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The Museum of Deportation
A Point of View BBC
access_time1 day ago
"The past is concretised and solidified in things", writes Stella Tillyard "and they vibrate with the experience of their use". Stella tells the story of a small Italian Museum - the Museum of Deportation and Resistance - and reflects on how we remember the past. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 day ago
Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns -- and invites people to come up with their own answers, too. Above all, she asks us to take a cue from the student activists at her school, survivors whose work for change has moved millions to action. "They shouldn't have to do this on their own," Wolk-Rogers says. "They're asking you to get involved."
Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time2 days ago
We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."
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TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time3 days ago
Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico -- where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what's causing it -- and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America's natural treasures.
The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time3 days ago
Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis.
A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time4 days ago
Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.
65: How to Make Instant South Indian Sambar Recipe for Masala Dosa
In this episode of the tastes of india podcast we will show you how to make instant south indian sambar recipe for masala dosa. This sambar recipe is particularly made as an accompaniment for masala dosa. This is a quick and easy method to make sambar and is good for bachelors and working moms.
What's missing in the global debate over refugees | Yasin Kakande
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time5 days ago
In the ongoing debate over refugees, we hear from everyone -- from politicians who pledge border controls to citizens who fear they'll lose their jobs -- everyone, that is, except migrants themselves. Why are they coming? Journalist and TED Fellow Yasin Kakande explains what compelled him and many others to flee their homelands, urging a more open discussion and a new perspective. Because humanity's story, he reminds us, is a story of migration: "There are no restrictions that could ever be so rigorous to stop the wave of migration that has determined our human history," he says.
The Mental Illness Metaphor
A Point of View BBC
access_time8 days ago
Tom Shakespeare on why we need to rethink our use of the mental illness metaphor. Is President Trump really "mad"?, he asks. Is Brexit "bonkers"? Or is the latest government policy "schizophrenic"? He says we all do it. "Within five minutes of starting to write this talk, I find I'm doing it myself!" But he says we need to break the habit since it shows a profound lack of understanding towards people with real mental health conditions. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time8 days ago
On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real human consequences -- people lose jobs, homes and lives, and it drives racial disparities in the legal system. Robin Steinberg has a bold idea to change this. In this powerful talk, she outlines the plan for The Bail Project -- an unprecedented national revolving bail fund to fight mass incarceration. Her ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of the Audacious Project, TED's new initiative to inspire global change.
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time9 days ago
In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge -- but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a "globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake" companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture -- and how we can undo it. "We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them," he says.
How the arts help homeless youth heal and build | Malika Whitley
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time10 days ago
Malika Whitley is the founder of ChopArt, an organization for homeless teens focused on mentorship, dignity and opportunity through the arts. In this moving, personal talk, she shares her story of homelessness and finding her voice through arts -- and her mission to provide a creative outlet for others who have been pushed to the margins of society.
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time10 days ago
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."
How a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria | José Andrés
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time11 days ago
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, chef José Andrés traveled to the devastated island with a simple idea: to feed the hungry. Millions of meals served later, Andrés shares the remarkable story of creating the world's biggest restaurant -- and the awesome power of letting people in need know that somebody cares about them.
64: How to Make Simple Masala Dosa Recipe
In this episode of the tastes of india podcast we are going to show you how to make simple masala dosa recipe with potato filling. This is in continuation of our series on south indian recipes. Do stay with us and in the next couple of weeks we will show you how to make instant sambhar and chutney recipes
The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time12 days ago
Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history -- while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world. "It's incredible what you can do when you stand together," Houska says. "Stand with us -- empathize, learn, grow, change the conversation."
China and the Retreat of Liberal Values
A Point of View BBC
access_time15 days ago
"Western liberals", writes John Gray, "are horrified by the rise of Xi Jinping". But as China's parliament votes to allow him to be President for life, John Gray argues that the future of the liberal West ironically depends on the continuing success of the world's most powerful authoritarian state. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time15 days ago
In this talk-performance hybrid, drummer, percussionist and TED Fellow Kasiva Mutua shares how she's breaking the taboo against female drummers in Kenya -- and her mission to teach the significance and importance of the drum to young boys, women and girls. "Women can be custodians of culture, too," Mutua says.
Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth? | Danny Hillis
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time16 days ago
In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.
To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time17 days ago
There's no such thing as throwing something away, says Andrew Dent -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way we make, and remake, our products. Dent shares exciting examples of thrift -- the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new -- as well as advances in material science, like electronics made of nanocellulose and enzymes that can help make plastic infinitely recyclable.
My $500 house in Detroit -- and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it | Drew Philp
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time18 days ago
In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn't just learn how to repair a house -- he learned how to build a community. In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about "radical neighborliness" and makes the case that we have "the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments refuse."
Math can help uncover cancer's secrets | Irina Kareva
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time18 days ago
Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal of developing new drugs that target tumors. "The power and beauty of mathematical modeling lies in the fact that it makes you formalize, in a very rigorous way, what we think we know," Kareva says. "It can help guide us to where we should keep looking, and where there may be a dead end." It all comes down to asking the right question and translating it to the right equation, and back.
63: How to make Plain Dosa with Homemade Dosa Batter
In this episode of the tastes of india podcast we will show you how to make quick plain dosas at home with home made dosa batter. We will also show you how to make simple dosa batter at home for soft and fluffy dosas and idlis.
