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_iconJoan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

14:01 Posted: Sep 2011

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Play_iconDan Ariely: Beware conflicts of interest

Dan Ariely: Beware conflicts of interest

05:35 Posted: Aug 2011

Views: 841,757 | Comments: 62

Play_iconMarco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

05:07 Posted: Aug 2011

Views: 4,947,992 | Comments: 363

Play_iconThandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

13:55 Posted: Jul 2011

Views: 1,735,322 | Comments: 544

Play_iconJD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

04:14 Posted: Jun 2011

Views: 1,320,468 | Comments: 308

Play_iconShirin Neshat: Art in exile

Shirin Neshat: Art in exile

10:44 Posted: May 2011

Views: 508,520 | Comments: 161

Play_iconLeonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman

Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman

14:41 Posted: May 2011

Views: 647,385 | Comments: 63

Play_iconRic Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

05:02 Posted: Apr 2011

Views: 5,108,822 | Comments: 353

Play_iconJohn Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

19:50 Posted: Apr 2011

Views: 1,103,913 | Comments: 281

Play_iconKathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

17:51 Posted: Apr 2011

Views: 2,676,888 | Comments: 408

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