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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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FEMARA, Inc.
Jul 24, 2018 FEMARA, Inc.
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Presenter: Greg Algieri, WA1JXR Have you ever wanted to know if your antenna was efficient? Wanted to know where it was radiating? Wanted to get peak performance from your antenna? Then this talk will show you how computer modeling can be very beneficial for all Amateur Radio stations for getting your signal heard, locally, around the world.
Topics: boxboro, arrl, arrl new england division convention, ham radio, amateur radio, amateur radio relay...
FEMARA, Inc.
Jul 24, 2018 FEMARA, Inc.
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Presenter: Eugene Shablygin, W3UA
Topics: boxboro, arrl, arrl new england division convention, ham radio, amateur radio, amateur radio relay...
TED Talks
Jul 24, 2018 TED.com
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Today's AI algorithms require tens of thousands of expensive medical images to detect a patient's disease. What if we could drastically reduce the amount of data needed to train an AI, making diagnoses low-cost and more effective? TED Fellow Pratik Shah is working on a clever system to do just that. Using an unorthodox AI approach, Shah has developed a technology that requires as few as 50 images to develop a working algorithm — and can even use photos taken on doctors' cell phones to provide...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, medicine, TED Fellows, AI, technology, medical imaging, future, cancer,...
TED Talks
Jul 20, 2018 TED.com
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Acoustic duo Anielle Reid and Matthew Brookshire (playing together as Boy Girl Banjo) take the TED stage to perform their original song "Dead Romance," weaving together the sounds of Americana folk music and modern pop.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, live music, guitar, performance art, performance, vocals, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
Jul 13, 2018 TED.com
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Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, finance, aging, self, work, community, life, money, success, TEDx, economics,...
TED Talks
Jul 11, 2018 TED.com
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There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut — protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune system. As our bodies have adapted to life in modern society, we've started to lose some of our normal microbes; at the same time, diseases linked to a loss of diversity in microbiome are skyrocketing in developed nations. Computational microbiologist Dan Knights shares some intriguing discoveries about the differences in the microbiomes of people in...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, science, microbiology, microbes, health, data,...
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Africa's youth is coming of age rapidly, but job growth on the continent isn't keeping up. The result: financial insecurity and, in some cases, a turn towards insurgent groups. In a passionate talk, agricultural entrepreneur Kola Masha details his plan to bring leadership and investment to small farmers in Africa — and employ a rising generation.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, farming, Africa, social change, society, community, future,...
TED Talks
Jul 6, 2018 TED.com
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Jakob Magolan is here to change your perception of organic chemistry. In an accessible talk packed with striking graphics, he teaches us the basics while breaking the stereotype that organic chemistry is something to be afraid of.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, chemistry, TEDx, education, science, teaching, TED2017, 2017
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Why do juveniles falsely confess to crimes? What makes them more vulnerable than adults to this shocking, counterintuitive phenomenon? Through the lens of Brendan Dassey's interrogation and confession (as featured in Netflix's "Making a Murderer" documentary), developmental psychology professor and researcher Lindsay Malloy breaks down the science underlying false confessions and calls for change in the way kids are treated by a legal system designed for adults.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, United States, children, cognitive science, crime, government, justice...
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The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who are quick to prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped with the tools to eventually get...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, public health, community, social change, society, health, medicine, opioids,...
TED Talks
Jun 22, 2018 TED.com
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What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross stuff" and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. "When we explore the gross side of life, we find insights that we never would have thought we'd find, and we even often reveal beauty that we didn't think was...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, science, nature, medicine, animals, health, biology, communication, children,...
TED Talks
Jun 19, 2018 TED.com
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In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males — generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping — and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. "Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, body language, primates, apes, communication, community,...
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In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we're erasing the very struggles that got us to where we are now," she says. "Indigenizing my queerness means bridging the many exceptional parts of myself."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, gender, activism, Gender spectrum, gender equality, LGBT, humanity, identity,...
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Public libraries have always been about more than just books — and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she's put it to use to save patrons' lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, narcotics, addiction, public health, community, library, society, social...
