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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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TED Talks
Oct 30, 2019 TED.com
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For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, education, language, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 30, 2019 TED.com
movies
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favorite 1
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In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, business, culture, psychology, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 30, 2018 TED.com
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Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren't cooler than math—they simply rely on it.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, music, performance, TEDYouth 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Feb 5, 2018 TED.com
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eye 302
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Psychopathic killers are the basis for some must-watch TV, but what really makes them tick? Neuroscientist Jim Fallon talks about brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the rotten wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers. In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he shares a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, development, mind, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 7, 2016 TED.com
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Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures" which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, brain, design, education, invention, mental health, science,...
TED Talks
Nov 16, 2015 TED.com
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eye 445
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Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart diseas
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, health, health care, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
May 13, 2015 TED.com
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Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, global issues, media, politics, technology,...
TED Talks
Jan 21, 2015 TED.com
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Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, Christianity, God, death, faith, religion, technology, 1998
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2014 TED.com
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eye 349
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Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, medicine, religion, science, writing, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
May 30, 2014 TED.com
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"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
May 26, 2014 TED.com
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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, memory, psychology, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 24, 2014 TED.com
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Think you know a thing or two about sex? Think again. In this fascinating talk, biologist Carin Bondar lays out the surprising science behind how animals get it on.
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Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, sex, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 20, 2014 TED.com
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Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for "thinking the improbable" by looking at how the human frame of reference limits our understanding of the universe.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, astronomy, biology, cognitive science, cosmos, evolution,...
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, culture, demo, entertainment, 2005
TED Talks
Mar 6, 2014 TED.com
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Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, design, invention, technology, TED2004, 2004
TED Talks
Feb 11, 2014 TED.com
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Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, global issues, photography, science, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, computers, creativity, design, humor, leadership,...
TED Talks
Jan 10, 2014 TED.com
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Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
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Topics: TEDTalks, Serious Play 2008, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, happiness, 2008
TED Talks
Jan 10, 2014 TED.com
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In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. ( Filmed at TEDxSydney .)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TEDxSydney, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusi
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, evolution, neuroscience, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
movies
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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it shows the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, invention, photography, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 23, 2013 TED.com
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The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, global issues, history, medicine, technology, war, 2008
TED Talks
Oct 11, 2013 TED.com
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favorite 2
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Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, God, atheism, culture, politics, religion, science, 2002
TED Talks
Oct 4, 2013 TED.com
movies
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Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 13, 2012 TED.com
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At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, men, women, 2010
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2012 TED.com
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Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, brain, culture, society, 2011
TED Talks
Oct 5, 2012 TED.com
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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, personal growth, self, storytelling, success, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, cars, design, engineering, green, transportation, 2009
TED Talks
movies
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Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, bacteria, biology, communication, disease, evolution,...
TED Talks
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The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robo
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, art, robots, science, social media, tedx, TEDxBerkeley, 2012
TED Talks
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Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRainier, TED, Talks, communication, entertainment, humor, language, literature, 2011
TED Talks
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Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bee, food, insects, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, design, history, memory, storytelling, video, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, language, law, simplicity, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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In this absorbing look at emerging media and tech history, Peter Hirshberg shares some crucial lessons from Silicon Valley and explains why the web is so much more than "better TV."
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, business, history, media, technology, telecom, 2007
TED Talks
movies
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The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, biodiversity, biosphere, environment, water, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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Wofford College president Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, culture, education, entertainment, library, literature, race,...
TED Talks
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Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam Ockelford, explains his student’s unique relationship to music, while Paravicini shows how he has ripped up the "Chopsticks" rule book. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, disability, live music, music, TEDxWarwick, 2013
TED Talks
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As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, exploration, green, science, technology, TED2010,...
TED Talks
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What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, animals, business, cooperation, culture, evolution, food, global...
TED Talks
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Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, film, global issues, storytelling, technology, war,...
TED Talks
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MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, 2011
TED Talks
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All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.
Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, exploration, journalism, science, technology, universe, 2010
TED Talks
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For the young and unemployed in the world's big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true -- but too often because they're heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities' young and ambitious.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, business, entrepreneur, global issues, innovation, peace, violence,...
TED Talks
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Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis. Learn how to help at http://www.xdrtb.org
Topics: TEDTalks, TED Prize Wish, TED, Talks, TED Prize, arts, communication, design, media, photography,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxUSC, David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxUSC, TED, Talks, business, communication, culture, leadership, society, 2009
TED Talks
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Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by...
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, philosophy, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments -- and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich, founder of Boston's Best Bees Company, argues that urban beekeeping just might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, cities, global issues, insects, science, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2012, TED, Talks, business, creativity, media, politics, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, history, museums, TEDxMet, 2013
TED Talks
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Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, Africa, bottom-up, business, culture, development,...
TED Talks
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What would a music video look like if it were directed by the music, purely as an expression of a great song, rather than driven by a filmmaker's concept? Designer Jakob Trollback shares the results of his experiment in the form.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, demo, design, entertainment, film, music, short talk, video,...
TED Talks
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In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease -- with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, global issues, health care, poverty, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxToronto 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, community, culture, education, global...
TED Talks
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In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Oceanographer John Delaney is leading the team that is building an underwater network of high-def cameras and sensors that will turn our ocean into a global interactive lab -- sparking an explosion of rich data about the world below.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, mission blue, oceans, poetry, science, technology, Mission Blue Voyage, 2010
TED Talks
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Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, collaboration, creativity, design, museums, visualizations,...
TED Talks
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Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxManhattan, TED, Talks, collaboration, design, food, 2011
TED Talks
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Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina uses photographs to poke fun at societal norms in her native Russia. A glimpse into Russian youth culture and a short, fun reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, art, humor, photography, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, economics, global issues, happiness, statistics, tedbooks,...
TED Talks
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Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map. (Filmed at TEDxDublin)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, interface design, map, TEDxDublin, 2012
TED Talks
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In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, creativity, design, happiness, 2003
TED Talks
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When Jungian analyst Inge Missmahl visited Afghanistan, she saw the inner wounds of war -- widespread despair, trauma and depression. And yet, in this county of 30 million people, there were only two dozen psychiatrists. Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, global issues, peace, politics, potential, poverty,...
TED Talks
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TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, children, computers, design, education, global issues,...
TED Talks
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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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In this moving talk, documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn shares unforgettable images of the human impact of AIDS in Africa.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, AIDS, Africa, activism, disease, global issues, health, media,...
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As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, design, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Peter Tyack of Woods Hole talks about a hidden wonder of the sea: underwater sound. Onstage at Mission Blue, he explains the amazing ways whales use sound and song to communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, mission blue, oceans, science, singer, Mission Blue Voyage, 2010
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Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, culture, dance, education, parenting, TED2006, 2006
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Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, cities, culture, design, green, humor, sustainability,...
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As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, TED2013, 2013
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Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, culture, design, fashion, law, media, TEDxUSC, 2009
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Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, computers, design, entertainment, interface design, mind, technology,...
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In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, robots, technology, 2012
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How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, creativity, TED2012, 2012