Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes

Do you love classical music?

This is a passionate TED Talk by Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, which will teach you that you actually do, but aren’t aware of it. And he has some interesting things to say about leadership.

Even if you think classical music isn’t for you, watch it. I promise you won’t regret it.

The piece Zander plays in the middle of the talk is Prelude in E-minor (Op.28 No.4) by Frédéric Chopin.

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Stephen Fry: The BBC and the future of Public Service Broadcasting

BBC started a lecture series about the future of public service broadcasting some weeks ago. The first lecture was given by Sir David Attenborough. This one is given by Stephen Fry, comedian and broadcaster. If you don’t know him, he had a comedy show with Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), called "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". Even if you’re not a familiar with the BBC, it’s worth watching:

Stephen Fry: The BBC and the future of Public Service Broadcasting (Video, audio and transcript)

Speech given in London, Wednesday 7 May 2008

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Ira Glass: Storytelling

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life", talks about building a story and why excellence takes time.

A summary can be found at Presentation Zen.

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Freddie Prinze: Sammy Davis Jr. Roast

This is one of the hilarious Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. In this short clip Freddie Prinze roasts Sammy Davis Jr. Enjoy!

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Craig Ferguson: White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner 2008

This year at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Craig Ferguson, host of the "Late Late Show" and American citizen since February 2008, had the honor to roast.

Not as brave as Stephen Colbert, but still pretty funny.

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