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In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease — like lasers that drill tiny holes in our skulls and allow probes to study the electrical activity of our neurons.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, science, neuroscience, brain, future, medical research, biology, technology,...
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If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials — a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with making balanced decisions for the greater good of everyone. Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, politics, policy, government, democracy, leadership, activism, future,...
TED Talks
Jun 1, 2018 TED.com
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Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes — and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating murders. (This talk contains graphic images.)
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, birds, forensics, science, crime, nature, biology, animals, TED2017,...
TED Talks
May 31, 2018 TED.com
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Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveals what gardening can teach us about creating lives of compassion, connection and grace.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, life, garden, art, public spaces, nature, teaching, beauty,...
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Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don't heal properly due to preexisting conditions like diabetes and account for billions in medical costs worldwide. Join Naiknaware as she explains how her "smart bandage" works — and how she's sharing her story to inspire others to make a...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, medical research, medicine, invention, health, science, innovation,...
TED Talks
May 29, 2018 TED.com
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Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor — much less to an audiologist's clinic for expensive, complex tests to check their hearing. The result for too many kids is hearing loss caused by ear infections and other curable or preventable problems. That's why ear surgeon and TED Fellow Susan Emmett is working with 15 communities in rural Alaska to create a simple, low-cost test that only requires a cell phone. Learn more about her work and how it could change...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, health, health care, illness, hearing, medical research,...
TED Talks
May 25, 2018 TED.com
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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
May 25, 2018 TED.com
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Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education — and reveals some unexpected insights about their potential for helping kids learn.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, art, books, creativity, education, social change, society, teaching,...
TED Talks
May 24, 2018 TED.com
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Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies "teaming," where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, leadership, business, motivation, communication, collaboration, cooperation,...
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Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he's received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, medical research, mining, energy, social change, pollution, TED2017,...
TED Talks
May 22, 2018 TED.com
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Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives of immigrants and shares the stories of the worlds they belong to. "We're walking melting pots of culture," Rain says. "If something in that pot smells new or different to you, don't turn up your nose. Ask us to share."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, community, humanity, diversity, identity, immigration, TED Residency,...
TED Talks
May 18, 2018 TED.com
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TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She tells the story of how she set up Pakistan's first cyber harassment helpline, offering support to women who face serious threats online. "Safe access to the internet is access to knowledge, and knowledge is freedom," she says. "When I fight for a woman's digital rights, I am fighting for equality."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, gender equality, activism, Internet, bullying, communication,...
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May 18, 2018 TED.com
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Cellist and singer Helen Gillet mixes her classical training, New Orleans-based jazz roots and free improvisational skills to perform her own eclectic music. In a powerful, melodious performance, she plays her song "You Found Me."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, live music, singer, cello, TED2017, 2017
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From rides to homes and beyond, we're sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing economy seems, it's been alive in Africa for centuries, according to author Robert Neuwirth. He shares fascinating examples — like apprenticeships that work like locally generated venture capital and systems for allocating scarce water — and says that if we can propagate and scale these models, they could help communities thrive from the bottom up.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, economics, trust, money, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
May 11, 2018 TED.com
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Self-styled wild woman and rebel singer Thandiswa Mazwai rocks the TED stage with an electrifying performance of two songs: "Iyeza" and "Zabalaza."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, singer, vocals, TED2017, 2017
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May 10, 2018 TED.com
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LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual — and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life," Hannahs says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Gender spectrum, TEDx, Transgender, gender, parenting, social change,...
TED Talks
May 9, 2018 TED.com
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Frustrated by her lack of self-determination in the housing market, Sarah Murray created a computer game that allows home buyers to design a house and have it delivered to them in modular components that can be assembled on-site. Learn how her effort is putting would-be homeowners in control of the largest purchase of their lives — as well as cutting costs, protecting the environment and helping provide homes for those in need.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, business, design, entrepreneur, gaming, urban planning,...
TED Talks
May 8, 2018 TED.com
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In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood — what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the murders and violence in her hometown of Baltimore. So she helped organize the Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots campaign to keep the peace. In a passionate, personal talk, Bridgeford tells the story of the Ceasefire movement and their bigger vision for zero murders in Baltimore.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Guns, TEDx, United States, activism, community, crime, death, social change,...
