Painfully Funny

Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression.

I Love to Laugh Duke Ellington
Laughing on the Outside Tommy Tucker & His Orchestra
When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)/The Sheik of ... Louis Prima

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Open Source World

The era of open source has led to countless innovations. When does it work and when is it chaos? In this episode, TED speakers explore how open source is changing how we build, collaborate and govern.

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Decisions Decisions Decisions

Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them.

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Spoken And Unspoken

In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

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The Spirit Of Inquiry

The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough.

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Playing With Perceptions

Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes.

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