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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 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, 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 joy of taking out the trash | Aparna Nancherla

December 29th, 2020


Comedian Aparna Nancherla loves to take out the trash. In this funny and sharp meditation on garbage -- "the stuff that our modern, consumerist, …

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 …

Fossil fuel companies know how to stop global warming. Why don't they? | Myles Allen

December 21st, 2020


The fossil fuel industry knows how to stop global warming, but they're waiting for someone else to pay, says climate science scholar Myles Allen. …

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 …

A strategy for supporting and listening to others | Jeremy Brewer

December 11th, 2020


As a police officer, Jeremy Brewer interacts with individuals experiencing trauma and loss on a daily basis. Giving us a peek into this …

Why monkeys (and humans) are wired for fairness | Sarah Brosnan

December 10th, 2020


Fairness matters ... to both people and primates. Sharing priceless footage of capuchin monkeys responding to perceived injustice, primatologist …

How creative writing can help you through life's hardest moments | Sakinah Hofler

December 9th, 2020


Have you ever seen or experienced something and wished you spoke up? Writer Sakinah Hofler makes the case for writing as a tool to help you process …

The legacy of matriarchs in the Yukon First Nations | Kluane Adamek

December 8th, 2020


In the Yukon First Nations, women lead; generations of matriarchs have guided and directed the community by forging trade agreements, creating marriage alliances and ensuring business for all. Yukon Regional Chief …

The end of globalization (and the beginning of something new) | Mike O'Sullivan

December 7th, 2020


"Globalization is on its deathbed," says economist Mike O'Sullivan. The question now is: What's next? Tracing the historical successes and failures …

It takes a community to eradicate hate | Wale Elegbede

December 4th, 2020


Standing up to discrimination and hate should be everyone's business, says community activist Wale Elegbede. In this vital talk, he shares how his …

How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community) | Rosalind G. Brewer

December 3rd, 2020


When companies think of diversity and inclusion, they too often focus on meeting metrics instead of building relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, says Starbucks COO Rosalind G. Brewer. In this personable …

An aerialist on listening to your body's signals | Adie Delaney

December 2nd, 2020


In the circus, flying confidently through the air requires consistent communication with your fellow performers. Check out how aerialist and educator Adie Delaney teaches her students about trust and safety on the …

Inside the massive (and unregulated) world of surveillance tech | Sharon Weinberger

December 1st, 2020


What is a weapon in the Information Age? From microscopic "smart dust" tracking devices to DNA-tracing tech and advanced facial recognition software, journalist Sharon Weinberger leads a hair-raising tour through the …

The city planting a million trees in two years | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

November 30th, 2020


Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is on a mission to plant a million trees over the next two years, increasing vegetation in her city by fifty percent while shoring up eroding riverbanks and …

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 …

A magical mantra for nurturing a blissful life | JayaShri Maathaa

November 25th, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic raged in her native Sri Lanka, monk JayaShri Maathaa had a thought: two magical words that planted something beautiful in …

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 …

The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias

November 23rd, 2020


Here's a talk about tears -- and why crying isn't something to be afraid or ashamed of. Exploring the science behind the mood-boosting power of crying, childbirth and lactation educator Kathy Mendias shows how tears can …

How COVID-19 human challenge trials work -- and why I volunteered | Sophie Rose

November 20th, 2020


In April 2020, epidemiologist-in-training Sophie Rose volunteered to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. As a young, healthy adult, …

How quinoa can help combat hunger and malnutrition | Cedric Habiyaremye

November 19th, 2020


On a mission to create a hunger-free world, agricultural entrepreneur Cedric Habiyaremye makes the case for cultivating quinoa -- and other …

What it takes to crush a pandemic | Johanna Benesty

November 18th, 2020


An effective COVID-19 vaccine is just the first step in ending the pandemic, says global health strategist Johanna Benesty. In this illuminating talk, she explores the various barriers to "equitable access" -- making …

How the new generation of Latinx voters could change US elections | María Teresa Kumar

November 17th, 2020


A historic number of Latinx voters participated in the 2020 US presidential election, including a record number of young people casting their ballots for the first time. Civic leader María Teresa Kumar takes a look at …

How India could pull off the world's most ambitious energy transition | Varun Sivaram

November 16th, 2020


India has a historic opportunity to power its industrialization with clean energy -- and its energy choices will make or break the world's fight against climate change, says clean energy executive, physicist and author …

