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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 Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new.

Episode Date
Every day you live, you impact the planet | Jane Goodall
00:25:14
Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall says that humanity's survival depends on conservation of the natural world. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, she tells the story of her formative days working with chimpanzees, how she transformed from a revered naturalist into a dedicated activist and how she's empowering communities around the world to save natural habitats.
Jul 09, 2020
A friendly, autonomous robot that delivers your food | Ali Kashani
00:08:51
Meet the friendly robot that could deliver your next burrito. Ali Kashani introduces us to Postmates' autonomous delivery robot and explains how it could help reduce carbon emissions and free up valuable real estate in cities everywhere. Learn more about how it was specially designed to navigate complex social interactions on busy sidewalks to bring you your food (and more) with joy.
Jul 08, 2020
How the pandemic will shape the near future | Bill Gates
00:22:00
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 his thoughts on reopening and even taking a moment to address conspiracy theories circulating about himself. Stay tuned for his critical call to fellow philanthropists to ramp up their action, ambition and awareness to create a better world for all. (This virtual conversation, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson, was recorded June 29, 2020.)
Jul 07, 2020
Africa is a sleeping giant -- I'm trying to wake it up | Adeola Fayehun
00:07:09
"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 trying to wake up this giant. That's why I air the dirty laundry of those in charge." Follow along as she roasts corrupt African officials and shows why the continent already has all it needs to take its rightful place on the world stage -- if only leaders would start taking responsibility.
Jul 06, 2020
The new urgency of climate change | Al Gore
00:42:15
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 declining cost of wind and solar energy will transform manufacturing, transportation and agriculture, offer a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels and nuclear energy and create millions of new jobs. Stay tuned for a lively debate about geoengineering and hear Gore's thoughts about how humanity can create a clean, prosperous future through a focused global effort and a generation of young people committed to change. (This virtual conversation, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson, was recorded June 23, 2020.)
Jul 03, 2020
Scenes from a Black trans life | D-L Stewart
00:15:19
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 narratives that shape the Black trans experience in the US. With each word of his captivating and poetic dissection, Stewart emphasizes the magnitude and urgency of the rallying cry "Black trans lives matter" -- and calls on others to uphold that truth, too.
Jul 02, 2020
What foods did your ancestors love? | Aparna Pallavi
00:14:40
Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. Food researcher Aparna Pallavi explores why once-essential culinary traditions disappear from people's lives and memories almost without notice -- and serves up a subtle solution to revitalize our connection to the foods we eat.
Jul 01, 2020
Stop being a bystander in your own life | Tracy Edwards
00:11:14
"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 -- and how she now helps young people around the world achieve their dreams, too.
Jun 30, 2020
3 ways we can redesign cities for equity and inclusion | Vishaan Chakrabarti
00:18:30
Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge and community, but they're also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic, can we transform cities into bastions of equity and sustainability? Architect and educator Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses a new urban agenda that provides equitable housing, health care and transportation for all -- and helps build cities rooted in our desire to connect at a human level. "We need a new narrative of generosity, not austerity," he says. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED arts and design curator Chee Pearlman and head of curation Helen Walters, was recorded June 10, 2020.)
Jun 29, 2020
The case to infect volunteers with COVID-19 to accelerate vaccine testing | Nir Eyal
00:16:15
Conventional vaccine testing is a slow, years-long process. As thousands of people continue to die each day from COVID-19, bioethicist Nir Eyal proposes a radical idea that could dramatically accelerate the vaccine development timeline: "human challenge trials," in which scientists would deliberately expose volunteers to the virus to more quickly determine a vaccine's efficacy. (This virtual conversation, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson, was recorded June 15, 2020.)
Jun 27, 2020
How women will lead us to freedom, justice and peace | H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
00:14:11
"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 Liberian women helped rebuild their country after years of civil war, Sirleaf discusses why gender equality is essential to peace and prosperity -- and shares her plan to uplift a generation of women prepared to take leadership positions and catalyze social change.
Jun 26, 2020
How Dolly Parton led me to an epiphany | Jad Abumrad
00:13:11
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 unexpected teacher: Dolly Parton.
