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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_iconAndrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

19:16 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 1,360,431 | Comments: 220

Play_iconTan Le: My immigration story

Tan Le: My immigration story

12:16 Posted: Feb 2012

Views: 693,121 | Comments: 127

Play_iconJenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage

Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage

11:17 Posted: Feb 2012

Views: 2,493,691 | Comments: 309

Play_botw_iconNancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

18:09 Posted: Feb 2012

Views: 700,259 | Comments: 231

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Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

16:57 Posted: Jan 2012

Views: 470,505 | Comments: 102

Play_iconClay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

13:59 Posted: Jan 2012

Views: 1,050,651 | Comments: 707

Play_iconAlberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

19:02 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 548,143 | Comments: 151

Play_iconRamona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

11:13 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 285,772 | Comments: 47

Play_botw_iconSarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

12:23 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 463,150 | Comments: 174

Play_iconKathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

16:51 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 850,989 | Comments: 169

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