Playlist: Ben Affleck: 8 talks that amazed me

8 talks · 2h 16m · Curated by Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck: 8 talks that amazed me (8 talks)

Browse Ben Affleck's super 8, and his director's notes on why he picked them.

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    Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that's touching off a global medical crisis. Learn how to help at http://www.xdrtb.org
    “The world’s most important war photographer, using photography to change the world.”
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    Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
    “Incredibly entertaining and fun.”
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    We know the negative images of Africa — famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.
    “Words of wisdom from a remarkable leader and exceptional public servant.”
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    Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
    “Hans is the most creative and entertaining statistician on earth!”
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    J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.
    “JJ traces his love for the unseen mystery back to its magical beginnings.”
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    Rives The 4 a.m. mystery
    Posted Jul 2007
    Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.
    “So interesting.”
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    In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
    “Bryan is a lawyer and activist, and gives a talk about his work to end locking up kids in adult prisons.”
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    "If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
    “A brilliant poet.”