Isabel Allende

Allende presents a challenge to her audience – that they live a life of passion, no matter what they’re age. Allende talks about some of the fears that she has faced herself as she’s aged and about the choice that she made to make sure that her life was lived fully and without regrets for […]

Hans & Ola Rosling

Global health expert, Hans Rosling, challenges his audience with an interactive quiz to see just how much they actually know about the world. Then his son Ola, the founder of Gapminder Foundation, presents 4 tips on how to become more mindful of the world in which we live. Now the question, is this important? Yeah, […]

Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma, a reforestation expert, presents a lecture on a method that he has devised that has allowed for the process of the regrowth of forests to take place ten times faster than would be seen in the natural world. Because of this he says that he is hopeful that there might be hope for the […]

Jim Holt

Writer and philosopher, Jim Holt, talks about the origins of the question “Why does the universe exist?” and the path that has been taken by theorists to answer it. So I’m going to talk about the mystery of existence, the puzzle of existence, where we are now in addressing it, and why you should care, […]

Jill Shargaa

Jill Shargaa, comedian and designer, presents a talk to challenge her audience to reconsider the usage of the word “awesome”. She points out that we are no longer using it properly in the English language. Shargaa seeks to return the “awe” back into the word. So when you use the word “awesome” to describe the […]

Colin Grant

Author and historian, Colin Grant, talks about the father that abused and rejected him to the point where he felt moved to kill him. However, he explains about how this man’s choices effected his path in life and how he eventually came to find a heart of forgiveness or compassion. Each generation builds up an […]

Zak Ebrahim

Zak Ebrahim, the son of one of the terrorists that planned the attack on the World Trade Centers, presents a talk on how a person that is brought up in a world of violence and dogma can choose another path. Despite being groomed for a life of hatred, he talks about how he chose another direction […]

Uldus Bakhtiozina

Photographer and artist, Uldus Bakhtiozina, presents a lighthearted talk on her native home in Russia. Using photography, she pokes fun and shows the audience how we should never take ourselves too seriously. I’m 27 years old. For Russian society, I’m an old maid and hopeless to ever get married. That’s why you see me in […]

Dan Barasch

Dan Barasch gives a talk on a project that he is working on with his partner, James Ramsey. Together they have taken an abandoned trolley terminal in underground New York City and have begun to design a park that will thrive there. With the help of modern technology to bring the sunlight into the underground, […]

Jackie Savitz

Savitz, a marine biologist and ocean advocate, gives a talk on the most important ways that we can go about cleaning up and healing our oceans so that fisheries can begin to produce more heavily. In doing so she believes that we will not only help to preserve our oceans and its wildlife but will […]

Andrew Solomon

Solomon, a writer on politics, psychology and culture, presents a talk on life’s adversities and how we can experience growth through the most difficult times in our lives. The gay activist Harvey Milk was once asked by a younger gay man what he could do to help the movement, and Milk said, “Go out and […]

Chris Kluwe

Kluwe, a former Minnesota Vikings punter, talks  about a new version of augmented reality where the audience watching from home can get a sense that they are actually right there on the field with the players. He states that it is a new way for the fans to participate in the action, however, there are […]

Sebastian Junger

Junger speaks about the experiences he has had alongside of American soldiers in Restrepo and the observations that he has made when war creates a strong connection amongst them. The author poses that many soldiers end up missing war due to the isolation that they experience upon returning home. Compared to that, war, psychologically, in […]

Wes Moore

Moore, an Army paratrooper and captain, recounts the difficulties he experienced upon returning from Afghanistan to the United States. He talks to his audience about how to speak to veterans about their experiences abroad and encourages them to ask veterans for their stories and to take the time to listen to what they have to […]

Jon Mooallem

Mooallem tells the story of how Theodore Roosevelt spared the life of a black bear and thus inspired the creation of what is now called the “teddy bear”. The author explains how stories like this effect the existence and survival of various animals around the world. In a world of conservation reliance, those stories have […]

Kitra Cahana

Cahana, a photojournalist and self-proclaimed vagabond, presents a brief look into her life on the road where she uses her art to show the lifestyle of nomads, hitchhikers, vagrants and tramps.Through her eyes and her camera she gives her audience a small idea of what it is like to live a wandering existence. Until we […]

Stephen Friend

Friend, an open science advocate, presents a talk on the reason why some family members will contract certain inherited diseases through genetics while others will remain healthy. He talks about the project he is currently working on – the Resilience Project – which is a massive effort to collect genetic materials that may help decode […]

