TED Talks with English transcript

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing bears"

TEDIndia 2009

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing bears"
431,253 views

Traditionally, the Kalandar community of India has survived by capturing sloth bear cubs and training them to "dance" through extreme cruelty. Kartick Satyanarayan has been able to put an end to this centuries-old practice, and in so doing discovered a lesson of wider significance: make the practitioners part of the solution.

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

Stanford University

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans
609,648 views
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At Stanford University, primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a fascinating and funny look at human behaviors which the rest of the animal kingdom would consider bizarre.

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

Carnegie Mellon University

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams
603,936 views
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In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set

TED2009

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set
716,218 views

Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock delivers a stunning performance alongside two old friends -- past drummer for the Headhunters, Harvey Mason, and bassist Marcus Miller. Listen to the end to hear them sweeten the classic "Watermelon Man."

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water

TEDIndia 2009

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water
432,273 views

The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

TEDxTC

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+
3,664,993 views

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

TEDGlobal 2009

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible
1,841,952 views

Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see.

Bertrand Piccard: My solar-powered adventure

TEDGlobal 2009

Bertrand Piccard: My solar-powered adventure
828,750 views

For the dawn of a new decade, adventurer Bertrand Piccard offers us a challenge: Find motivation in what seems impossible. He shares his own plans to do what many say can't be done -- to fly around the world, day and night, in a solar-powered aircraft.

Cat Laine: Engineering a better life for all

Business Innovation Factory

Cat Laine: Engineering a better life for all
160,456 views
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At the BIF innovation summit, Cat Laine draws on the Greek myth of Tantalus to explain the frustration developing countries face. She shows how we might help communities rich in human capital, but poor in resources and infrastructure, with cleverly engineered solutions.

Michael Sandel: What's the right thing to do?

Justice with Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel: What's the right thing to do?
442,369 views
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Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human life worth? In the "Justice" program that bears his name, Harvard professor Michael Sandel probes these questions -- and asks what you think, and why.

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Stanford University

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
9,242,916 views
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At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself.

Asher Hasan: My message of peace from Pakistan

TEDIndia 2009

Asher Hasan: My message of peace from Pakistan
437,214 views

One of a dozen Pakistanis who came to TEDIndia despite security hassles entering the country, TED Fellow Asher Hasan shows photos of ordinary Pakistanis that drive home a profound message for citizens of all nations: look beyond disputes, and see the humanity we share.

Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future

TEDGlobal 2009

Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future
744,457 views

Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work -- and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy.

Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption

TEDIndia 2009

Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption
521,289 views

Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

James Geary: Metaphorically speaking

TEDGlobal 2009

James Geary: Metaphorically speaking
899,467 views

Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

Charles Anderson: Dragonflies that fly across oceans

TEDIndia 2009

Charles Anderson: Dragonflies that fly across oceans
581,462 views

While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the globe skimmer, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world.

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media

TEDIndia 2009

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media
2,217,258 views

In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story

TEDIndia 2009

Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story
562,153 views

Ryan Lobo has traveled the world, taking photographs that tell stories of unusual human lives. In this haunting talk, he reframes controversial subjects with empathy, so that we see the pain of a Liberian war criminal, the quiet strength of UN women peacekeepers and the perseverance of Delhi's underappreciated firefighters.

Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate economics of terrorism

TEDGlobal 2009

Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate economics of terrorism
685,525 views

Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades -- an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

TEDGlobal 2009

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world
529,534 views

Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist. The hybridized media shows how two civilizations, rather than dividing, can dovetail.

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview

EG 2008

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview
815,212 views

Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.

Rory  Bremner: A one-man world summit

TEDGlobal 2009

Rory Bremner: A one-man world summit
1,161,171 views

Scottish funnyman Rory Bremner convenes a historic council on the TEDGlobal stage -- as he lampoons Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and a cast of other world leaders with his hilarious impressions and biting commentary. See if you can catch a few sharp TED in-jokes.

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

EG 2008

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles
544,692 views

At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

TEDIndia 2009

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery
2,792,772 views

Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

TEDIndia 2009

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting
974,527 views

With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

TEDGlobal 2009

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole
814,882 views

With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest
578,240 views

Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.