To future generations of women, you are the roots of change | Gloria Steinem

November 13th, 2020


Activist and author Gloria Steinem is an icon of the global feminist movement. She's spent her life defying stereotypes, breaking social barriers and fighting for equality. In conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat …

How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism | Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

November 12th, 2020


How do you stand up to authoritarianism? And what does it mean to be "fearless"? In this powerful talk, housewife-turned-politician Sviatlana …

To save the climate, we have to reimagine capitalism | Rebecca Henderson

November 11th, 2020


"Business is screwed if we don't fix climate change," says economist Rebecca Henderson. In this bold talk, she describes how unchecked capitalism …

Theranos, whistleblowing and speaking truth to power | Erika Cheung

November 10th, 2020


In 2014, Erika Cheung made a discovery that would ultimately help bring down her employer, Theranos, as well as its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, who …

The energy Africa needs to develop -- and fight climate change | Rose M. Mutiso

November 9th, 2020


In this perspective-shifting talk, energy researcher Rose M. Mutiso makes the case for prioritizing Africa's needs with what's left of the world's carbon budget, to foster growth and equitably achieve a smaller global …

I stepped out of grief -- by dancing with fire | Danielle Torley

November 6th, 2020


After losing her mother in a house fire when she was just six years old, Danielle Torley saw two paths before her: a life full of fear, or one that …

Lessons on leaving the world better than you found it | Sophie Howe

November 5th, 2020


Sophie Howe is the world's only future generations commissioner, a new kind of government official tasked with advocating for the interests of …

"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 radical act of choosing common ground | Nisha Anand

November 2nd, 2020


To achieve lasting change sometimes requires the hard, even radical, choice of partnering with people you'd least expect. Justice reform advocate …

How to decarbonize the grid and electrify everything | John Doerr and Hal Harvey

November 1st, 2020


"The good news is it's now clearly cheaper to save the planet than to ruin it," says engineer and investor John Doerr. "The bad news is: we are fast …

What crows teach us about death | Kaeli Swift

October 31st, 2020


Rituals for the dead span much of the natural world, seen in practices from humans and elephants to bees, dolphins and beyond. With charm and playful …

How to foster productive and responsible debate | Ishan Bhabha

October 30th, 2020


The clash of ideas is fundamental to creativity and progress, but it can also be deeply destructive and create divisions within companies, communities and families. How do you foster productive debate while protecting …

The case for stubborn optimism on climate | Christiana Figueres

October 29th, 2020


"This decade is a moment of choice unlike any we have ever lived," says Christiana Figueres, the architect of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. The daughter of Costa Rica's beloved President José Figueres Ferrer, she …

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 …

Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste | Amanda Little

October 27th, 2020


Our food systems have not been designed to adapt to major disruptions like climate change, says environmental journalist Amanda Little. In this …

What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

October 26th, 2020


If the 2020 US presidential election is close, the race could drag on in the courts and halls of Congress long after ballots are cast, says lawyer …

Why children stay silent following sexual violence | Kristin Jones

October 24th, 2020


Sexual assault is never the victim's fault, says advocate Kristin Jones. In this courageous talk, she tells her story of overcoming the shame that …

How to be a good ancestor | Roman Krznaric

October 23rd, 2020


Our descendants own the future, but the decisions and actions we make now will tremendously impact generations to come, says philosopher Roman Krznaric. From a global campaign to grant legal personhood to nature to a …

How to reduce the wealth gap between Black and white Americans | Kedra Newsom Reeves

October 22nd, 2020


The racial wealth gap in the United States is shocking: white families have a median wealth nearly 10 times greater than that of Black families. How did we get here, and how can we stop the gap from growing? Wealth …

Apple's promise to be carbon neutral by 2030 | Lisa Jackson and Liz Ogbu

October 21st, 2020


Under the leadership of Lisa Jackson, Apple's environment and social VP and former head of the EPA, the company is already carbon neutral within their own corporate and retail boundaries. By 2030, Apple hopes to extend …

How businesses can serve everyone, not just shareholders | Dame Vivian Hunt

October 20th, 2020


Companies worldwide are pledging to play a more meaningful role in the well-being of their employees, customers and the environment. How can they …

Amazon's climate pledge to be net-zero by 2040 | Dave Clark and Kara Hurst

October 19th, 2020


In 2019, Amazon signed the Climate Pledge, a commitment to become a net-zero carbon business by 2040. Dave Clark, Amazon's chief of consumer retail, and Kara Hurst, head of the company's sustainability efforts, sit down …