Yoruba Richen

Richen, a filmaker that focuses on the feminist, LGBT & African American communities, presents a talk on the similarities between the gay rights and civil rights movements. Despite the tensions that can be found between the two, she argues that they are in fact very similar and that both movements need to work together towards […]


Sting gives a presentation on the early life he spent in a shipyard and the way it would eventually come to influence his music as he found inspiration in the lives of his fellow shipyard workers. He also talks about his upcoming Broadway musical and presents several selections from the work. The fact is, whether […]

Stella Young

Young, a disability activist, leads a talk on what she calls “inspiration porn” – society’s habit of making disabled people into inspirational figures. She challenges our culture to raise their expectations of what disabled men and women are capable of doing and to look upon disability as the “norm” and not the exception. Disability doesn’t […]

Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil tells about the evolution of the neocortex in mammals and how this part of the brain has helped to expand our way of thinking and reasoning beyond the point that our earlier ancestors would have been capable of. Now the neocortex is about to evolve again and he theorizes over what this new growth will […]

Robert Full

Full, UC Berkeley biologist, gives a talk on his studies of various animals including cockroaches, crabs and geckos and how they can help us to engineer more efficient robots in the future. My engineering colleague at Berkeley designed with his students a novel manufacturing technique where you essentially origami the exoskeleton, you laser cut it, […]

Stephen Burt

Burt, a literary critic, gives a talk on the importance of poetry and how it can help us handle and explore various emotions and issues in life. For example, having to deal with the fact that we will all someday die. He reads from various poets that have guided him along the way in his […]

Dan Gilbert

Gilbert, a Harvard psychologist, presents a talk on what he calls the “end of history illusion”. He believes that much in the same way as humans can be deceived by optical illusions, so too can we be deceived on what will make us happy in our future. He speculates that we are not as capable […]

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Appiah, philosopher and cultural theorist, asks the question “Is religion good or bad?” He begins by challenging his audience to consider whether religion is even a thing at all. What I want you to think about next time somebody wants to make some vast generalization about religion is that maybe there isn’t such a thing […]

AJ Jacobs

Jacobs gives a humorous talk on discovering his ancestry through various genealogy sites and finding that we are all linked – no matter how distantly. He invites his audience to the biggest family reunion ever as he discusses the relations he has found along the way. And my cousin, of course, the actor Kevin Bacon […]

Renata Salecl

Philosopher Salecl states that in a modern, capitalist driven world, we are trained to take our own personal choices too seriously. She lectures that personal choices can allow us to be lead to feelings of guilt, uncertainty and inadequacy. In a world focused on obtaining perfection, these feelings cause us to become politically immobile and […]

Paul Bloom

Bloom, a psychologist and professor at Yale, poses the question “Can prejudice ever be a good thing?” In his talk he states that prejudice is often natural, rational and even moral. He argues that it is only be acknowledging this and then taking control of it when our bias goes wrong that we can use […]

Simon Anholt

Anholt poses the question “Which country does the most good?” In his talk, the policy advisor ranks countries on how much “good” they do in the ever-expanding process of globalization. This is part of an international survey that he calls “The Good Country Index”. It is Anholt’s hope that this will help inspire countries to […]

Sara Lewis

Lewis, a scientist and professor at Tufts University, gives her audience a glimpse into the lives of fireflies. In her lecture she discusses the strange nature of firefly behavior: including elaborate flash dances, predatory eavesdropping and deceit, and the female “firefly vampire”. The luminous displays are actually the silent love songs of male fireflies. They’re […]

Ze Frank

Frank, an online comedian and web artist, presents a talk on the question “Are you human?” In it he asks his audience to raise their hands to a series of personal questions to judge whether they can indeed consider themselves “human”. Have you ever lost the ability to imagine a future without a person that […]

Naomi Oreskes

Oreskes, a historian of science, presents a talk on why it is that we should trust scientists. She presents the question of Faith vs. Science and then outlines three main problems that can be found in the world of scientific inquiry and how these issues can and should be addressed. But it shouldn’t be blind trust any […]

Shaka Senghor

Senghor, an ex-drug dealer out of Detroit, tells a story of being imprisoned for second-degree murder and the redemption that he found while he was in jail through the teachings of Malcolm X and his own writings. He speaks about living a life that is not defined by his past and how we too can come […]

