Shah Rukh Khan: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love

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Shah Rukh Khan: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love

April 24, 2017


"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 spent in the spotlight.

Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

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Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

April 24, 2017


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 occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.

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

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

November 30, 2016


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 dying, love and loss -- is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. "Being human doesn't happen despite suffering -- it happens within it."

Jorge Drexler: Poetry, music and identity

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Jorge Drexler: Poetry, music and identity

April 24, 2017


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 complex, poetic form known as the "Décima." In this fascinating talk, Drexler examines the blended nature of identity, weaving together the history of the Décima with his own quest to write one. He closes the talk with a performance of the resulting song, "La Milonga del Moro Judío." (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Kate Stafford: How human noise affects ocean habitats

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Kate Stafford: How human noise affects ocean habitats

November 5, 2016


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. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to protect it.

Karim Abouelnaga: A summer school kids actually want to attend

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Karim Abouelnaga: A summer school kids actually want to attend

April 24, 2017


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 Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how he's helping kids improve their chances for a brighter future.

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

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

April 24, 2017


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.

Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy

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Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy

April 24, 2017


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 dastardly simple: it's you.

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

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

April 24, 2017


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-resistant brain.

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

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

April 24, 2017


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 pregnancy news with the world.

Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial

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Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial

April 7, 2017


"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 offensive against those who assault the truth and facts. "Truth is not relative," she says.

His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

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His Holiness Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

April 25, 2017


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 those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other."

Carolyn Jones: A tribute to nurses

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Carolyn Jones: A tribute to nurses

November 30, 2016


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 the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.

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

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

January 22, 2016


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, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money.

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

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

February 11, 2017


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 with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak -- it makes us human."

Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good

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Siddhartha Roy: Science in service to the public good

November 10, 2016


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 there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.

Stephanie Busari: How fake news does real harm

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Stephanie Busari: How fake news does real harm

February 11, 2017


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 the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying efforts to rescue the girls. In this powerful talk, journalist Stephanie Busari points to the Chibok tragedy to explain the deadly danger of fake news and what we can do to stop it.

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

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

October 14, 2016


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 using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can't see.

David Casarett: A doctor's case for medical marijuana

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David Casarett: A doctor's case for medical marijuana

November 30, 2016


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 medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?

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Siamak Hariri: How do you build a sacred space?

March 8, 2017


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 Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.

Amy Green: A video game to cope with grief

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Amy Green: A video game to cope with grief

February 15, 2017


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 beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. "We made a game that's hard to play," she says, "because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

December 1, 2012


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 asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world -- of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.

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

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

December 13, 2016


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 mother needs for a hygienic birth and a healthy delivery -- no matter where in the world (or how far from a medical clinic) she might be.

Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them

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Jonathan Marks: Governments should fight corporations, not collaborate with them

February 12, 2017


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 they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator

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Todd Scott: An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator

January 26, 2017


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 save the life of a Jedi, Chewbacca (he'll need a quick shave first) or someone else in need with some helpful pointers.

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

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

October 21, 2016


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? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.

Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data

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Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data

March 8, 2017


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 something that can be seen, felt and directly reconnected to our lives.

David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick

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David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick

November 30, 2016


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 segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.

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

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

October 22, 2016


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 conversations we need to start having about technology to keep our kids safe. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

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

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

May 28, 2015


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 better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence.