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  • How fake news does real harm | Stephanie Busari April 24, 2017
    On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls -- but in Nigeria, government officials called the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying efforts to rescue the girls. In this powerful talk, journalist […]
    Stephanie Busari
  • How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison | Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll April 21, 2017
    Financial literacy isn't a skill -- it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Caroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with […]
    Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll
  • A doctor's case for medical marijuana | David Casarett April 20, 2017
    Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don't -- and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.
    David Casarett
  • A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green April 19, 2017
    When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy […]
    Amy Green
  • How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker April 18, 2017
    Our universe is strange, wonderful and vast, says astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker. A spaceship can't carry you into its depths (yet) -- but a radio telescope can. In this mesmerizing talk, Hurley-Walker shows how she probes the mysteries of the universe using special technology that reveals light spectrums we can't see.
    Natasha Hurley-Walker
  • How do you build a sacred space? | Siamak Hariri April 17, 2017
    To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination -- from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for […]
    Siamak Hariri
  • We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie April 14, 2017
    We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world […]
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world | Zubaida Bai April 13, 2017
    TED Fellow Zubaida Bai works with medical professionals, midwives and mothers to bring dignity and low-cost interventions to women's health care. In this quick, inspiring talk, she presents her clean birth kit in a purse, which contains everything a new mother needs for a hygienic birth and a healthy delivery -- no matter where in […]
    Zubaida Bai
  • An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott April 12, 2017
    If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED -- in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away. Prepare to save the life of a Jedi, Chewbacca (he'll need […]
    Todd Scott
  • In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks April 11, 2017
    Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good -- or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.
    Jonathan Marks
  • 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach April 10, 2017
    We increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains -- an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. How can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term ... like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate.
    Ari Wallach
  • How we can find ourselves in data | Giorgia Lupi April 7, 2017
    Giorgia Lupi uses data to tell human stories, adding nuance to numbers. In this charming talk, she shares how we can bring personality to data, visualizing even the mundane details of our daily lives and transforming the abstract and uncountable into something that can be seen, felt and directly reconnected to our lives.
    Giorgia Lupi
  • How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams April 6, 2017
    Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how […]
    David R. Williams
  • The conversation we're not having about digital child abuse | Sebastián Bortnik April 5, 2017
    We need to talk to kids about the risks they face online, says information security expert Sebastián Bortnik. In this talk, Bortnik discusses the issue of "grooming" -- the sexual predation of children by adults on the internet -- and outlines the conversations we need to start having about technology to keep our kids safe. […]
    Sebastián Bortnik
  • How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman April 4, 2017
    At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a supermassive black hole that feeds off a spinning disk of hot gas, sucking up anything that ventures too close -- even light. We can't see it, but its event horizon casts a shadow, and an image of that shadow could help answer some important questions about […]
    Katie Bouman
  • Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks April 3, 2017
    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today -- and where we can find common ground. Followed by a rousing performance of "America the Beautiful" […]
    Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks
  • Know your worth, and then ask for it | Casey Brown April 3, 2017
    Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth -- instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth. Take the time to learn how to shape their thinking. Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence.
    Casey Brown
  • A young poet tells the story of Darfur | Emtithal Mahmoud March 31, 2017
    Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud writes poetry of resilience, confronting her experience of escaping the genocide in Darfur in verse. She shares two stirring original poems about refugees, family, joy and sorrow, asking, "Will you witness me?"
    Emtithal Mahmoud
  • "Music for Wood and Strings" | Sō Percussion March 31, 2017
    Sō Percussion creates adventurous compositions with new, unconventional instruments. Performing "Music for Wood and Strings" by Bryce Dessner of The National, the quartet plays custom-made dulcimer-like instruments that combine the sound of an electric guitar with the percussionist's toolkit to create a hypnotic effect.
    Sō Percussion
  • How early life experience is written into DNA | Moshe Szyf March 30, 2017
    Moshe Szyf is a pioneer in the field of epigenetics, the study of how living things reprogram their genome in response to social factors like stress and lack of food. His research suggests that biochemical signals passed from mothers to offspring tell the child what kind of world they're going to live in, changing the […]
    Moshe Szyf