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  • Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

    To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye.

    CONKMarch 25, 2017
  • This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

    The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet.

    CONKMarch 23, 2017
  • The data behind Hollywood’s sexism | Stacy Smith

    Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers.

    CONKMarch 22, 2017
  • The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

    Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress.

    CONKMarch 15, 2017
  • How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

    Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

    CONKMarch 9, 2017
  • I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

    everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

    CONKMarch 7, 2017
  • My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story | Sue Klebold

    Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She’s spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son’s violence.

    CONKFebruary 28, 2017
  • What we don’t know about Europe’s Muslim kids | Deeyah Khan

    In this powerful, emotional talk, the filmmaker unearths the rejection and isolation that many Muslim kids growing up in the West feel — and the deadly consequences of not embracing our youth before extremist groups do.

    CONKFebruary 17, 2017
  • How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer

    Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together.

    CONKFebruary 10, 2017
  • Will automation take away all our jobs? | David Autor

    Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years.

    CONKFebruary 7, 2017
  • If a story moves you, act on it | Sisonke Msimang

    Stories are necessary, but they’re not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasis on storytelling and spotlights the decline of facts.

    CONKFebruary 3, 2017
  • A political party for women’s equality | Sandi Toksvig

    Women’s equality won’t just happen — not unless more women are put in positions of power, says Sandi Toksvig. In a disarmingly hilarious talk, Toksvig tells the story of how she helped start a new political party in Britain, the Women’s Equality Party, with the express purpose of putting equality on the ballot.

    CONKDecember 15, 2016
  • Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox

    Tango, waltz, foxtrot … That’s an idea worth changing, say Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, as they demonstrate their “Liquid Lead” dance technique along with fellow dancer Alida Esmail. Watch as Copp and Fox captivate and command the stage while boldly deconstructing and transforming the art of ballroom dance.

    CONKNovember 5, 2016