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Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. In a dynamic talk, Vulchi and Guo pair the personal stories they've collected with research and statistics to reveal two fundamental gaps in our racial literacy — and how we can overcome them.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, United States, communication, community, education, humanity, inequality,...
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Your voice is indistinguishable from how other people see you, but your relationship with it is far from obvious. Rébecca Kleinberger studies how we use and understand our voices and the voices of others. She explains why you may not like the sound of your own voice on recordings, the differences between your outward, inward and inner voices — and the extraordinary things you communicate without being aware of it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, hearing, TEDx, sound, human body, humanity, science, self, speech, vocals,...
TED Talks
May 3, 2018 TED.com
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What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology — and how a deeper understanding of the context where it's used can lead us to better solutions.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, engineering, health, health care, innovation, invention, medicine,...
TED Talks
May 2, 2018 TED.com
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Andrologist John Amory is developing innovative male contraception that gives men a new option for taking responsibility to prevent unintended pregnancy. He details the science in development — and why the world needs a male pill.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDMED, biology, biotech, health, innovation, medicine, public health,...
TED Talks
May 1, 2018 TED.com
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If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences, says entrepreneur Eric Berridge. He shares why tech companies should look beyond STEM graduates for new hires — and how people with backgrounds in the arts and humanities can bring creativity and insight to technical workplaces.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, education, work, technology, entrepreneur, art, science, science...
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Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn't get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking he knew it all about being a stay-at-home parent to realizing he knew nothing at all — and how he's now documenting what he's learned.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, children, creativity, family, humanity, identity, parenting, personal...
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When lawyer Sarah Donnelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to her friends and family for support — but she also found meaning, focus and stability in her work. In a personal talk about why and how she stayed on the job, she shares her insights on how workplaces can accommodate people going through major illnesses — because the benefits go both ways.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cancer, community, disease, health, illness, personal growth, work, work-life...
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Apr 26, 2018 Play Troupe of Port Washington
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2016 Play Troupe production of "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings". Directed by Michael Santora. Musical direction by David Barnett. With Michael Santora, David Barnett, Jake Glickman, and CJ Russo. December 29th, 2016. Port Washington, NY.
Topic: Play Troupe of Port Washington
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By expanding boundaries, exploring possibilities and conveying truth, films have helped change Africa's reality (even before "Black Panther"). Dayo Ogunyemi invites us to imagine Africa's future through the lens of inspiring filmmakers from across the continent, showing us how they can inspire Africa to make a hundred-year leap.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, art, creativity, entertainment, future, humanity, social change,...
TED Talks
Apr 24, 2018 TED.com
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Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan Civil War forced her and her sister to flee their home in Kigali, leaving their parents and everything they knew behind. In this deeply personal talk, she tells the story of how she became a refugee, living in camps in seven countries over the next six years — and how she's tried to make sense of what came after.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, family, humanity, refugees, society, TED2017, 2017
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Apr 19, 2018 TED.com
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Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico — where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what's causing it — and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America's natural treasures.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biosphere, farming, food, life, marine biology, oceans, pollution, science,...
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Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDMED, community, death, medicine, narcotics, public health, social change,...
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Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made — and how could change the way we power the world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, electricity, energy, innovation, pollution, science, solar, solar energy,...
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Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, calling on developers, architects and policymakers to instead "make a...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, collaboration, community, design, social change, society, urban...
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Malika Whitley is the founder of ChopArt, an organization for homeless teens focused on mentorship, dignity and opportunity through the arts. In this moving, personal talk, she shares her story of homelessness and finding her voice through arts — and her mission to provide a creative outlet for others who have been pushed to the margins of society.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, arts, creativity, humanity, personal growth, social change,...
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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, chef José Andrés traveled to the devastated island with a simple idea: to feed the hungry. Millions of meals served later, Andrés shares the remarkable story of creating the world's biggest restaurant — and the awesome power of letting people in need know that somebody cares about them.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, community, compassion, food, natural disaster, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
Apr 11, 2018 TED.com
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There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, communication, humanity, language, science, sound,...
