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Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world's leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Dai… read more

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How AI could empower any business | Andrew Ng

September 27th, 2022


Expensive to build and often needing highly skilled engineers to maintain, artificial intelligence systems generally only pay off for large tech companies with vast amounts of data. But what if your local pizza shop …

How to build for human life on Mars | Melodie Yashar

September 26th, 2022


We're going to be building on the Moon this decade -- and next will be Mars, says space architect Melodie Yashar. In a visionary talk, she introduces her work designing off-world shelters with autonomous robots and 3D …

Is there a link between cancer and heart disease? | Nicholas Leeper

September 23rd, 2022


Does the key to stopping cancer lie in the heart? Cardiologist Nicholas Leeper digs into emerging scientific research on the link between the world's …

Is the pandemic actually over? It's complicated | Anthony Fauci

September 22nd, 2022


"Be spreaders of facts and truths," says scientist and immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Having advised seven US presidents on various disease …

You don't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one | Majora Carter

September 21st, 2022


Low-status neighborhoods in the US are often stuck between stagnating assistance from the government and gentrification at the hands of real estate …

Your invitation to disrupt philanthropy | Sara Lomelin

September 20th, 2022


Philanthropy disruptor Sara Lomelin thinks communities can build power through collective giving and the model of "giving circles": groups of people …

Nuclear power is our best hope to ditch fossil fuels | Isabelle Boemeke

September 19th, 2022


Nuclear power is one of the safest, cleanest forms of energy -- yet to most people, it might not feel that way. Why is that? Isabelle Boemeke, the world's first nuclear energy influencer and creator of the social media …

Mark Cuban doesn't believe in following your passions | ReThinking with Adam Grant

September 18th, 2022


Mark Cuban has gone from selling garbage bags door-to-door to selling internet companies for billions, acquiring an NBA team, and becoming a beloved "Shark" on Shark Tank. Mark reveals to Adam how he turns problems into …

How dance can unleash your inner joy | Ryan Heffington

September 16th, 2022


"We all have our own beautiful ways of moving, and this is worth celebrating," says dancer and choreographer Ryan Heffington. Inviting you to …

When the world is burning, is art a waste of time? | R. Alan Brooks

September 15th, 2022


Is art worth it? "Hell yeah," says graphic novelist R. Alan Brooks -- art has the power to scare dictators, inspire multitudes and change hearts and …

How to lead in the new era of employee activism | Megan Reitz

September 14th, 2022


What does it mean to lead in this new age of employee activism? Megan Reitz offers a four-point crash course on what employees want from their organizations and how leaders can rise to the challenge of building …

The affordable, 3D-printed bionics of the future | Enzo Romero

September 13th, 2022


Creating functional prosthetics at a fraction of the cost of imported tech, bionic innovator and TED Fellow Enzo Romero shares a groundbreaking model …

What's your happiness score? | Dominic Price

September 9th, 2022


How do you rediscover a happier, more purpose-driven (and less productivity-obsessed) self in the wake of the pandemic? Quiz yourself alongside work …

How green hydrogen could end the fossil fuel era | Vaitea Cowan

September 8th, 2022


As climate change accelerates, finding clean alternatives to fossil fuels is more urgent than ever. Social entrepreneur Vaitea Cowan believes green hydrogen is the answer. Watch as she shares her team's work mass …

What if you could sing in your favorite musician's voice? | Holly Herndon

September 7th, 2022


What if you could create new music using your favorite musician's voice? Sharing her melodic gifts with the world, multidisciplinary artist Holly …

A giant Jurassic sea dragon, unearthed | Dean R. Lomax

September 6th, 2022


Among the dinosaurs, giant sea dragons roamed the ancient ocean. Millions of years later, paleontologist Dean R. Lomax and his team freed the remains …

Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

September 5th, 2022


We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. Where's the fun? Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a …

What capitalism gets right -- and governments get wrong | Katherine Mangu-Ward

September 2nd, 2022


Is capitalism a good thing? Journalist Katherine Mangu-Ward makes the case that "weirdos" left alone to innovate and explore far-out ideas in a free market system are our best hope for the future. She asks us to …

Give yourself permission to be creative | Ethan Hawke

September 1st, 2022


Reflecting on moments that shaped his life, actor Ethan Hawke examines how courageous expression promotes healing and connection with one another -- and invites you to discover your own unabashed creativity. "There is …

The bias behind your undiagnosed chronic pain | Sheetal DeCaria

August 31st, 2022


While doctors take an oath to do no harm, there's a good chance their unconscious biases can seep into how seriously they take your pain. Physician Sheetal DeCaria explains how perception impacts medical care and …

The most powerful yet overlooked resource in schools | Heejae Lim

August 30th, 2022


"When teachers and families work together, everyone wins," says education technology entrepreneur and TED Fellow Heejae Lim. She shines a light on an …

How to transform the chemical industry -- one reaction at a time | Miguel A. Modestino

