Themes Master Storytellers

Master Storytellers

Nowhere has the timeless power of narrative been more apparent than at TED: here, storytellers both professional and provisional use the personal tale to entertain, educate and inspire to action.

Anna Deavere Smith replicates the spoken styles of true-to-life American characters with her startling monologues -- "organic poetry" extracted verbatim from interviews. Whip-smart Rives and razor-sharp Julia Sweeney revel in the rhythmic power of the spoken word. And Jonathan Harris uses web technology to collect, catalog and broadcast the emotions and aspirations of thousands of people -- instantaneously.

Sherwin Nuland illuminates the history and potential of electroshock therapy through an emotional, personal account of depression. Wade Davis’ passionate talk on vanishing world cultures simply grabs you from the first instant. And you’ll never forget Ben Saunders’ rousing recollections of skiing to the North Pole -- alone.

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Play_iconGeorge Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

15:58 Posted: Jul 2014

Views: 663,270 | Comments: 94

Play_iconAJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion … we're all invited!

AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion … we're all invited!

09:45 Posted: Jun 2014

Views: 627,810 | Comments: 52

Play_iconStella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

09:16 Posted: Jun 2014

Views: 1,037,475 | Comments: 145

Play_iconWes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war

Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war

14:27 Posted: May 2014

Views: 502,826 | Comments: 60

Play_iconAndrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

20:27 Posted: May 2014

Views: 1,728,112 | Comments: 135

Play_iconRives: The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning

14:04 Posted: May 2014

Views: 670,061 | Comments: 101

Play_iconKevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life

Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life

14:13 Posted: May 2014

Views: 1,329,547 | Comments: 188

Play_iconGabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.

18:48 Posted: Apr 2014

Views: 713,900 | Comments: 80

Play_iconDavid Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?

David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?

10:41 Posted: Feb 2014

Views: 721,292 | Comments: 152

Play_iconDiana Nyad: Never, ever give up

Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

15:35 Posted: Dec 2013

Views: 2,424,194 | Comments: 338

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