How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions | Raphael Arar
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time19 days ago
How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation -- all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.
#54: What Insects Could Teach Humans (and Robots) About 3D Vision
The Intersection Audiomatic
access_time22 days ago
Humans take 3D vision for granted--we don't stop to gauge the distance of a cup of chai on the table before reaching out for it. It is a complicated process that requires highly-developed neural networks. Or does it? Scientists have found several animals, including insects, use 3D vision without brains as large as ours. Studying these creatures and their behaviour can help humans better design vision systems for our own kind and for the robots we build. On this episode, Padma and Samanth deep-dive into the fascinating phenomenon of 3D vision in the insect kingdom. Music: Josh Woodward
Modern-day Empires
A Point of View BBC
access_time22 days ago
John Gray says the idea that empire has had its day is one of the delusions of our age. Old empires, he says, are being replaced by new ones - in China, Russia and - he argues - in Europe. He examines the idea of a European "empire of the good" - one that is liberal and democratic throughout. Producer: Adele Armstrong.
4 d. The joys of victory (part 1)
The History of India Podcast Kit Patrick
access_time22 days ago
(www.historyofindiapodcast.com) Jainism has shaped Indian thought over the millenia, and continues to do so today. This week, we find out what life was like as a Jain in the time of Harsha. How did they worship? Where did they fit into society? What did others in ancient India make of them? Listen, and find out. Health warning: no accurate claims about Jain theology are contained within.
Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet | Judith Heumann
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time22 days ago
Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.
Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time23 days ago
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.
The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time23 days ago
Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God -- and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open mind and work with faith-based organizations, especially on issues like health care and education. "There's so much potential that can be realized when we walk across the divide of faith and, hand in hand, try to solve many of our problems," Nwuneli says.
My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | Christian Picciolini
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time24 days ago
At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist -- and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous talk, Picciolini shares the surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms.
Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available? | Erica Stone
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time24 days ago
In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. "A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed," Stone says. "Instead of research happening behind paywalls and bureaucracy, wouldn't it be better if it was unfolding right in front of us?"
How fungi recognize (and infect) plants | Mennat El Ghalid
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time25 days ago
Each year, the world loses enough food to feed half a billion people to fungi, the most destructive pathogens of plants. Mycologist and TED fellow Mennat El Ghalid explains how a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular signals fungi use to attack plants could disrupt this interaction -- and save our crops.
How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time25 days ago
As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it -- and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most sophisticated attacks.
62: How to Make Simple One Pot Vegetable Biryani Recipe
In this episode of the tastes of india podcast we will show you how to make biryani the simple way. This simple one pot vegetable biryani recipe is best for bachelors and working moms who want a simple way of making biryani.
What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? | Matthias Müllenbeck
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time26 days ago
What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures -- and keep us healthier for longer.
The Rise and Rise of Up Lit
A Point of View BBC
access_time29 days ago
There was Chick Lit, then Grit Lit .now it's "Up Lit" - uplifting stories about kindness and community that we all seem to be reading. Kamila Shamsie says she, too, has been carried along with this wave of escapism from "dark times". But she says the idea that "upliftment" should be marketed to the reading public as the only fictional response to difficult times strikes her as problematic. "The best fiction always makes us look at - rather than away from - the world". Producer: Adele Armstrong.
How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time29 days ago
Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says -- but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha says.
The human stories behind mass incarceration | Eve Abrams
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- predominantly African American -- unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.
Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known | Vittorio Loreto
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.
For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn't over | Soka Moses
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia's Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines of the crisis -- and reveals the challenges and stigma that thousands of survivors still face.
A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.
What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them? | Liz Ogbu
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, calling on developers, architects and policymakers to instead "make a commitment to build people's capacity to stay in their homes, to stay in their communities, to stay where they feel whole."
How I use art to bridge misunderstanding | Adong Judith
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work -- including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony's rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. "Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems," Judith says. "But it will give a chance to create avenues to start to work together to solve many of humanity's problems."
61: How to Make Lemon Pickle Recipe - Kerala Naranga Achar Recipe
In this episode of the tastes of india podcast we are going to show you how to make an authentic south indian lemon pickle recipe. This is a very simple recipe, quick to make and tasty and goes really well with just about anything.
Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes -- a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and it's the medical mystery that Chris Nowinski wants to solve by analyzing brains after death. It's also why, when Nowinski meets a pro athlete, his first question is: "Can I have your brain?" Hear more from this ground-breaking effort to protect athletes' brains -- and yours, too.
The True Mark of Civilisation?
A Point of View BBC
access_time1 month ago
At a time when the word "civilisation" is the subject of great debate, Kamila Shamsie explores the meaning of the word through the prism of Indian art. "If you really want to understand how the world's civilisations interact and meld", she writes, "go and look at the art of Gandhara". Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Dear billionaire, I give you a D-minus | WorkLife with Adam Grant
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
This is the first episode of a new podcast from TED: WorkLife with Adam Grant. In most workplaces, criticizing your boss is a great way to lose your job. At Bridgewater Associates, you can be fired for NOT criticizing your boss. We grill founder Ray Dalio and a series of employees to figure out how this kind of radical transparency works in real life -- and how we can all get better at dishing it out (and taking it). This episode is brought to you by Bonobos, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Warby Parker.. (Audio only)
What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.
Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek
TEDTalks (audio) TEDTalks
access_time1 month ago
The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities -- so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.