Jamilia Lyiscott

Lysicott presents a smash-poetry style look at what it means to be “articulate” and the three differents languages that she speaks – at home, in the classroom and with her friends. In her speech she challenges her audience to look at those with broken English not as “ignorant” but as speaking with a tongue or […]

Ruth Chang

Chang, a philosopher, challenges the way we look at and make hard decisions in our lives. She outlines a way to take a new perspective so that we can view these difficult decisions in a more pleasing light. Far from being sources of agony and dread, hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate […]

Anne Curzan

Curzan, a professor of English at the University of Michigan and a historian of the English language, gives a talk on what makes a word “real” and who has the authority to make modern slang words “real” in the English language. As the language continues to evolve, Curzan explains how modern words are taken and […]

Billy Collins

Collins presents two very different poems inspired by what he believes a dog might be thinking. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been a spate of books that have come out lately contemplating or speculating on the cognition and emotional life of dogs. Do they think, do they feel and, if so, how? […]

Uri Alon

Alon, a systems biologist, gives a talk on his struggles as a scientist trying to find direct paths from a postulated question to a scientific answer. However, an evening out at improv theatre and the usage of the “yes, and” technique gives him a new way of looking at the scientific process which he now […]

Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award

Cumberbatch is nominated for a Critics Choice Television Award for his work in Sherlock: His Last Vow. He will be going up against co-star and friend Martin Freeman who has been nominated for his work in Fargo. The awards will be announced on June 19t at 8PM EST on The CW.

Elsa cast

Once Upon a Time casts Georgina Haig (Fringe) as the Queen of Arendale, Elsa. The story surrounding these characters will take place post-Frozen with Elsa keeping her powers in check through the love and bond she has with her sister, Anna. However she is still very aware of how much of a threat she can […]

Will Potter

Will Potter, an investigative journalist, tells of the day he decided to take part in a peaceful protest against animal testing only to find himself arrested and how that day inspired him to delve deeper into a world where peaceful protest is considered terrorism. Dostoevsky wrote that the whole work of man is to prove […]

Keren Elazari

Elazari, a cybersecurity expert, talks about the growth of hackers from being cyberpunk protagonists to being a kind of anonymous vigilante. She talks about the unintentional good that hackers are causing by pointing out the weaknesses in internet security so that a stronger, healthier deterrent can be built. They just can’t see something broken in […]

Shih Chieh Huang

Huang speaks on his various forms of art and his goal of giving people an experience to explore. In his talk he shows a helmet that records the movement of the eye, and then uses the blinks to turn on and off a nightlight. He also shows a large bioluminescent sculpture made from bottles, tupperware […]

Lorrie Faith Cranor

Cranor discusses her time spent studying online security and user passwords. She talks about a study that she conducted wherein she discovered a common pattern and habit among password-creators that could easily threaten their internet security. So I know a lot of these TED Talks are inspirational and they make you think about nice, happy things, […]

Full trailer

The first full trailer for season 8 of Doctor Who is released. The trailer was first broadcast by BBC during the half-time interval of the World Cup finals.

Nicholas Negroponte

Negroponte, founder of MIT Media Lab, leads a talk on the last 30 years of technology. He also introduces his newest project – “One Laptop per Child”. Negroponte states that he has a desire to create wireless laptop computers that cost around $100 and see that they are given out to children in developing countries.  […]

David Kwong

Kwong, a New York Times crossword puzzle creator and “illusion designer” specializing in film and television, presents a lecture on the human’s primal instinct to “solve”, discussing the relationship between puzzles and magic, the need to create order out of chaos. I believe that magic and puzzles are the same thing, so I am trying to […]

Ge Wang

Wang, founding director of the Standard Laptop Orchestra and the Standard Mobile Phone Orchestra, shows an example of how computers and programming languages can be used to create music. With his program he is able to take household materials and turn them into instruments that musicians can then make music with.

Julian Treasure

Treasure, chair of Sound Agency – a company that works with various businesses on how to use sound, presents on how to speak in such a way that others will be inclined to listen. He gives an example of habits that should be broken in our communication, provides various vocal exercises that can be used […]

Chris Domas

Domas, a cybersecurity researcher, gives a talk on the rising “cyber warfare”. In this lecture he reveals some of the methods that researchers are using to break apart binary code and receive a better understanding of the potential threats that await on the cyber field.