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  • 14:46 New Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

    Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens

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    Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including "Waterboy," "Up Above My Head," and "Lonesome Road" by Sister Rosetta Tharp — and one glorious original song, "Come

  • 12:27 New How to design a library that makes kids want to read |  Michael Bierut

    How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut

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    When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into the

  • 20:31 No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

    No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi

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    Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how

  • 07:33 Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

    Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson

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    For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from B

  • 18:39 The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

    The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband

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    Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband -- and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In t

  • 15:21 Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

    Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov

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    We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM su

  • 09:04 How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

    How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath

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    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a d

  • 17:36 How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

    How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go

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    Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of "This Too Shall Pass" and "The One Moment," l

  • 15:11 A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

    A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff

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    Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika's origins and how it spread, proposing a controversial way to stop the virus -- and other deadly diseases -- by preventin

  • 08:30 Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

    Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula

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    Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the con

  • 14:59 Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

    Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman

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    "Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how

  • 15:34 When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

    When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

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    T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to p

  • 10:34 Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

    Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel

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    Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early

  • 13:08 A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead

    A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead

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    Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited

  • 16:10 What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

    What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi

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    In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and d

  • 17:36 3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

    3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

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    How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertain

  • 11:52 How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford

    How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford

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    Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances -- and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don't understand.

  • 15:52 The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

    The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky

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    How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they

  • 10:49 A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

    A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

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    Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of t

  • 07:06 A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga

    A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga

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    In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This "summer slump" affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow K

  • 09:07 There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

    There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

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    When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable

  • 09:34 How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

    How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante

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    Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dasta

  • 12:49 This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

    This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero

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    In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising place — a 14th-century fresco by Italian Renaissance master Ambrogio Lorenzetti. What could a 7

  • 15:31 Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

    Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt

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    "There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies," says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers -- and their deliberate distortion of history. Lipstadt encourages us all to go on the offensiv

  • 18:29 On tennis, love and motherhood | Serena Williams and Gayle King

    On tennis, love and motherhood | Serena Williams and Gayle King

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    Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregn

  • 14:34 Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

    Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

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    We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan -- and the professionals ther

  • 13:57 What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

    What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

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    Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-res

  • 11:04 How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll

    How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll

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    Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple

  • 06:27 How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

    How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari

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    On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls -- but in Nigeria, government officials called th

  • 10:35 A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

    A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

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    When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beau

  • 15:08 A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

    A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

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    Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don't -- and what mainstream medic

  • 15:26 How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

    How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

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    Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can't carry you into its depths (yet) -- but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe

  • 29:29 We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie as

  • 12:47 How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri

    How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri

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    To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination -- from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hari

  • 17:52 Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

    Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

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    "I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spe

  • 06:45 A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world | Zubaida Bai

    A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world | Zubaida Bai

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    TED Fellow Zubaida Bai works with medical professionals, midwives and mothers to bring dignity and low-cost interventions to women's health care. In this quick, inspiring talk, she presents her clean birth kit in a purse, which contains everything a new m

  • 16:41 Poetry, music and identity | Jorge Drexler

    Poetry, music and identity | Jorge Drexler

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge Drexler the chorus to a song and challenged him to write the rest of it using a com

  • 05:23 An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott

    An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott

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    If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED -- in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away. Prepare to

  • 14:57 In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks

    In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks

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    Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when th

  • 13:43 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

    3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach

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    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains -- an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term ... like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ar

  • 11:14 How we can find ourselves in data | Giorgia Lupi

    How we can find ourselves in data | Giorgia Lupi

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    Giorgia Lupi uses data to tell human stories, adding nuance to numbers. In this charming talk, she shares how we can bring personality to data, visualizing even the mundane details of our daily lives and transforming the abstract and uncountable into some

  • 40:51 The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

    The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

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    Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and perf

  • 17:28 How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

    How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams

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    Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential seg

  • 13:46 The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse | Sebastián Bortnik

    The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse | Sebastián Bortnik

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    We need to talk to kids about the risks they face online, says information security expert Sebastián Bortnik. In this talk, Bortnik discusses the issue of "grooming" -- the sexual predation of children by adults on the internet -- and outlines the convers

  • 12:52 How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

    How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

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    At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could

  • 47:34 Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

    Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

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    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today -- and where we ca

  • 17:45 Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

    Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

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    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as

  • 10:10 "Music for Wood and Strings" | Sō Percussion

    "Music for Wood and Strings" | Sō Percussion

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    Sō Percussion creates adventurous performances with new, unconventional instruments. Performing "Music for Wood and Strings" by Bryce Dessner of The National, the quartet plays custom-made dulcimer-like instruments that combine the sound of an electric gu

  • 08:23 Know your worth, and then ask for it | Casey Brown

    Know your worth, and then ask for it | Casey Brown

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    Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth -- instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth. Take the time to learn how to shape their thinking. Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you be

  • 10:52 A young poet tells the story of Darfur | Emtithal Mahmoud

    A young poet tells the story of Darfur | Emtithal Mahmoud

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    Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud writes poetry of resilience, confronting her experience of escaping the genocide in Darfur in verse. She shares two stirring original poems about refugees, family, joy and sorrow, asking, "Will you witness me?" The TED Talks channel