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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
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Pro - Choice Clergy Risk Arrest to Find Safe Abortions 2012 | 3 mins 37 secs Pro - choice clergy joined together to find safe illegal abortions for desperate women.
Topics: abortion, choice, clergy, help
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jul 10, 2019 Concentric Media
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Arranging Safe Abortions: Jane 2 012 | 2 mins 25 secs Women offered illegal abortion counseling under the code name " Jane "
Topics: abortion, illegal, jane, anonymous
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jun 26, 2019 Concentric Media
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Searching for a Safe Abortion : Russ ' s Story 2012 | 2 mins 27 secs Russ, when a professor, risked arrest to find an illegal abortion for a student.
Topics: abortion, risks, illegal
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jun 11, 2019 Concentric Media
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2012 | 1 min 58 secs No Birth Control: Lana's Story Lana risked death if she gave birth. To save her life, she had a backalley abortion. This clip is part of ChoiceatRisk.org .
Topics: abortion, backalley
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jun 7, 2019 Concentric Media
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The Danger of Illegal Abortions: Dorothy's Story 2012 | 1 min 25 secs A Filmmaker who survived a life-threatening backalley abortion tells her story. This clip is part of ChoiceatRisk.org .
Topics: backalley, back alley, abortion, illegal, survived, scared, dorothy, fadiman, concentric, media
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jun 7, 2019 Concentric Media
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Providing Abortion Services: The Challenge 2012 | 1 min 44 secs Anti-abortion arson at her clinic only deepened this provider's commitment to serve women's health needs. This clip is part of ChoiceatRisk.org .
Topics: challenge abortion services, arson, threats, clinic, abortion
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Jun 7, 2019 Concentric Media
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2012 | 1 min 43 secs When Abortion Was Illegal Medical professionals recall when abortion was illegal as they describe the tragedies they remember. This clip is part of ChoiceatRisk.org .
Topics: abortion, when abortion was illegal, choice, concentric media, doctors, when abortion was illegal,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 26, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign.  "Did I do the wrong thing by contacting the FBI and providing them with evidence?" A citizen testifies before Members of Congress about trying to report evidence of over-voting in Ohio, where the top state election official is also the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.
Topics: congress, ohio, voting, election, fraud, fadiman, dorothy
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 26, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign.  Journalists speak out about the mainstream media's failure to report election irregularities and discrepancies occurring throughout the country.
Topics: media, voter, fraud, election fraud, silence, fadiman, dorothy
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 26, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign. Voting machine malfunctions on election day 2004 lead to significant delays, especially in low income communities.
Topics: voting, machines, election, voter, disenfranchisement, disenfranchised, fadiman, dorothy, stealing...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 26, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign.  Technical security expert Bruce O'Dell describes the lack of transparency for electronic voting machine companies that won't allow independent audits.
Topics: election at risk, voting, computer, voter fraud, dorothy, fadiman
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 26, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign.  Election night 2004 raised serious questions across the country. Experts, politicians, reporters, and everyday folks all observed a troubling chain of events, leading to suspicion of widespread election fraud. People from coast to coast reported machine breakdowns, voter disenfranchisement, irregular tallies and mass confusion.
Topics: election at risk, election night 2004, election fraud, dorothy, fadiman
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 25, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign. Clint Curtis, a veteran computer programmer, testifies at a U.S. Congressional Hearing about being contacted by a Florida Congress person to rig Florida's elections.
Topics: clint curtis, election, rigged, rigging
Fadiman Social Documentaries
Aug 25, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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Part of the Elections at Risk campaign. E-Voting machines malfunction frequently, leading to long lines, votes flipping between candidates on touch screens and unverifiable final tallies. electionsatrisk.org/
Topics: voting machine, election, elections at risk, dorothy, fadiman
Fadiman Social Documentaries
May 20, 2016 Dorothy Fadiman
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STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2008, with a focus on the U.S. presidential election of 2004. Startling stories from the film shed light on more than a decade of vote counts that don't match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, undervotes and many other examples of election totals that warrant serious investigation.