Jun 25, 2020
How to support and celebrate living artists | Swizz Beatz
00:08:06
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 ways he's helping fellow creatives thrive, including a roving art fair that gives artists 100 percent of their sales, a new commission system for galleries to fund living visual artists and Verzuz, online musical celebrations that bring joy to fans -- and sales to musicians. "If we're not protecting the arts, we're not protecting our future," he says.
Jun 24, 2020
Why is colonialism (still) romanticized? | Farish Ahmad-Noor
00:12:18
Colonialism remains an inescapable blight on the present, lingering in the toxic, internalized mythologies and stereotypes that have outlived the regimes that created them, says historian Farish Ahmad-Noor. Examining why these prejudices and narratives persist (and sometimes thrive), he suggests a multidisciplinary approach to reject cultural obsessions with romanticized history and prevent this nostalgia from perpetuating past oppressions.
Jun 23, 2020
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
00:16:50
Jun 22, 2020
How racial bias works -- and how to disrupt it | Jennifer L. Eberhardt
00:14:17
Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem.
Jun 18, 2020
Hunting for dinosaurs showed me our place in the universe | Kenneth Lacovara
00:15:49
What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus -- a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a two-story house and as heavy as a jumbo jet -- and considers how amazingly improbable it is that a tiny mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world could evolve into a sentient being capable of understanding these magnificent creatures. Join him in a celebration of the Earth's geological history and contemplate our place in deep time.
Jun 17, 2020
My secret to staying focused under pressure | Russell Wilson
00:06:11
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 thrive under pressure (both on the field and off) -- and shows how you can use this mindset to make the right moves in your own life.
Jun 16, 2020
3 secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone
00:16:05
Everyone experiences loss, but how do you cope with the tough moments that follow? Resilience researcher Lucy Hone shares three hard-won strategies for developing the capacity to brave adversity, overcome struggle and face whatever may come head-on with fortitude and grace.
Jun 15, 2020
The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
00:51:14
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 responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)
Jun 13, 2020
How drawing can set you free | Shantell Martin
00:07:47
Who are you? To answer this question, artist Shantell Martin followed her pen. In this brilliantly visual talk featuring her signature freestyle line work -- drawn across everything from the screens of Times Square to the bodies of New York City Ballet dancers -- Martin shares how she found freedom and a new perspective through art. See how drawing can connect your heart to your hand and deepen your connection with the world.
Jun 12, 2020
What tech companies know about your kids | Veronica Barassi
00:11:01
The digital platforms you and your family use every day -- from online games to education apps and medical portals -- may be collecting and selling your children's data, says anthropologist Veronica Barassi. Sharing her eye-opening research, Barassi urges parents to look twice at digital terms and conditions instead of blindly accepting them -- and to demand protections that ensure their kids' data doesn't skew their future.
Jun 11, 2020
Introducing Pindrop: Bangkok | Pindrop
00:28:29
Let's say you go into labor in the back of a taxi. The traffic is so bad you don't know if you'll make it to the hospital on time. You make the obvious call to the local radio station -- which serves as an emergency hotline, lost and found, and community noticeboard all at once. Now a team of motorcycle police (trained as midwives!) is on the way, weaving through the streets of this sinking city. Adaptability, connectivity, creativity in Bangkok, Thailand. (Audio only)
Jun 11, 2020
How to turn your dissatisfaction into action | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
00:12:01
After the devastating rebel invasion of Sierra Leone in 1999 and the Ebola epidemic in 2014, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, refused to be paralyzed by her frustration with the status quo. Instead, she used her anger as a catalyst for action. In this inspiring talk, she shares how she transformed her city by taking the risks necessary to bring about dramatic change -- and shows how you can find power in your dissatisfaction.
Jun 10, 2020
We need to green the economy while restarting it | Nigel Topping
00:40:45
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 this wide-ranging interview, Topping discusses his work with scientists, businesses and cities to drive action on climate change and get the world committed to net zero emissions by 2050. He also explains why he thinks the COVID-19 pandemic could accelerate the transition to a green economy, creating jobs that will last and building a cleaner world for us all. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED global curator Bruno Giussani and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was recorded May 26, 2020.)
Jun 09, 2020
5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work | Anastasia Penright
00:14:06
No matter your industry, you've experienced drama at work. In this funny and all-too-relatable talk, community leader Anastasia Penright outlines five steps you can follow to better coexist with your coworkers and focus on what's really important.
