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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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The untapped energy source that could power the planet | Jamie C. Beard

September 17th, 2021


Deep beneath your feet is a molten ball of energy the same temperature as the surface of the sun -- an immense clean energy source that could power …

An NFL quarterback on overcoming setbacks and self-doubt | Alex Smith

September 16th, 2021


Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith almost died after a particularly rough tackle snapped his leg in 2018 -- yet he was back on the field just two …

The trans story includes you | Nicole Maines

September 15th, 2021


As actress Nicole Maines points out, we all unwittingly play supporting roles in each others' life stories -- for better or worse. With charm and …

The inaccurate link between body ideals and health | Nancy N. Chen

September 14th, 2021


Global obesity rates are on the rise, but body shaming campaigns are doing more harm than good, says medical anthropologist Nancy N. Chen. Reflecting …

A smart bra for better heart health | Alicia Chong Rodriguez

September 13th, 2021


Could an everyday clothing item help protect your health? In this quick talk, TED Fellow Alicia Chong Rodriguez introduces us to a smart bra designed …

Life-altering questions about the end of the universe | Katie Mack

September 10th, 2021


In this fascinating conversation, cosmologist and TED Fellow Katie Mack delves into everything from the Big Bang theory to what we see at the edge of …

The big myth of government deficits | Stephanie Kelton

September 9th, 2021


Government deficits have gotten a bad rap, says economist Stephanie Kelton. In this groundbreaking talk, she makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather …

A sci-fi vision of life in 2041 | Chen Qiufan

September 8th, 2021


Sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan doesn't fear a dystopian future. Instead, he believes developments in artificial intelligence will make all of our lives better, healthier and safer. He takes us on a tour of the next 20 years …

How to stop languishing and start finding flow | Adam Grant

September 7th, 2021


Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and …

When local news dies, so does democracy | Chuck Plunkett

September 6th, 2021


Nearly 1,800 newsrooms have shuttered across the US since 2004, leaving many communities unseen, unheard and in the dark. In this passionate talk and rallying cry, journalist Chuck Plunkett explains why he rebelled …

How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

September 3rd, 2021


There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way …

The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring

September 2nd, 2021


If you: do laundry, are (or have been) pregnant, tidy up, shop for your household or do similar labor, then by GDP standards, you're unproductive. In …

A taste of Mexico's ancient chocolate-making tradition | Germán Santillán

September 1st, 2021


Dating back more than 800 years, chocolate is deeply woven into the Indigenous history of Oaxaca, Mexico. TED Fellow Germán Santillán talks about his …

How music can help you find peace after loss | Steven Sharp Nelson

August 31st, 2021


Music can act as a guide, says cellist Steven Sharp Nelson. It has the power to unlock the mind, tap into the heart and bring light in the darkest times. Take a deep breath as Nelson takes you on a melodic, meditative …

A future with fewer cars | Freeman H. Shen

August 30th, 2021


What if your car could drop you off and then find parking by itself? According to electric vehicle entrepreneur Freeman H. Shen, this technology …

Your insecurities aren't what you think they are | WorkLife with Adam Grant

August 27th, 2021


"I can't do this." "I didn't deserve this promotion." "When will they find me out?" If you've had thoughts like these, you aren't alone. Nearly 70 percent of people have experienced imposter syndrome -- even some of the …

Can we choose to fall out of love? | Dessa

August 26th, 2021


What's the best way to get over heartbreak? Rapper and writer Dessa came up with an unconventional approach after a chance viewing of Helen Fisher's TED Talk about the brains of the lovestruck. In a wryly funny talk, …

How to design the life you want | TEDx SHORTS

August 25th, 2021


Offering tips from the well-known program he helped develop, Bill Burnett, executive director of Stanford's Life Design Lab, illustrates the ways design thinking can be used to help build the life you want. This talk …

This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari

August 24th, 2021


In a moving talk, journalist Johann Hari shares fresh insights on the causes of depression and anxiety from experts around the world -- as well as …

How playing an instrument benefits your brain | Anita Collins

August 23rd, 2021


When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes …

What's normal anxiety and what's an anxiety disorder? | Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

August 20th, 2021


Anxiety helps keep us alive. But how can you tell when it crosses the line from survival instinct to serious problem? For the more than 30 percent of Americans who will experience an anxiety disorder, stigma around …

You can grow new brain cells. Here's how | Sandrine Thuret

August 19th, 2021


Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help …

The benefits of a bilingual brain | Mia Nacamulli

August 18th, 2021


It's obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier -- like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there …

Elise Hu and Debbie Millman: How to pave a new career path | Hit Reset

August 17th, 2021


Elise Hu, host of TED Talks Daily, sits down with designer Debbie Millman to share advice on stepping into the unknown, paving a new career path and exploring something you've never done before.