TED Talks
Apr 9, 2018 TED.com
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In this talk-performance hybrid, drummer, percussionist and TED Fellow Kasiva Mutua shares how she's breaking the taboo against female drummers in Kenya — and her mission to teach the significance and importance of the drum to young boys, women and girls. "Women can be custodians of culture, too," Mutua says.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, TED Fellows, art, music, performance, TED2017, 2017
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Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history — while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world. "It's incredible...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, community, culture, government, history, humanity, identity,...
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In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Anthropocene, climate change, curiosity, future, science, social change,...
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Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together to repair that breach. With help and ideas from incarcerated men and women, Van Buren is creating dynamic spaces that provide safe venues for dialogue and reconciliation; employment and job training; and social services to help keep people from...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, United States, justice system, prison, social change, society, TED2017, 2017
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In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn't just learn how to repair a house — he learned how to build a community. In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about "radical neighborliness" and makes the case that we have "the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, United States, cities, community, culture, infrastructure, TED2017, 2017
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There's no such thing as throwing something away, says Andrew Dent — when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way we make, and remake, our products. Dent shares exciting examples of thrift — the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new — as well as advances in material science, like electronics made of...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, future, innovation, materials, nature, plastic,...
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Apr 3, 2018 TED.com
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Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal of developing new drugs that target tumors. "The power and beauty of mathematical modeling lies in the fact that it makes you formalize, in a very rigorous way, what we think we know," Kareva says. "It can help guide us to where we should keep looking, and where there may be a dead end." It all comes down to asking the right...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, health, innovation, math, medicine, science, TED2017, 2017
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In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. "A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed," Stone says. "Instead of research happening behind paywalls and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, United States, communication, education, open-source, TED2017, 2016
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How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation — all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.
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Mar 30, 2018 TED.com
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As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention — but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.
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Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in — in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest — and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.
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At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist — and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous talk, Picciolini shares the surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, United States, activism, compassion, humanity, identity, personal...
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Mar 29, 2018 TED.com
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Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God — and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open mind and work with faith-based organizations, especially on issues like health care and education. "There's so much potential that can be realized when we walk across the divide of faith and, hand in hand, try to solve many of our problems,"...
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Mar 28, 2018 TED.com
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Each year, the world loses enough food to feed half a billion people to fungi, the most destructive pathogens of plants. Mycologist and TED Fellow Mennat El Ghalid explains how a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular signals fungi use to attack plants could disrupt this interaction — and save our crops.
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As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it — and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most...
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Mar 26, 2018 TED.com
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In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia's Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines of the crisis — and reveals the challenges and stigma that thousands of survivors still face.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDMED, Africa, disease, ebola, virus, fear, illness, medicine, health,...
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Mar 26, 2018 TED.com
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From Beyoncé to Drake and beyond, the world is rocking to the rhythm of Afrobeat. Feel the music as Kenyan afro-pop superstars Sauti Sol take the TED stage to perform three songs: "Live and Die in Afrika," "Sura Yako" and "Kuliko Jana."
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What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures — and keep us healthier for longer.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, economics, medical research, medicine, TED2017, 2017
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Mar 23, 2018 TED.com
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The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers — predominantly African American — unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass...
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Mar 23, 2018 TED.com
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Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says — but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha says.
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"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" — the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible — and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.
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Mar 21, 2018 TED.com
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We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations — but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, aging, communication, culture, future, life, personal growth,...
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Mar 20, 2018 TED.com
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Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work — including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony's rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. "Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems," Judith says....
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Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes — a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and it's the medical mystery that Chris Nowinski wants to solve by analyzing brains after death. It's also why, when Nowinski meets a pro athlete, his first question is: "Can I have your brain?" Hear more from this ground-breaking effort to...
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Mar 16, 2018 TED.com
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The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture — so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities — so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.
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Mar 16, 2018 TED.com
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Singer-songwriter Rei brings her mix of indie rock and blues to the TED stage in a performance of two songs, "my mama" and "BLACK BANANA."
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