Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

TED2003

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

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Readability: 2.6


Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

TED2003

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

4,508,798 views

Readability: 3


In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

TED2005

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

418,907 views

Readability: 3.1


Caroline Lavelle plays the cello like a sorceress casting a spell, occasionally hiding behind her wild mane of blond hair as she sings of pastoral themes. She performs "Farther than the Sun," backed by Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

TED2004

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

15,940,829 views

Readability: 3.7


Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

TEDGlobal 2005

Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice

11,442,399 views

Readability: 3.5


Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

TED2004

Ze Frank: Nerdcore comedy

6,506,879 views

Readability: 4


Performer and web toymaker Ze Frank delivers a hilarious nerdcore standup routine, then tells us what he's seriously passionate about: helping people create and interact using simple, addictive web tools.

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

TED2006

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

3,934,797 views

Readability: 3


When two young Mormon missionaries knock on Julia Sweeney's door one day, it touches off a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs, in this excerpt from Sweeney's solo show "Letting Go of God."

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

TED2007

Dean Kamen: Luke, a new prosthetic arm for soldiers

1,696,604 views

Readability: 2.5


Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear.

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

TEDSalon 2006

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

417,060 views

Readability: 7.9


Nora York gives a stunning performance of her song "What I Want," with Jamie Lawrence (keyboards), Steve Tarshis (guitar) and Arthur Kell (bass).

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

TEDGlobal 2005

Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

534,280 views

Readability: 3.2


Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

TED2004

Sheila Patek: The shrimp with a kick!

1,348,946 views

Readability: 4


Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

TED2004

Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The gentle genius of bonobos

2,402,673 views

Readability: 4.1


Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.