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

August 16th, 2021


What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood …

What happens to the plastic you throw away? | TED Climate

August 13th, 2021


Plastic is everywhere. We know we should cut down on it where we can, but is plastic ever the answer? In this episode of TED Climate, a whole world …

Walk with Little Amal, a theatrical journey celebrating the refugee experience | Amir Nizar Zuabi

August 12th, 2021


In a staggering display of creativity and community, theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi introduces "The Walk": a theatrical journey following a …

How COVID-19 reshaped US cities | Kevin J. Krizek

August 11th, 2021


The pandemic spurred an unprecedented reclamation of urban space, ushering in a seemingly bygone era of pedestrian pastimes, as cars were sidelined in favor of citizens. Highlighting examples from across the United …

An interactive map to track (and end) pollution in China | Ma Jun

August 10th, 2021


China has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060 -- and its citizens are helping industries across the country reach that goal. Environmentalist Ma Jun introduces the Blue Map, an app that empowers people to report …

Why are stolen African artifacts still in Western museums? | Jim Chuchu

August 9th, 2021


African artifacts shown in museums worldwide are often not borrowed, but stolen -- and TED Fellow Jim Chuchu is on a mission to get them back. Learn …

The fingerprints of life beyond Earth | Clara Sousa-Silva

August 6th, 2021


Is there life on Venus? Quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva makes the case for a new way to seek and possibly discover habitable planets -- and …

The tiny balls of fat that could revolutionize medicine | Kathryn A. Whitehead

August 5th, 2021


What if you were holding life-saving medicine ... but had no way to administer it? Zoom down to the nano level with engineer Kathryn A. Whitehead as …

Don't call people out -- call them in | Loretta J. Ross

August 4th, 2021


We live in a call-out culture, says activist and scholar Loretta J. Ross. You're probably familiar with it: the public shaming and blaming, on social …

Meet the scientist couple driving an mRNA vaccine revolution | Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci

August 3rd, 2021


As COVID-19 spread, BioNTech cofounders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci had one goal: to make a safe, effective vaccine faster than ever before. In this illuminating conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, the …

Remembering climate change ... a message from the year 2071 | Kim Stanley Robinson

August 2nd, 2021


Coming to us from 50 years in the future, legendary sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson tells the "history" of how humanity ended the climate crisis and restored the damage done to Earth's biosphere. A rousing vision of …

3 secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone

July 30th, 2021


Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies …

The informal settlements reshaping the world | Jota Samper

July 29th, 2021


Creative, sustainable solutions find their home in the thousands of informal neighborhoods across the world. Urban planner Jota Samper believes these …

What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin

July 28th, 2021


"Full access to a person's phone is the next best thing to full access to a person's mind," says cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin. In an urgent …

The radical, revolutionary resilience of Black joy | Miracle Jones

July 27th, 2021


In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community …

3 rules for a zero-carbon world | Nigel Topping

July 26th, 2021


Every human and natural system -- from oil extraction to the flight of a flock of starlings -- can be seen as a set of repeating patterns. These patterns can be disrupted for good or for bad, says Nigel Topping, the …

The ancient origins of the Olympics | Armand D'Angour

July 23rd, 2021


Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on …

Are wild animals really "wild"? | Emma Marris

July 23rd, 2021


Human activity is affecting the planet in dramatic, unsustainable ways -- including destroying the habitats of wild animals. Considering our obligation to care for the creatures we've impacted, environmental writer Emma …

How every child can thrive by five | Molly Wright

July 22nd, 2021


"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED …

The (de)colonizing of beauty | Sasha Sarago

July 20th, 2021


Beauty is about more than the body you inhabit -- it's a way of being that goes beyond genetics or societal ideals. Aboriginal writer and former …

Why COP26 is our best chance for a greener future | Alok Sharma

July 19th, 2021


Something powerful is happening around the world. The issue of climate change has moved from the margins to the mainstream, says Alok Sharma, the …

3 myths about racism that keep the US from progress | Candis Watts Smith

July 16th, 2021


Racism morphs, spreading and hiding behind numerous half-truths and full-blown falsities about where it lives and who embodies it. In this actionable …

How racial bias works -- and how to disrupt it | Jennifer L. Eberhardt

July 15th, 2021


Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a …

The missing 96 percent of the universe | Claire Malone

July 14th, 2021


We've misplaced the building blocks of the cosmos -- and particle physicists like Claire Malone are on a mission to find them. Despite scientists hitting a "major snag" in uncovering what exactly makes up dark matter …

The link between menopause and gender inequity at work | Andrea Berchowitz

July 13th, 2021


Hot flashes, joint pain, anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping -- these unforgiving menopause symptoms directly impact work but often go …

How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad

July 12th, 2021


How do you end a story? Host of "Radiolab" Jad Abumrad tells how his search for an answer led him home to the mountains of Tennessee, where he met an …

Documentary films that explore trauma -- and make space for healing | Almudena Toral

July 9th, 2021


Through documentary films following survivors of trauma, TED Fellow Almudena Toral makes invisible psychological scars seen. She shares the …

Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | Julia Galef

July 8th, 2021


Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- …

What should humans take to space (and leave behind)? | Jorge Mañes Rubio

July 7th, 2021


One day, humans will explore space en masse and live scattered across the solar system on planets like Mars and beyond. Inspired by his time as …

Why aren't there more Native American restaurants? | Sean Sherman

July 6th, 2021


When you think of North American cuisine, do Indigenous foods come to mind? Chef Sean Sherman serves up an essential history lesson that explains the …

