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  • 13 minutes 27 seconds
    3 ideas for communicating across the political divide | Isaac Saul

    How does language shape our politics? Journalist Isaac Saul explores how subtle word choices can inhibit productive dialogue about significant issues — and shows how small (but important) changes can help us all have better conversations with people who think differently than us.

    12 July 2024, 6:05 am
  • 13 minutes 40 seconds
    The alchemy of pop | Kesha

    "You can write a song and you can not tell the truth, but your song will suck," says pop star Kesha. So what's the secret to making a great pop song? She explains the special alchemy of her own hits like "TiK ToK" and "Praying" and gives a stunning debut performance of her new song, "Cathedral." (Note: This talk contains mature language.)

    11 July 2024, 3:28 pm
  • 12 minutes 26 seconds
    The fight over minerals for green energy — and a better way forward | Saleem Ali

    To transition to clean energy and green technology like electric cars, the world needs massive amounts of essential minerals. Environmental peacemaker Saleem Ali explains the conflicts already arising between countries rushing to mine and extract these precious minerals — and shows how the world can find a way to cooperate rather than fight resource wars.

    10 July 2024, 3:34 pm
  • 11 minutes 6 seconds
    AI that connects the digital and physical worlds | Anima Anandkumar

    “While language models may help generate new ideas, they cannot attack the hard part of science, which is simulating the necessary physics,” says AI professor Anima Anandkumar. She explains how her team developed neural operators — AI trained on the finest details of the real world — to bridge this gap, sharing recent projects ranging from improved weather forecasting to cutting-edge medical device design that demonstrate the power of AI with universal physical understanding.

    9 July 2024, 4:47 pm
  • 14 minutes 8 seconds
    Lessons from my father’s final days | Laurel Braitman

    "Life is an endless sushi conveyor belt of things that are going to test you and teach you at the same time," says writer Laurel Braitman. Exploring the relationship between bravery and fear, she shares hard-won wisdom on love, loss, self-forgiveness and how to embrace the full spectrum of human emotions.

    8 July 2024, 5:12 pm
  • 18 minutes 27 seconds
    Reducing toxic polarization – one conversation at a time | Dave Isay

    For the past 20 years StoryCorps has been traveling the country gathering the stories and wisdom of ordinary Americans and archiving them at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay — winner of the 2015 TED Prize — has created an unprecedented document of the dreams and fears that touch us all. In an interview with Elise, Dave shares about a new project, One Small Step, which aims to help reduce toxic polarization – one conversation at a time. 

    7 July 2024, 6:05 am
  • 15 minutes 5 seconds
    The secret ingredients of great hospitality | Will Guidara

    Restaurateur Will Guidara's life changed when he decided to serve a two-dollar hot dog in his fancy four-star restaurant, creating a personalized experience for some out-of-town customers craving authentic New York City street food. The move earned such a positive reaction that Guidara began pursuing this kind of "unreasonable hospitality" full-time, seeking out ways to create extraordinary experiences and give people more than they could ever possibly expect. In this funny and heartwarming talk, he shares three steps to crafting truly memorable moments centered in human connection – no matter what business you're in.

    6 July 2024, 6:05 am
  • 13 minutes 21 seconds
    Could psychedelics help patients in therapy? | Benjamin Lewis

    It's time to make psychiatry more psychedelic, says psychiatrist Benjamin Lewis. Sharing results from his clinical trial on psychedelic-assisted therapy, he highlights how group therapy paired with the safe use of psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, has the potential to improve mental health conditions like depression and burnout.

    5 July 2024, 4:07 pm
  • 16 minutes 45 seconds
    Democracy requires disagreement. Here's how to do it better | Bret Stephens and Yordanos Eyoel

    As authoritarian leaders challenge democratic institutions around the world, some people are questioning whether democracy is even the best political system. In a wide-ranging conversation, writer Bret Stephens and social entrepreneur Yordanos Eyoel discuss why democracy is still our best hope — and offer ways we can learn to disagree more effectively in order to strengthen our societies.

    4 July 2024, 6:05 am
  • 15 minutes 38 seconds
    Magic and wonder in the age of AI | David Kwong

    With AI everywhere you look, you may think you've seen it all. Magician David Kwong suggests otherwise, proposing advancements in technology actually increase opportunities for wonder. In an entertaining performance, he invites an audience member on stage to exhibit the mind-reading magic of ChatGPT — and explores how tech elevates our capacity for awe.

    3 July 2024, 5:07 pm
  • 15 minutes 55 seconds
    A 3-step guide to believing in yourself | Sheryl Lee Ralph

    Sheryl Lee Ralph is a force, delivering iconic performances both on stage and screen. But she didn't always know if she'd make it big. In a lively talk sparkling with actionable advice, she shares how her struggles taught her what it takes to believe in herself -- and how we can all find the self-confidence to keep moving forward.

    2 July 2024, 6:05 am
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