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Kate Torgovnick May

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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CHEER!, the book

Hello. My name is Kate and I write things. Often. As a staff writer at TED, I work with our TED Prize winners to tell their fascinating stories and share their most ambitious ideas. I also lead the conference coverage team that live-blogs TED Conferences, and contribute to our online magazine, Ideas.TED.com. As a journalist, I'm continually fascinated by people and their passions. I've written about bike polo diehards and karaoke regulars for The New York Times; female cab drivers and professional roadies for Jane Magazine; and many others for publications like Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Glamour. My book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, was called "a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book" by Joyce Carol Oates. It inspired The CW series, HELLCATS, for which I served as a consulting producer. I'm also a screenwriter. My production company Compass Rose recently finished our first short film, and has several exciting projects in the works in 2016. In the end, my writing is fueled by curiosity and a general sense of awe for human beings and their quirks.

Stories by Kate Torgovnick May:

A basic income pilot, the history of the gene, and the future of transportation

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A basic income pilot, the history of the gene, and the future of transportation

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A real-world test of basic income. Too often, humanitarian aid donations of food and materials, while well-intentioned, aren’t what the recipients actually need. But what about a different approach: giving people a basic income to spend however they like. []

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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A trail of $2 billion in offshore deals that traces to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Prime Minister of Iceland, accused of hiding millions of dollars in investments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s family, linked to six luxury real estate deals in London. The Panama Papers, revealed yesterday, represent the largest data leak in history []

The Next Einstein Forum begins

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The Next Einstein Forum begins

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Why did Albert Einstein have such a unique scientific mind? Because he came from a disadvantaged background, says TED Prize winner Neil Turok. “When new cultures enter science, especially disadvantaged cultures, transformation can happen,” he said today in his opening remarks at the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016. “I believe that the entrance of []

Wake up! Invigorating talks from Session 12 of TED2016

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Wake up! Invigorating talks from Session 12 of TED2016

In the final session of TED2016, the themes we’ve been talking about all week — the progress of society, the measure of personal success, the importance of the environment — snap into focus. From the prime minister of the “world’s happiest country” to a pair of speakers who challenge the traditional American Dream, it’s a session that will inspire, make you question []

Fantasists and catalysts: The wonder-filled talks in Session 11 of TED2016

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Fantasists and catalysts: The wonder-filled talks in Session 11 of TED2016

This session is dedicated to those who weave fantasies and force change. From a speaker on the cusp of virtual reality storytelling to a playwright who appears as a hologram, many surprises are in store. Recaps of the talks in Session 11, in chronological order. The last storytelling medium? Chris Milk’s story begins with music, the []

Chris Milk hosts the “largest collective virtual reality viewing in history” during TED2016

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Chris Milk hosts the “largest collective virtual reality viewing in history” during TED2016

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“You’re about to participate in the largest collective VR viewing in history,” said Chris Milk in his talk on virtual reality at TED2016. “We are all going to watch something at the exact same time, together.” A Google Cardboard and pair of Urban Ears headphones sat on every chair in the theater. We assembled the viewer, downloaded a special []

The dreams that define us: The global talks in Session 10 of TED2016

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The dreams that define us: The global talks in Session 10 of TED2016

Host Gerry Garbulsky has a feeling that this may be the session with “the most heavy accents” in TED history. The organizer of TEDxRiodelaPlata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Garbulsky curated each speaker in his session because they’ve given a TEDx talk he loved. With speakers from Botswana, Brazil and Hungary, these ideas are truly without borders. Recaps of []