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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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Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman
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WORLD  PEACE is a Local Issue  opens with these words:  "In a democracy, the most important office is that of the private citizen ." Justice Louis Brandeis.    The film   documents how local efforts can impact national issues.  The story begins in 1983 showing actions, worldwide, toward reining in escalation of the nuclear arms race.   In a suburban community, 300 people show up, petitioning their City Council to pass a Nuclear Freeze. Their impassioned pleas overcome Council...
Topics: Activism, anti-nuclear, anti-war, citizen activists, citizen lobbyists, cold war era, democracy,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman
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WORLD PEACE is a Local Issue documents the efforts of citizens working together to convince their City Council to adopt a Nuclear Weapons Freeze Resolution. 300 residents showed up to make their case.  This film focuses on how the impassioned pleas of these people resulted in Council Members changing either positions, ensuring passage of the Nuclear Freeze Resolution.  Using state of the art digital technology, Dorothy and her team have upgraded and updated the film.  The new version...
Topics: Nuclear Freeze Resolution, Dorothy Fadiman, Palo Alto City Council, Palo Alto, Anti-Nuclear,...
Jewish Women's Archive - Katrina's Jewish Voices
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An Oral History narrated by Rabbi Theodore Lichtenfeld on August 21, 2007, conducted by Rosalind Hinton for a joint project by the Jewish Women's Archive partnered with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) to capture the voices and experiences of members of the Jewish communities of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast communities during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. For more information, see katrina.jwa.org/about#about-oral-history .
Topics: Jewish Women's Archive, Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Oral History, Rosalind Hinton, Hurricane...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; coaching; gym; camp; Japan; Okinawa; Kadena Air Base; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, coaching, gym, camp, Japan, Okinawa, Kadena Air Base, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Marv Maiers; Mark Elsinger; Dale Digman; Jeremy Olberding; Anthony Nicometo; Keith Rahe; Jude Milbert; Ted Kruse; Jim Offerman; Tony Kruse; Frank Dardis; Hank Lucas; instructions; discussion; prepare; plan; Ghost Players plan out clinic and comedy routine in a hotel room.; Japan; gym; Yokota school; camp; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Ghost Players, Marv Maiers, Mark Elsinger, Dale Digman, Jeremy Olberding, Anthony Nicometo,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Keith Rahe; Frank Dardis; Dale Digman; Curtis Mack; eldery; man; Ted Kruse; baseball; laughing; story; Ohio; Ottawa; St. Rita; hospital; 2002; DV
Topics: -Ohio, Ghost Players, Keith Rahe, Frank Dardis, Dale Digman, Curtis Mack, eldery, man, Ted Kruse,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Ted Kruse; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Ted Kruse, Minnesota, Fairmont, 1999, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Ted Kruse; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Ted Kruse, Minnesota, Fairmont, 1999, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ted Kruse; Steve Olberding; Japan; Yokota; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Ted Kruse, Steve Olberding, Japan, Yokota, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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children; kids; Ted Kruse; coaching; gym; camp; Japan; Okinawa; Kadena Air Base; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, children, kids, Ted Kruse, coaching, gym, camp, Japan, Okinawa, Kadena Air Base, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Steve Olberding; Ted Kruse; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Steve Olberding, Ted Kruse, Minnesota,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Ted Kruse; hey clueless did you get that; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Ted Kruse, hey clueless did you get that,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Anthony Nicometo; Marv Maiers; Ghost Players; Randy Olberding; Ted Kruse; introductions; Hawaii; Ward Field; Pearl Harbor; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Anthony Nicometo, Marv Maiers, Ghost Players, Randy Olberding, Ted Kruse, introductions,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Jeremy Olberding; Ted Kruse; Jim Offerman; Japan; Yokota; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Jeremy Olberding, Ted Kruse, Jim Offerman, Japan, Yokota, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; softball game; swing and miss; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, softball game, swing and miss, Minnesota, Fairmont, 1999, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Ted Kruse; Adam Rahe; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Ted