The race to a zero-emission world starts now | António Guterres

October 18th, 2020


"If we don't act now on climate change, this coming century may be one of humanity's last," says António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Guterres …

The global movement to restore nature's biodiversity | Thomas Crowther

October 17th, 2020


Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged planet, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his …

Make your actions on climate reflect your words | Severn Cullis-Suzuki

October 16th, 2020


"History has shown us that in moments of crisis, society can truly transform," says environmental educator Severn Cullis-Suzuki. Nearly 30 years ago, …

10 years to transform the future of humanity -- or destabilize the planet | Johan Rockström

October 15th, 2020


"For the first time, we are forced to consider the real risk of destabilizing the entire planet," says climate impact scholar Johan Rockström. In a …

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 …

Climate justice can't happen without racial justice | David Lammy

October 13th, 2020


Why has there been so little mention of saving Black lives from the climate emergency? For too long, racial justice efforts have been distinguished from climate justice work, says David Lammy, Member of Parliament for …

How cities are detoxing transportation | Monica Araya

October 12th, 2020


People around the world are demanding clean air -- and cities are starting to respond, says electrification advocate Monica Araya. She takes us on a …

Our moral imperative to act on climate change -- and 3 steps we can take | His Holiness Pope Francis

October 11th, 2020


The global climate crisis will require us to transform the way we act, says His Holiness Pope Francis. Delivering a visionary TED Talk from Vatican …

This decade calls for Earthshots to repair our planet | Prince William

October 10th, 2020


"We start this new decade knowing that it is the most consequential period in history," says Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's "Moonshot," he calls on us all to rise to our …

Climate Mindset | TED Radio Hour

October 9th, 2020


Taking on the climate crisis can seem like an insurmountable feat. On part one of TED Radio Hour episode -- Climate Mindset -- climate scientist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case that what we may need most to take on the …

Civilization on the Moon -- and what it means for life on Earth | Jessy Kate Schingler

October 8th, 2020


We could realistically see people starting to live and work on the Moon in the next decade -- and how we do it matters, says space policy researcher …

What kids can teach adults about asking for help | YeYoon Kim

October 7th, 2020


Do you need some help? It's OK to ask, says YeYoon Kim, a former kindergarten teacher who learned from her students how powerful and courageous it …

We need to track the world's water like we track the weather | Sonaar Luthra

October 6th, 2020


We need a global weather service for water, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra. In a talk about environmental accountability, Luthra …

Gerrymandering: How drawing jagged lines can impact an election | Christina Greer

October 5th, 2020


District lines, and the groups of voters within them, may seem arbitrary, but a lot of thought (and political bickering) is put into these carefully …

Racism thrives on silence -- speak up! | Dexter Dias

October 2nd, 2020


Racism thrives on your silence and apathy, says human rights lawyer Dexter Dias. Telling the story of a harrowing UK court case that spotlights the corrosive effects of injustice, Dias urges us all to speak out and …

Can seaweed help curb global warming? | Tim Flannery

October 1st, 2020


It's time for planetary-scale interventions to combat climate change -- and environmentalist Tim Flannery thinks seaweed can help. In a bold talk, he …

The lie that invented racism | John Biewen

September 30th, 2020


To understand and eradicate racist thinking, start at the beginning. That's what journalist and documentarian John Biewen did, leading to a trove of surprising and thought-provoking information on the "origins" of race. …

A global movement to solve global problems | Colombe Cahen-Salvador

September 29th, 2020


We need to think beyond national borders to solve global problems, says activist Colombe Cahen-Salvador. Reimagining the world's fractured systems of …

The ancient, earth-friendly wisdom of Mongolian nomads | Khulan Batkhuyag

September 28th, 2020


There's a lot we can learn from Mongolian nomads about how to survive in the years to come, says environmental activist Khulan Batkhuyag. Taking us …

3 secrets to Netflix's success | Reed Hastings

September 25th, 2020


What does it take to cultivate a culture of innovation and reinvention at work? Tracing his journey from math teacher to honesty-seeking executive, …

Why we must confront the painful parts of US history | Hasan Kwame Jeffries

September 24th, 2020


To move forward in the United States, we must look back and confront the difficult history that has shaped widespread injustice. Revisiting a …

How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? | Peter Paccone

September 23rd, 2020


There's a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job-security. And there's only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. But how do US Supreme Court Justices …