August 29th, 2022


Chemical plants create many of the materials found in everyday items, from the shoes you wear to the car you drive to the cell phone in your pocket. But the massive carbon footprint from chemical manufacturing is …

Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron

August 26th, 2022


Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People" -- but he's found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. …

Why the price of insulin is a danger to diabetics | Brooke Bennett

August 25th, 2022


The price of insulin in the US is both outrageous and deadly to those who can't live without it. Diabetes advocate Brooke Bennett shares her own …

How we're reverse engineering the human brain in the lab | Sergiu P. Pasca

August 24th, 2022


Neuroscientist Sergiu P. Pasca has made it his life's work to understand how the human brain builds itself -- and what makes it susceptible to disease. In a mind-blowing talk laden with breakthrough science, he shows …

Is humanity smart enough to survive itself? | Jeanette Winterson

August 23rd, 2022


With quick wit and sharp insight, writer Jeanette Winterson lays out a vision of the future where human and machine intelligence meld -- forming what she calls "alternative intelligence" -- and takes a philosophical …

How to stop the metaverse from becoming the internet's bad sequel | Micaela Mantegna

August 22nd, 2022


"The metaverse is already on fire, and we haven't even built it yet," says TED Fellow and video game lawyer Micaela Mantegna. She lays out why the metaverse is at risk of inheriting some of the internet's worst traits, …

Intelligent floating machines inspired by nature | Anicka Yi

August 19th, 2022


Taking cues from soft robotics and the natural world, conceptual artist Anicka Yi builds lighter-than-air machines that roam and react like autonomous life forms. Her floating "aerobes" inspire us to think about new …

How to build an equitable and just climate future | Peggy Shepard

August 18th, 2022


Everyone has the right to a clean environment -- but major disparities exist when it comes to who faces the consequences of pollution. Environmental …

What silence can teach you about sound | Dallas Taylor

August 17th, 2022


What can you hear in silence? In this exploration of sound, host of the podcast "Twenty Thousand Hertz" Dallas Taylor tells the story of arguably the most debated musical composition in recent history -- composer John …

The problem with plastics -- and how they're changing the environment | Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez

August 16th, 2022


Plastics are everywhere -- they're in our favorite electronic devices, they package our food and insulate our homes. Today, the total mass of plastic …

What it takes to make change | Jacqueline Novogratz

August 15th, 2022


What can you do to build a better world? Sharing stories from her pioneering career dedicated to tackling poverty, Jacqueline Novogratz offers three …

Writing, comedy and storytelling in a messed-up world | Maeve Higgins

August 12th, 2022


On a list of the least funny topics imaginable, the global refugee crisis, border disputes and questions of citizenship are probably close to the top. And yet comedian Maeve Higgins has spent her career finding ways to …

The bittersweet joy in longing | Susan Cain

August 11th, 2022


Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Do you find comfort or inspiration in rainy days? In this profound, poetic talk, author Susan Cain invites you to embrace the feeling of longing -- or the place where joy …

Storytelling in a data-hooked world | The TED Interview

August 10th, 2022


Jennifer Egan is a journalist and writer whose novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad" won both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics …

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness | Anil Seth

August 9th, 2022


Who are you, really? In conversation with TED science curator David Biello, neuroscientist Anil Seth lays out his fascinating new theory of consciousness and self, centered on the notion that we "predict" the world into …

The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak

August 8th, 2022


"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need …

How will Icelandic survive the digital age? | Far Flung

August 5th, 2022


Today, an episode of Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective. Icelandic is an ancient and iconic language …

The Menopause Manifesto | Jen Gunter

August 4th, 2022


There are only two mammals who have evolved to survive after their childbearing years: toothed whales and humans. This stage of life is called …

Discovering my love of words | Jacqueline Woodson

August 3rd, 2022


Jacqueline Woodson writes books to be savored. She is best known for her memoir "Brown Girl Dreaming" along with her works "After Tupac and D …

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult | Julie Lythcott-Haims

August 2nd, 2022


By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie …

The meaning of home – and the joy of traveling | Pico Iyer

August 1st, 2022


Welcome to the TED Talks Daily summer book club, a series featuring talks and interviews to inspire your next great read. Up first, a meditation on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing …

A photographic journey through the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan | Kiana Hayeri

July 29th, 2022


Exposing what life looks like in Afghanistan after a 20-year US occupation and the Taliban's stunning and rapid takeover, TED Fellow and documentary …

How to reimagine society for working parents | Reshma Saujani

July 28th, 2022


The pandemic brought into sharp focus the crisis in caregiving in the United States, which woefully under provides support for parents. Activist and …

The US can move past immigration prisons -- and towards justice | César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

July 27th, 2022


Imagine seeking safety abroad and instead being detained and forced to defend yourself in a high-stakes legal battle — alone. Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández explains how the asylum process in the US …

Could a DAO build the next great city? | Scott Fitsimones

July 26th, 2022


Could DAOs, or "decentralized autonomous organizations," be the key to building the next great city? Experimental urbanist Scott Fitsimones shares …

