Transformation

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Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path. For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background. Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs. At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

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Credits

Host:
Guy Raz