Kruse, Adam Rahe, Minnesota, Fairmont,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Hawaiian; Tony Kruse; Ted Kruse; Randy Olberding; Jeremy Olberding; Hawaii; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Hawaiian, Tony Kruse, Ted Kruse, Randy Olberding, Jeremy Olberding, Hawaii, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, Minnesota, Fairmont, 1999, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Tony Kruse; Ted Kruse; Dale Digman; Hawaii; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Tony Kruse, Ted Kruse, Dale Digman, Hawaii, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Jeremy Olberding; Ted Kruse; Tony Kruse; Japan; Yokota; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Jeremy Olberding, Ted Kruse, Tony Kruse, Japan, Yokota, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; audience; Ohio; Ottawa; stadium; 2002; DV
Topics: -Ohio, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, audience, Ohio, Ottawa, stadium, 2002, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; children; kids; Ted Kruse; Japan; Okinawa; Kadena Air Base; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, Ghost Players, children, kids, Ted Kruse, Japan, Okinawa, Kadena Air Base, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Martin County All-Stars; Ted Kruse; softball game; Ghost Players batting; foul ball; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Martin County All-Stars, Ted Kruse, softball game, Ghost Players...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; softball game; Ghost Players batting; base hit; Minnesota; Fairmont; 1999; DV
Topics: -Minnesota, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, softball game, Ghost Players batting, base hit, Minnesota,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; navy; Ghost Players batting; applause; night; Hawaii; Pearl Harbor; Ward Field; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, navy, Ghost Players batting, applause, night, Hawaii, Pearl...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Ted Kruse; Tony Kruse; Jeremy Olberding; Hawaii; Pearl Harbor; Ward Field; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Ghost Players, Ted Kruse, Tony Kruse, Jeremy Olberding, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Ward Field,...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Ghost Players; Steve Boeckenstedt; Jeremy Olberding; Ted Kruse; Tony Kruse; South Korea; Seoul; 2001; DV
Topics: -South Korea, Ghost Players, Steve Boeckenstedt, Jeremy Olberding, Ted Kruse, Tony Kruse, South...
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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students; girls; Ted Kruse; Jim Offerman; Japan; Yokota; Yokota Middle School; 2001; DV
Topics: -Japan, students, girls, Ted Kruse, Jim Offerman, Japan, Yokota, Yokota Middle School, 2001, DV
The Ghost Players Collection
by Joe Scherrman
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Marv Maiers; Ghost Players; Steve Olberding; Curtis Mack; Randy Olberding; Jude Milbert; Hank Lucas; Jim Offerman; Frank Dardis; Anthony Nicometo; Dale Digman; Tony Kruse; Jeremy Olberding; John Rotz; Ted Kruse; photo pose picture; funny; Hawaii; Pearl Harbor; 2001; DV
Topics: -Hawaii, Marv Maiers, Ghost Players, Steve Olberding, Curtis Mack, Randy Olberding, Jude Milbert,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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
by TED.com
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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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Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. In a charming talk, she takes us trillions of kilometers from Earth to introduce us to objects that can be 1 to 10 billion times the mass of the sun — and which sometimes shoot powerful jet streams of particles in our direction.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, astronomy, physics, science, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat shares some of his tips for noticing — and driving — change.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, design, product design, technology, TED2015, 2015
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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The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, biology, crime, future, global issues, law, open-source, security,...
TED Talks
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Imagine a global security driven by collaboration -- among agencies, government, the private sector and the public. That's not just the distant hope of open-source fans, it's the vision of James Stavridis, the Supreme Commander of NATO, who shares vivid moments from recent military history to explain why security of the future should be built with bridges rather than walls.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, global issues, open-source, peace, politics, social media,...
TED Talks
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Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide — but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. "We can all be life preservers," he says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, mental health, community, communication, suicide, social change, society,...