Jun 08, 2020
The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero
00:36:07
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 national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others -- and explore how the US can start to live up to its ideals. (This discussion, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was recorded on June 3, 2020.)
Jun 05, 2020
Part 2: The path to ending systemic racism in the US | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero
00:28:40
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 Equity, Rashad Robinson, the President of Color of Change, Dr. Bernice Albertine King, the CEO of the King Center and Anthony D. Romero, the Executive Director of the ACLU. Now you'll hear all four in conversation, cohosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and TED's current affairs curator Whitney Penington Rodgers.
Jun 05, 2020
How to support witnesses of harassment and build healthier workplaces | Julia Shaw
00:11:06
What makes you speak up -- or not -- when you see something you know is wrong? Memory scientist Julia Shaw explains the psychology of those who witness workplace discrimination and harassment -- and shares actionable steps companies can take to support and amplify their voices.
Jun 04, 2020
The urgency of intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw
00:18:49
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 more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
Jun 03, 2020
The true cost of financial dependence | Estelle Gibson
00:08:36
Giving up control of your finances -- voluntarily or otherwise -- can leave you powerless and, in some cases, confined to a cycle of abuse. In this personal talk, accountant Estelle Gibson shares her own story of recovering from financial dependence and provides actionable advice to empower others who desire the freedom that comes with being responsible for your own money.
Jun 01, 2020
My story of love and loss as a transracial adoptee | Sara Jones
00:12:56
A mysterious tattoo on her forearm was all that linked Sara Jones, who was adopted as a child by white parents, to her South Korean origins. Searching for her birth family taught her that transracial adoption stories often frame new lives abroad as strokes of luck that call for endless gratitude, obscuring a far more complex reality. Through her experience of loss and discovery, Jones offers guidance on what adoptive parents can do to protect their children's unique cultural and personal narratives.
May 30, 2020
Let's make the world wild again | Kristine Tompkins
00:16:22
Earth, humanity and nature are inextricably interconnected. To restore us all back to health, we need to "rewild" the world, says environmental activist Kristine Tompkins. Tracing her life from Patagonia CEO to passionate conservationist, she shares how she has helped to establish national parks across millions of acres of land (and sea) in South America -- and discusses the critical role we all have to play to heal the planet. "We have a common destiny," she says. "We can flourish or we can suffer, but we're going to be doing it together."
May 29, 2020
Autofocusing reading glasses of the future | Nitish Padmanaban
00:06:51
As you age, you gradually lose the ability to refocus your eyes -- a phenomenon as old as humanity itself -- leading to a reliance on bifocals, contacts and procedures like LASIK surgery. Electrical engineer Nitish Padmanaban offers a glimpse of cutting-edge tech that's truly a sight for sore eyes: dynamic, autofocusing lenses that track your sight and adjust to what you see, both near and far.
May 28, 2020
The secret weapon against pandemics | Georges C. Benjamin
00:21:35
The coronavirus pandemic won't be the last crisis to test public health systems worldwide, says physician and health policy leader Georges C. Benjamin. He details what's needed to lead us out of the pandemic and prevent future ones -- including a robust governmental health entity equipped with updated technology and well-trained staff -- and explains how citizens, businesses and political leaders can do their part to put public health first. (This virtual conversation, hosted by science curator David Biello and head of TED Chris Anderson, was recorded on May 20, 2020.)
May 27, 2020
A COVID-19 "exit" strategy to end lockdown and reopen the economy | Uri Alon
00:12:45
How can we return to work without spurring a second surge of coronavirus infection? Biologist Uri Alon shares a thought-provoking strategy: four days at work followed by 10 days of lockdown, a cycle that would exploit a weakness in the virus's biology and potentially cut its reproductive rate to a manageable level. Learn more about this approach -- which has already been adopted by both companies and countries -- and how it could be a key to reopening the economy responsibly. (This virtual conversation, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and science curator David Biello, was recorded on May 20, 2020.)
May 26, 2020
10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee
00:11:44
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."
