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How to design a library that makes kids want to read | Michael Bierut
When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often ...
Songs that bring history to life | Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including "Waterboy," "Up ...
No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi
Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, ...
Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform | Marlon Peterson
For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance.
The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband
Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It's not just a crisis; it's a test of who we are and what we stand for, says ...
Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Garry Kasparov
We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry ...
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Glean interview skills and incredible insights from some of the greatest minds to sit down on the TED stage.
How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry | Triona McGrath
As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona ...
How to find a wonderful idea | OK Go
Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine ...
A secret weapon against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases | Nina Fedoroff
Where did Zika come from, and what can we do about it? Molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff takes us around the world to understand Zika's origins and how it ...
Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula
Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find ...
Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman
"Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the ...
When Black women walk, things change | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison
T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among ...
Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel
Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her ...
A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead
Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted ...
What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi
In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing ...
How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford
Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances ...
The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky ...
There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle
When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health.
This is what democracy looks like | Anthony D. Romero
In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero turned to a surprising ...
Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt
"There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies," says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers ...
How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll
Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in ...
Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan
"I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, ...
Poetry, music and identity | Jorge Drexler
Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge ...
The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk
Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation ...
The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse | Sebastián Bortnik
Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) We need to talk to kids about the risks ...
3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi
Sometimes it's hard to know what statistics are worthy of trust. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether ... instead, we should learn to look behind them. In this ...
Why civilians suffer more once a war is over | Margaret Bourdeaux
War doesn't just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst ...
Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull
To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark ...
What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan
Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month ...
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