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TED Newsmakers: Samantha Power to become ambassador to the UN, Jennifer Pahlka joins White House staffTED Newsmakers: Samantha Power to become ambassador to the UN, Jennifer Pahlka joins White House staff

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today, Barack Obama will be naming a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – and sources say that it will be Samantha Power, outspoken anti-genocide official and TED2008 speaker. Power is expected to replace Susan Rice, who sources say will be named national security advisor. Power is a fascinating choice for this very important […]


New Best of the Web talks: Randy Pausch, Robert Sapolsky, Matt Weinstein

Posted By Matthew Trost

We’re excited to post the next three talks in our new Best of the Web series! Today, we hear from a computer scientist who was battling pancreatic cancer, a neuroscientist and primatologist who learned about human nature by studying animals, and a man whose response to losing his life savings was unexpectedly hopeful. Randy Pausch: […]


4 great talks for International Women's Day

Posted By Emily McManus

To celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day, we suggest these four TEDTalks gems from some amazing speakers — artists, scientists and economists who think deeply about the role of women. Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, feminism — and the power of passionate thinkers and doers: The former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi […]


Shaking hands with the devil: Samantha Power on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Political scientist Samantha Power tells the story of a complicated hero, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This UN diplomat walked a thin moral line, negotiating with the world’s worst dictators to help their people survive crisis. It’s a compelling story told with a fiery passion. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 23:08.) Watch Samantha Power’s […]


TED2008: Will Evil Prevail?

Posted By Bgiussani

(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session five.) Will evil prevail? This promises to be a hard session — there will be moments that are hard to watch and listen to, looking evil right in the eye — but discussions of evil will mix with experiences of good. The best person […]