May 25, 2020
How the US can address the tragedy of veteran suicide | Charles P. Smith
00:08:53
Veterans in the United States take their own lives at an alarming rate. Suggesting new ways to prioritize mental health in the military, veterans advocate Charles P. Smith offers a data-driven plan to help prevent suicide and ensure service members get proper care before, during and after active duty.
May 22, 2020
The real reason you procrastinate | WorkLife with Adam Grant
00:36:22
You procrastinate because you're lazy, right? Wrong. The truth is more complex -- and far more interesting. Learn how to stop putting off important tasks ... with a little help from master procrastinator Margaret Atwood. (Audio only)
May 21, 2020
Are we interrupting the kinky sex lives of fish? | Marah J. Hardt
00:12:22
The ocean plays host to a peculiar party of wild, marine sex life that's perhaps quirkier (and kinkier) than you can fathom. But is human behavior interrupting these raunchy reproductive acts? Take a deep dive with marine biologist Marah J. Hardt to discover what exactly goes down under the sea -- and why your own wellness depends on the healthy sex lives of fish.
May 20, 2020
Can we edit memories? | Amy Milton
00:16:06
Trauma and PTSD rewire your brain -- especially your memory -- and can unearth destructive emotional responses when stirred. Could we eliminate these triggers without erasing the memories themselves? Enter neurologist Amy Milton's mind-blowing, memory-editing clinical research poised to defuse the damaging effects of painful remembered experiences and offer a potential path toward better mental health.
May 19, 2020
To overcome challenges, stop comparing yourself to others | Dean Furness
00:12:14
When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his "personal average" and getting better little by little.
May 18, 2020
Why students should have mental health days | Hailey Hardcastle
00:07:24
School can be rife with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and even burnout -- but there's often no formal policy for students who need to prioritize their well-being. Hailey Hardcastle explains why schools should offer mental health days and allow students time to practice emotional hygiene without stigma. Follow along to learn how she and a team of fellow teens transformed their advocacy into law.
May 15, 2020
Restoring human dignity at the US southern border | Norma Pimentel
00:12:27
After seeing the conditions in which children were held at a detention center on the US-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel established a humanitarian respite center in Texas where people can get clean clothing, a warm shower and a hot meal. In this powerful talk, Sister Pimentel discusses her lifelong work restoring human dignity at the border -- and calls on us all to put aside prejudice and lead with compassion.
May 14, 2020
An ER doctor on triaging your "crazy busy" life | Darria Long
00:11:43
How do doctors in the emergency room stay calm and focused amidst the chaos? Drawing on years of experience, ER doctor Darria Long shares a straightforward framework to help you take back control and feel less overwhelmed when life starts to get "crazy busy."
May 13, 2020
The US is addicted to incarceration. Here's how to break the cycle | Robin Steinberg and Manoush Zomorodi
00:17:38
Nearly half a million people in the US are in jail right now without being convicted of a crime, simply because they can't come up with the money to pay cash bail. To try and fix this system, public defender and activist Robin Steinberg asked a straightforward question: What if we paid bail for them? In conversation with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi, Steinberg shares how her nonprofit The Bail Project -- which uses a revolving fund to post bail for those who can't afford it -- is scaling up their efforts across the country and rolling out a new community-based model to fight mass incarceration. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
May 12, 2020
A virus detection network to stop the next pandemic | Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi
00:05:54
How can we stop the next pandemic before it starts? Disease researchers Pardis Sabeti and Christian Happi introduce Sentinel, an early warning system that detects and tracks viral threats in real time -- and could help stop them before they spread. Learn more about the cutting-edge technology that powers the system and how the Sentinel team is helping scientists and health workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
May 11, 2020
The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers | Laurel Braitman
00:09:44
Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical students and other health professionals connect more meaningfully with themselves and others -- and make their emotional well-being a priority.
May 09, 2020
How American and Chinese values shaped the coronavirus response | Huang Hung
00:11:44
To combat COVID-19, countries have enforced city-wide shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and mask mandates -- but the reaction (and adherence) to these rules has differed markedly in the East and West. In conversation with TED's head of curation Helen Walters, writer and publisher Huang Hung sheds light on how Chinese and American cultural values shaped their responses to the outbreak -- and provides perspective on why everyone needs to come together to end the pandemic. (Recorded April 16, 2020)
May 08, 2020
What you need to know about face surveillance | Kade Crockford
00:12:49
Privacy isn't dead, but face surveillance technology might kill it, says civil rights advocate Kade Crockford. In an eye-opening talk, Kade outlines the startling reasons why this invasive technology -- powered by often-flawed facial recognition databases that track people without their knowledge -- poses unprecedented threats to your fundamental rights. Learn what can be done to ban government use before it's too late.