A simple strategy to reclaim your time | TEDx SHORTS

July 5th, 2021


Ashley Whillans shares strategies to help overcome "time poverty," and get the most out of our social relationships and careers. This talk was filmed at TEDxCambridge. All TEDx events are organized independently by …

What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence | Kenneth C. Davis

July 4th, 2021


In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in …

How music streaming transformed songwriting | Björn Ulvaeus

July 2nd, 2021


Money, money, money ... in the music business, there seems to be little left for the songwriters that fuel it. ABBA co-founder Björn Ulvaeus calls for the industry to support its most valuable asset, breaking down how …

How to turn grit into a lifelong habit | Angela Duckworth | The TED Interview

July 1st, 2021


What does it take to persevere and succeed, not just in our careers but in all aspects of our lives? For psychologist Angela Duckworth, the answer …

The infinite alchemy of storytelling | Zahra Al-Mahdi

June 30th, 2021


TED Fellow Zahra Al-Mahdi was raised by screens -- "storytelling machines" like TV and the internet that shaped her sense of self and reality. Now a …

Why we're more honest with machines than people | Anne Scherer

June 29th, 2021


For a genuine conversation, consider talking to a robot; the less humanized, the better. Consumer researcher Anne Scherer shares her findings on why some machines get us to open up better than actual people, revealing …

How to heat your home without hurting the planet | Kathy Hannun

June 28th, 2021


Of all the mundane yet astonishing marvels of human ingenuity, knowing what it takes to heat a room to a comfortable temperature is TED Fellow Kathy Hannun's favorite. She takes us on a journey across the planet and …

What to do when climate change feels unstoppable | Clover Hogan

June 25th, 2021


Today's youth have inherited a big, unprecedented climate problem to solve -- and the eco-anxiety to go with it. Gen-Zer and activist Clover Hogan …

How deepfakes undermine truth and threaten democracy | Danielle Citron

June 24th, 2021


The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes -- whether it's to stoke violence or defame politicians and …

The life-saving tech helping mothers make healthy decisions | Aparna Hegde

June 23rd, 2021


Overcrowded clinics, extensive wait times and overworked doctors are taking a devastating toll on mothers and children in India. In this eye-opening …

The search for microscopic aliens | Sarah Rugheimer

June 22nd, 2021


Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Sarah Rugheimer searches for aliens -- but not the cartoony green kind. She's looking for extraterrestrial microbes by …

The emotions behind your money habits | Robert A. Belle

June 21st, 2021


Your money habits reveal a lot about you: your hopes, fears, dreams and other deep personal truths you may not even be aware of, says accountant Robert A. Belle. He shares how taking stock of your transaction history …

How marijuana reform could repair, reclaim and restore communities | Khadijah Tribble

June 18th, 2021


The war on drugs in the United States undid much of the progress of the Civil Rights Movement -- and today, it continues to derail millions within marginalized communities with arrests, convictions and incarcerations …

How to find meaning after loss | David Kessler

June 17th, 2021


You may be familiar with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. After decades of research and his own experience with tragic loss, grief expert David Kessler ventured beyond that …

A new approach to defending the human rights of migrants | Itamar Mann

June 16th, 2021


In this gripping talk, litigator and TED Fellow Itamar Mann details the perilous boat migrations of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea. With a surplus of evidence gathered by researchers and activists, he …

How to be a professional troublemaker | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

June 15th, 2021


Disrupting the status quo can be scary, but sometimes it's necessary to make the world a fairer place. Reclaiming what it means to be a troublemaker, author Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself when …

An app that empowers people to solve their legal problems | Rohan Pavuluri

June 14th, 2021


If you can't afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you, right? Not in US civil court. From high legal fees to confusing paperwork and …

A queer journey from shame to self-love | Crystal Rasmussen

June 11th, 2021


If you've sanded down your edges to fit in, it's time to bring them back -- there's power, value and beauty there, says Crystal Rasmussen. With candor and humility, Rasmussen shares their experience navigating shame, …

The real-life superheroes helping Syrian refugees | Feras Fayyad

June 10th, 2021


Society has a set of stories it tells itself about who refugees are and what they look like, says documentarian and TED Fellow Feras Fayyad. With his films, he's on a mission to separate the facts about refugees from …

A feminist reimagining of Kenya's public transport | Naomi Mwaura

June 9th, 2021


Kenya's minibuses -- known as "matatus" -- offer a convenient, affordable and colorful way for people to get around. But they also pose safety risks …

How to support yourself (and others) through grief | Nina Westbrook

June 8th, 2021


In big and small ways, we all experience loss: whether it's the passing of a loved one, the close of a career or even the end of a dream. Explaining how to process many types of sorrow, marriage and family therapist …

How your body could become its own diagnostic lab | Aaron Morris

June 7th, 2021


We need an inside-out approach to how we diagnose disease, says immuno-engineer and TED Fellow Aaron Morris. Introducing cutting-edge medical …

Essential questions to ask your future self | Meg Jay

June 5th, 2021


How much do you think about your future self? If your answer is not much, you're not alone. It can be difficult to plan for a version of yourself you …

The multibillion-dollar US prison industry -- and how to dismantle it | Bianca Tylek

June 4th, 2021


A phone call to a US prison or jail can cost up to a dollar per minute -- a rate that forces one in three families with incarcerated loved ones into …

