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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_iconPhilippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

19:07 Posted: May 2012

Views: 445,540 | Comments: 74

Play_iconMichael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time

Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time

20:13 Posted: May 2012

Views: 907,427 | Comments: 118

Play_botw_iconJon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

05:28 Posted: Apr 2012

Views: 309,778 | Comments: 198

Play_iconFrank Warren: Half a million secrets

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

11:24 Posted: Apr 2012

Views: 2,483,938 | Comments: 159

Play_iconChip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

17:16 Posted: Apr 2012

Views: 1,244,794 | Comments: 100

Play_botw_iconRick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

15:11 Posted: Apr 2012

Views: 160,184 | Comments: 119

Play_iconMarco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

06:31 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 1,250,918 | Comments: 96

Play_iconLeymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

14:39 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 800,510 | Comments: 101

Play_iconBilly Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

15:13 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 874,061 | Comments: 89

Play_iconBrené Brown: Listening to shame

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

20:38 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 4,274,822 | Comments: 618

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