May 07, 2020
The cost of work stress -- and how to reduce it | Rob Cooke
00:10:38
By some estimates, work-related stress drains the US economy of nearly 300 billion dollars a year -- and it can hurt your productivity and personal health too, says wellness advocate Rob Cooke. He shares some strategies to help put your mental, physical and emotional well-being back at the forefront.
May 06, 2020
How we're using AI to discover new antibiotics | Jim Collins
00:07:15
Before the coronavirus pandemic, bioengineer Jim Collins and his team combined the power of AI with synthetic biology in an effort to combat a different looming crisis: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Collins explains how they pivoted their efforts to begin developing a series of tools and antiviral compounds to help fight COVID-19 -- and shares their plan to discover seven new classes of antibiotics over the next seven years. (This ambitious plan is a part of The Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
May 05, 2020
The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya
00:17:17
May 04, 2020
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi
00:16:13
May 01, 2020
Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little
00:15:15
What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits -- sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.
Apr 30, 2020
How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta
00:13:27
Apr 29, 2020
The injustice of "policing for profit" -- and how to end it | Dick M. Carpenter II
00:12:54
Many countries have an active, centuries-old law that allows government agencies to take your things -- your house, your car, your business -- without ever convicting you of a crime. Law researcher Dick M. Carpenter II exposes how this practice of civil forfeiture threatens your rights and creates a huge monetary incentive for law enforcement to pocket your possessions -- and he lays out a path to end "policing for profit" once and for all.
Apr 28, 2020
Crisis support for the world, one text away | Nancy Lublin
00:11:30
What if we could help people in crisis anytime, anywhere with a simple text message? That's the idea behind Crisis Text Line, a free 24-hour service that connects people in need with trained, volunteer crisis counselors -- "strangers helping strangers around the world, like a giant global love machine," as cofounder and CEO Nancy Lublin puts it. Learn more about their big plans to expand to four new languages, providing a third of the globe with crucial, life-saving support. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
Apr 27, 2020
A global pandemic calls for global solutions | Larry Brilliant
00:15:41
Examining the facts and figures of the coronavirus outbreak, epidemiologist Larry Brilliant evaluates the global response in a candid interview with head of TED Chris Anderson. Brilliant lays out a clear plan to end the pandemic -- and shows why, to achieve it, we'll have to work together across political and geographical divides. "This is not the zombie apocalypse; this is not a mass extinction event," he says. "We need to be the best version of ourselves." (Recorded April 22, 2020)
Apr 24, 2020
How to shift your mindset and choose your future | Tom Rivett-Carnac
00:15:54
When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we're powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of "stubborn optimism" to confront climate change -- or whatever crisis may come our way -- and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: "Stubborn optimism can fill our lives with meaning and purpose."
Apr 23, 2020
An ode to living on Earth | Oliver Jeffers
00:10:46
If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to be a human being living on Earth in the 21st century, what would you say? Visual artist Oliver Jeffers put his answer in a letter to his son, sharing pearls of wisdom on existence and the diversity of life. He offers observations of the "beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization" in this poetic talk paired with his original illustrations and animations.
Apr 22, 2020
What's missing from the American immigrant narrative | Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
00:10:53
Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience -- and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us. "Our world is one that flourishes when different voices come together," she says.
Apr 21, 2020
An evolutionary perspective on human health and disease | Lara Durgavich
00:15:27
How does your genetic inheritance, culture and history influence your health? Biological anthropologist Lara Durgavich discusses the field of evolutionary medicine as a gateway to understanding the quirks of human biology -- including why a genetic mutation can sometimes have beneficial effects -- and emphasizes how unraveling your own evolutionary past could glean insights into your current and future health.