Topics: trailer, stealing, america, fadiman, dorothy, voter, irregularities, fraud, voting machines
Gerard Arthus - NASA Images, Videos, and Documents; A Collection
Jun 27, 2015 NAS
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Martian Dust Devil, imaged by Mars Reconnaissance orbiter; 04 April 2012. By National Aeronautics and Space Laboratory (NASA); Public Domain as Published and Funded by the United States Government. The digital text was created by Gerard Arthus and is in the Public Domain under the Creative Commons License; there is no copyright notice or registration filed for this document. http://OpenEducation.org Go to the above site to find out more about the digitization of this item and the on-going...
Topics: garthus, garthus1, astronomy, hubble telescope, nasa, andromeda galaxy, 2012
A Year At The Wheel
Apr 25, 2014 shane and amy bugbee
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The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America By Shane and Amy Bugbee, 2012 This 534 page epic is the culmination of a year's travel and interviews with a rich variety of Americans - Every stop between the Christian right and the liberal left, with anarchists, nihilists, and beyond questioned in more than 40 interviews. The subjects covered in the interviews are Politics, Religion, Art and Revolution, including questions on voting and capitalism. This book is a true slice of life, and a deep...
Topics: shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, individuality, freedom, artistic expression, speech, the soul of...
A Year At The Wheel
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Politics, Art, Religion, Revolution By Shane and Amy Bugbee This is the full length experimental film produced from the A Year At The Wheel Project by Shane and Amy Bugbee. It offers a compelling look of a large cross section of the American people from coast to coast during the year leading up to the 2008 election. The film features clips from Craig Newmark founder of Craigslist, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Minor Threat and founder of Dischord Records, revolutionary and poet John Sinclair,...
Topics: A Year At The Wheel, bugbees, shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, madmen, individuality, freedom,...
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, film, storytelling, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, china, culture, entertainment, music, world cultures, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, entertainment, green, hack, humor, materials, simplicity, tedx,...
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, death, global issues, health, health care, tedx, TEDxNewy, 2011
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 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, TED, Talks, entertainment, video, TEDYouth 2011, 2011
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Five great revolutions have shaped political culture over the past 50 years, says theorist Ivan Krastev. He shows how each step forward -- from the cultural revolution of the ‘60s to recent revelations in the field of neuroscience -- has also helped erode trust in the tools of democracy. As he says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, entertainment, science, web, wikipedia, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal -- illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. <i>(Filmed at TEDxMaui)</i>
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, global issues, photography, tedx, TEDxMaui, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, compassion, culture, photography, TEDxSF, 2011
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Call it fuel without fossils: Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team's bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) and how it might power the future.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, alternative energy, business, energy, oceans, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 21, 2012 TED.com
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When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, global issues, peace, TEDxJaffa, 2012
TED Talks
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It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, politics, TEDSalon NY2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 19, 2012 TED.com
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A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, parenting, photography, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 14, 2012 TED.com
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Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, extreme sports, personal growth, potential, sports, TEDSalon London...
TED Talks
Dec 13, 2012 TED.com
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A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, insects, science, TEDxWitsUniversity, 2012
TED Talks
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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, culture, entertainment, humor, performance, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 11, 2012 TED.com
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By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, culture, journalism, TEDSalon London 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 10, 2012 TED.com
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Patenting a new drug helps finance its immense cost to develop -- but that same patent can put advanced treatments out of reach for sick people in developing nations, at deadly cost. Ellen 't Hoen talks about an elegant, working solution to the problem: the Medicines Patent Pool. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxZurich, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 7, 2012 TED.com
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Would you kill for a pair of Air Jordans? Lemon Andersen spins a tale of someone who did, reciting a poem by Reg E. Gaines. These verses taught Lemon that poetry could be about more than self-expression, and could sound like music when given rhythm and infused with the grit of the New York streets around him.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, poetry, spoken word, TEDYouth, 2011
TED Talks
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Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, health care, medical research, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 5, 2012 TED.com
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Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, prison, TED@New York, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 4, 2012 TED.com
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If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, entrepreneur, innovation, invention,...
