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TED Talks in NYC


March 15, 2012 - On Wednesday, March 21 at 8:30pm, NYC life (Channel 25) will debut TED Talks in NYC, a new television show featuring world-renowned talks created by TED, the nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, has licensed the use of the talks through TED’s Open TV pilot, an experimental program that has allowed broadcasters to air talks featuring a host of fascinating thinkers and authors.

TED Talks in NYC pairs curated talks from with compelling discussions that closely examine topics – the environment, gender issues, homelessness, disabilities, psychology – and how they affect and influence New Yorkers. Host Jami Floyd leads a roundtable of local experts, authors and journalists in thoughtful conversations at the close of each episode.

The annual TED Conference in California and TEDGlobal Conference in Scotland invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at, where they have been watched over 700 million times.


TED Talks in NYC airs Wednesday at 8:30pm on NYC life (Channel 25) beginning March 21. NYC life is available in the New York tri-state area on broadcast, cable and satellite channels. Visit for local cable and satellite listings.

Geraldine Laybourne and Joanna Coles sit down with host Jami Floyd
in "Women on Top." Photo courtesy of NYC Media.


Episode 1: Thinking Outside the Man Box (Air date: Wednesday, March 21, 8:30pm)
It’s time to start thinking outside of the box – the man box. Tony Porter leads a TEDTalk about how we are raising our boys to disrespect our girls. Then host Jami Floyd sits down with psychologist Jeff Gardere (Smart Parenting for African Americans), Michael Bobbitt from the City's Department of Youth & Community Development and NYU professor Niobe Way, who is also the author of Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, to discuss the boundaries of this masculinity box and what the City is doing to help parents and children begin to step outside of it.

Episode 2: Defining Beauty (Air date: Wednesday, March 28, 8:30pm)
Amputee Aimee Mullins makes it clear in her TEDTalk – “My 12 pairs of legs” – that disability is a state of mind. She also discusses how, with the help of innovative inventors, she’s been able to become a champion runner and sport some of the most fabulous legs on earth. Host Jami Floyd, Olympic skier and amputee Bonnie St. John and designer Yeohlee Teng then engage in an in-depth conversation about disability and what makes someone beautiful.

Episode 3: Without a Home (Air date: Wednesday, April 4, 8:30pm)
In her moving TEDTalk, journalist Becky Blanton shares her personal experience of being homeless. Then host Jami Floyd jumpstarts an inspiring conversation with Barbara Brancaccio, the City’s spokesperson for Homeless Services and two people who know the plight of homeless firsthand – Gina Keatley, founder of Nourishing NYC, and Orayne Williams, founder of Progressive People Movement. They’ll discuss how they turned their lives around and what they and the City are doing to help those in need.

Episode 4: Bug Appétit! (Air date: Wednesday, April 11, 8:30pm)
What has several pairs of legs and wings? Our future food! Host Jami Floyd, NYC life’s foodie Kelly Choi, and chef/nutritionist Gina Keatley follow Marcel Dicke’s “Why not eat insects?” TEDTalk with an appetizing discussion about the growing popularity, and necessity, for insect cuisine and where you can find it in New York City.

Episode 5: It’s News to Me (Air date: Wednesday, April 18, 8:30pm)
Is the news changing? What’s important to you? Are you getting the information you want? First, in her TEDTalk, Alisa Miller shares “The news about the news” and comments on which stories are making headlines while others get swept under the carpet. Then host Jami Floyd discusses the future of journalism with three NYC experts: Rick Karr (journalist and host of NYC life’s NYC 2.0), Celeste Headlee (co-host of The Takeaway on WNYC Radio) and Tanzina Vega (New York Times multimedia journalist and reporter).

Episode 6: A Greener Apple (Air date: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30pm)
First up, Robert Hammond details the miraculous transformation of how a defunct train line became the City’s first park in the sky in his TEDTalk. Then host Jami Floyd sits down with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe to talk open spaces and the development of new parks in New York. In the second half of the show, Dianna Cohen’s TEDTalk – “Tough truths about plastic pollution” – is followed by a lively discussion about what New Yorkers can do to help clean up the environment with No Impact Man author Colin Beavan and Tom Outerbridge, the general manager for a company that focuses on recycling.

Episode 7: Women on Top (Air date: Wednesday, May 2, 8:30pm)
According to Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders”: “Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world.” Host Jami Floyd talks to two top New York City female executives – Geraldine Laybourne, co-founder of Oxygen Media who has also served as chair and CEO of Oxygen Media as well as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks, and Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire – about why and how women can shatter the glass ceiling and live fulfilling personal lives as well.

Episode 8: Half Shell on the Harbor (Air date: Wednesday, May 9, 8:30pm)
Before the 1920s, oysters were a staple of New York City culinary life, but water pollution soon drove them out of town. Today, oysters are making a comeback and cleaning New York’s rivers in the process. In her TEDTalk, landscape architect Kate Orff tells viewers how. Then host Jami Floyd dives right into an exciting conversation about the benefits of oyster planting and the future of oysters in the City with the New York Harbor School’s Peter Malinowski, oyster historian Mark Kurlansky and ESCA chef Dave Pasternack.

Episode 9: Identity Crisis (Air date: Wednesday, May 16, 8:30pm)
Being able to define one’s “self” is an on-going challenge, but also a rewarding journey. In her TEDTalk “Embracing otherness, embracing myself,” multiracial actress Thandie Newton shares her inspiring road to self-discovery. Host Jami Floyd then sits down with playwright and actress Eisa Davis, journalist Celeste Headlee from WNYC Radio and Olympic skier and motivational speaker Bonnie St. John as they share their own compelling and thoughtful stories about growing up multiracial in America.

Episode 10: The Social Life…and Death/Demise of Guys (Air date: Wednesday, May 23, 8:30pm)
How much information are we really putting in the cloud? And where will all that information go after our final status update? Adam Ostrow leads an exciting and insightful TEDTalk on what a 140-character tweet says about our lives, and how people will perceive those messages – and us – long after we are gone. Host Jami Floyd continues the conversation with journalist and NYC 2.0 host Rick Karr. The second half of the show taps into other media obsessions that may be leading to the demise of guys with a TEDTalk by Philip Zimbardo followed by a dynamic conversation with author Kay Hymowitz (Manning Up: How the Rise of Women is Turning Men into Boys) and Dr. Michael Silverman, a psychologist, neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Host Jami Floyd leads the discussion in each episode of TED Talks in NYC.
Photo courtesy of NYC Media.


Jami Floyd is a nationally renowned anchor for cable and network news and a legal and political analyst across all platforms. Ms. Floyd has been twice nominated for an Emmy and has won several awards for her work including in 2007 the Gracie Award for Outstanding Host of a Television News Program and the Telly award for Outstanding Co-Anchor for her work on Court TV during special events coverage. She also appears on virtually every other major news network, including CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC and PBS. She frequently guest hosts on WNYC Radio in New York, and appears as a legal and political analyst on MSNBC.

Ms. Floyd holds a B.A. in political science with a Concentration in Journalism from Binghamton University and is an honors graduate of the Berkeley Law School at the University of California. In addition to her JD, she holds a Master of Laws degree from the Stanford Law School, where she also served as a teaching fellow.