The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

June 3rd, 2021


The stress you may feel being otherized or stereotyped can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. In this thoughtful conversation, …

Who makes judges? | Jessica Kerr

June 2nd, 2021


What qualifies someone to become a judge? The answer is surprisingly vague and even taboo to discuss. Lawyer Jessica Kerr sifts through the murky, mysterious process that sits at the center of the Commonwealth judicial …

Playful, wondrous public spaces built for community and possibility | Matthew Mazzotta

June 1st, 2021


Introducing a new type of public space, custom-fit for communities in need of a shot of hope and wonder. Artist and TED Fellow Matthew Mazzotta takes …

Climate change will displace millions. Here's how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle

May 31st, 2021


Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 -- a crisis of "climate migration" the world isn't ready for, …

The rigged test of leadership | Sophie Williams

May 28th, 2021


The glass cliff: an experience of taking on a leadership role only to find that your chances of success have been limited before you've even begun. …

What farmers need to be modern, climate-friendly and profitable | Beth Ford

May 27th, 2021


Farming feeds all of us -- yet in rural communities, farmers are under pressure from mounting climate volatility and limited access to modern tools …

How dirt bikes and STEM ignite ingenuity in Baltimore | Brittany Young

May 26th, 2021


Dirt biking is more than just a pastime -- it's an opportunity to disrupt the cycle of poverty and provide enriching STEM education, says TED Fellow Brittany Young. In this perspective-shifting talk, she shares how her …

Electronic pills that could transform how we treat disease | Khalil Ramadi

May 25th, 2021


Could a small jolt of electricity to your gut help treat chronic diseases? Medical hacker and TED Fellow Khalil Ramadi is developing a new, …

The death of the universe -- and what it means for life | Katie Mack

May 24th, 2021


The universe started with a bang -- but how will it end? With astonishing visuals, cosmologist and TED Fellow Katie Mack takes us to the theoretical …

The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

May 21st, 2021


You may be experiencing burnout and not even know it, say authors (and sisters) Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In an introspective and deeply relatable conversation, they detail three telltale signs that stress is getting …

How NASA invented a ventilator for COVID-19 ... in 37 days | Dan Goods

May 20th, 2021


Get the behind-the-scenes story from visual strategist Dan Goods about how a single question launched NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab into action at the …

Introducing Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter | TED Audio Collective

May 19th, 2021


Should I do a juice cleanse? Do I really need eight glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You're constantly …

The best career path isn't always a straight line | Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper

May 18th, 2021


Conventional wisdom frames the ideal career path as a linear one -- a ladder to be climbed with a single-minded focus to get to the top. Career …

Better cybersecurity starts with honesty and accountability | Nadya Bartol

May 17th, 2021


In this practical talk, cybersecurity expert Nadya Bartol brings this crucial topic out into the open, lifting the shame around tech mistakes and …

The science behind how parents affect child development | Yuko Munakata

May 14th, 2021


Parents, take a deep breath: how your kids turn out isn't fully on you. Of course, parenting plays an important role in shaping who children become, …

How to discover your "why" in difficult times | Simon Sinek

May 13th, 2021


What has the coronavirus pandemic taught us about ourselves and our relationships? In a deeply personal and wide-ranging conversation, leadership expert Simon Sinek shares his own experience caring for his mental health …

The case for co-ops, the invisible giant of the economy | Anu Puusa

May 12th, 2021


Think capitalism is broken? Try cooperativism, says co-op enthusiast and researcher Anu Puusa. She lays out how cooperatives -- businesses owned, …

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

May 11th, 2021


Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," …

How COVID-19 transformed the future of medicine | Daniel Kraft

May 10th, 2021


The pandemic forced the world to work together like never before and, with unprecedented speed, bore a new age of health and medical innovation. Physician-scientist Daniel Kraft explains how breakthroughs and …

What's your happiness score? | Dominic Price

May 7th, 2021


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

Why children of immigrants experience guilt -- and strategies to cope | Sahaj Kaur Kohli

May 6th, 2021


Children of immigrants in the US often experience a unique kind of guilt, brought on by the pressures of navigating different cultures, living up to …

The future of flying is electrifying | Cory Combs

May 5th, 2021


If you're a frequent flier, you're also a major polluter. What if there was a way to travel the world with less impact on the environment? In this …

7 tools for building a business people trust | Marcos Aguiar

May 4th, 2021


Why do we trust some companies and not others? Using real-world examples, digital trust advisor Marcos Aguiar decodes this make-or-break quality -- …

Women and girls, you are part of the climate solution | Rumaitha Al Busaidi

May 3rd, 2021


What does gender equality have to do with climate change? A lot more than you might think. Empowering women and girls around the world is one of the …

Mystery episode | TED Audio Collective

April 30th, 2021


With this episode, we're having a bit of fun. You're about to hear a great episode of a TED Audio Collective podcast ... but, we can't tell you which …

What frogs in hot water can teach us about thinking again | Adam Grant

April 29th, 2021


Why are humans so slow to react to looming crises, like a forewarned pandemic or a warming planet? It's because we're reluctant to rethink, say …

Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

April 28th, 2021


Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a …

The intergenerational wisdom woven into Indigenous stories | Tai Simpson

April 27th, 2021


The way we behave politically, socially, economically and ecologically isn't working, says community organizer and activist Tai Simpson. Sharing the …

Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott

April 26th, 2021


The world's most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. So why aren't you getting paid for it? In this eye-opening talk, …

Earth's original inhabitants -- and their role in combating climate change | Steven Allison

April 24th, 2021


Every environment on the planet -- from forested mountaintops to scorching deserts and even the human gut -- has a microbiome that keeps it healthy …

The race to build AI that benefits humanity with Sam Altman | The TED Interview

April 23rd, 2021


In this new season of The TED Interview, conversations with people who make a case for ... optimism. Not some blind, hopeful feeling, but the …

3 strategies for effectively talking about climate change | John Marshall

April 22nd, 2021


Which sounds more urgent: "global warming" or "pollution blanket overheating planet"? In this actionable talk, communications strategist John …

How your memory works -- and why forgetting is totally OK | Lisa Genova

April 21st, 2021


Have you ever misplaced something you were just holding? Completely blanked on a famous actor's name? Walked into a room and immediately forgot why? …

Can we learn to talk to sperm whales? | David Gruber

April 19th, 2021


Animals are communicating -- but what are they saying? And can we talk back? Marine biologist David Gruber introduces Project CETI: a team of …

Why good ideas get trapped in the valley of death -- and how to rescue them | TED-Ed

April 17th, 2021


All new products must pass through the "valley of death" before they reach the market. Many never make it out, and sometimes that's OK -- if they don't work, don't fill a need or for any number of reasons. One of the …

Navigating career turbulence | WorkLife with Adam Grant

April 16th, 2021


Everyone's career will hit some turbulence at some point. Instead of pushing harder against the headwinds, we're sometimes better off tilting our …

Why corporate diversity programs fail -- and how small tweaks can have big impact | Joan C. Williams

April 15th, 2021


Companies in the US spend billions of dollars each year on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, but subtle (and not so subtle) workplace …

A NASA astronaut's lessons on fear, confidence and preparing for spaceflight | Megan McArthur

April 14th, 2021


How does an astronaut prepare physically and mentally to launch into space? NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, who traveled to the International Space Station in April 2021 as part of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission, shares …

4 myths and misunderstandings about doing business in Africa | Nomava Zanazo

April 13th, 2021


Business in Africa is booming -- but international companies are missing out, says emerging markets expert Nomava Zanazo. Rushing in without knowing their customers, businesses underestimate Africans and make costly …

The giant leaps in language technology -- and who's left behind | Kalika Bali

April 12th, 2021


Thousands of languages thrive across the globe, yet modern speech technology -- with all of its benefits -- supports just over a hundred. …

The material that could change the world ... for a third time | TED-Ed

April 10th, 2021


Today roads, sidewalks, bridges and skyscrapers are made of a material called concrete. There's three tons of it for every person on earth. It's also …

Mantua Townshi‪p‬ | Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala

April 9th, 2021


With each step, you slide 400,000 years back in time. Where are you? Behind a hardware store in New Jersey -- which also happens to be a massive prehistoric graveyard. The only thing that can save it from turning into …

How we can curb climate change by spending two percent more on everything | Jens Burchardt

April 8th, 2021


Would you pay two percent more for the carbon-neutral version of the products you buy and use every day? In this innovative talk, climate pathfinder …

The routines, rituals and boundaries we need in stressful times | Esther Perel

April 7th, 2021


How do you effectively regulate stress? Therapist Esther Perel discusses the importance of creating routines, rituals and boundaries to deal with …

US politics isn't broken. It's fixed | Katherine M. Gehl

April 6th, 2021


The "broken" US political system is actually working exactly as designed, says business leader and activist Katherine Gehl. Examining the system …

The exploitation of US college athletes | Tim Nevius

April 5th, 2021


Colleges and universities in the US make billions of dollars each year from sports, compromising the health and education of athletes -- who are …

Step 1: The Puls‪e‬ | ZigZag

April 2nd, 2021


ZigZag, a business podcast about being human, returns with The ZigZag Project: six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. In this first …

An honest history of an ancient and "nasty" word | Kate Lister

April 1st, 2021


With candor and cunning, sex historian Kate Lister chronicles the curious journey of an ancient, honest word with innocent origins and a …

Language around gender and identity evolves (and always has) | Archie Crowley

March 31st, 2021


Dictionaries and grammar "rules" don't have the final word on language -- and believing they do can harm more than help, especially for the trans …

The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

March 30th, 2021


Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this …

Why winning doesn't always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field

March 29th, 2021


Valorie Kondos Field knows a lot about winning. As the longtime coach of the UCLA women's gymnastics team, she won championship after championship and has been widely acclaimed for her leadership. In this inspiring, …

What science taught me about being a Muslim drag quee‪n‬ | TEDx SHORTS

March 26th, 2021


For a long time, Amrou Al-Kadhi struggled to negotiate the intersections between their queer and Islamic heritage. These identities felt completely …

An election system that puts voters (not politicians) first | Amber McReynolds

March 25th, 2021


From hours-long lines and limited polling locations to confusing and discriminatory registration policies, why is it so hard to vote in the US? …

