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NPR/TED Staff appears in the following:

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

Friday, August 23, 2013

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

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Can We Gain Strength From Shame?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She discusses what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.

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What Can Doctors Learn By Admitting Their Mistakes?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial keeps doctors from talking about and learning from those mistakes. Goldman calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

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Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone?

Friday, August 16, 2013

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle looks at how devices and online personas are redefining human connection. She says we need to really think about the kinds of connections we want to have.

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Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Robots and algorithms can now build cars, write articles, and translate texts — all work that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee looks at recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.

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Is The Human Hand Our Best Technology?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points. He calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.

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Will Man's Best Friend Be A Robot?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Why do we use robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms? Cynthia Breazeal realized the key was training robots to interact with people. Now she builds robots that teach, learn — and play.

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The Hackers

Friday, August 09, 2013

Technology now allows us to "hack" solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? This hour, we hear from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world.

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Is Our Universe The Only Universe?

Friday, August 02, 2013

Is there more than one universe? Physicist Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

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Are We Alone In The Universe?

Friday, August 02, 2013

Astronomer Jill Tarter wants to know if we're alone in the universe. She's spent her career hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere in space. In this talk, she explains why searching for cosmic company is important to the entire human race.

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How Can We Defend Earth From Asteroids?

Friday, August 02, 2013

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. Blogger Phil Plait explains all the ways asteroids can cause great destruction, and what we must do to avoid them.

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How Did A Mistake Unlock One Of Space's Mysteries?

Friday, August 02, 2013

It was a strange mistake. But it revealed the greater truth about the nature of our universe. Physicist Brian Greene explains how the prevailing assumption about the fabric of space has changed dramatically in the last century — twice.

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To The Edge

Friday, July 26, 2013

Some people might only dream of adventure, but for others, there's no option but to explore the most extreme places on Earth. What drives adventurers to constantly push to the brink of human endurance? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences of going to the edge of our world.

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Are We All A Little Psychopathic?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Is there a definitive line that divides "crazy" from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two.

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What's It Like To Have A Psychotic Episode?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Elyn Saks says she's not schizophrenic — she's a person with schizophrenia. Saks was able to rise above her grave diagnosis to become a respected legal scholar. She asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

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Where Do Mental Illness And Creativity Meet?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." He asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away, and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

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Why We Collaborate

Friday, July 12, 2013

"The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects," says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.

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Do We Have The Wrong Idea About Charity?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and accomplishments.

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When Is the Right Time To Give?

Friday, July 05, 2013

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait — give now.

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Turning Points

Friday, June 28, 2013

Our lives are often defined by major turning points. They can happen gradually or in an instant. But how do we reconcile the before and the after — our former selves with who we've become? In this hour, we hear from TED speakers who have been shaped by profound turning points in their lives.

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