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TED Talks Society and Culture

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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

 

#141

The powerful stories that shaped Africa | Gus Casely-Hayford

In the vast sweep of history, even an empire can be forgotten. In this wide-ranging talk, Gus Casely-Hayford shares origin stories of Africa that are too often unwritten, lost, unshared. Travel to Great Zimbabwe, the ancient city whose mysterious origins and advanced architecture continue to confound archeologists. Or to the age of Mansa Musa, the ruler of the Mali Empire whose vast wealth built the legendary libraries of Timbuktu. And consider which other history lessons we might unwittingly overlook.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/P5qY3sqCJYs) ... Read more

20 Oct 2017

19 MINS

19:54

20 Oct 2017


#140

Why women stay silent after sexual assault | Inés Hercovich

Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about it? "Because they fear they won't be believed," says Inés Hercovich. "Because when a woman tells what happened to her, she tells us things we can't imagine, things that disturb us, things we don't expect to hear, things that shock us." In this moving talk, she takes us inside an encounter with sexual assault to give us a clearer idea of what these situations really look like -- and the difficult choices women make to survive. (In Spanish with English subtitles)![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/1TPHnd1I3Ic) ... Read more

07 Nov 2017

16 MINS

16:46

07 Nov 2017


#139

We should aim for perfection -- and stop fearing failure | Jon Bowers

Sometimes trying your best isn't enough; when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect. For Jon Bowers, who runs a training facility for professional delivery drivers, the stakes are high -- 100 people in the US die every day in car accidents -- and it's perfection, or "a willingness to do what is difficult to achieve what is right," that he looks to achieve. He explains why we should all be equally diligent about striving toward perfection in everything we do, even if it means failing along the way.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/oFZv1E8zXww) ... Read more

09 Nov 2017

10 MINS

10:54

09 Nov 2017


#138

How to talk (and listen) to transgender people | Jackson Bird

Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues. And in this funny, frank talk, he clears up a few misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and more.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/ykjzTdYq9jU) ... Read more

14 Nov 2017

06 MINS

06:24

14 Nov 2017


#137

The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions | Robert Muggah

With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- they should also be the foundation of our political lives. Looking around the world, from Syria to Singapore to Seoul and beyond, Muggah submits six principles for how we can build more resilient cities. "Cities are where the future happens first. They're open, creative, dynamic, democratic, cosmopolitan, sexy," Muggah says. "They're the perfect antidote to reactionary nationalism."![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/t-2e4WU-HM0) ... Read more

09 Nov 2017

17 MINS

17:10

09 Nov 2017


#136

An interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine | Leah Chase and Pat Mitchell

Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb -- and it continues to operate in the same spirit today. In conversation with TEDWomen Curator Pat Mitchell, the 94-year old Queen of Creole Cuisine shares her wisdom from a lifetime of activism, speaking up and cooking.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/y74vHascmUs) ... Read more

22 Nov 2017

22 MINS

22:40

22 Nov 2017


#135

Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/dg04RmhKgTE) ... Read more

04 Dec 2017

18 MINS

18:31

04 Dec 2017


#134

How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

There's something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit's decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. "These aren't plots of land where we're just growing tomatoes and carrots," Davison says. "We're building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food."![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/UFCdEyKeMvc) ... Read more

07 Dec 2017

12 MINS

12:22

07 Dec 2017


#133

"Good" and "bad" are incomplete stories we tell ourselves | Heather Lanier

Heather Lanier's daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays -- but that doesn't make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful, complicated, joyful and hard journey of raising a rare girl, Lanier questions our assumptions about what makes a life "good" or "bad," challenging us to stop fixating on solutions for whatever we deem not normal, and instead to take life as it comes.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/MDgmmzxE4Wk) ... Read more

21 Dec 2017

13 MINS

13:36

21 Dec 2017


#132

The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith

The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 1688 as an illness and considered deadly, today it's seen as a much less serious affliction. In this fascinating talk about the history of emotions, learn more about how the language we use to describe how we feel continues to evolve -- and pick up some new words used in different cultures to capture those fleeting feelings in words.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/y5xH57FfQz4) ... Read more

18 Dec 2017

14 MINS

14:20

18 Dec 2017


#131

How record collectors find lost music and preserve our cultural heritage | Alexis Charpentier

For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by "digging" for obscure music created by overlooked artists. Alexis Charpentier shares his love of records -- and stories of how collectors have given forgotten music a second chance at being heard. Learn more about the culture of record digging (and, maybe, pick up a new hobby) with this fun, refreshing talk.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/-QrQ_wUNEQ0) ... Read more

11 Jan 2018

14 MINS

14:29

11 Jan 2018


#130

My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead | Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar went looking for God and ended up finding something else entirely. In an uplifting, funny talk about our shared humanity, she takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage to meet witches in New York, a shaman in Peru, an infamous "healer" in Brazil and others, sharing an important lesson: what binds us together is far stronger than what separates us, and our differences are not insurmountable.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/KqFQPfAvDjQ) ... Read more

31 Jan 2018

16 MINS

16:11

31 Jan 2018


#129

The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl

The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about female virginity and the hymen.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/E01aXkQWkmw) ... Read more

13 Feb 2018

11 MINS

11:41

13 Feb 2018


#128

The gift and power of emotional courage | Susan David

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/VZ7Q0L2x6wE) ... Read more

30 Jan 2018

16 MINS

16:48

30 Jan 2018


#127

Black life at the intersection of birth and death | Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa

"It is the artist's job to unearth stories that people try to bury with shovels of complacency and time," says poet and freedom fighter Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa. Performing her poem "The Joys of Motherhood," Katwiwa explores the experience of Black mothers in America and discusses the impact of the Movement for Black Lives -- because, she says, it's impossible to separate the two.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/-wV0VLX4PO8) ... Read more

01 Feb 2018

07 MINS

07:49

01 Feb 2018


#126

How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a determination to fight our instincts to idealize and search for answers that aren't there -- and offers a toolkit on how to, eventually, move on. Our hearts might sometimes be broken, but we don't have to break with them.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/4U6fbnqbx2Y) ... Read more

05 Feb 2018

12 MINS

12:25

05 Feb 2018


#125

The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson

Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. This was the first time in American history that the lowest caste people signaled they had options and were willing to take them -- and the first time they had a chance to choose for themselves what they would do with their innate talents, Wilkerson explains. "These people, by their actions, were able to do what the powers that be, North and South, could not or would not do," she says. "They freed themselves."![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/BTDix0V5xdM) ... Read more

15 Mar 2018

17 MINS

17:55

15 Mar 2018


#124

How we became sisters | Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy

Poets Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy perform excerpts from their play "Other Women," which is created and directed by Monica L. Williams. In a captivating journey, they weave together stories full of laughter, loyalty, tragedy and heartbreak, recalling the moments that made them sisters.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/c6dZ5KGjAIg) ... Read more

02 Mar 2018

12 MINS

12:45

02 Mar 2018


#123

Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang

How do we find fulfillment in a world that's constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he's now applying to his everyday life. In this charming talk, he shares three lessons he's learned so far from the "philosophy of water." "What would water do?" Tang asks. "This simple and powerful question ... has changed my life for the better."![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/0kbvAkKn7yc) ... Read more

27 Feb 2018

09 MINS

09:42

27 Feb 2018


#122

Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe

As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/msBodr5nSMw) ... Read more

29 Mar 2018

10 MINS

10:19

29 Mar 2018


#121

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian -- that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTSocietyCulture/~4/J5RTJEsA_jA) ... Read more

11 Apr 2018

14 MINS

14:12

11 Apr 2018