Why I photograph the quiet moments of grief and loss | Caroline Catlin

March 24th, 2021


The only thing as powerful as our grief is the love we have for those we've lost, says photographer Caroline Catlin. In this meditation on the …

Possible futures from the intersection of nature, tech and society | Natsai Audrey Chieza

March 23rd, 2021


Biodesigner Natsai Audrey Chieza prototypes the future, imagining a world where people and nature can thrive together. In this wildly imaginative talk, she shares the vision behind her innovation lab, which works at the …

The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster | Bill Gates

March 22nd, 2021


The single most important thing for avoiding a climate disaster is cutting carbon pollution from the current 51 billion tons per year to zero, says …

The Power of Spaces | TED Radio Hour

March 19th, 2021


How do spaces shape the human experience? In what ways do our rooms, homes and buildings give us meaning and purpose? In this segment, architect Michael Murphy joins host Manoush Zomorodi to explore the power of the …

Online learning could change academia -- for good | Tyler Dewitt

March 18th, 2021


Higher education remains rooted in rigid, traditional structures and tracks -- and it's at risk of getting left behind in favor of expanded access, greater flexibility and tailored learning. Educator Tyler DeWitt …

How to have constructive conversations | Julia Dhar

March 17th, 2021


"We need to figure out how we go into conversations not looking for the victory, but the progress," says world debate champion Julia Dhar. In this …

How synthetic biology can improve our health, food and materials | Emily Leproust

March 16th, 2021


What if we could use biology to restore our balance with nature without giving up modern creature comforts? Advocating for a new kind of …

What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

March 15th, 2021


When you report an emergency in the US, police, firefighters or paramedics answer the call. What if mental health professionals responded, too? …

How to challenge conventional wisdom -- and change any industry | How to Be a Better Human

March 12th, 2021


Do you think Hollywood needs to change? How about your own industry? It's difficult to get decision makers to step outside of the tried-and-true and …

4 lessons the pandemic taught us about work, life and balance | Patty McCord

March 11th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work for good. Can it also change it for the better? Consultant Patty McCord reviews four key insights …

What is deep tech? A look at how it could shape the future | Antoine Gourévitch

March 10th, 2021


How do companies like SpaceX make sudden breakthroughs on decades-old challenges? Emerging tech expert Antoine Gourévitch explains how deep tech -- a …

Love, sorrow and the emotions that power climate action | Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug

March 9th, 2021


Picture your favorite place in nature. How would you feel if it disappeared tomorrow? In this love letter to the planet, social worker and …

The myth of bringing your full, authentic self to work | Jodi-Ann Burey

March 8th, 2021


Calls for authenticity at work ask for passionate people with diverse, fresh perspectives who challenge old ways of thinking. But too often workplace …

Should we cry at work? | TED Business

March 5th, 2021


Feelings are complicated. And even more so at work. We like to believe the ultimate professional is stoic, but what important information do we miss …

Climate change is our reality. Here's how we're taking action | Al Gore, Gloria Kasang Bulus, Nana Firman, Ximena Loría and Tim Guinee

March 4th, 2021


With the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore is helping mold future leaders to build the movement for climate survival and social justice from the …

My mother's final wish -- and the right to die with dignity | Elaine Fong

March 3rd, 2021


After a terminal cancer diagnosis upended 12 years of remission, all Elaine Fong's mother wanted was a peaceful end of life. What she received …

How compassion could save your strained relationships | Betty Hart

March 2nd, 2021


When personal relationships and ideological differences collide, the result can lead to strained relations -- or even years of silence and distance. …

How video game skills can get you ahead in life | William Collis

March 1st, 2021


What does it take to be a pro gamer? Esports expert William Collis charts the rise of the multibillion-dollar competitive gaming industry and breaks …

Cheryl Strayed | Design Matters with Debbie Millman

February 26th, 2021


Debbie Millman talks to author Cheryl Strayed about her childhood, career and the value of taking a very long hike. Listen and subscribe to Design Matters with Debbie Millman and more podcasts from the TED Audio …

The value of your humanity in an automated future | Kevin Roose

February 25th, 2021


To futureproof your job against robots and AI, you should learn how to code, brush up on your math skills and crack open an engineering textbook, …

The people who caused the climate crisis aren't the ones who will fix it | Angela Mahecha Adrar

February 24th, 2021


Corporations and big business have wrecked the environment, but disadvantaged communities living in "sacrifice zones" -- urban areas heavily polluted …

Why there's no such thing as objective reality | Greg Anderson

February 23rd, 2021


In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous …

"Aliens built the pyramids" and other absurdities of pseudo-archaeology | Sarah Kurnick

February 22nd, 2021


Aliens have invaded ancient history: they've cropped up in humanity's past through popular television and movies, displacing facts with absurd yet …

The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What's next? | John Kerry and Al Gore

February 19th, 2021


On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a letter of acceptance that set in motion the 30-day process for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate. On the day the US returns to the accord, John …

How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill

February 18th, 2021


"Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, …

How theater weathers wars, outlasts empires and survives pandemics | Cara Greene Epstein

February 17th, 2021


When catastrophe strikes, art prevails -- and has done so for centuries. In this fascinating talk, writer and director Cara Greene Epstein places the closing of theaters during the coronavirus pandemic in a historical …