Apr 20, 2020
How to co-parent as allies, not adversaries | Ebony Roberts and Shaka Senghor
00:14:07
When Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts ended their relationship, they made a pact to protect their son from its fallout. What resulted was a poetic meditation on what it means to raise a child together, yet apart. In this moving and deeply personal talk, Senghor and Roberts share their approach to co-parenting -- an equal, active partnership that rolls with the punches and revels in the delights of guiding their child through the world with thought and intention.
Apr 17, 2020
Racism has a cost for everyone | Heather C. McGhee
00:14:21
Racism makes our economy worse -- and not just in ways that harm people of color, says public policy expert Heather C. McGhee. From her research and travels across the US, McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. "Our fates are linked," she says. "It costs us so much to remain divided."
Apr 16, 2020
Regain control in an unpredictable world | Checking In with Susan David
00:14:26
Many of us are feeling stuck right now, forced to adapt to a world that we have little control over. But if we focus too much on these uncontrollable aspects of our lives, we greatly increase our suffering. Learn why our routines and habits are so important to our wellbeing -- and how there are ways we can exercise control even when every day feels unpredictable. (Audio only)
Apr 15, 2020
A history of Indigenous languages -- and how to revitalize them | Lindsay Morcom
00:13:29
Indigenous languages across North America are under threat of extinction due to the colonial legacy of cultural erasure, says linguist Lindsay Morcom. Highlighting grassroots strategies developed by the Anishinaabe people of Canada to revive their language and community, Morcom makes a passionate case for enacting policies that could protect Indigenous heritage for generations to come.
Apr 14, 2020
Why sleep matters now more than ever | Matt Walker
00:26:00
A good night's sleep has perhaps never been more important. Sharing wisdom and debunking myths, sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact of sleep on mind and body -- from unleashing your creative powers to boosting your memory and immune health -- and details practices you can start (and stop) doing tonight to get some rest. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded April 1, 2020)
Apr 13, 2020
A monkey economy as irrational as ours | Laurie Santos
00:19:45
Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
Apr 10, 2020
An ethical plan for ending the pandemic and restarting the economy | Danielle Allen
00:25:00
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the world is facing two existential threats at once: a public health emergency and an economic crisis. Political theorist Danielle Allen describes how we can ethically and democratically address both problems by scaling up "smart testing," which would track positive cases with peer-to-peer software on people's cell phones -- so we can end the pandemic and get back to work. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and business curator Corey Hajim. Recorded April 6, 2020)
Apr 09, 2020
How understanding divorce can help your marriage | Jeannie Suk Gersen
00:10:50
To understand what makes marriages work, we need to talk about why they sometimes end, says family law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen. Follow along as she lays out three ways that thinking about marital decisions through the lens of divorce can help you better navigate togetherness from the beginning.
Apr 08, 2020
It's OK to feel overwhelmed. Here's what to do next | Elizabeth Gilbert
00:27:00
If you're feeling anxious or fearful during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. Offering hope and understanding, author Elizabeth Gilbert reflects on how to stay present, accept grief when it comes and trust in the strength of the human spirit. "Resilience is our shared genetic inheritance," she says. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded April 2, 2020)
Apr 07, 2020
In uncertain times, think like a mother | Yifat Susskind
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There's a simple and powerful way to confront the world's most pressing crises, says women's rights activist Yifat Susskind: think like a mother. As she puts it: "When you think like a mother, you prioritize the needs of the many, not the whims of the few." Follow along as she shares moving stories of people around the world who embody this mindset -- and shows how it can also help you see beyond suffering and act to build a better world.
Apr 06, 2020
The intangible effects of walls | Alexandra Auer
00:11:48
More barriers exist now than at the end of World War II, says designer Alexandra Auer. And when you erect one wall, you unwittingly create a second -- an "us" versus "them" partition in the mind that compromises our collective safety. With intriguing results from her social design project focused on two elementary schools separated by a fence, Auer encourages us to dismantle our biases and regain perspective on all the things we have in common.
Apr 03, 2020
Indigenous knowledge meets science to solve climate change | Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
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To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to restore endangered ecosystems -- and offers lessons on how to create more resilient communities.
Apr 02, 2020
What it's really like to have autism | Ethan Lisi
00:09:52
"Autism is not a disease; it's just another way of thinking," says Ethan Lisi. Offering a glimpse into the way he experiences the world, Lisi breaks down misleading stereotypes about autism, shares insights into common behaviors like stimming and masking and promotes a more inclusive understanding of the spectrum.