The psychological traits that shape your political beliefs | Dannagal G. Young

September 22nd, 2020


Social psychologist Dannagal G. Young breaks down the link between our psychology and politics, showing how personality types largely fall into …

If you adults won't save the world, we will | Xiye Bastida

September 21st, 2020


In a deeply moving letter to her grandmother, Xiye Bastida reflects on what led her to become a leading voice for global climate activism -- from …

Does your vote count? The Electoral College explained | Christina Greer

September 18th, 2020


You vote but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state's electoral vote in different ways--and see …

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss

September 17th, 2020


The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take …

Why do we blame individuals for economic crises? | Liene Ozoliņa

September 16th, 2020


In 2008, the global financial crisis decimated Latvia. As unemployment skyrocketed, the government slashed public funding and raised taxes, while providing relief to the wealthy and large businesses -- all without …

You shouldn't have to choose between filling your prescriptions and paying bills | Kiah Williams

September 15th, 2020


As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications -- all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills. …

The psychology of inequality and political division | Keith Payne

September 14th, 2020


"If we want to fix our politics, we have to do something about inequality," says social psychologist Keith Payne. Showing how economic inequality …

How to win an argument (at the US Supreme Court, or anywhere) | Neal Katyal

September 11th, 2020


The secret to winning an argument isn't grand rhetoric or elegant style, says US Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal -- it takes more than that. With …

A lesson in turning adversaries into allies | Leah Garcés

September 10th, 2020


When you're on opposite sides of an issue, how do you broker peace with your adversaries and work together to solve a problem? Follow along as animal …

What it takes to make change | Jacqueline Novogratz

September 9th, 2020


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

Dear Facebook, this is how you're breaking democracy | Yaël Eisenstat

September 8th, 2020


"Lies are more engaging online than truth," says former CIA analyst, diplomat and Facebook employee Yaël Eisenstat. "As long as [social media] algorithms' goals are to keep us engaged, they will feed us the poison that …

The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot

September 7th, 2020


To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings …

4 steps to ending extreme poverty | Shameran Abed

September 4th, 2020


Approximately 700 million people worldwide currently live in extreme poverty, a state of severe financial and social vulnerability that robs many of …

How do daily habits lead to political violence? | Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah

September 3rd, 2020


What drives someone to commit politically motivated violence? The unsettling answer lies in daily habits. Behavioral historian Christiane-Marie Abu …

Dignity isn't a privilege. It's a worker's right | Abigail Disney

September 2nd, 2020


What's the purpose of a company? In this bold talk, activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney imagines a world where companies have a moral obligation to …

Why specializing early doesn't always mean career success | David Epstein

September 1st, 2020


A head start doesn't always ... well, help you get ahead. With examples from sports, technology and economics, journalist David Epstein shares how …

How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett

August 31st, 2020


"Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows," says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares …

What Saturn's most mysterious moon could teach us about the origins of life | Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle

August 28th, 2020


NASA's Dragonfly -- a robotic rotorcraft-lander that's designed to hop across the surface of an extraterrestrial body -- is set to voyage deep into …

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

August 27th, 2020


Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

What it means to be intersex | Susannah Temko

August 26th, 2020


For intersex people -- those born with sex characteristics outside the traditional definitions of female and male -- the stakes to appear "normal" are high. Drawing on her personal experience, Susannah Temko reveals the …

The tyranny of merit | Michael Sandel

August 25th, 2020


What accounts for our polarized public life, and how can we begin to heal it? Political philosopher Michael Sandel offers a surprising answer: those …

How animals and plants are evolving in cities | Menno Schilthuizen

August 24th, 2020


In cities, evolution occurs constantly, as countless plants, animals and insects adapt to human-made habitats in spectacular ways. Evolutionary …

Why we must stop dancing to the sound of our own oppression | Madame Gandhi

August 21st, 2020


Popular music is often riddled with misogynistic lyrics that objectify and demean women ... so why are we listening and dancing to it? Performing a …

Big data, small farms and a tale of two tomatoes | Erin Baumgartner

August 20th, 2020


The path to better food is paved with data, says entrepreneur Erin Baumgartner. Drawing from her experience running a farm-to-table business, she outlines her plan to help create a healthier, zero-waste food system that …

Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King

August 19th, 2020


From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In …

How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief

August 18th, 2020


Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics -- and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet …

Can we call it a "world map" if it's missing a billion people? | Rebecca Firth

August 17th, 2020


Want to help map the world? Community builder Rebecca Firth explains how the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is using open-source software …

