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Sally Kohn talks leaving Fox NewsSally Kohn talks leaving Fox News

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

In today’s talk, pundit Sally Kohn shares what it’s like to be progressive, gay and … working for Fox News. The key: emotional correctness, when people look past their political differences and try to understand what the other is thinking on a human level. It’s a vision so powerful that her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, […]

Business

Cartels as businesses, terrorism as a brand, gang violence as an epidemic: 4 talks for rethinking how to stop violenceCartels as businesses, terrorism as a brand, gang violence as an epidemic: 4 talks for rethinking how to stop violence

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Rodrigo Canales begins today’s talk by bringing us to a very confusing peace march. After a battle between Mexican law enforcement and the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana turned the city of Apatzingán into a battlefield for two days in 2010, the mayor of the town decided to hold a march for peace. Thousands of […]

News

3 smart talks to get you through the continued government shutdown

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Heyyy Congress. We noticed you’re having a wee bit of trouble working out this government shutdown snafu, so we thought, hey, since you’ve got extra time on your hands and we’re taking a lunch break, we should totally hang. Want to come watch talks with us? We picked some just for you! Nice talks about getting […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

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 […]

Culture

Rethinking the term ‘illegal’ immigrant: Because people can’t be illegalRethinking the term ‘illegal’ immigrant: Because people can’t be illegal

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Last week, the Associated Press announced its decision to remove the term “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook. In a blog post by Director of Media Relations Paul Colford, AP’s executive editor Kathleen Carroll revealed the news: “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. […]

Culture

5 great stories with double lives as allegories5 great stories with double lives as allegories

Posted By Jessica Gross

“Once upon a time, there was a place called Lesterland,” Lawrence Lessig begins today’s talk. “Of its 311 million people, it turns out 144,000 are called Lester,” Lessig says. In Lesterland, this .05% of the population is granted extraordinary power. Each election cycle, there’s a general election, in which the people get to vote, and […]

Culture

How we can make elections about the people, not just funders: An excerpt of Lawrence Lessig’s new TED Book, “Lesterland”How we can make elections about the people, not just funders: An excerpt of Lawrence Lessig’s new TED Book, “Lesterland”

Posted By Jim Daly

Before we can tackle climate change, financial reform, education reform or, well, anything, there is a single issue that we in the United States must confront. As legal activist Lawrence Lessig says in today’s talk, before we can bring about change on any of the thousands of issues that matter to us, we must change […]