Apr 02, 2020
How you can help save the monarch butterfly -- and the planet | Mary Ellen Hannibal
00:11:56
Monarch butterflies are dying at an alarming rate around the world -- a looming extinction that could also put human life at risk. But we have just the thing to help save these insects, says author Mary Ellen Hannibal: citizen scientists. Learn how these grassroots volunteers are playing a crucial role in measuring and rescuing the monarch's dwindling population -- and how you could join their ranks to help protect nature. (You'll be in good company: Charles Darwin was a citizen scientist!)
Apr 01, 2020
Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis | Johanna Figueira
00:09:56
The world is more connected than ever, but some communities are still cut off from vital resources like electricity and health care. In this solution-oriented talk, tech activist Johanna Figueira discusses her work with Code for Venezuela -- a platform that helps Venezuelans gain access to vital information and medical supplies -- and shares ideas for how it could be used as a model to help other communities in need.
Mar 31, 2020
How forgiveness can create a more just legal system | Martha Minow
00:14:53
Pardons, commutations and bankruptcy laws are all tools of forgiveness within the US legal system. Are we using them frequently enough, and with fairness? Law professor Martha Minow outlines how these merciful measures can reinforce racial and economic inequality -- and makes the case for creating a system of restorative justice that focuses on accountability and reconciliation rather than punishment.
Mar 30, 2020
What the world can learn from China's response to the coronavirus | Gary Liu
00:58:23
From Hong Kong, South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu tracks China's response to the coronavirus pandemic -- from the initial outbreak in Wuhan to the shutdown of Hubei province and the containment measures taken across its major cities. Sharing insights into how the culture in places like Hong Kong and South Korea contributed to fast action against the virus, Liu identifies lessons people across the world can use to stop its spread. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 25, 2020)
Mar 27, 2020
2 questions to uncover your passion -- and turn it into a career | Noeline Kirabo
00:11:06
What's your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses -- and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.
Mar 26, 2020
How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic | Bill Gates
00:51:50
Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers.)
Mar 25, 2020
How to be your best self in times of crisis | Susan David
00:46:03
"Life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility," says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis and help those working on the front lines.
Mar 25, 2020
The weird history of the "sex chromosomes" | Molly Webster
00:13:34
The common thinking on biological sex goes like this: females have two X chromosomes in their cells, while males have one X and one Y. In this myth-busting talk, science writer and podcaster Molly Webster shows why the so-called "sex chromosomes" are more complicated than this simple definition -- and reveals why we should think about them differently.
Mar 23, 2020
Go ahead, dream about the future | Charlie Jane Anders
00:11:55
"You don't predict the future -- you imagine the future," says sci-fi writer Charlie Jane Anders. In a talk that's part dream, part research-based extrapolation, she takes us on a wild, speculative tour of the delights and challenges the future may hold -- and shows how dreaming up weird, futuristic possibilities empowers us to construct a better tomorrow.
Mar 20, 2020
How repaying loans with social service transforms communities | Angie Murimirwa
00:11:03
What if you could repay loans through volunteering and mentorship instead of money? Activist Angie Murimirwa shares how a game-changing economic tool known as "social interest" is reinvigorating sub-Saharan communities once trapped in cycles of poverty. Join her as she explains how this approach to lending is creating opportunities for thousands of African women and girls -- and shows why this model can be replicated anywhere with lasting effects.
Mar 19, 2020
Without farmers, you'd be hungry, naked and sober | Eric Sannerud
00:09:01
Farmers keep us fed and our economies stable, but in the US they're retiring faster than they're being replaced. Take a crash course in agricultural policy with Eric Sannerud to see why this problem can't be solved by simply buying from your local farmer's market -- and learn how you can use your vote to create a better future for farmers.
Mar 18, 2020
A fascinating time capsule of human feelings toward AI | Lucy Farey-Jones
00:06:26
How comfortable are you with robots taking over your life? Covering a wide range of potential applications -- from the mundane (robot house cleaner) to the mischievous (robot sex partner) to the downright macabre (uploading your brain to live on after death) -- technology strategist Lucy Farey-Jones shares data-backed evidence of how our willingness to accept AI may be radically changing.
