TED News in Brief: Jeopardy turns 30, Thandie Newton launches beauty blog that rejects ‘otherness’


Ken Jennings speaks at TEXSeattleU about the experience of losing to Watson on Jeopardy.

Ken Jennings speaks at TEXSeattleU about the experience of losing to Watson on Jeopardy.

Over the past week, we’ve noticed a lot of fascinating TED-related news items. Here, some highlights:

The TV show Jeopardy turns 30 this week. And we think that’s all the excuse you need to watch Ken Jenning’s amazing TED Talk, “Watson, Jeopardy and the obsolete know-it-all.”

Thandie Newton (watch her TED Talk) has launched a new beauty blog with a mission, called ThandieKay.com. As her partner Kay Montano told the Independent, “How wild and progressive is it to use beauty as a medium to explore unifying ideas, create a community and abolish otherness?” Among the first articles on the site is a Q+A with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (watch her talk).

NPR’s Morning Edition interviewed TED Fellow Negin Farsad as her hilarious documentary The Muslims are Coming! opens in theaters. Listen as she makes the case that she’s about as Muslim as many Christians are Christian… ie, not so much.

Herbie Hancock (watch his TED Talk) is one of the five artists being honored this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, alongside Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo.

Refinery 29 has picked its “17 Faces Of The Future Of Feminism.” Among their picks: Melinda Gates (watch her talks), Sheryl Sandberg (watch her talk), Tavi Gevinson (watch her talk), Jackson Katz (watch his talk), and our very own TED Prize storyteller, Jamia Wilson.

Behold, Bill Nye’s first dance on the show Dancing with the Stars. Watch him learn the cha-cha.


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