The future of fashion -- made from mushrooms | Dan Widmaier

July 25th, 2022


Your closet is likely full of all kinds of materials -- leather, cotton, nylon and polyester, to name a few -- that contribute to fashion's …

A new understanding of human history and the roots of inequality | David Wengrow

July 22nd, 2022


What if the commonly accepted narratives about the foundation of civilization are all wrong? Drawing on groundbreaking research, archaeologist David …

How schools can nurture every student's genius | Trish Millines Dziko

July 21st, 2022


Forget home economics and standardized tests, education visionary Trish Millines Dziko has a much more engaging and fulfilling way for students to …

Why having fun is the secret to a healthier life | Catherine Price

July 20th, 2022


Have you had your daily dose of fun? It's not just enjoyable, it's also essential for your health and happiness, says science journalist Catherine Price. She proposes a new definition of fun -- what she calls "true fun" …

How hip-hop can make climate action cool | Samir Ibrahim, MyVerse and Kristen Warren

July 19th, 2022


Music can amplify social issues and inspire people to care about new (and sometimes unexpected) topics. But can it take something as dire as climate change and make it mainstream? With artists MyVerse and Kristen Warren …

A 3-part plan to take on extreme heat waves | Eleni Myrivili

July 18th, 2022


The deadliest severe weather phenomenon is something you might not realize: extreme heat. Eleni Myrivili, chief heat officer of the city of Athens, Greece, explains that extreme heat and heat waves are often overlooked …

How to write less but say more | Jim VandeHei

July 15th, 2022

As the saying goes, less is more. The same goes for words. Listen as Politico and Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei shares what he's learned leading two …

The profound power of gratitude and "living eulogies" | Andrea Driessen

July 14th, 2022

Why do we often wait so long to recognize each other's gifts? Why are the truest compliments for the people we love often said only after they're no longer around to hear and savor them? Andrea Driessen makes the case …

Where on Earth will people live in the future? | Parag Khanna

July 13th, 2022


From the return of nomadic living to a climate-disrupted world, author and global strategist Parag Khanna has some predictions for humanity. Get a fascinating glimpse at the future as he tackles an urgent question: …

The eco-creators helping the climate through social media | Zahra Biabani

July 12th, 2022


"Climate doom-ism," or a pessimistic outlook on the future of the planet, rivals climate denialism in holding up the fight against climate change, …

The search for the invisible matter that shapes the universe | Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

July 11th, 2022


The universe that we know, with its luminous stars and orbiting planets, is largely made up of elements we can't actually see -- like dark energy and …

My 105 days in Taliban prison -- and a call to aid Afghanistan | Safi Rauf

July 8th, 2022


Sharing his experience of being held captive in a Taliban prison for 105 days, humanitarian Safi Rauf talks about his life's mission to get food, medicine and other critical supplies to Afghans in need -- and urges the …

How ethics can help you make better decisions | Michael Schur

July 7th, 2022


What would Immanuel Kant say about a fender bender? In a surprisingly funny trip through the teachings of some of history's great philosophers, TV …

The rise of boring architecture -- and the case for radically human buildings | Thomas Heatherwick

July 6th, 2022


Where did all the lumps and bumps on buildings go? When did city architecture become so ... dull? Here to talk about why cities need inspiring …

How to alter the perception of mental health care in Russia | Olga Kitaina

July 5th, 2022


During the Soviet Union era, therapy was often used as a tool of political oppression. Since then, Russia has seen major reforms in mental health …

The blind spots of the green energy transition | Olivia Lazard

July 4th, 2022


The world needs clean power, but decarbonization calls for a massive increase in the mining and extraction of minerals like lithium, graphite and cobalt. Environmental peacemaking expert Olivia Lazard sheds light on the …

Caracas' magic bus | Far Flung

July 3rd, 2022


We all know that information is power, but what if you live in a country without a free press or regular access to the internet? You have to be …

How data-driven journalism illuminates patterns of injustice | Alison Killing

July 1st, 2022


Data-driven journalism can help pinpoint truths and expose corruption -- even without physical access to where it's happening. Sharing the remarkable discovery of massive alleged detention camps in Xinjiang, China, …

The humans at the center of the US immigration debate | Ali Noorani

June 30th, 2022

How does a nation reconcile when its identity is at odds with its policies? Ali Noorani traces the arc of the US immigration debate to show a safer …

The hidden wonders of soil | Jane Zelikova

June 29th, 2022


From nourishing our foods to storing massive amounts of carbon, soil is teeming with diverse microbial life that could slow global warming. Climate …

An invitation to reexamine your familiar world | Gillian Tett

June 28th, 2022


Before entering the world of financial journalism, Gillian Tett was a cultural anthropologist who studied how the past influences our present …

How to unite people through art (with JR) | How to Be a Better Human

June 27th, 2022


Art can move us in deep, meaningful ways. A beautiful song, a good book or a great film can change our perspectives and attitudes toward ideas, and …

Africa's great carbon valley -- and how to end energy poverty | James Irungu Mwangi