Love letters to strangers | Hannah Brencher

August 14th, 2020


Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural -- she …

When is a pandemic over? | Alex Rosenthal

August 13th, 2020


Consider the following scenario: a highly infectious, sometimes deadly respiratory virus infects humans for the first time. It spreads rapidly …

What silence can teach you about sound | Dallas Taylor

August 12th, 2020


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 …

3 questions to ask yourself about US citizenship | Jose Antonio Vargas

August 11th, 2020


At age 16, journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas found out he was in the United States illegally. Since then, he's been thinking deeply about immigration and what it means to be a US citizen -- whether it's by …

Let's scan the whole planet with LiDAR | Chris Fisher

August 10th, 2020


We have archives of films, newspapers, even seeds -- what if we could make one for the entire surface of the earth? Drawing on his experience mapping …

How every movie trailer gets made | Twenty Thousand Hertz

August 7th, 2020


"In a world" -- our world -- movie trailers have undergone a massive evolution. The booming voice-of-God narration of the '80s and '90s has been …

The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

August 6th, 2020


In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and …

The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

August 5th, 2020


Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. …

How to raise a black son in America | Clint Smith

August 4th, 2020


As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white …

A stock market for social justice | ZigZag

August 3rd, 2020


On this episode of ZigZag, host Manoush Zomorodi is joined by Eric Ries, who went from writing Silicon Valley's bible to building a stock market for social justice. Together, they examine why quarterly earnings reports …

How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

July 30th, 2020


You use your brain's executive function every day -- it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it …

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them | Vernā Myers

July 29th, 2020


Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the …

How shocking events can spark positive change | Naomi Klein

July 28th, 2020


Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the …

The secret soundtrack of the sea | TEDx SHORTS

July 27th, 2020


Marine biologist, fish ecologist and self-confessed ocean optimist Steve Simpson explains the intricate sounds that exist in our oceans -- and why …

Can light stop the coronavirus? | David Brenner

July 24th, 2020


Far-UVC light is a type of ultraviolet light that kills microbes and viruses and, crucially, seems to be safe to use around humans. Radiation …

Give yourself permission to be creative | Ethan Hawke

July 23rd, 2020


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 …

How love can help repair social inequality | Chloé Valdary

July 22nd, 2020


What does Kendrick Lamar have in common with Disney's "Moana"? They recognize our common humanity and show us how to love ourselves and one another, says writer and educator Chloé Valdary. She shares how she uses pop …

5 needs that any COVID-19 response should meet | Kwame Owusu-Kesse

July 21st, 2020


Crisis interventions often focus on a single aspect of a big, complicated problem, failing to address the broader social and economic context. Kwame Owusu-Kesse describes how the Harlem Children's Zone is taking a more …

A call to end the media coverage mass shooters want | Tom Teves

July 20th, 2020


On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting in a movie theater of Aurora, Colorado left the town, and its nation, reeling. To many -- including Tom Teves, who …

How city mayors are taking action on climate change | Eric Garcetti

July 19th, 2020


"If you change your city, you're changing the world," says Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles and chair of C40 Cities, a network of the world's megacities committed to tackling the climate crisis. He shares tangible …

Activism, changemakers and hope for the future | Malala Yousafzai

July 18th, 2020


Education activist (and recent Oxford graduate) Malala Yousafzai reflects on the defining moments of her life, how she balances passion with personhood and where the world finds itself during the COVID-19 crisis. With …

Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally | Nita Mosby Tyler

July 17th, 2020


A more equal world starts with you. Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices beyond your own lived experience …

What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds? | Shari Davis

July 16th, 2020


What if you could help decide how the government spends public funds in your community? That's the idea behind participatory budgeting, a process …

The invisible life hidden beneath Antarctica's ice | Ariel Waldman

July 15th, 2020


In this tour of the microscopic world, explorer and artist Ariel Waldman introduces the charismatic creatures lurking beneath Antarctica's massive ice sheet, the largest on earth. From "cuddly" water bears to geometric …

A blueprint for reparations in the US | William "Sandy" Darity

July 14th, 2020


With clarity and insight, economist and author William "Sandy" Darity discusses how the grievous injustice of slavery in the US led to the immense wealth gap that currently exists between Black and white Americans. He …

What happens when biology becomes technology? | Christina Agapakis

July 13th, 2020


"We've been promised a future of chrome -- but what if the future is fleshy?" asks biological designer Christina Agapakis. In this awe-inspiring …

