70s led to riots. bad urban planning created soulless suburbs and detached get toes. so today they want to try something else. they want to think small, less george jetson, more matt damon in "the martian" using scientific efficiency to survive. take the vicle house, for example. a cardboard wrapping machine rolls to your space and one day cranks out an inexpensive home built to last a century. >> every piece is around 5,000, 6,000. and then you have to construct it. >> you can save money. and every year you can make your house a bit bigger. >> they imagine low tech water towers to manage floods and droughts, living walls to help
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manage waste water. >> the water filters through the plants. >> and you can drink it. >> inside. >> natural filtration. oh, my gosh, that's brilliant. >> historians at yale recently mapped the explosion of cities through time. this is what the world looked like at the height of the roman empire. by the time amsterdam was born, the sprawl seems dramatic until you see what's happened since the industrial revolution. if anyone has a head start on figuring out life on a really crowded planet, it's the folks who made a country out of flooded wasteland. this used to be what? a classroom? >> yeah, this used to be a classroom. >> instead of bulldozing old school buildings, amsterdam encourages families to renovate them. groups submit bids, and those are the smartest ideas, lease an old schoolhouse for 100 years.
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will you show me around? can i get a little tour? >> yeah, yeah. this is the kitchen. we love cooking. you see why we have a big kitchen. >> mario lange, her husband and her neighbors are all pioneers in a new move to let individuals create their own energy. there used to be one power company in town. now there are 50. >> and here you have a roof terrace. >> beautiful. >> yeah. here are the solar panels. >> so how much of your power is generated cleanly? >> like 80, 85%. >> people are starting an energy company, breaking down traditional struck cherts and hierarchy. >> and why buy a bridge from a far away factory when a robot could print one out right over the canal. this is yoris. along with a few colleagues, they found out a way to 3-d
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print bicycles and benches. and now he hopes to eventually printout entire cities. >> for instance, in other city in the world that wants another bridge, we could print another bridge in a different forum, shape, you name it, ornaments, with the same's. >> the whole concept, just because we build roads like we do. >> right. >> but we could think of different concepts. >> temporary highway for a festival. >> new technologies . >> he wants to update his city the way tech companies update apps. use smart lamp posts to monitor crowds. big data to refine the way we live. >> everything that happens in the city, application and the app store of amsterdam in this perspective. >> some worry about unintended consequences. >> the smart lamp post is replacing the person guarding on
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the street. to a lot of people this is progress, a sign of progress, automation, but to a lot of other people it means a loss of job. but the city is filled with people, so we're not tech savvy, and so the smart scene doesn't really know what to do, actually, with these people. they've become a negative category. >> interesting. >> that's a problem. >> there's that tension between old fashioned concern and modern creativity. as they carve out new ways of living, i wonder what other lessons can we take? what other bits of dutch innovation can the rest of the world borrow or steal? the world is full of surprising moments. they're everywhere.
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>> perfectly fits the historical under 25-year-old arch. every night it pops up and transforms the station into rainbow station. >> wow. all of these are the brain children of don ruskart. artist, innovator, and willie wonka of home improvement. some of his invexes are whimsy. others are to save us from ourselves. >> this is a smoke free tower. it sucks up air and purifies it. playgrounds that are 75 more clean than the rest of the city. and this is the stuff we are sucking up from the sky. >> no kidding. >> it's disgusting. we looked at this bag an stuff and realized that 42% of this is made out of carbon, and carbon
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under high pressure, you get -- >> diamonds. >> so we decided to make smoke free ring. by getting a ring, you donate money to the city. >> that's amazing. how would you character rise the dutch point of view? is there something about this space, this light, these people that gave us both the masters and these modern ideas in. >> yeah, but i think the desire to cultivate the land and to experiment, that's a dutch thing. also sort of not trying to fit into the rules, sort of this healthy criticism -- >> rebellious? >> yeah. >> also helps. >> yeah. you need a certain level of arrogance to live below sea level, don't you? >> it's not arrogance. it's confidence. >> he is confident enough to try
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and reinvent the street light, imagining roads that need to electricity to guide drivers in the dark but glow like lightning bugs. he put starry night underneath your feet and tires on a bike path. >> hello. that is cool. the most fitting van gogh quote i could find is normality is a paved road. comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it. seeing this, you got to wonder what vincent would think of his homeland trying to completely redefine normality. but unless you're a ted talking celebrity designer like don, whimsical concepts don't pay the bills or create jobs yet.
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but another kind of lightbulb moment comes an hour to the southwest in a town where electronics giant phillips once employed almost everyone in town. >> it started with a live belt. >> in the 70s this man's dad was among tens of thousands cranking out products until all the jobs went to asia. >> one thing stayed here. that was research and development. that's the gold of our town. >> it's research and development? >> yes. >> that didn't move away. the brains stayed here. after governments and industry and academia banded together, about 700 entrepreneurs now live, work and play right here. this is incredible. it's the first time i've ever been to a hallowed out company town full of life.
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you've got kids playing in the courtyard of a tv factory and coders and engineers and artists partying over there. >> exactly. >> do you think this could happen in detroit? >> where people are, this can happen, i believe that. >> but what kind of people? that's the question. pushing this nation to the brink. did you know that the tulip is not native to the netherlands? no. holland's national flower was imported by muslim merchants from turkey. god made the world, the saying goes, but the dutch made holland. the question now can it hold in the age of imported terror? can they build protection against an ocean of fear, dams against hatred?
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here's hoping these natural innovators will find a way and share it. here's to the dutch. long may they bloom. that is the word from the trump team as leading senators from both sides of the u.s. political divide ask for an independent probe into alleged russian election hacking. and officially making donald trump the 45 th president of the united states, but this is an effort to get some of those voters to change their vote, and in the meantime, north korea's leader not known for keeping his opinions to himself is withholding judgment on the president-elect. we will examine why he may be holding back still ahead. live from cnn world head quarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around

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