June 24th, 2022


Our lives depend on curbing climate change, but so many priorities seem to be in competition. What's the most urgent thing humanity can do right now? …

SpaceX's supersized Starship rocket -- and the future of galactic exploration | Jennifer Heldmann

June 23rd, 2022


SpaceX's Starship launch vehicle has the potential to explore the solar system in a bold, new -- and supersized -- way. Planetary scientist Jennifer …

What happens to people's donated eggs and sperm after they die? | Ellen Trachman

June 22nd, 2022

Today, there are many ways to conceive a child, thanks to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and egg-freezing. But the law lags behind these …

How to find joy in climate action | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

June 21st, 2022


We can all play a role in the climate movement by tapping into our skills, resources and networks in ways that bring us satisfaction, says climate …

The mission to safeguard Black history in the US | Julieanna L. Richardson

June 19th, 2022


Black history in the US is rich, profound -- and at risk of being lost forever, if not for the monumental efforts of Julieanna L. Richardson. As the …

The actual cost of preventing climate breakdown | Yuval Noah Harari

June 17th, 2022


Nobody really knows how much it would cost to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Yet historian Yuval Noah Harari's analysis, based on the …

A second chance for fathers to connect with their kids | Charles C. Daniels, Jr.

June 16th, 2022


Fathers have a profound impact on their children's lives, yet an estimated ten million kids in the US see their dads less than once a month. Through his advocacy and mental health center, therapist Charles C. Daniels, …

The relationship between sex and imagination | Gina Gutierrez

June 15th, 2022


Sex is as much mental as it is physical -- and imagination is the most powerful tool we have to expand our personal agency and capacity for pleasure, …

5 ethical principles for digitizing humanitarian aid | Aarathi Krishnan

June 14th, 2022


Over the last decade, humanitarian organizations have digitized many of their systems, from registering refugees with biometric IDs to transporting cargo via drones. This has helped deliver aid around the world, but …

How a "Hi Level" mindset helps you realize your potential | Cordae

June 13th, 2022


What does it take to build a legacy? Hip-hop artist Cordae tells how he went from mixtape-dropping high school kid to Grammy-nominated music star …

How Black girls can reclaim their voice in music | Kyra Gaunt

June 10th, 2022


How does music shape us? Digital ethnomusicologist and TED Fellow Kyra Gaunt studies how Black girls can preserve the integrity of their own voices …

Esports, virtual Formula 1 and the new era of play | James Hodge

June 9th, 2022


As the line between the physical and digital worlds blur, so does the line between real-world and virtual sports. Reframing our understanding of …

A sci-fi story of Earth's renewal | Vandana Singh

June 8th, 2022


"The world is a living tapestry ... As the weave of life is torn apart in one place, the threads unravel in another," says author and physics professor Vandana Singh, acknowledging humanity's interconnectedness with the …

The brain science (and benefits) of ASMR | Craig Richard

June 7th, 2022

A curious, quiet revolution of sound has taken over the internet. Physiologist Craig Richard explains the soothing brain science of Autonomous …

How to preserve your private life in the age of social media | Bryce Dallas Howard

June 6th, 2022


Growing up in the public eye, multi-hyphenate creator Bryce Dallas Howard experienced the familiar pressure to share her life with the world on …

Why bittersweet emotions underscore life's beauty | Susan Cain

June 4th, 2022


Life is a constant state of both joy and sorrow, dark and light, bitter and sweet. In a meditative conversation, author Susan Cain explores how being …

The awesome potential of many metaverses | Agnes Larsson

June 3rd, 2022


In the multitude of metaverses that exist there are infinite possibilities for inclusivity and creativity. Inviting us to craft our own digital …

The secret to mastering life's biggest transitions | Bruce Feiler

June 2nd, 2022

How do you navigate life's growing number of transitions with meaning, purpose and skill? Writer Bruce Feiler offers a powerful way to handle …

A brain implant that turns your thoughts into text | Tom Oxley

June 1st, 2022


What if you could control digital devices using just the power of thought? That's the incredible promise behind the Stentrode -- an implantable …

The mindset shift needed to tackle big global challenges | Bernhard Kowatsch

May 31st, 2022


Social entrepreneur Bernhard Kowatsch shares real-life examples of how a business approach focused on accelerating tech (like a blockchain-supported way to bring food to refugees or a machine that fortifies flour at …

What Wikipedia teaches us about balancing truth and beliefs | Katherine Maher

May 30th, 2022


Even with public trust at an all-time low, Wikipedia continues to maintain people's confidence. How do they do it? Former CEO of Wikimedia Foundation Katherine Maher delves into the transparent, adaptable and …

How to manage your stress like an ER doctor | TED Health

May 29th, 2022


How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a …

Humanity's search for cosmic truth and poetic beauty | Maria Popova

May 28th, 2022


Linking together the histories of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Edwin Hubble and Tracy K. Smith, poet and thinker Maria Popova crafts an astonishing story of how humanity came to see the edge of the observable universe. …

