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A Different Story Than "Make America Great Again"
"It's time to walk away from the politics of the past, and toward something totally different."
Presidential Candidate, United States
Apr 17, 2019
Metaphors, for ill
In this TEDx Talk, a speechwriter raises profound questions about the power of language and the language of power.
Apr 10, 2019
The American Dream: A Personal Story
"At this point in my life, I have seen the United States from a range of different perspectives—geographic, economic, and social."
Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Apr 3, 2019
Public Service in Divisive Times
"We weren't there to be liked or disliked. We were there to do our job."
CEO and Vice Chair, Kissinger Associates
Mar 27, 2019
The Strongest Possible Condemnation
"You may have chosen us—but we utterly reject and condemn you."
Prime Minister, New Zealand
Mar 15, 2019
Expose Our Stubborn Bias that Deprives Our Life
"Ignite our integrity, and right-size us for our britches."
Meg Peery McLaughlin
Co-Pastor, Burke Presbyterian Church
Mar 13, 2019
In the Midst of Unprecedented, Unpredictable Technological Change
"An equitable, peaceful and just society, or a world where technology has enabled the loss of privacy, more autocratic control, more conflict, and more inequality?"
Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Mar 6, 2019
In My Right Mind
On depression: "Even when strength fails, there is perseverance. And even when perseverance fails, there is hope. And even when hope fails, there is love. And love never fails."
Columnist, The Washington Post
Feb 28, 2019
The Time Has Come for Our European Partners to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal
“The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and with the Iranian people, our allies and friends in the region.”
Vice President, United States of America
Feb 19, 2019
What It Means to Be Colored in the Capital of the U.S.
"It is impossible for any white person in the United States, no matter how sympathetic and broad, to realize what life would mean to him if his incentive to effort were suddenly snatched away."
Mary Church Terrell
Feb 5, 2019
The Garden of Eden Is No More
"We have changed the world so much that scientists say we are now in a new geological age—The Anthropocene—The Age of Humans."
Broadcaster, Natural Historian
Jan 30, 2019
It's Not Regular
"Freedom without equity ain't freedom. That's just a struggle."
Chicago Community Activist, Author
Jan 23, 2019
You Are Never Too Small to Make a Difference
When it comes to climate change, "the real power belongs to the people."
Jan 16, 2019
We Will Build One House for California
"A true California house, sun-kissed, dream-soaked, and built with the sweat of honest work. We will not have one house for the rich and one for the poor, or one for the native-born and one for the rest."
Jan 9, 2019
How I Got My Song
"I disclose something that I've never said in public."
Dec 18, 2018
If We Abandon Civility, Then Our Constituents Will Follow
"To mend the nation we must first mend the Senate."
Orrin G. Hatch
Dec 12, 2018
"Mr. Cameron, Keep Your Mitts Off My NHS"
"In my heart, I can still feel my mum and dad's desperation," said Harry Leslie Smith in a searing speech four years ago. He died last week, at 95.
Harry Leslie Smith
Dec 5, 2018
On the Cusp of a Sanitation Revolution
A toilet revolution: "We don’t know exactly how long that will take, but we do know it can’t happen fast enough."
Co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Nov 28, 2018
Is Big Tech the New Big Oil?
"I run an oil and gas company. Do you trust me? You work in the tech sector. Do I trust you?" The Vital Speech of the Week.
Ben van Beurden
Nov 12, 2018
Toward an Open Global Economy
"The vision for a better world for all calls on countries to act with greater courage and actively champion openness and cooperation."
President, People's Republic of China
Nov 7, 2018
A Real Republic
"A real Republic is one where every person is encouraged and supported to participate fully and where every person and community is treated with dignity and respect."
Michael D. Higgins
President, Republic of Ireland
Oct 31, 2018
Peace Is Not Possible in an Unequal World
"No society can be at peace unless all its people have equal rights, equal opportunities and an equal quality of life."
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
President, South Africa
Oct 17, 2018
I Will Vote to Confirm Judge Kavanaugh
“I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court."
Susan Collins (R-Maine)
United States Senator
Oct 10, 2018
We Have Fundamental Strengths as a Country
"We can trade with Shanghai over morning coffee and San Francisco at tea time. Our courts are incorruptible. Our universities, world-leading. Our soft power, unrivaled."
Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Oct 3, 2018
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