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Timothy Doner started teaching himself to speak in other languages when he was 13, and was quickly hailed as a prodigy for his linguistic proficiency. But as he soon realized, there’s more to fluency than being able to barter over kebabs in Arabic or order from a menu in Hindi.

Should you call that meeting?

A public service announcement from TED, with help from artist Wendy MacNaughton.

Illustration by Andrea Turvey for TED.

Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?

Cowboy at Paniolo Heritage Rodeo-Saturday, Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

So much has disappeared from the islands of my childhood. Will the paniolo be next?

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Star Trek star George Takei has written a musical. No, not about his time on the U.S.S Enterprise, but about his family’s experience being interned during World War II. Take a look at this and other pop culture references to this little known period of American history

Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin disappears into his works, silently making bold statements about consumerism, mass culture — even the Chinese government. See a gallery of previously unpublished works.

Prisoner's Arms Resting on Cell Bars

In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man, and spent 19 years in prison for his crime. He talks with neuroscientist Daniel Reisel about the challenge of rehabilitating in prison — and why it’s so important to restore people to society.