The future of US reproductive rights after Roe v. Wade | Mary Ziegler, Loretta J. Ross, Erika Bachiochi, Joshua Prager

May 27th, 2022


The recent leak of the US Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade -- the nearly 50-year-old ruling to legalize abortion nationwide -- …

A flavorful field guide to foraging | Alexis Nikole Nelson

May 26th, 2022


Whether it's dandelions blooming in your backyard or purslane sprouting from the sidewalk, vegan forager Alexis Nikole Nelson is on a mission to show …

3 ways to make flying more climate-friendly | Ryah Whalen

May 25th, 2022


Air travel opens our eyes to the world, but it also comes at a high cost to the environment. Piloting us into a future of green aviation, innovator Ryah Whalen shares three ways to lower the industry's carbon footprint …

How is your city tackling the climate crisis? | Marvin Rees

May 24th, 2022


"If we can unlock the full potential of our cities, we can minimize the price the planet pays for hosting us in our growing numbers," says Marvin …

How labor unions shape society | Margaret Levi

May 23rd, 2022


The weekend. Social Security. Health insurance. What do these things have in common? They all exist thanks to the advocacy of labor unions. Political …

Breaking up with perfectionism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

May 22nd, 2022


Perfectionism is on the rise -- and not just in job interviews when people claim it's their greatest weakness. But the desire to be flawless is not always productive or healthy. As a recovering perfectionist, …

The real reason you feel so busy (and what to do about it) | Dorie Clark

May 21st, 2022


These days, almost all of us feel pressed for time. Leadership expert Dorie Clark shares three hidden reasons people fall into an endless loop of feeling constantly busy, and invites you to question what really …

How to discover your authentic self -- at any age | Bevy Smith

May 20th, 2022


In a talk packed with wry wisdom, pop culture queen Bevy Smith shares hard-earned lessons about authenticity, confidence, mature success and why, if …

How great leaders innovate responsibly | Ken Chenault

May 19th, 2022


In times of uncertainty, leaders have a responsibility to inspire hope. Sharing hard-won wisdom, business leader Ken Chenault talks about what it …

The workplace, redefined by women of color | Deepa Purushothaman

May 18th, 2022


Corporate inclusion visionary Deepa Purushothaman shares how women of color can advocate for themselves in workplace settings where they are …

A creator-led internet, built on blockchain | Adam Mosseri

May 17th, 2022


As digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs become more mainstream, design thinker and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri believes that creators are …

Why Africa needs community-led conservation | Resson Kantai Duff

May 16th, 2022


Conservation efforts in Africa have typically been led by "parachute conservationists" -- outsiders who drop in thinking they have all the answers, hire locals to implement them and then disappear. But conservationist …

Listen now: Season 2 | Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

May 15th, 2022


Can you really boost your metabolism? Is blue light actually ruining your sleep? How much vaginal yeast is healthy, and when is it ... too much? Body …

The future of the food ecosystem -- and the power of your plate | Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

May 14th, 2022


Many people across the world don't have access to healthy food -- while in other places tons of food go to waste. Social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo …

The crime-fighting power of cross-border investigative journalism | Bektour Iskender

May 13th, 2022


Organized crime operates across national borders -- to keep up, investigative journalists need to do the same. TED Fellow Bektour Iskender gives the inside scoop on his efforts to unveil secret, insidious operations in …

How to stop banks from investing in fossil fuels | Lucie Pinson

May 12th, 2022


Money is pollution's biggest driving force -- particularly, the cash invested in dirty energy projects, says financial responsibility campaigner …

The case for a 4-day work week | Juliet Schor

May 11th, 2022


The traditional approach to work needs a redesign, says economist Juliet Schor. She's leading four-day work week trials in countries like the US and …

My long walk across India for women's freedom | Srishti Bakshi

May 10th, 2022


There are 600 million women in India -- yet they are rarely seen outdoors after sunset because of safety concerns like harassment and catcalls. On a mission to create safer public spaces, women's rights advocate Srishti …

The most powerful untapped resource in health care | Edith Elliott and Shahed Alam

May 9th, 2022


Whether we're rushing a child to the emergency room after a fall or making chicken soup for a feverish spouse, love inspires us to act when a family member gets sick. Global health activists Edith Elliott and Shahed …

A bold plan to transform access to the US social safety net | Amanda Renteria

May 8th, 2022


Digital public servant Amanda Renteria has seen that the millions of people who rely on government welfare services are often discouraged from seeking them out, frustrated by long lines and unnecessarily complicated …

A transparent, easy way for smallholder farmers to save | Anushka Ratnayake

May 7th, 2022


A safe space to save money is life-changing -- especially for the 60 million smallholder farmers in West Africa (the majority being women) who often …

An election redesign to restore trust in US democracy | Tiana Epps-Johnson

May 6th, 2022


Election infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, says technologist Tiana Epps-Johnson, and, even worse, election officials are increasingly …

Mental health care that disrupts cycles of violence | Celina de Sola

May 5th, 2022


In Latin American countries like El Salvador, homicide rates are alarmingly high thanks in large part to a vicious cycle of violence -- people don't …