"You Have the Rite" | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

July 10th, 2020


In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal …

Every day you live, you impact the planet | Jane Goodall

July 9th, 2020


Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall says that humanity's survival depends on conservation of the natural world. In conversation with head of TED …

A friendly, autonomous robot that delivers your food | Ali Kashani

July 8th, 2020


Meet the friendly robot that could deliver your next burrito. Ali Kashani introduces us to Postmates' autonomous delivery robot and explains how it …

How the pandemic will shape the near future | Bill Gates

July 7th, 2020


Bill Gates talks best (and worst) case scenarios for the coronavirus pandemic in the months ahead, explaining the challenges of reducing virus transmission, providing an update on promising vaccine candidates, offering …

Africa is a sleeping giant -- I'm trying to wake it up | Adeola Fayehun

July 6th, 2020


"Africa is like a sleeping giant," says journalist and satirist Adeola Fayehun at the beginning of this hilarious, incisive talk. "The truth is I am …

The new urgency of climate change | Al Gore

July 3rd, 2020


The coronavirus brought much of the world to a standstill, dropping carbon emissions by five percent. Al Gore says keeping those rates down is now up to us. In this illuminating interview, he discusses how the steadily …

Scenes from a Black trans life | D-L Stewart

July 2nd, 2020


At the crossroads of life and livelihood, scholar D-L Stewart invites us into scenes from his own life as he resists and reflects on the dehumanizing …

What foods did your ancestors love? | Aparna Pallavi

July 1st, 2020


Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. …

Stop being a bystander in your own life | Tracy Edwards

June 30th, 2020


"Life doesn't go from A to B -- it's messy," says sailing legend Tracy Edwards. In this inspiring talk, she tells how she went from teenage misfit to skipper of the first all-female crew in the toughest race on the seas …

3 ways we can redesign cities for equity and inclusion | Vishaan Chakrabarti

June 29th, 2020


Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they're also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the …

The case to infect volunteers with COVID-19 to accelerate vaccine testing | Nir Eyal

June 27th, 2020


Conventional vaccine testing is a slow, years-long process. As thousands of people continue to die each day from COVID-19, bioethicist Nir Eyal …

How women will lead us to freedom, justice and peace | H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

June 26th, 2020


"I was the first woman president of an African nation, and I do believe more countries ought to try that," says H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel laureate and former president of Liberia. Telling the story of how …

How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad

June 25th, 2020


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 …

How to support and celebrate living artists | Swizz Beatz

June 24th, 2020


Legendary hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz is on a mission to revolutionize the way artists do business. In this glorious talk, he shares some of the …

Why is colonialism (still) romanticized? | Farish Ahmad-Noor

June 23rd, 2020


Colonialism remains an inescapable blight on the present, lingering in the toxic, internalized mythologies and stereotypes that have outlived the …

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston

June 22nd, 2020


Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on Black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, …

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

June 18th, 2020


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

Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe | Kenneth Lacovara

June 17th, 2020


What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus -- a 77-million-year-old sauropod …

My secret to staying focused under pressure | Russell Wilson

June 16th, 2020


Athletes train their bodies to run faster, jump higher, throw farther -- so why don't they train their minds, too? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about the power of "neutral thinking," which helps him …

3 secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone

June 15th, 2020


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

The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi

June 13th, 2020


There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take …

How drawing can set you free | Shantell Martin

June 12th, 2020


Who are you? To answer this question, artist Shantell Martin followed her pen. In this brilliantly visual talk featuring her signature freestyle line …

What tech companies know about your kids | Veronica Barassi

June 11th, 2020


The digital platforms you and your family use every day -- from online games to education apps and medical portals -- may be collecting and selling …

How to turn your dissatisfaction into action | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

June 10th, 2020


After the devastating rebel invasion of Freetown in 1999 and the Ebola epidemic in 2014, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of the city, refused to be …

We need to green the economy while restarting it | Nigel Topping

June 9th, 2020


Nigel Topping has a cool job: he's the UK's High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, the UN's climate change conference taking place in 2021. In …

5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work | Anastasia Penright

June 8th, 2020


No matter your industry, you've experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines …

The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero

June 5th, 2020


In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from …

Part 2: The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero

June 5th, 2020


This is part two of a special episode of TED Talks Daily. In the first, you heard from Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, the CEO of the Center for Policing …

The urgency of intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw

June 3rd, 2020


Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even …

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