PBS is bringing a new round of “TED Talks,” the ideas-focused speeches that are a hallmark of the conferences put on by the non-profit known for its efforts to spread ideas.
“TED Talks: Science and Wonder,” is the first of three new TED Talks specials planned for 2016. It premieres Wednesday, March 30, 2016,at 10 p.m. ET. Filmed at New York’s The Town Hall theater and hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, the program will features talks delivered before a live audience. Among the topics examined are disappearing landscapes, and the world of Pixar animation and the rise of genetic manipulation.
“TED Talks: Science and Wonder” also includes three original short films produced by ITVS: “Bridge to the Future,” by Denise Zmekhol and Max Salomon, about designer Joris Laarman, who plans to use a robot to build a 3D bridge; “Our Place in Space,” by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, about the future of space exploration, featuring Bill Nye; and “The Rapture,” by Ric Burns, featuring the late Oliver Sacks.
The “TED Talks” have been featured on PBS occasionally since 2013.
“TED Talks: Science and Wonder” is a co-production of TED and the Independent Television Service, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Two additional “TED Talks” specials, “War and Peace” and “Education Revolution,” will premiere later this year on PBS.