I let algorithms randomize my life for two years | Max Hawkins

February 16th, 2021


What if everything in your life was randomized: from the food you ate to the things you did and the places you traveled? Computer scientist Max Hawkins created algorithms to make decisions like these for him -- and got …

The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs

February 15th, 2021


Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national …

The hidden history found in your teeth | Carolyn Freiwald

February 12th, 2021


Your teeth carry secrets: centuries of history about your ancestors, from where they lived to what they ate and where they traveled. Bioarchaeologist …

Technology can't fix inequality -- but training and opportunities could | 'Gbenga Sesan

February 11th, 2021


Centuries of inequality can't be solved with access to technology alone -- we need to connect people with training and support too, says tech …

Community-powered solutions to the climate crisis | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Zelalem Adefris

February 10th, 2021


Climate change is the epic challenge of our lives, and community leaders like Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Zelalem Adefris are already working on …

The promise of quantum computers | Matt Langione

February 9th, 2021


What if tiny microparticles could help us solve the world's biggest problems in a matter of minutes? That's the promise -- and magic -- of quantum …

A concrete idea to reduce carbon emissions | Karen Scrivener

February 8th, 2021


Concrete is the second most-used substance on Earth (behind water), and it's responsible for eight percent of the world's carbon footprint. Cement researcher Karen Scrivener shares the research behind a pioneering new …

How to get everyone to care about a green economy | Angela Francis

February 5th, 2021


How do you get the environment to the top of everyone's priority list? You can't, says climate advocate Angela Francis -- but you can get them to care about improving their lives. In this pragmatic talk, she shares her …

How technology changes our sense of right and wrong | Juan Enriquez

February 4th, 2021


What drives society's understanding of right and wrong? In this thought-provoking talk, futurist Juan Enriquez offers a historical outlook on what humanity once deemed acceptable -- from human sacrifice and public …

The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

February 3rd, 2021


Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general …

How a geospatial nervous system could help us design a better future | Jack Dangermond

February 2nd, 2021


What if we could better understand the world's biggest challenges simply by looking at a map? Jack Dangermond, a pioneer in geographic information …

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

February 1st, 2021


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 avoid catching prickly emotions from other people | Jessica Garza

January 29th, 2021


Difficult emotions can get under your skin if you're not careful. Sport and performance consultant Jessica Garza calls this the "jumping cholla …

My journey mapping the uncharted world | Tawanda Kanhema

January 28th, 2021


Significant pieces of the globe are literally not on the map: they're missing from the most widely used mapping platforms, like Google Street View, leaving communities neglected of vital services and humanitarian aid. …

What COVID-19 revealed about US schools -- and 4 ways to rethink education | Nora Flanagan

January 27th, 2021


The abrupt shift to online learning due to COVID-19 rocked the US education system, unearthing many of the inequities at its foundation. Educator Nora Flanagan says we can reframe this moment as an opportunity to fix …

The joy of shopping -- and how to recapture it online | Nimisha Jain

January 26th, 2021


Shopping is about more than just what you buy: it's a treasure hunt to discover something new, a negotiation to get a great deal, a time to catch up with friends and family. But for many, online shopping has turned the …

The 15-minute city | Carlos Moreno

January 25th, 2021


Living in a city means accepting a certain level of dysfunction: long commutes, noisy streets, underutilized spaces. Carlos Moreno wants to change that. He makes the case for the "15-minute city," where inhabitants have …

Using your voice is a political choice | Amanda Gorman

January 23rd, 2021


For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, Amanda Gorman -- the youngest inaugural poet in US history -- has some characteristically well-chosen words. Poetry is for everyone, she says, and at its core it's …

How vulnerability makes you a better leader | Tracy Young

January 22nd, 2021


As the founder of a startup, Tracy Young often worried that employees and investors valued male CEOs more -- and that being a woman compromised her position as a leader. In this brave, personal talk, she gives an honest …

3 ways to upgrade democracy for the 21st century | Max Rashbrooke

January 20th, 2021


Democracy needs an update -- one that respects and engages citizens by involving them in everyday political decisions, says writer and researcher Max …

How a strong creative industry helps economies thrive | Mehret Mandefro

January 19th, 2021


When global leaders think about which industries can fuel economic growth, the arts are often overlooked. But filmmaker Mehret Mandefro says the creative sector actually has the power to grow economies -- while also …

The US needs a radical revolution of values | Dr. Bernice King

January 18th, 2021


To cultivate a society grounded in equity and love, we must uproot systems of oppression and violence towards Black communities, says Dr. Bernice …

Humanity's planet-shaping powers -- and what they mean for the future | Achim Steiner

January 16th, 2021


Humanity now has incredible power to shape nature and the Earth: the power to destroy and the power to repair, says sustainability champion and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. In this action-oriented talk, Steiner …

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar

January 15th, 2021


The future economy won't be built by people and factories, but by algorithms and artificial intelligence, says data scientist Mainak Mazumdar. But what happens when these algorithms get trained on biased data? Drawing …

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber

January 14th, 2021


How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen …

4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work | Betsy Kauffman

January 13th, 2021


Why is it so hard to speak up and productively disagree at work? Leadership and organization coach Betsy Kauffman shows how to bring the candid …