TED Talks
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Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, global issues, money, politics, poverty, state-building, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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
by TED.com
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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
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Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, philosophy, psychology, self, success, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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Niti Bhan studies business strategy for Africa's informal markets: the small shops and stands, skilled craftspeople and laborers who are the invisible engine that keeps the continent's economy running. It's tempting to think of these workers as tax-dodgers, even criminals — but Bhan makes the case that this booming segment of the economy is legitimate and worthy of investment. "These are the fertile seeds of businesses and enterprises," Bhan says. "Can we start by recognizing...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, business, creativity, culture, development, economics, investment,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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
by TED.com
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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
by TED.com
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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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While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, communication, culture, global issues, politics, social change,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Ge Wang makes computer music, but it isn’t all about coded bleeps and blips. With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, he creates new instruments out of unexpected materials—like an Ikea bowl—that allow musicians to play music that’s both beautiful and expressive.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, music, technology, TEDxStanford, 2014
TED Talks
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Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorite set of exoplanets and shows new technology that can help collect information about them — and even help us look for exoplanets with life.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Planets, astronomy, science, space, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, business, education, leadership, technology, women, 2010
TED Talks
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It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging their entrepreneurial instincts — and seeing great success.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, aging, business, entrepreneur, green, innovation, plastic,...
TED Talks
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A decade ago, Robin Chase founded Zipcar in the US, now the largest car-sharing company in the world. Now she's exploring the next level of car-sharing: Buzzcar, a French startup that lets people rent their own cars to others. The details are fascinating (how does insurance work, exactly?), and the larger vision (she calls it Peers, Inc.) points to a new definition of ownership and entrepreneurship.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, consumerism, transportation, women in business,...
TED Talks
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What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think — even calling out the boss is fair game. Learn more about how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds and how you might harness the power of data-driven group decision-making.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, algorithm, business, collaboration, communication, decision-making,...
TED Talks
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Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, history, humanity, philosophy, TEDxBratislava, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, design, development, technology, water, 2011
TED Talks
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Once a cared-for patient and now a caregiver himself, Scott Williams highlights the invaluable role of informal caregivers — those friends and relatives who, out of love, go the extra mile for patients in need. From personal care to advocacy to emotional support, unpaid caregivers form the invisible backbone of health and social systems all over the world, Williams says — and without them, these systems would crumble. "How can we make sure that their value to patients and society is...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, humanity, illness, personal growth, society, TED2017,...
TED Talks
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As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, community, education, family, fear, identity, inequality,...
TED Talks
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Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, marketing, math, physics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Senses, disability, fear, mind, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, beauty, code, computers, design, entertainment, film, magic,...
TED Talks
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How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. "It's not how good you are now; it's how good you're going to be that really matters," Gawande says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Surgery, collaboration, goal-setting, life, personal growth, potential,...
TED Talks
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You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor Akash Manoj shares the device he's developed to stop this silent killer: a noninvasive, inexpensive, wearable patch that alerts patients during a critical moment that could mean the difference between life and death.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, heart health, science, invention, technology, TED-Ed, medical research,...
TED Talks
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Painter Alyssa Monks finds beauty and inspiration in the unknown, the unpredictable and even the awful. In a poetic, intimate talk, she describes the interaction of life, paint and canvas through her development as an artist, and as a human.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, aging, art, beauty, cancer, death, family, life, painting,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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
TED Talks
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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. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to protect it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Anthropocene, Senses, TEDx, animals, beauty, biodiversity, biology,...
TED Talks
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Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q and A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, business, iraq, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, exploration, history, science, space, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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A free press -- papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs -- is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling "free press bonds."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, business, culture, global issues, investment, media,...
TED Talks
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Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he say, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, journalism, law, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, decision-making, health, mind, psychology, TEDxNewYork, 2014
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Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what’s become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand a chunk of binary code whose purpose and contents they don't know.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, security, software, technology, war, TEDxColumbus, 2013
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Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, humor, math, poetry, spoken word, TEDxExeter, 2014
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Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: "What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, choice, collaboration, communication, decision-making, identity,...
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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
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New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself--all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: who cleans up after us?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, anthropology, business, culture, TEDCity2.0, 2013
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Social justice belongs in our schools, says educator Sydney Chaffee. In a bold talk, she shows how teaching students to engage in activism helps them build important academic and life skills — and asks us to rethink how we can use education to help kids find their voices. "Teaching will always be a political act," Chaffee says. "We can't be afraid of our students' power. Their power will help them make tomorrow better."
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