How ancient Arctic carbon threatens everyone on the planet | Sue Natali

May 4th, 2022


What will happen to the planet if climate change melts what's left of Arctic permafrost? Shedding light on this overlooked threat, Arctic geologist …

Why Indigenous forest guardianship is crucial to climate action | Nonette Royo

May 3rd, 2022


Indigenous communities have looked after their ancestral forests for millennia, cultivating immense amounts of knowledge on how to protect, nourish …

A safe pathway to resettlement for migrants and refugees | Becca Heller

May 2nd, 2022


"Human migration is both inevitable and growing. What are we as a global community doing to address it?" asks human rights lawyer Becca Heller, who believes that every refugee and migrant deserves a safe pathway to …

Why people and AI make good business partners | Shervin Khodabandeh

April 29th, 2022


What happens when the data-driven capabilities of AI are combined with human creativity and ingenuity? Shining a light on the opportunities this …

The restorative power of medical tattoos | Becky Barker

April 28th, 2022


Tattoos can transform and empower people, with some seeking them out to reconnect with their bodies due to scarring, physical abnormalities or the aftermath of a procedure or illness. Paramedical tattooist Becky Barker …

How mRNA medicine will change the world | Melissa J. Moore

April 27th, 2022


The secret behind medicine that uses messenger RNA (or mRNA) is that it "teaches" our bodies how to fight diseases on our own, leading to groundbreaking treatments for COVID-19 and, potentially one day, cancer, the flu …

The funding gap in start-up investing | Temie Giwa-Tubosun

April 26th, 2022


"It is time to close the funding gap for Black female-led start-ups the world over," says entrepreneur Temie Giwa-Tubosun, whose company LifeBank delivers life-saving medical supplies to remote areas in Africa. Today, …

A future worth getting excited about | Elon Musk

April 25th, 2022


What's on Elon Musk's mind? In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he's working on -- Tesla's intelligent humanoid robot Optimus, SpaceX's otherworldly Starship and …

We can make COVID-19 the last pandemic | Bill Gates

April 22nd, 2022


Building a pandemic-free future won't be easy, but Bill Gates believes that we have the tools and strategies to make it possible -- now we just have …

A new economic model for protecting tropical forests  | Nat Keohane

April 21st, 2022


To solve the climate crisis, we need to make tropical forests worth more alive than dead, says environmental economist Nat Keohane. Highlighting the …

An Olympic champion's mindset for overcoming fear | Allyson Felix

April 20th, 2022


Getting pregnant as a track and field athlete is often called the "kiss of death" -- a sign your athletic career will soon end. Olympic champion, …

Elon Musk talks Twitter, Tesla and how his brain works — live at TED2022 | Elon Musk

April 18th, 2022


In this live, unedited conversation, Elon Musk -- the head of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company -- digs into the recent news around his bid to purchase Twitter and gets honest about the biggest regret of …

Ukraine's fight to keep educating its children | Zoya Lytvyn

April 14th, 2022


The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destroyed so much -- including hundreds of schools, where the country's children were forging their futures -- …

The likability dilemma for women leaders | Robin Hauser

April 13th, 2022


When women lead, bias often follows. Documentarian Robin Hauser dives into the dilemma between competence and likability faced by women in leadership …

Stand with Ukraine in the fight against evil | Garry Kasparov

April 12th, 2022


Ukraine is on the front line of a war between freedom and tyranny, says chess grandmaster and human rights advocate Garry Kasparov. In this blistering call to action, he traces Vladimir Putin's rise to power and details …

We could kick-start life on another planet. Should we? | Betül Kaçar

April 11th, 2022


"Life makes our planet an incredibly exotic place compared to the rest of the known universe," says astrobiologist Betül Kaçar, whose research uses …

Listen now: Season 5 | WorkLife with Adam Grant

April 10th, 2022


WorkLife with Adam Grant, a TED Audio Collective podcast, is back for a fifth season! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant knows that you spend a …

The rhythm and rhyme of memory, solitude and community | Rosanne Cash

April 8th, 2022


"Music can unlock a frozen memory that melts into the seeds of our creativity," says musician Rosanne Cash. Reflecting on the power of memory, …

NFTs, the metaverse and the future of digital art | Elizabeth Strickler

April 7th, 2022

In need of a brief yet illuminating lesson on the obsession with NFTs? Elizabeth Strickler breaks down the acronym and explains the fundamentals of non-fungible tokens, sharing how these digital assets are changing the …

5 promising factors propelling climate action | Gabriel Kra

April 6th, 2022


Given the scale of the challenge, the conversation around climate change is often tinged with doom and gloom. But climate tech investor Gabriel Kra thinks we need to reframe the crisis as a source of tremendous …

The deep sea's medicinal secrets | Sam Afoullouss

April 5th, 2022

Under the sea, untold wonders await in the form of untapped medicinal potential. Chemist Sam Afoullouss dives into the science behind natural …

