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June Cohen

Executive Producer, TED Media, TED

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What's the best hidden gem in the TED archive?

Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Jill Bolte Taylor, Patties Maes, David Gallo, Elizabeth Gilbert ... They're crowd pleasers and perennial favorites (and I love them, every one!). But there are so many hidden gems in the TED archive that deserve to be seen and shared. Let's unearth them!

What's the little-known sleeper hit that captured your heart?

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    Feb 11 2011: I'm not sure how hidden this gem is, but I would suggest Eva Vertes' talk - http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/pol/eva_vertes_looks_to_the_future_of_medicine.html

    As a person who has been educated and educated others, I know how much ageism there is in institutions of learning, and bearing that in mind, more than her actual research, I am inspired by how being "naive" allowed her to go this far.
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      Feb 11 2011: Krystian, great that you mentioned this talk.
      I just translated it and hope (maybe naively) "... that in the future we could almost think of cancer being used as a therapy."
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      Feb 14 2011: Oh, I really loved this talk. Eva was one of our youngest TED speakers ever (I believe she was 19), and her perspective on cancer was just stunning. The notion that cancer begins when stem cells move in to repair damaged tissue is a huge shift in the way we might think about both prevention and treatment. And a number of studies since then have begun to bear this theory out... Definitely worth watching! Both for the science, and for the exhilaration of seeing a brilliant, young mind at work!
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        Feb 15 2011: I wish there was a TED version of the VH1 show "Where are they now?"
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          Feb 15 2011: Oh funny! Yes, that's an idea worth spreading, Phil :-)
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          Feb 17 2011: Phil says, "I wish there was a TED version of the VH1 show "Where are they now?"

          A few months back, I was chatting with Jill Bolte Taylor. She told me that Ron Howard is making a feature film about her life! I'll bet there are many amazing "where are they now" stories like this. Great idea, Phil.
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      Feb 23 2011: Great tip - I looked up her talk after seeing you mention it and loved it. She's so impressive for her age and very exciting to think she might be onto something with cancer cells. I loved the mindshift involved in seeing cancer as a potential cure for other illnesses.

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