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Sincerely, X

28 EpisodesProduced by TEDWebsite

Stories shared on the TED stage are seen and heard by millions around the world. But some ideas can’t be shared in the open — there are stories that are too risky, painful, or controversial. Sincerely, X provides a space to share powerful ideas anonymously. Stories that deserve to be heard, from peo… read more

28 Episodes | 2017 - 2024

Preview: Sincerely, X

May 19th, 2017


Some of the most important ideas are born from experiences too sensitive, painful or potentially damaging to share publicly. In this original weekly …

Episode 1: Dr. Burnout

July 19th, 2017


This doctor says she committed a fatal mistake with a patient, leading her to a disturbing diagnosis: the medical field pushes for professional …

Episode 2: Pepper Spray

July 27th, 2017


When we are overwhelmed, we can lash out in ways that might otherwise be considered 'crazy'. These moments are a window into the lived experiences of people who are never able to escape this kind of reality. Season 2 of …

Episode 3: Ex-Con

August 3rd, 2017


A remorseful insider brings us a hard-earned truth: prison is effective. While his years behind bars helped him see where his life went off the …

Episode 4: Sad in Silicon Valley

August 10th, 2017


He got everything he thought he wanted. And that's when his problems began. [Contains explicit content] Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available exclusively on the Luminary podcast app. Sign up for your free trial and …

Episode 5: Equality Executive

August 17th, 2017


Why does corporate America have so few female executives, despite overwhelming evidence that gender equality is good for business? Rare insight, from C-suites and boardrooms. Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available …

Episode 6: Rescued by Ritual

August 24th, 2017


This self-described "Midwestern mom" found a way to heal the trauma of a violent marriage entirely on her own. She created a ritual, which her doctor …

Episode 7: Mood Changer

August 31st, 2017


Years of depression. Scores of medications. An original approach to living with mental health, from the bottom up. Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available exclusively on the Luminary podcast app. Sign up for your free …

Episode 8: Reclaiming Power

September 7th, 2017


A devastating assault. A story of how this powerful person turned loss into gain. Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available exclusively on the Luminary …

Episode 9: Rural Woman

September 14th, 2017


A small town she loves. A big realization. What happens when rural traditions need reinventing? Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available exclusively on the Luminary podcast app. Sign up for your free trial and start …

Episode 10: Gifted Kid

September 21st, 2017


A gifted child. A rough neighborhood. A teacher who knows how to break the cycle. [Contains explicit content] Season 2 of Sincerely, X is available exclusively on the Luminary podcast app. Sign up for your free trial …

Share your idea—anonymously! Sincerely, X Season 2

February 26th, 2019


We're looking for new stories for our upcoming season of Sincerely, X. Do you have an idea that’s too important to stay secret? We want to hear about it. Visit to get in touch and share your idea …

Introducing Checking In with Susan David

April 6th, 2020


We just launched another podcast from TED, called Checking In with Susan David. In each episode, Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical …

A Private Hell

October 22nd, 2020


A small-town preacher in the Deep South with a radical secret: he doesn't believe in Hell. How do you lead people when you have fundamentally different beliefs?

After The Cult

October 29th, 2020


A daring escape. A fresh start. Hear how we can let go of the past and write a new script.

DNA Secrets

November 5th, 2020


An at-home DNA test kit reveals a horrifying truth. But who has the right to tell the story?

Soft Power

November 12th, 2020


How do you spread an important idea to a resistant community? An Ultra Orthodox Jewish woman proves that sometimes the most powerful voice is a quiet …

Lethal Doubt

November 19th, 2020


A Muslim woman escapes being killed by her own family. The police don't protect her—so she joins their ranks. Will she now be believed?

Born Too Soon

December 3rd, 2020


After years spent caring for extremely preterm babies, a nurse has an urgent message to share: Technology is saving babies earlier than ever, but the …

The Ghost

December 10th, 2020


Things are not always what they appear. A ghostwriter who pens eulogies, wedding vows, and work emails for his clients makes a case for the hidden …

Absolute Power

December 17th, 2020


A judge who works in the juvenile justice system blows the whistle and reveals her plan to take power away from judges.

Lessons From a Sociopath

December 31st, 2020


A woman with sociopathy argues that her condition is unfairly demonized in society and pulls back the curtain on this misunderstood disorder.

None of Your Business

January 7th, 2021


A trans man in the South argues for his right to keep his history private and pushes against the idea that he must be "out" to be authentic and proud.

Design Matters: A conversation with Sarah Kay

May 14th, 2021


Today, we're sharing an episode from another podcast in the TED Audio Collective: Design Matters with Debbie Millman. For over 15 years, Debbie has …

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

April 13th, 2022


On the internet, nobody seems to remember you’re a real person. That’s especially true for Michael James Schneider, an artist whose work you’ve probably seen online. Commonly referred to as “Balloon Guy”, Michael uses …

Listen now: Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala

June 9th, 2022


You don’t need to travel to feel thrilled about a new place; if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that the ideas, cultures, and charm …

Episode 1: The Internet’s First Main Character? | The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks

July 26th, 2023


The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks is a new show from the TED Audio Collective, hosted by Dylan Marron.

It’s 1999, and sixteen years after its …


February 22nd, 2024


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