About the Talks

TED Talks is a three part PBS series of one-hour television specials recorded at the Town Hall Theater in New York and features TED Talks from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers. The programs also feature performances and short independent films. Hosted by author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, each program highlights speakers and films that focus on a different theme.

War and Peace

TED Talks: War and Peace premieres on PBS Monday, May 30, 2016.

TED Talks: War and Peace premieres Monday, May 30, 2016.

TED Talks: War and Peace features men and women who have experienced every aspect of war — fighters, journalists, psychologists, doctors, and peacemakers — for a look at the devastating impact of war in our world. Veteran-turned-actor Adam Driver reveals his passion for the arts and the armed forces and award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger examines the tribal nature of war and why the United States has much higher rates of PTSD than many other countries. The program also features music from Rufus Wainwright and short films from award-winning documentarians focused on how to talk to kids about war and the latest prosthetic technology for returning veterans.

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Science and Wonder

TED Talks: Science and Wonder premieres on PBS Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

TED Talks: Science and Wonder premiered Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

TED Talks: Science and Wonder asks, how do we make sense of the universe around us, as some of the brightest scientific and artistic minds take us on a journey to answer the riddles of the universe that keep scientists awake at night. The program takes viewers on a journey through the human body with Paula Hammond, head of Chemical Engineering at MIT, examines the relationship between science and art as we look at climate change through the eyes of remarkable artist Zaria Forman, and looks at the science of light through the eyes of Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's Director of Photography and Lighting. We will also go on a mystery tour with Radiolab's Latif Nasser, who takes us across the frozen Arctic with a paleobiologist in search of answers to a complicated question, armed only with one tiny clue, resulting in a huge pay-off. This program also contains a deeply moving short film from Ric Burns featuring the late Dr. Oliver Sacks, filmed just a few weeks before he passed away.

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TED Talks is a co-production of TED and ITVS in partnership with PBS,
and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
For more information, visit ted.com

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