Live drawings of the human experience | Jarrett J. Krosoczka

April 4th, 2022


In this live drawing performance and poignant autobiographical journey, author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka sketches some life-shaping moments, showing us how drawing and storytelling can help us honor and …

What it's like to be a war refugee | Zarlasht Halaimzai

April 2nd, 2022


Living under the constant threat of violence has a lasting effect -- even after you escape from danger, says writer and refugee advocate Zarlasht …

The 100 tampons NASA (almost) sent to space -- and other absurd songs | Marcia Belsky

April 1st, 2022


Performing two original songs, stand-up comedian, writer and musician Marcia Belsky shares comical commentary on some peculiar aspects of our culture …

What my gender transition taught me about womanhood | Paula Stone Williams

March 31st, 2022

After leading a well-established life as a pastor, father and husband, Paula Stone Williams could no longer deny her truth and transitioned. In this …

How webtoons are changing movies and TV | Hyeonmi Kim

March 30th, 2022


Pop culture is changing thanks to a different kind of storytelling, says digital strategist Hyeonmi Kim. They're called webtoons: comic-like …

3 lessons on hope in challenging times | Wajahat Ali

March 29th, 2022


It can be hard to remain hopeful during seemingly hopeless times. Sharing hard-won wisdom on how to not give up when the going gets tough, writer …

Goats, blockchain and the future of money | Fariel Salahuddin

March 28th, 2022


What if smallholder farmers could use their produce and livestock to pay for goods and services? TED Fellow and alternative currency enthusiast …

How science fiction can shape our reality | Your Undivided Attention

March 27th, 2022


The meta-crisis is so vast: climate change, exponential technology, addiction, polarization and more. How do we grasp it, let alone take steps to …

The creativity and community behind fanfiction | Cecilia Aragon

March 26th, 2022


The wildly diverse, thoughtful and hilarious world of fanfiction -- where writers reimagine favorite stories like "Harry Potter," "Pokémon," "My …

Why all melodies should be free for musicians to use | Damien Riehl

March 25th, 2022

Evoke a familiar tune in a song and get slapped with a lawsuit ... it's a tale almost as old as copyright itself. Lawyer and technologist Damien …

The African swamp protecting Earth's environment | Vera Songwe

March 24th, 2022


The peatlands of Africa's Congo Basin are a vast expanse of swamp and greenery that act as one of the world's most effective carbon sinks -- and they're under threat of environmental destruction. Economist Vera Songwe …

The future will be shaped by optimists | Kevin Kelly

March 23rd, 2022


"Every great and difficult thing has required a strong sense of optimism," says editor and author Kevin Kelly, who believes that we have a moral …

The hidden power of sad songs and rainy days | Susan Cain and Min Kym

March 22nd, 2022


Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Do you find comfort or inspiration in rainy days? In this profound, poetic talk, author Susan Cain invites you to embrace the feeling of longing -- or the place where joy …

Powerful photos that honor the lives of overlooked women | Smita Sharma

March 21st, 2022


In some parts of the world, girls are as likely to be married off or trafficked as they are to be educated. Photojournalist and TED Fellow Smita …

The counterintuitive psychology of insurance | Orit Tykocinski

March 19th, 2022

The real reason you buy insurance may have as much to do with pleasing your psyche as it does protecting your wallet. Behavioral psychologist Orit …

Why entrepreneurship flourishes in the countryside | Xiaowei R. Wang

March 18th, 2022


"To see and understand the countryside is a crucial part of moving towards a more livable future for everyone," says coder, artist and organizer …

The power of purpose in business | Ashley M. Grice

March 17th, 2022


What's a company's purpose? It's not the same as mission or vision, which change when leadership changes. Strategist Ashley M. Grice explains the power of purpose to push boundaries of innovation and bring clarity to …

Climate change isn't a distant threat -- it's our reality | Selina Neirok Leem

March 16th, 2022


Every year, ocean levels rise and high tides flood the low-lying Marshall Islands in the Pacific, destroying homes, salinating water supplies and disrupting livelihoods. In a stirring poem and talk, youth climate …

3 things men can do to promote gender equity | Jimmie Briggs

March 15th, 2022


"It is time for a gender reckoning, beginning with men authentically confronting our internal selves and each other," says essayist and intersectional justice advocate Jimmie Briggs. In this call to action for gender …

Self-assembling robots and the potential of artificial evolution | Emma Hart

March 14th, 2022


What if robots could build and optimize themselves -- with little to no help from humans? Computer scientist Emma Hart is working on a new technology …

How to design mosquitoes out of cities | Cameron Webb

March 12th, 2022

As cities adopt greener, more sustainable designs, there's risk of a dangerous and unwelcome tenant moving in: mosquitoes. Researcher Cameron Webb explains what urban planners and the general public need to understand …

War in Ukraine -- and what it means for the world order | Ian Bremmer

March 11th, 2022


Russia's invasion of Ukraine has created previously unthinkable changes in geopolitics, seemingly overnight. In this vital conversation, political …

