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  • 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

  • 10:45 Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli

    Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one | Michael Botticelli

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    Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions wi

  • 16:36 How early life experience is written into DNA | Moshe Szyf

    How early life experience is written into DNA | Moshe Szyf

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    Moshe Szyf is a pioneer in the field of epigenetics, the study of how living things reprogram their genome in response to social factors like stress and lack of food. His research suggests that biochemical signals passed from mothers to offspring tell the

  • 10:00 What we don't know about mother's milk | Katie Hinde

    What we don't know about mother's milk | Katie Hinde

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    Breast milk grows babies' bodies, fuels neurodevelopment, provides essential immunofactors and safeguards against famine and disease -- why, then, does science know more about tomatoes than mother's milk? Katie Hinde shares insights into this complex, lif

  • 06:02 A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

    A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

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    From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam -- none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates de

  • 11:46 3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi

    3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi

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    Polls that predict political candidates' chances to two decimal places are a problem. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether ... instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares han

  • 14:56 Who would the rest of the world vote for in your country's election? | Simon Anholt

    Who would the rest of the world vote for in your country's election? | Simon Anholt

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    To make the world work, we need leaders who consider the needs of every man, woman, child and animal on the planet -- not just their own voters. With the Global Vote, an online platform that lets anybody, anywhere in the world vote in the election of any

  • 01:17 What's Next in Science at TED2017?

    What's Next in Science at TED2017?

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    Watch TED2017 in cinemas to experience the freshest new ideas from Elon Musk, Serena Williams, Atul Gawande and more LIVE from the TED stage. Get tickets here: tedcinema.com.

  • 14:22 Why civilians suffer more once a war is over | Margaret Bourdeaux

    Why civilians suffer more once a war is over | Margaret Bourdeaux

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    War doesn't just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on bui

  • 11:56 Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan

    Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan

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    We all go through challenges -- some you can see, most you can't, says Michele L. Sullivan. In a talk about perspective, Sullivan shares stories full of wit and wisdom and reminds us that we're all part of each other's support systems. "The only shoes you

  • 16:59 Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock

    Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock

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    Critical care doctor Peter Weinstock shows how surgical teams are using a blend of Hollywood special effects and 3D printing to create amazingly lifelike reproductions of real patients -- so they can practice risky surgeries ahead of time. Think: "Operate

  • 11:54 Inside America's dead shopping malls | Dan Bell

    Inside America's dead shopping malls | Dan Bell

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    What happens when a mall falls into ruin? Filmmaker Dan Bell guides us through abandoned monoliths of merchandise, providing a surprisingly funny and lyrical commentary on consumerism, youth culture and the inspiration we can find in decay. The TED Talks

  • 06:30 "Turceasca" | Silk Road Ensemble

    "Turceasca" | Silk Road Ensemble

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    Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble display their eclectic convergence of violin, clarinet, bass, drums and more in this energetic rendition of the traditional Roma tune, "Turceasca." The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the T

  • 01:32 TED Imagines The Future You

    TED Imagines The Future You

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    Watch as brilliant TED speakers take the stage at TED2017, coming to a cinema near you this month. Visit http://tedcinema.com/ for more information.

  • 16:14 Should we simplify spelling? | Karina Galperin

    Should we simplify spelling? | Karina Galperin

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    How much energy and brain power do we devote to learning how to spell? Language evolves over time, and with it the way we spell -- is it worth it to spend so much time memorizing rules that are filled with endless exceptions? Literary scholar Karina Galpe

  • 17:01 What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

    What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

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    Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that's largely missing fr

  • 06:07 Adventures of an asteroid hunter | Carrie Nugent

    Adventures of an asteroid hunter | Carrie Nugent

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    TED Fellow Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter -- part of a group of scientists working to discover and catalog our oldest and most numerous cosmic neighbors. Why keep an eye out for asteroids? In this short, fact-filled talk, Nugent explains how their aw

  • 11:55 A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

    A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

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    Here's a question we all have to answer sooner or later: What do you want to happen to your body when you die? Mortician and funeral director Caitlin Doughty explores new ways to prepare us for inevitable mortality. In this thoughtful talk, learn more abo

  • 07:29 Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions | John Koenig

    Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions | John Koenig

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    John Koenig loves finding words that express our unarticulated feelings -- like "lachesism," the hunger for disaster, and "sonder," the realization that everyone else's lives are as complex and unknowable as our own. Here, he meditates on the meaning we a

  • 05:00 "Rollercoaster" | Sara Ramirez

    "Rollercoaster" | Sara Ramirez

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    Singer, songwriter and actress Sara Ramirez is a woman of many talents. Joined by Michael Pemberton on guitar, Ramirez sings of opportunity, wisdom and the highs and lows of life in this live performance of her song, "Rollercoaster." TEDTalks is a daily v

  • 12:42 To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

    To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

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    Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up -- and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter,

  • 13:23 Why women should tell the stories of humanity | Jude Kelly

    Why women should tell the stories of humanity | Jude Kelly

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    For many centuries (and for many reasons) critically acclaimed creative genius has generally come from a male perspective. As theater director Jude Kelly points out in this passionately reasoned talk, that skew affects how we interpret even non-fictional

  • 08:45 How I'm fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

    How I'm fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

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    MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn't detect her face -- because the people who coded the algorithm hadn't taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial str

  • 12:59 A scientific approach to the paranormal | Carrie Poppy

    A scientific approach to the paranormal | Carrie Poppy

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    What's haunting Carrie Poppy? Is it ghosts or something worse? In this talk, the investigative journalist narrates her encounter with a spooky feeling you'll want to warn your friends about and explains why we need science to deal with paranormal activity

  • 15:19 Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

    Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

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    To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children's House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful p

  • 06:09 What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

    What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

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    Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, what achievement looks like over a lifetime. Here he shares

  • 06:11 This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

    This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

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    The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati -- an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter -- TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more than

  • 15:45 The data behind Hollywood's sexism | Stacy Smith

    The data behind Hollywood's sexism | Stacy Smith

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    Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women -- and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Holly

  • 11:52 A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

    A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

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    Charity Wayua put her skills as a cancer researcher to use on an unlikely patient: the government of her native Kenya. She shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses, a crucial part of economic healt

  • 07:21 Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

    Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

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    What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of technology and sensory perception, and her work is wedged somewhere between science, design and ar

  • 14:26 How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

    How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

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    Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individua

  • 14:11 A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

    A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

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    Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize al

  • 12:30 The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

    The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

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    Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progre