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Some of the world's greatest artists, designers, photographers and architects showcase their work and visions 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.

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Some of the world's greatest artists, designers, photographers and architects showcase their work and visions 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.

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    How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad

    How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad

    How do you end a story? Host of "Radiolab" Jad Abumrad tells how his search for an answer led him home to the mountains of Tennessee, where he met an unexpected teacher: Dolly Parton.

    • 13 min
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    How to support and celebrate living artists | Swizz Beatz

    How to support and celebrate living artists | Swizz Beatz

    Legendary hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz is on a mission to revolutionize the way artists do business. In this glorious talk, he shares some of the ways he's helping fellow creatives thrive, including a roving art fair that gives artists 100 percent of their sales, a new commission system for galleries to fund living visual artists and Verzuz, online musical celebrations that bring joy to fans -- and sales to musicians. "If we're not protecting the arts, we're not protecting our future," he says.

    • 8 min
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    How drawing can set you free | Shantell Martin

    How drawing can set you free | Shantell Martin

    Who are you? To answer this question, artist Shantell Martin followed her pen. In this brilliantly visual talk featuring her signature freestyle line work -- drawn across everything from the screens of Times Square to the bodies of New York City Ballet dancers -- Martin shares how she found freedom and a new perspective through art. See how drawing can connect your hand to your heart and deepen your connection with the world.

    • 7 min
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    An ode to living on Earth | Oliver Jeffers

    An ode to living on Earth | Oliver Jeffers

    If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to be a human being living on Earth in the 21st century, what would you say? Visual artist Oliver Jeffers put his answer in a letter to his son, sharing pearls of wisdom on existence and the diversity of life. He offers observations of the "beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization" in this poetic talk paired with his original illustrations and animations.

    • 10 min
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    Go ahead, dream about the future | Charlie Jane Anders

    Go ahead, dream about the future | Charlie Jane Anders

    "You don't predict the future -- you imagine the future," says sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders. In a talk that's part dream, part research-based extrapolation, she takes us on a wild, speculative tour of the delights and challenges the future may hold -- and shows how dreaming up weird, futuristic possibilities empowers us to construct a better tomorrow.

    • 11 min
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    How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet

    How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet

    Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending machines. Learn how these tiny museums are being deployed in libraries, community centers, transit hubs and elsewhere to increase public access to science.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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184 Ratings

184 Ratings

imahalfblood ,

Not bad

The fashion and some architecture ones are sorta boring. Take it with a grain of salt, though. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Angelab73 ,

Very good

Really enjoyed hearing this, inspirational and funny! Loved it

NarutoUzumaki333 ,

Very good

I love ted talks. I would love to see an episode on shoes.

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