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The TED Interview

33 EpisodesProduced by TEDWebsite

Head of TED Chris Anderson speaks with some of the world’s most interesting people to dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time.

33 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Christiana Figueres on how we can solve the climate crisis

December 11th, 2019

1:06:39

In 2015, Christiana Figueres brokered the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change. She gives an inside look at the negotiations that led to a commitment from 195 countries to work toward a low carbon future …

Frances Frei's three pillars of leadership

November 20th, 2019

59:37

A professor at Harvard Business School and expert in work culture, Frei goes into companies like WeWork and Uber with the goal of turning toxic …

Donald Hoffman has a radical new theory on how we experience reality

November 13th, 2019

54:50

According to cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, our brains are showing us a "hacked" version of reality. His revolutionary new way of thinking about …

Kate Raworth argues that rethinking economics can save our planet

November 6th, 2019

53:51

Endless growth may actually be hurting our economy—and our planet. Economist Kate Raworth makes a case for “doughnut economics”: an alternative way …

Michael Tubbs on politics as a force for good

October 30th, 2019

50:50

At 26, Michael Tubbs ran for Mayor of Stockton, California, hoping to transform a city in crisis into a community of opportunity. He won. Mayor Tubbs breaks down how initiatives like universal basic income can free …

Elif Shafak on the urgent power of storytelling

October 23rd, 2019

1:01:00

Best-selling author Elif Shafak proves that storytelling can be profoundly political—and makes the case for embracing uncertainty in turbulent times.

Anil Seth explores the mystery of consciousness

October 16th, 2019

51:06

Is the dress blue or gold? Do you hear "laurel" or "yanny"? Neuroscientist Anil Seth digs into why we all perceive the world so differently, and …

Dan Gilbert on the surprising science of happiness

October 9th, 2019

1:01:29

Psychologist Daniel Gilbert delves deep into the weird, counterintuitive science of happiness and explains why our minds worry about things we …

Bonus: Parag Khanna on global connectivity

September 25th, 2019

38:08

Best-selling author Parag Khanna unpacks global connectivity—the threats, the benefits, and how it is destined to redefine our identities.

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Johann Hari challenges the way we think about depression

July 24th, 2019

1:15:40

Author Johann Hari offers a deeply personal and surprisingly uplifting perspective on how to tackle depression.

Yuval Noah Harari reveals the real dangers ahead

July 17th, 2019

1:09:47

Historian and futurist Yuval Harari has a story about the future that’s profound, exciting, and unsettling.

Tim Ferriss on life-hacks and psychedelics

July 10th, 2019

51:05

Life-hack master Tim Ferriss gives an intimate look into the darker moments in his life, his Stoic philosophy and his new passion for psychedelics.

Monica Lewinsky argues for a bully-free world

July 3rd, 2019

40:41

Monica Lewinsky reveals the very personal price to public humiliation and explores how we can all do better.

Sylvia Earle makes a passionate case for our oceans

June 26th, 2019

55:40

Dive deep into the fascinating, horrifying, hopeful story of the ocean with world-renowned marine biologist Sylvia Earle.

Andrew McAfee on the future of our economy

June 19th, 2019

1:21:57

Is the future of our economy scary? Exciting? MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee argues that it's both.

Susan Cain takes us into the mind of an introvert

June 12th, 2019

48:07

Self-confessed introvert Susan Cain delves deep into this complex personality trait, offering ideas for better offices, better schools and better …

Kai-Fu Lee on the future of AI

June 5th, 2019

1:05:09

Technologist Kai-Fu Lee describes the high-stakes battle between the West and China in artificial intelligence and what it means for the future of …

David Brooks on political healing

May 29th, 2019

1:08:15

NYT pundit David Brooks describes a plan to rebuild broken communities and offers actionable steps to live a more meaningful life.

Amanda Palmer on radical truth telling

May 22nd, 2019

1:07:13

An intimate conversation with one of the most unique voices in music today. Amanda Palmer shows us how the future of creative work means asking for what you want.

Bill Gates looks to the future

May 15th, 2019

44:27

Microsoft founder Bill Gates takes us deep into his remarkable history and propels us into the future of technology and philanthropy.

Roger McNamee takes on big tech

May 3rd, 2019

59:36

Recorded live at TED! Roger McNamee—early investor in Facebook turned outspoken critic—sits down for an extended examination of big tech's missteps and where we go from here.

Bonus Episode: Chris Anderson on the Ezra Klein Show

December 20th, 2018

1:03:25

Today, something a little different. Ezra Klein, the founder of Vox, recently spoke with Chris on his podcast, The Ezra Klein Show. Editor to editor, aspirational human to aspirational human. We’re sharing it with you …

Sir Ken Robinson (still) wants an education revolution

December 18th, 2018

55:48

Do schools kill creativity? Back in 2006, Sir Ken Robinson posed this question to the TED audience – and boy, did it touch a nerve. More than fifty …

Daniel Kahneman wants you to doubt yourself. Here’s why

December 11th, 2018

41:51

What shapes happiness – the experiences we have, or the stories we tell ourselves about them afterwards? When and how does our intuition reliably …

Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next

December 4th, 2018

38:02

Join Chris for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from predicting the future arc …

Mellody Hobson challenges us to be color brave

November 27th, 2018

53:49

Talking about race can be difficult. But Mellody Hobson argues that we need to do it anyway – boldly and often. Mellody is the president of Ariel …

Robin Steinberg’s passionate quest to reform cash bail

November 20th, 2018

39:14

On any given night, 450,000 people in the United States stay in jail without having been convicted of any crime. Most of them are there because they don't have enough money to pay bail. Exasperated at what she saw as a …

Steven Pinker argues that our pessimism about today's world is profoundly wrong

November 13th, 2018

56:00

Was 2017 really the "the worst ever," as some would have us believe? Cognitive psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker shares data that shows: …

Dalia Mogahed on Islam in the world today

November 6th, 2018

52:23

Just after 9/11, Dalia Mogahed asked: what do 1.8 billion Muslims really think? In a grand research project with Gallup, she interviewed more than 50,000 Muslims about their lives, their dreams, and the state of their …

Sam Harris on using reason to build our morality

October 30th, 2018

1:02:24

Many philosophers draw a hard line between the worlds of facts and values, but not Sam Harris. In this thought-provoking conversation with Chris, he makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then …

David Deutsch on the infinite reach of knowledge

October 23rd, 2018

59:46

It can be easy to believe that humans are insignificant. We’re specks of dust on a random planet in a vast universe. Less powerful than elephants. …

Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for ... everything

October 16th, 2018

58:49

As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” was a sensation precisely because of her eloquent, open-hearted descriptions of fear, …

Coming Soon: The TED Interview

September 25th, 2018

1:53

Deep dives into great minds. Season one of this interview series hosted by TED's Chris Anderson launches October 16th, featuring conversations with beloved TED speakers such as author Liz Gilbert, philosopher Sam …

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