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  • Why I speak up about living with epilepsy | Sitawa Wafula May 23, 2017
    Once homebound by epilepsy, mental health advocate Sitawa Wafula found her strength in writing about it. Now, she advocates for others who are yet to find their voices, cutting through stigma and exclusion to talk about what it's like to live with the condition.
    Sitawa Wafula
  • Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman May 22, 2017
    "Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked -- and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once […]
    Rutger Bregman
  • Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison May 19, 2017
    "When black women walk, things change," say T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, the founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek. They're on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million black women and girls to prioritize their self-care, […]
    T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison
  • Why school should start later for teens | Wendy Troxel May 18, 2017
    Teens don't get enough sleep, and it's not because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones -- it's because of public policy, says Wendy Troxel. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel discusses how early school start times deprive adolescents of sleep during the time of their lives […]
    Wendy Troxel
  • A climate solution where all sides can win | Ted Halstead May 17, 2017
    Why are we so deadlocked on climate, and what would it take to overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers to progress? Policy entrepreneur Ted Halstead proposes a transformative solution based on the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. Learn more about how this carbon dividends plan could trigger an international domino effect towards a […]
    Ted Halstead
  • What makes life worth living in the face of death | Lucy Kalanithi May 16, 2017
    In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and dying, love and loss -- is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. […]
    Lucy Kalanithi
  • 3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell May 15, 2017
    How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty. Hear his vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other […]
    Stuart Russell
  • Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan May 12, 2017
    "I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.
    Shah Rukh Khan
  • How human noise affects ocean habitats | Kate Stafford May 12, 2017
    Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances -- and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don't understand. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to […]
    Kate Stafford
  • Poetry, music and identity | Jorge Drexler May 10, 2017
    One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge Drexler the chorus to a song and challenged him to write the rest of it using a complex, poetic form known as the "Décima." In this fascinating talk, Drexler examines the blended nature of identity, weaving together the history of the Décima with his own quest to […]
    Jorge Drexler
  • The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky May 9, 2017
    How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the […]
    Robert Sapolsky
  • A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones May 8, 2017
    Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.
    Carolyn Jones
  • A summer school kids actually want to attend | Karim Abouelnaga May 5, 2017
    In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This "summer slump" affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how […]
    Karim Abouelnaga
  • There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle May 4, 2017
    When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how […]
    Sangu Delle
  • How to exploit democracy | Laura Galante May 3, 2017
    Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.
    Laura Galante
  • Behind the lies of Holocaust denial | Deborah Lipstadt May 2, 2017
    "There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies," says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers -- and their deliberate distortion of history. Lipstadt encourages us all to go on the offensive against those who assault the truth and facts. "Truth is not relative," she says.
    Deborah Lipstadt
  • The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk April 30, 2017
    Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.
    Elon Musk
  • What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova April 28, 2017
    Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.
    Lisa Genova
  • On tennis, love and motherhood | Serena Williams and Gayle King April 27, 2017
    Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregnancy news with the world.
    Serena Williams and Gayle King
  • Why the only future worth building includes everyone | His Holiness Pope Francis April 26, 2017
    A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don't, the spiritual leader provides illuminating […]
    His Holiness Pope Francis