The critical role of Black mothers -- and how to support all moms | Anna Malaika Tubbs

March 10th, 2022


Throughout US history, the stories of influential Black mothers have been purposefully obscured -- at a high cost to us all. Sociologist Anna Malaika …

How to share public money fairly | Maja Bosnic

March 9th, 2022


"We have the right to demand budgets to be equitable, to be fair," says economist Maja Bosnic. One way to get there is to make them gender-responsive. With examples from the nearly 80 countries around the world already …

"A seat at the table" isn't the solution for gender equity | Lilly Singh

March 8th, 2022


Women and girls are conditioned to believe success is "a seat at the table." Creator, actress and author Lilly Singh thinks we need to build a better table. In this hilarious, incisive talk, Singh traces the arc of her …

3 ways your company's data can jump-start climate action | Massimo Russo

March 7th, 2022


From helping build smart cities to supporting the sustainable energy sector, the possibilities of big data are endless. But many companies are still …

Why US laws must expand beyond the nuclear family | Diana Adams

March 4th, 2022


The nuclear family model may no longer be the norm in the US, but it's still the basis for social and economic benefits like health care, tax breaks and citizenship. Lawyer and LBGTQIA advocate Diana Adams believes that …

What seaweed and cow burps have to do with climate change | Ermias Kebreab

March 3rd, 2022


Scientists have long known that cows are a huge source of the greenhouse gas methane, contributing up to four percent of emissions globally. But …

The war in Ukraine could change everything | Yuval Noah Harari

March 2nd, 2022


Concerned about the war Ukraine? You're not alone. Historian Yuval Noah Harari provides important context on the Russian invasion, including Ukraine's long history of resistance, the specter of nuclear war and his view …

My secret to creating real magic | Christina Tosi

March 1st, 2022


In an infectiously joyous talk, Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi shares the sugary jolt of her first food memory and behind-the-scenes stories of her …

The carbonless fuel that could change how we ship goods | Maria Gallucci

February 28th, 2022


Every day, tens of thousands of cargo ships, filled to the brim with goods, release heavy pollution into the air as they make their way across the …

Salvation | Conversations with People Who Hate Me

February 27th, 2022


A young trans man and his mother speak about her struggle to accept his gender identity. Listen and subscribe to Conversations with People Who Hate …

Are ad agencies, PR firms and lobbyists destroying the climate? | Solitaire Townsend

February 23rd, 2022


An unnoticed industry worth two trillion dollars a year is influencing almost every carbon emission. Sustainability solution seeker Solitaire …

The "greenhouse-in-a-box" empowering farmers in India | Sathya Raghu Mokkapati

February 22nd, 2022


For smallholder farmers in India, agriculture has long been an unreliable source of income -- crops that flourish one season can fail the next, …

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

February 21st, 2022


Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of …

A playful approach to creating music | TED Radio Hour

February 20th, 2022


As kids, play comes naturally. But over time, it gets replaced by work. This hour, TED speakers explore how to reconnect with play -- to spark creativity, combat despair and find our way in the world. In this segment, …

Climate action needs new frontline leadership | Ozawa Bineshi Albert

February 18th, 2022


We can't rely on those who created climate change to fix it, says climate justice organizer Ozawa Bineshi Albert. An Indigenous woman living in the heart of oil and gas country in the US, she's observed an alarming …

Why play is essential for business | Martin Reeves

February 17th, 2022


To thrive in today's competitive economy, you need to constantly reimagine your business. So what's the secret to sustained success? Strategist Martin Reeves makes a pitch for embracing play to spark innovative business …

Why is China appointing judges to combat climate change? | James K. Thornton

February 16th, 2022


Why is China appointing thousands of judges to environmental courts and training prosecutors to bring cases to them, even if it means suing the government? Eco-lawyer James Thornton takes us inside the country's growing …

The tragedy of air pollution -- and an urgent demand for clean air | Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

February 15th, 2022


"Breathing clean air is every child's human right," says grassroots campaigner Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, sharing the heartbreaking story of her …

You deserve the right to repair your stuff | Gay Gordon-Byrne

February 14th, 2022


A self-declared "repair geek," Gay Gordon-Byrne is a driving force behind the right-to-repair movement, which aims to empower people to fix their stuff. She describes how the movement is gaining legislative momentum and …

The evolution of marriage with Esther Perel | Design Matters with Debbie Millman

February 13th, 2022


Debbie Millman talks to therapist and author Esther Perel about marriage, polyamory and adultery. Listen and subscribe to Design Matters with Debbie …

4 kinds of regret -- and what they teach you about yourself | Daniel H. Pink

February 10th, 2022


Regret is one of our most powerful emotions -- and also one of the most misunderstood. Over the past two years, author Daniel H. Pink has collected a …

The origins of blackface and Black stereotypes | Dwan Reece

February 7th, 2022

If you're wondering why blackface -- mimicking people of African descent via stereotypes and makeup-darkened skin -- is a big deal, then perhaps a little history lesson can help demystify the outcry. Dwan Reece, curator …

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