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Kate Torgovnick May

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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CHEER!, the book

Hello. My name is Kate and I write things. Often. As a staff writer at TED, I work with our TED Prize winners to tell their fascinating stories and share their most ambitious ideas. I also lead the conference coverage team that live-blogs TED Conferences, and contribute to our online magazine, Ideas.TED.com. As a journalist, I'm continually fascinated by people and their passions. I've written about bike polo diehards and karaoke regulars for The New York Times; female cab drivers and professional roadies for Jane Magazine; and many others for publications like Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Glamour. My book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, was called "a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book" by Joyce Carol Oates. It inspired The CW series, HELLCATS, for which I served as a consulting producer. I'm also a screenwriter. My production company Compass Rose recently finished our first short film, and has several exciting projects in the works in 2016. In the end, my writing is fueled by curiosity and a general sense of awe for human beings and their quirks.

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The Audacious Project: Notes from Session 4 of TED2018, with 7 bold ideas for global change — and $406 million to support them

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The Audacious Project: Notes from Session 4 of TED2018, with 7 bold ideas for global change — and $406 million to support them

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The lights go down. A voice emerges — strong and hopeful. It’s Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of philanthropic powerhouse Emerson Collective. “Among the many things I love about TED is the simplicity and clarity of its mission — to spread ideas,” she says. “But in order to create lasting change at scale, we need []

Remembering Maestro José Antonio Abreu

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When Maestro José Antonio Abreu lifted his baton, magic sparked to life. Young people from diverse backgrounds played classical music that could take your breath away, yes, but something deeper transpired too — they demonstrated the skills for both personal and cultural thriving. Abreu founded “El Sistema,” the network of youth orchestras, choirs and music []

The future us: The talks of Session 11 of TED2017

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The future us: The talks of Session 11 of TED2017

In the final session of TED2017, we look ahead to the future we’ll build together. Below, recaps of the talks from Session 11, in chronological order. A design renaissance for our apps. “There’s a hidden goal driving all of our technology, and that goal is the race for our attention.” says Tristan Harris. He would know; he []

In Case You Missed It: The personal talks from day 4 of TED2017

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In Case You Missed It: The personal talks from day 4 of TED2017

On the fourth day of TED, the talks got more personal and packed with takeaways for everyday life. Below, some highlights. Pond scum: a source of wonder. In her ode to the microorganisms we’ve spent a century trying to kill, Anne Madden shared how, in pond scum, scientists found an organism that appears to vaccinate []

Tales of tomorrow: The talks of Session 10 of TED2017

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Tales of tomorrow: The talks of Session 10 of TED2017

The stories we tell define us. In the Thursday-night session of TED2017, a singer, an artist, a poet, an author, two podcasters and Bollywood’s biggest star showed us what our stories mean today — and gave a preview of what they’ll look like in the future. Below, recaps of the talks from Session 10, in chronological order. []

It’s personal: The talks of Session 9 of TED2017

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It’s personal: The talks of Session 9 of TED2017

For the ninth session of TED2017, hosted by TED’s Editorial Director Helen Walters and Curation Director Kelly Stoetzel, we look into ourselves with seven speakers who take on subjects ranging from parenting to social interaction and heartbreak, revealing nuggets of wisdom that just might help you lead a better, more fulfilled life. The longest-running study []

Bugs and bodies: The talks of Session 8 of TED2017

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Bugs and bodies: The talks of Session 8 of TED2017

In the eight session of TED2017, hosted by TED’s Head Curator Chris Anderson, eight speakers — and one unforgettable live jetpack demo — showed us that there’s wonder all around us, from the bugs that live in our backyards and on our skin to the dreams that live inside our minds, waiting to be unleashed. Below, []

Connection and community: The talks of Session 7 of TED2017

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Connection and community: The talks of Session 7 of TED2017

We’re more connected than ever before but, in some parts of the world, life has never been more difficult. From refugee camps full of people displaced by war to urban blight in the developed world, our problems are growing more complex. But in that strife lies opportunity. In the seventh session of TED2017, hosted by []