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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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So what went down at TED on day two? Well, a lot, as it happens. As curator Chris Anderson commented rather tiredly later, “that was the most intense day of TED I can remember, ever.” Here, a lightning round-up of some of the day’s key moments. Edward Snowden trundles onto stage The first big surprise []

New playlists: “Spoken-word fireworks” and “That’s absurd!”

New playlists: “Spoken-word fireworks” and “That’s absurd!”

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, two new playlists are available: Spoken-word fireworks and That’s absurd! That’s absurd! 5 quirky talks remind us that life is funny, weird, sweet, absurd. Watch talks by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and []

3 TEDTalks for National Poetry Day

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Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, and why not everywhere? We found out about it in the stateless world of Twitter trending topics. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, watch a few of these TEDTalks about, or featuring, poetry: “War child” Emmanuel Jal tells the story of his amazing life in words []

Wednesday morning TEDDIY at TED@PalmSprings — Running notes

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A snapshot of the TED@PalmSprings simulcast. Kelly Stoetzel of TED and slam poet Rives are co-hosts. Jill Sobule entertained the audience with her usual wit — and a selection of newly unveiled material. Arthur Benjamin’s energetic presentation (above) was the perfect way to kick off TEDDIY on Day 1 of TED@PalmSprings. He used his lightning-fast []

Watch Rives' ad for European TV

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Rives writes in to tells us: “A few months ago a researcher at a French ad company was scouring the web, looking for ‘real people’ who could be featured in a European ad campaign … He comes across my ‘If I Controlled the Internet‘ poem on TEDTalks and figures: This is the guy.” See the []

A 3-minute fairy tale of mixed emoticons: Rives on TED.com

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Slam poet Rives (star of the Bravo special Ironic Iconic America) tells a typographical fairy tale that’s short and bittersweet. (Recorded February 2008 at TED@Aspen, in Aspen, Colorado. Duration: 3:17.) Watch Rives’ 2008 performance on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our []

TED@Palm Springs: Sneak peek at the Riviera resort

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Just returned from a visit to the amazing TED@Palm Springs venue, where I’ll be playing host along with the famous Rives as my co-host and wingman. It is being held at the iconic Riviera resort, playground to the stars — including Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, the King himself. Many of them []

Tonight in L.A.: Jill Sobule

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The wonderful Jill Sobule is playing at Largo tonight in LA, then swings back to NY to play at Ethel‘s 10th birthday party on March 20, along with Rives. But honestly, we were mainly looking for an excuse to share this great photo of Jill (left), taken 10 days ago at TED@Aspen…

TED2008: And The Point?

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(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session twelve – closing session.) The session opens with the projection of will.i.am’s "Yes We Can" viral video based on Barack Obama’s speech. The two producers are in the audience. The video has been seen millions of times, a demonstration of the power of individuals []

Jill Sobule and Rives sing on Super Tuesday

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Check out Jill Sobule and Rives on NPR’s Bryant Park Project, singing about Super Tuesday, when “30 zillion voters in 20-something states” cast their primary votes, and the rest of us watch the returns all day long. As Jill says, “I have no life! All I do is watch news shows!” Rives’ snappy patter will []

Jill Sobule and Ethel: Together in Central Park

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Wednesday night, Jill Sobule (watch her TEDTalk performance) and the modern string ensemble Ethel (watch their TEDTalk performance) paired up to play a charming set together in Central Park, a preview of the upcoming album from this partnership that began at TED2006. Backed by Ethel’s wall of sound, Jill’s sweet, funny, wise pop songs — []

Rives exposes the secrets of 4 a.m., on TED.com

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The slam poet/tech artist/paper sculptor Rives does eight minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours: 4 o’clock in the morning. This elusive hour, both very late and very early, appears often in art and literature as a way to describe the most extreme states of []

Slam poet Rives on TED.com

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How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into a 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives‘ unique talent. Get TED delivered:Subscribe to the TEDTalks video podcast via RSS >>Subscribe to the iTunes video podcastSubscribe to the iTunes audio podcastGet updates via Twitter >>Join our Facebook fan page >> Subscribe to the []