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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_iconTania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

05:31 Posted: Jul 2013

Views: 1,312,042 | Comments: 278

Play_iconRoberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson

Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson

06:17 Posted: Jul 2013

Views: 744,180 | Comments: 98

Play_iconAndrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

23:27 Posted: Jun 2013

Views: 2,029,168 | Comments: 380

Play_iconJoshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

18:30 Posted: Apr 2013

Views: 917,409 | Comments: 209

Play_iconHyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

12:15 Posted: Mar 2013

Views: 3,290,409 | Comments: 763

Play_iconYoung-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

16:57 Posted: Feb 2013

Views: 1,094,026 | Comments: 130

Play_iconiO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

18:18 Posted: Jan 2013

Views: 1,229,605 | Comments: 368

Play_iconAngela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison

08:48 Posted: Jan 2013

Views: 580,630 | Comments: 81

Play_iconJanine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

18:57 Posted: Nov 2012

Views: 947,136 | Comments: 286

Play_iconFaith Jegede: What I've learned from my autistic brothers

Faith Jegede: What I've learned from my autistic brothers

05:20 Posted: Nov 2012

Views: 729,410 | Comments: 145

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