How carbon capture networks could help curb climate change | Bas Sudmeijer

January 12th, 2021


What if we could build a global waste disposal service for carbon? In this forward-thinking talk, carbon capture advisor Bas Sudmeijer proposes …

6 essential lessons for women leaders | Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

January 11th, 2021


In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi …

The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive | Niro Sivanathan

January 9th, 2021


What's the best way to make a good point? Organizational psychologist Niro Sivanathan offers a fascinating lesson on the "dilution effect," a …

How AI can help shatter barriers to equality | Jamila Gordon

January 8th, 2021


Jamila Gordon believes in the power of human connection -- and artificial intelligence -- to help people who might otherwise be left behind. Telling the story of her own path from refugee to global tech executive, she …

The 1-minute secret to forming a new habit | Christine Carter

January 7th, 2021


You know how resolutions often go: you set a goal and start strong ... then the motivation runs out and feelings of frustration and shame creep in. …

How to turn moments into momentum | Renee Montgomery

January 6th, 2021


Inspired by the rising movement against racism in the US, WNBA champion Renee Montgomery made an unexpected decision: she opted out of her dream job. As she says in this stirring talk, she wanted to "make it felt," and …

3 ways companies can support grieving employees | Tilak Mandadi

January 5th, 2021


When we experience loss, grief travels with us everywhere -- even work. What can companies do to support grieving employees? Sharing his own story of unimaginable heartbreak, Tilak Mandadi offers three ways …

How we could make carbon-negative concrete | Tom Schuler

January 4th, 2021


Concrete is all around us: we use it to build our roads, buildings, bridges and much more. Yet over the last 2,000 years, the art of mixing cement and using it to bind concrete hasn't changed very much -- and it remains …

3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

January 1st, 2021


How you respond to setbacks is what defines your character, says Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor. In an electrifying talk, she …

What your sleep patterns say about your relationship | TEDx SHORTS

December 31st, 2020


Wendy Troxel looks at the cultural expectations that pressure couples into sharing a bed and why some relationships would benefit from sleeping …

How we can actually pay people enough -- with Paypal CEO Dan Schulman | TED Business

December 30th, 2020


Capitalism urgently needs an upgrade, says PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and it starts with paying people enough to actually invest in their futures. He …

The fight for civil rights and freedom | John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson

December 28th, 2020


Civil rights leader and longtime US congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and justice for everyone. In this illuminating conversation with lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Lewis discusses the …

An Indigenous Mixtape from Lima, Peru | Far Flung

December 25th, 2020


Meet Liberato Kani, a hip hop artist in Lima, Peru -- or as he says, "the Andean Bronx". At his concerts, a typical call and response you hear is "Quechua es resistencia": Quechua is resistance. Though Quechua is spoken …

The shadow pandemic of domestic violence during COVID-19 | Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

December 24th, 2020


Mandatory lockdowns, quarantines and shelter-in-place orders meant to contain COVID-19 have created a shadow pandemic of domestic abuse, says physician Kemi DaSilva-Ibru. Sharing alarming statistics on the rise of …

Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

December 23rd, 2020


Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking …

How to practice effectively...for just about anything | Annie Bosler and Don Greene

December 22nd, 2020


Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to …

6 big ethical questions about the future of AI | Genevieve Bell

December 18th, 2020


Artificial intelligence is all around us ... and the future will only bring more of it. How can we ensure the AI systems we build are responsible, safe and sustainable? Ethical AI expert Genevieve Bell shares six …

Financial inclusion, the digital divide and other thoughts on the future of money | Ajay Banga

December 17th, 2020


Roughly two billion people worldwide don't have access to banks or financial services like credit, insurance and investment -- or even a way to formally prove their identity. How do we bridge this divide? Mastercard CEO …

Who counts as a speaker of a language? | Anna Babel

December 16th, 2020


Backed by research and personal anecdotes, Spanish professor Anna Babel reveals the intricate relationship between language and culture, showing how …

An innovative way to support children with special needs | Billy Samuel Mwape

December 15th, 2020


After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Billy Samuel Mwape realized that his project management skills might be put to use to support his child's special needs. In this inspiring, personal talk, he describes …

How to be an upstander instead of a bystander | Angélique Parisot-Potter

December 14th, 2020


If you see something wrong in the workplace, what should you do? Business leader Angélique Parisot-Potter says you should speak up, even when it's …

What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad

November 27th, 2020


"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she …

What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen

November 26th, 2020


With fascinating research and hilarious anecdotes, neuroscientist Camilla Arndal Andersen takes us into the lab where she studies people's sense of taste via brain scans. She reveals surprising insights about the way …

How your emotions change the shape of your heart | Sandeep Jauhar

November 24th, 2020


"A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts," says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the …

"A Bird Made of Birds" | Sarah Kay

November 4th, 2020


"The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing," says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing "A Bird Made of Birds," she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also …

What's a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak | Mark Forsyth

November 3rd, 2020


Most politicians choose their words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few …

The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson

October 28th, 2020


Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow …

Europe's plan to become the first carbon-neutral continent | Ursula von der Leyen

October 14th, 2020


With the ambitious goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, the European Union has committed to creating a greener world for …

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