Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

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Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff

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There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Working at TED, as you might guess, many of us have strong opinions about this. Beyond the podcasts we all love: This American Life, Radiolab, The []

Reading list: Big ideas in books from our TED2016 speakers

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Reading list: Big ideas in books from our TED2016 speakers

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  With TED2016 quickly approaching, what better way to get ready than with a good book (or two, or three)? Before the conference starts on February 15, explore these reads by some of our speakers. Life in the future: Exegesis by Astro Teller. A science-fiction tale of a self-aware, artificially intelligent machine and its creator []

QUIZ: Which TED Talk are you?

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QUIZ: Which TED Talk are you?

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A fun way to find a talk that’s just right for you…

What I learned from watching every TED-Ed Lesson

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What I learned from watching every TED-Ed Lesson

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As a Production Intern at TED-Ed, a big part of my job has been to make sure none of our video files have any glitches. So for the past two months, I’ve watched every single TED-Ed Lesson — nearly 500 of them — at least twice. If TED-Ed were a menu, I’d have tried everything []

On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate

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On raising kids who are more than “hoop jumpers”: A teenage TED speaker’s mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate

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Jane Andraka has raised two remarkable sons. Luke, age 20, is studying electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. “He was always tinkering and taking things apart — wondering how they worked, wondering how they could be made better. He had ideas coming out of his brain like a firehose,” she says. Meanwhile, Jack, age 18, is []

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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It’s a few months after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are knee-deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds. Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond Measure: []

9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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No one really wants to talk about the weather. Inspired by TED Talks, here are some questions to start a better conversation in any situation.    “So, what’s your favorite word?” Who to ask: The chatty person who’s sharing an outlet with you at the coffee shop The basic idea: Dictionaries don’t compile themselves — linguistic sleuths []

Introducing the TED Residency

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Introducing the TED Residency

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Are you working on something that deserves wider exposure? Do you draw insights and inspiration from people in other fields? And have you dreamed of giving a TED Talk but don’t know how to get it—or yourself—onto our radar? Well, here’s your chance. With TED moving into new headquarters in New York’s SoHo, there will be room to []

Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks

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Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks

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All TED Talks are good. Why do only some go viral? Over the last year, a human behavior consultancy called Science of People set out to answer this question. To do so, says founder Vanessa Van Edwards, they polled 760 volunteers, asking them to rate hundreds of hours of TED Talks, looking for specific nonverbal and body language patterns. []

Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

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Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

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The tables in bookstores can be overwhelming: Every book cover looks appealing, every blurb glows with praise. Sometimes, you just need a recommendation from a human, someone you trust. Below, 10 members of the TED community — with very different points of view — share the books they think you’ll enjoy this summer. Their selections []

On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Sarah Parcak shows the lost city of Tanis, teases her TED Prize wish

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On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Sarah Parcak shows the lost city of Tanis, teases her TED Prize wish

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“This is Tanis from Indiana Jones, from Raiders of the Lost Ark?” asks Stephen Colbert, holding up a pair of photos, one that shows a barren patch of desert, and another that shows an intricate system of buildings and streets buried underneath it. “This is the city of Tanis that they find with the medallion []

Can I help translate TEDx Talks if I only speak English? Yes. Meet Camille, an English language coordinator

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Can I help translate TEDx Talks if I only speak English? Yes. Meet Camille, an English language coordinator

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Camille Martinez is a native English speaker who’s fluent in Spanish. In her career, she’s run a language school, worked in medical translation and interpreting, and even started a translation company. But in TED’s Open Translation Project, Martinez occupies a key role: English Language Coordinator. She is one of a handful of volunteers who help []

What speakers can learn from 11 of the funniest TED Talk spoofs

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What speakers can learn from 11 of the funniest TED Talk spoofs

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RejectTED Talks. Onion Talks. DED Talks. Here in the TED office, you often hear chuckles as someone watches one of the quickly growing crop of TED spoofs floating in the ether. And surprisingly, there are some pretty good lessons for speakers embedded in these spoofs. See what I mean below. The spoof: Stephen Colbert’s RejecTED Talks []

Reframes, rethinks and bold calls: 16 speakers share ideas at TEDGlobal>London

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Reframes, rethinks and bold calls: 16 speakers share ideas at TEDGlobal>London

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In 1831, Michael Faraday stood in a lecture hall and demoed an idea that changed everything: electromagnetic induction. This work paved the way for widespread use of electricity. On September 29, 2015, in the same lecture hall, attendees gathered for TEDGlobal>London to hear more ideas with the potential to shift reality. Sixteen TED speakers shared []

How do teens think about body image, beauty and bullying? 3 perspectives from around the world

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How do teens think about body image, beauty and bullying? 3 perspectives from around the world

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Body image, beauty and bullying. In TED-Ed Clubs, students are guided through the process of making a presentation on an idea they feel passionate about — and dozens of students in clubs around the world have boldly chosen to talk about how to combat negative body image, distorted images of beauty and the bullying that []

Meet the 2016 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

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Meet the 2016 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

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We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2016. These 21 world-changers work at the very forefront of their fields and represent 12 countries around the world – including, for the first time in the program, Kyrgyzstan. This group includes a Hawaiian geneticist focused on establishing ethnic diversity in genome studies; an []