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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
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, future, global issues, politics, robots, technology, violence, war,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Kenichi Ebina moves his body in a manner that appears to defy the limits imposed by the human skeleton. He combines breakdancing and hip-hop with mime using movements that are simultaneously precise and fluid.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, arts, culture, dance, entertainment, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 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
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, design, technology, transportation, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, animals, culture, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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A TED archive gem. At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, arts, children, culture, design, entertainment, gaming, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, arts, brain, cognitive science, culture, design, illusion,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, cars, technology, transportation, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, design, environment, green, materials, poetry,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, book, dance, language, life, productivity, work, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The legendary chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall talks about TACARE and her other community projects, which help people in booming African towns live side-by-side with threatened animals.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, biodiversity, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell -- of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, global issues, peace, social change, women, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, communication, disaster relief, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, business, corruption, global issues, investment,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, alternative energy, business, communication, culture,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, computers, consciousness, education, entrepreneur, mind, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, alternative energy, design, energy, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, TED Prize, activism, arts, culture, death, global issues, media,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, alternative energy, climate change, development, environment,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, God, activism, faith, meme, religion, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, environment, food, green, sustainability, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, development, economics, entrepreneur, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Featured, animals, apes, biology, culture, education, evolution,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, entertainment, humor, love, music, piano, short talk, women, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, design, health, health care, invention,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
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Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, culture, education, entertainment, happiness, psychology,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, activism, computers, design, technology, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, global issues, love, parenting, storytelling, women,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, book, culture, history, humor, science, sex, writing, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show " Design and the Elastic Mind " -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, art, brain, design, museums, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
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Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, environment, oceans, plastic, science, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, architecture, biology, cities, design, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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This whimsical wrap-up of TED2006 -- presented by Einstein, the African grey parrot, and her trainer, Stephanie White -- simply tickles. Watch for the moment when Einstein has a moment with Al Gore.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, animals, education, entertainment, performance, 2006
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, entertainment, illusion, magic, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, global issues, poverty, women, work,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, activism, happiness, health, heroism, prosthetics, social...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, economics, global issues, politics,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, development, economics, education, poverty, third world,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, culture, global issues, media, violence, war, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, marketing, shopping, storytelling, 2003
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TEDxCaltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCaltech, TED, Talks, culture, history, physics, science, storytelling, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, food, marketing, media,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Featured, arts, culture, entertainment, gender, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 27, 2012 TED.com
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Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, culture, illness, illusion, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, activism, arts, cities, culture, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, invention, war, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons -- and challenges the TED community to think about solutions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, education, gaming, gender, sex, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, activism, city, government, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCMU, TED, Talks, Internet, collaboration, computers, language, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, illusion, magic, music,...
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
movies
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Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, science, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf's independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news -- and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country's women as equal partners in work and change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, journalism, politics, war,...
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can't wait ...)
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDYouth, TED, Talks, entertainment, video, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBrussels, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, politics, world cultures, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, arts, film, global issues, photography, politics, women, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. At TEDxCaltech, she shows us how it's done.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCaltech, TED, Talks, DNA, alternative energy, biology, evolution, genetics, nature,...
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting there? He shares lessons from past military interventions that worked -- Bosnia, for instance -- and shows that humility and local expertise are the keys to success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, military, peace, politics,...
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets person
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, crime, culture, education, global issues, philosophy, prison, 2011
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, economics, science, social change, 2010
TED Talks
May 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
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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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
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, TED, Talks, agriculture, business, environment, food, green,...
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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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
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, environment, fish, food, oceans, sustainability, 2010
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May 13, 2012 TED.com
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People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, innovation, novel, science, technology, 2010
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May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussi
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, education, global issues, women, 2010
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, humor, live music, music, performance, poetry, TED2012,...
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, history, language, math, TED2012, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, book, history, museums, open-source, TEDxSummit, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, technology, TED2012, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, politics, science, technology, TED2012, 2012