Four Inspiring TED Talks By Midwesterners

 In Culture, Video

St. Louis native Ellie Kemper explains the world of misunderstanding behind a question that she frequently gets, in earnest:  “Are women funny?”

On a mission to understand world poverty, documentarian and filmmaker Dan Parris miraculously survived a plane crash in Africa and came away with an entirely different view about how to make a difference.

Mellody Hobson, president of global investment company Ariel Investments based in Chicago, makes a case for speaking openly about race and encouraging diversity in company hiring practices.

Shaka Senghor of Detroit ran away from an abusive home at the age of 14, and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1991 at the age of 19. After spending 19 years in prison, today he is a motivational speaker, writer and community activist fighting for criminal justice reform.


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