Dan Bell: Inside America's dead shopping malls

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Dan Bell: Inside America's dead shopping malls


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.

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

TEDWomen 2016

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


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 can walk in are your own," she says. "With compassion, courage and understanding, we can walk together, side by side."

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

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


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 twice, cut once." Glimpse the future of surgery in this forward-thinking talk.

Silk Road Ensemble: "Turceasca"

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Silk Road Ensemble: "Turceasca"


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."

John Koenig: Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

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John Koenig: Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions


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 assign to words and how these meanings latch onto us.

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

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


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 from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the "orgasm gap" by talking candidly with our girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy.

Caitlin Doughty: A burial practice that nourishes the planet

TEDMED 2016

Caitlin Doughty: A burial practice that nourishes the planet


Here's a question we all have to answer sooner or later: What do you want to happen to your body when you die? Funeral director Caitlin Doughty explores new ways to prepare us for inevitable mortality. In this thoughtful talk, learn more about ideas for burial (like "recomposting" and "conservation burial") that return our bodies back to the earth in an eco-friendly, humble and self-aware way.

Jude Kelly: Why women should tell the stories of humanity

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Jude Kelly: Why women should tell the stories of humanity


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 women's stories and rights. She thinks there's a more useful, more inclusive way to look at the world, and she calls on artists -- women and men -- to paint, draw, write about, film and imagine a gender-equal society.

Joy Buolamwini: How I'm fighting bias in algorithms

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Joy Buolamwini: How I'm fighting bias in algorithms


MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial recognition software when she noticed a problem: the software didn't recognize her face -- because the people who coded the algorithm hadn't taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures. Now she's on a mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the "coded gaze." It's an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding ... as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives.

Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

TEDWomen 2016

Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure


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, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.

Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left

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Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left


What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

Carrie Poppy: A scientific approach to the paranormal

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Carrie Poppy: A scientific approach to the paranormal


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.

Sara Ramirez: "Rollercoaster"

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Sara Ramirez: "Rollercoaster"


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."

Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology

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Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology


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 art. In this swift, smart talk, she shares dreams, wonderings and experiments, asking: What happens when science fiction becomes science fact?

Kathy Hull: Stories from a home for terminally ill children

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Kathy Hull: Stories from a home for terminally ill children


To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first hospice for children in the United States, the George Mark Children's House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye. She shares stories brimming with wisdom, joy, imagination and heartbreaking loss.

Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries

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Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries


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 what those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.

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

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


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 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he's collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground.

Yuval Noah Harari: Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide

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Yuval Noah Harari: Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide


How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media -- even our notion of what humanity is for. This is the first of a series of TED Dialogues, seeking a thoughtful response to escalating political divisiveness. Make time (just over an hour) for this fascinating discussion between Harari and TED curator Chris Anderson.

Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism

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Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism


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 Hollywood, where on-screen males outnumber females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.)

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

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


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 with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?

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Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?


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 Galperin suggests that it may be time for an update in the way we think about and record language. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time

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Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time


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 progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it.

Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution

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Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution


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 algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI

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Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI


New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.

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

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


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 building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations.

Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry

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Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry


Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist and entrepreneur Lara Setrakian. She shares three ways we can fix the news and make the complex issues of our time easier to understand.

Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help

TEDWomen 2016

Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help


Racism is making people sick -- especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting

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Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting


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 individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Rodrigo y Gabriela: An electrifying acoustic guitar performance

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: An electrifying acoustic guitar performance


Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this live performance of their song, "The Soundmaker."

Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone

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Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone


How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting -- and learning from -- refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?