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Misdeeds do not define you: Shaka Senghor at TED2014Misdeeds do not define you: Shaka Senghor at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Writer, teacher and MIT Media Fellow Shaka Senghor gives the last talk of Session 10: Passion at TED2014, and he starts with a literal bang: When he was 19, he shot and killed another man. At the time, he was a young drug dealer “with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Speaking to us […]


New playlists: How To Tell A Story and A Cure For Cancer?New playlists: How To Tell A Story and A Cure For Cancer?

Posted By Tedstaff

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: How to tell a story and A cure for cancer? How to tell a story How do you tell a good story? Does it need a beginning, […]


7 powerful stories of recovery after injury7 powerful stories of recovery after injury

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd was Olympics-bound in 1986, with many thinking that she was a strong contender to earn Australia’s first-ever medal at the winter games. But everything changed on a training bike ride through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Shepherd was hit by a truck, and broke both her back and neck. Doctors did […]


The full epic of Ed Gavagan

Posted By Ben Lillie

Today’s talk is about surviving a brutal attack, and the extraordinary skill of the surgeons who saved Ed Gavagan’s life. It’s a remarkable story, but there is much more to it. Ed originally told part of the story at The Moth, a wonderful group devoted to true stories, told live on stage. In many ways […]


Openness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua PragerOpenness about injuries: Q&A with Joshua Prager

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Until he was 19, Joshua Prager wanted to play professional baseball or be a doctor. After 19, he was just glad he could walk. For eight years Prager was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee for his long-form pieces investigating historical secrets. In his talk […]


The 3 A’s of awesome: Neil Pasricha on TED.com

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome. (Recorded at TEDxToronto, September 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Duration: 17:33) Watch Neil Pasricha’s talk on TED.com where […]

The danger of a single story: Chimamanda Adichie on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:49) Twitter […]

Palm Springs only: an interview with Brian Andreas

Posted By Matthew Trost

Brian Andreas gave a Palm Springs-only talk about how scientists and technologists can use the power of storytelling to build public support for their projects. He outlined the three most important characteristics of a good story. Here, we asked him what he would say if given a few extra minutes on stage: Brian Andreas: I’d […]

Understanding comics: Scott McCloud on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch. Listen for a moving meditation on the nature of vision — and for four indelible rules of life. (Recorded […]

"You're Gonna Miss Me": Carmen Agra Deedy on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy spins a funny, wise and loving tale of parents and kids, starring her Cuban mother. Settle in and enjoy the ride — Mama’s driving! (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 17:57.) Watch Carmen Agra Deedy’s 2005 talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it […]

Telling stories of our shared humanity: Chris Abani on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It’s “ubuntu,” he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:14.) Watch Chris Abani’s 2008 […]

A girl, a photograph, a homecoming: Rick Smolan on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

From the 2007 EG conference: Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a girl, a photograph, and an American homecoming. (Recorded December 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Duration: 25:06.) Watch Rick Smolan’s 2007 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. Get TED […]


Where does creativity hide? Amy Tan on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It’s a wild ride with a surprise ending. (Recorded March 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 22:52.) Watch Amy Tan’s talk on […]

"The Jill and Julia Show" on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Two TEDTalks favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary. (Jill and Julia will be in residence next week at TED@Aspen.) (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 06:20.) Watch Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney’s performance on TED.com, where you […]