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Talks at Google brings the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers, and doers all to one place. Every episode is taken from a video that can be seen at YouTube.com/TalksAtGoogle.
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Ep178 - Bevy Smith | Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie
Bevy Smith discusses her book "Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie." A quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner and life-long New Yorker, Bevy Smith is the host of Sirius XM’s "Bevelations" on Radio Andy. Once a wildly successful luxury fashion publishing exec, Bevy shifted her professional goals to pursue a life in front of the camera. As a pop culture aficionado and fashion expert, Bevy served as moderator of Bravo TV’s revolutionary "Fashion Queens," and was a former co-host on the nationally syndicated "Page Six TV." In her book, Bevy shares how she went from a seemingly-perfect, but ultimately unhappy life, to an awakening and genuine fulfillment. With this book debut, she hopes to inspire people, especially women, to chart their own course, dare to dream, and to know that life Gets Greater Later. Written with Bevy’s signature wit, candor, and heart and touching on everything from society’s standards of beauty and escaping toxic relationships, to the ins and outs of building a personal brand, Bevelation is no-holds-barred. It is an eye-opening memoir that is rich in inspiring and worthwhile lessons on how to live an authentic life at any age.
Moderated by Brittany Levers.
Wach the video of this event at https://g.co/talksatgoogle/bevelations.
Leymah Gbowee | Turning Bitterness Into Action
Leymah Gbowee was only 17 when the Second Liberian Civil War erupted. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and her hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, realizing that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. Working as a social worker and trauma counselor during the war, she organized the Women of Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a multicultural and multi-religious group who prayed for peace, held nonviolent protests including a sex strike, and brought forth a promise from President Charles Taylor to attend peace talks in Ghana. This group was crucial in bringing an end to the civil war in 2003 followed by the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia, the first African nation with a female president.
Leymah is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa, an organization dedicated to training women and advocating peace and security in African governance.
The author of Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, Leymah is also the central figure in "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," an award-winning documentary about the visionary women who demanded peace in Liberia.
She holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University and is a mother of five and just this week, Leymah was awarded Nobel Peace Prize along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
Leymah Gbowee was introduced by Gayathri Rajan Engineering Product Management Director at Google.
Megan Smith is VP, New Business Development at Google
Visit g.co/TalksAtGoogle/LaymahGbowee to watch the video of this event.
Ep176 - Jim Salzman & Michael Heller | How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
Jim Salzman and Michael Heller discuss their book "Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives." When is it okay to recline your airplane seat? Do we actually own our smartphones, or are we just leasing them? What do you really own when you click the “buy now” button? And how is South Dakota making you less wealthy? In the spirited style of Freakonomics and Tipping Point, Jim Salzman and Michael Heller explore fun, surprising, and often infuriating real-life stories that reveal who gets what in the 21st century.
Remarkably, there are just six simple stories that we all use to claim ownership. These are the same stories kids use to solve fights on the playground – and they offer our best chance to address really big problems like preserving online freedom, cooling our warming planet, and curbing wealth inequality. Ownership shapes every single aspect of our lives - and it’s the savvy owners who choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But don’t be fooled. Ownership is always up for grabs and the prize goes to those who know how its hidden rules really work.
Visit g.co/TalksAtGoogle/HiddenRulesOfOwnership to watch the video of this event.
Moderated by Jeff Cox.
Joel Salatin | Folks, This Ain't Normal
Farmer, author, and activist Joel Salatin discusses his book, "Folks, This Ain't Normal," as well as sustainable farming, food policy, and solutions to America's food woes. Visit g.co/TalksAtGoogle/ThisAintNormal to watch the video of this event.
Nigel Ng | Nigel Ng Meets Uncle Roger
Nigel Ng discusses how he has overcome adversity and all odds against him to be successful, and gain a tremendous fanbase over years of hard work.
Nigel Ng is a Malaysian stand up comedian and content creator. He started his career in the Chicago comedy clubs and is now based in London. In 2020, he went viral from his portrayal of Uncle Roger, a middle-aged Asian man reviewing an egg fried rice video. In 10 months, he has amassed 170 million views on his YouTube channel and a combined following of over 5 million across his social media platforms.
As a standup, Nigel has been nominated for the Best Newcomer Award for his sold-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, and sold out multiple runs throughout the UK and Europe. His TV credits include Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and Roast Battle, BBC Two's Mock The Week and ITV’s Jonathan Ross Comedy Club. Nigel also hosts Rice To Meet You, a hugely popular comedy podcast.
Check out Nigel's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/mrnigelng.
Moderated by Albert Chan.
Visit g.co/TalksAtGoogle/UncleRoger to watch the video of this event.
Stephen Colbert | America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't
The uncut interview of Stephen Colbert's visit to Google's New York office. You can find Stephen's book on Google Play here: http://goo.gl/Jyujo. America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't is more of a coffee-table book, with large color pictures, and chapter photos that require the use of included 3-D glasses. It falls somewhere between I Am America and the Daily Show faux-textbooks America (The Book) and Earth (The Book), which used that organizing principle to their advantage. The premise follows the many apocalyptic views of the past four years, claiming America has gone off the rails and completely lost its way, and that only this book offers the true path to restore America's greatness. Which was never really gone, because it's America.
The best idea America Again mocks is the one contained in its title. In particular, it skewers Newt Gingrich's 2011 book A Nation Like No Other, which claimed, "America's exceptional greatness is not based on that fact that we are the most powerful, most prosperous—and most generous—nation on earth. Rather, those things are the result of American Exceptionalism." That is one preposterously arrogant whopper, which America Again exploits as an illogical chicken/egg position. The subtle difference between a beneficial amount of pride and the unchecked belief in exceptionalism is ripe for mockery.
Stephen Colbert has been playing Stephen T. Colbert since 2005. In those seven years, he's built an impressive mythology to his character, a funhouse mirror held up to shame all other egomaniacal pundits for their hubris. But while the shtick is still reliably funny on television, it doesn't translate as well into print, because a book doesn't have television's immediacy. There's no Super PAC plotline, just a bunch of chapters that respond to issues a bit too late. Colbert and his staff are still extraordinarily funny, but in reaching for a middle-of-the-road coffee table humor book, America Again finds the limits of their comedic talent.
Hosted by Eric Schmidt
Visit g.co/TalksAtGoogle/AmericaAgain to watch the video of this event.
These are awesome!
I love that Google is releasing these presentations as podcasts. Many of them were originally on YouTube, but they're even more convenient in audio format. Amazing guests.