TED Talks
Dec 3, 2012 TED.com
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Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word. (Filmed at TEDxGeorgetown.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, faith, global issues, politics, religion, war, TEDxGeorgetown, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 30, 2012 TED.com
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People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking." His  charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, humor, product design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 29, 2012 TED.com
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As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem -- so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, animals, biology, birds, nature, science, TED@Nairobi, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 28, 2012 TED.com
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Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, storytelling, TEDxKC, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 27, 2012 TED.com
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It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cars, transportation, TEDxHelvetia, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 26, 2012 TED.com
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When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, global issues, TEDxEQChCh, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 21, 2012 TED.com
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Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, performance, wunderkind, youth, TED@New...
TED Talks
Nov 20, 2012 TED.com
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How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, development, disability, engineering, innovation, invention,...
TED Talks
Nov 19, 2012 TED.com
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How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, education, gaming, TEDxCHUV, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 15, 2012 TED.com
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Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive -- or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, engineering, innovation, invention, play, youth, TEDYouth, 2011
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did this resistance work so well? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of hum
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, culture, global issues, politics, TEDxKrakow, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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We have all changed someone’s life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s liv
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, community, leadership, life, TEDxToronto 2010, 2011
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural -- she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, TED@New York, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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We can use a mosquito's own instincts against her. At TEDxMaastricht speaker Bart Knols demos the imaginative solutions his team is developing to fight malaria -- including limburger cheese and a deadly pi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, health, insects, medicine, tedx, TEDxMaastricht,...
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When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly "supplies," Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. His research got very very personal -- and led him to a powerful business model. (Filmed in Bangalore as part of the TED Global Talent Search.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED@Bangalore, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 12, 2012 TED.com
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Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, entertainment, photography, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 9, 2012 TED.com
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Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, technology, TEDxWinnipeg, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2012 TED.com
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Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, culture, parenting, psychology, social change, youth,...
TED Talks
Nov 7, 2012 TED.com
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In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup. (Filmed at TEDxDublin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, animals, biology, evolution, genetics, science, TEDxDublin, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 7, 2012 TED.com
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Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it's for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone's initiative to raise awareness for men's health -- by having men grow out their moustaches every November -- began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it's a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year. 
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, men, philanthropy, TEDxToronto 2011, 2011
TED Talks
Nov 7, 2012 TED.com
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When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world. (Filmed at TEDxMaui.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, nature, photography, TEDxMaui, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 6, 2012 TED.com
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After months or years fighting overseas, 92 percent of American veterans say they want to continue their service; meanwhile, one after another, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc worldwide. What do these two challenges have in common? Team Rubicon co-founder Jake Wood gives a moving talk on how veterans can effectively contribute to disaster relief responses -- and in the process, regain purpose, community and self-worth.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, United States, disaster relief, global issues, military, TEDxSanDiego, 2011
TED Talks
Nov 5, 2012 TED.com
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When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, happiness, psychology, software, TEDxCambridge, 2011
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Nov 2, 2012 TED.com
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Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic -- and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, mental health, storytelling, TED@London, 2012
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Oct 29, 2012 TED.com
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The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, global issues, government, politics, society, state-building,...
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Oct 25, 2012 TED.com
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Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, climate change, design, invention, materials,...
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Oct 24, 2012 TED.com
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Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, spoken word, TEDxHousesofParliament, 2012
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Oct 23, 2012 TED.com
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What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and moral and political conservatism. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, choice, cognitive science, morality, politics, psychology, science,...
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Oct 22, 2012 TED.com
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It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.
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Oct 18, 2012 TED.com
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Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, culture, journalism, news, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Oct 16, 2012 TED.com
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When you're getting medical treatment, or taking part in medical testing, privacy is important; strict laws limit what researchers can see and know about you. But what if your medical data could be used -- anonymously -- by anyone seeking to test a hypothesis? John Wilbanks wonders if the desire to protect our privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could lead to a wave of health care innovation.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medical research, open-source, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Oct 15, 2012 TED.com
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The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."
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Oct 11, 2012 TED.com
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Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audien
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, engineering, science, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Oct 10, 2012 TED.com
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Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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