Mar 17, 2020
Why COVID-19 is hitting us now -- and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh
00:16:19
Where did the new coronavirus originate, how did it spread so fast -- and what's next? Sharing insights from the outbreak, global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh traces the spread of COVID-19, discusses why travel restrictions aren't effective and highlights the medical changes needed worldwide to prepare for the next pandemic. "We need to make sure that every country in the world has the capacity to identify new diseases and treat them," she says.
Mar 16, 2020
A campaign for period positivity | Ananya Grover
00:09:08
Having your period is exhausting -- and for many people across the world, menstruation is even more challenging because of stigmas and difficulty getting basic hygiene supplies, says social activist Ananya Grover. In this uplifting, actionable talk, she shares how "Pravahkriti," her campaign to spread period positivity, creatively engages with everyone to promote menstrual health, raise awareness and break taboos around periods.
Mar 16, 2020
How we could change the planet's climate future | David Wallace-Wells
00:11:21
The climate crisis is too vast and complicated to solve with a silver bullet, says author David Wallace-Wells. What we need is a shift in how we live. Follow along as he lays out some of the dramatic actions we could take to build a livable, prosperous world in the age of global warming.
Mar 13, 2020
Why it's so hard to talk about the N-word | Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
00:19:21
Historian Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor leads a thoughtful and history-backed examination of one of the most divisive words in the English language: the N-word. Drawing from personal experience, she explains how reflecting on our points of encounter with the word can help promote productive discussions and, ultimately, create a framework that reshapes education around the complicated history of racism in the US.
Mar 12, 2020
The dangers of a noisy ocean -- and how we can quiet it down | Nicola Jones
00:13:03
The ocean is a naturally noisy place full of singing whales, grunting fish, snapping shrimp, cracking ice, wind and rain. But human-made sounds -- from ship engines to oil drilling -- have become an acute threat to marine life, says science journalist Nicola Jones. Watch (and listen) as she discusses the strange things that happen to underwater creatures in the face of ocean noise pollution -- and shares straightforward ways we can dial down the sound to see almost immediate impacts.
Mar 11, 2020
How menopause affects the brain | Lisa Mosconi
00:13:04
Many of the symptoms of menopause -- hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, memory lapses, depression and anxiety -- start in the brain. How exactly does menopause impact cognitive health? Sharing groundbreaking findings from her research, neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi reveals how decreasing hormonal levels affect brain aging -- and shares simple lifestyle changes you can make to support lifelong brain health.
Mar 10, 2020
What happens when a Silicon Valley technologist works for the government | Matt Cutts
00:06:04
What if the government ran more like Silicon Valley? Engineer Matt Cutts shares why he decided to leave Google (where he worked for nearly 17 years) for a career in the US government -- and makes the case that if you really want to make an impact, go where your help is needed most.
Mar 09, 2020
The gender-fluid history of the Philippines | France Villarta
00:10:51
In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that's not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that's part cultural love letter, part history lesson, he details the legacy of gender fluidity and inclusivity in his native Philippines -- and emphasizes the universal beauty of all people, regardless of society's labels.
Mar 09, 2020
How women are revolutionizing Rwanda | Agnes Binagwaho
00:12:03
In 1996, Agnes Binagwaho returned home to Rwanda in the aftermath of its genocide. She considered leaving amid the overwhelming devastation, but women in her community motivated her to stay and help rebuild -- and she's glad she did. In an inspiring talk, Binagwaho reflects on her work as Rwanda's former Minister of Health and discusses her new women's education initiative for the country, which strives to create one of the greatest levels of gender equality worldwide.
Mar 06, 2020
What investigating neural pathways can reveal about mental health | Kay M. Tye
00:12:59
Neuroscientist Kay M. Tye investigates how your brain gives rise to complex emotional states like depression, anxiety or loneliness. From the cutting edge of science, she shares her latest findings -- including the development of a tool that uses light to activate specific neurons and create dramatic behavioral changes in mice. Learn how these discoveries could change the way you think about your mind -- and possibly uncover effective treatments for mental disorders.
Mar 05, 2020
How a miniaturized atomic clock could revolutionize space exploration | Jill Seubert
00:11:20
Ask any deep space navigator like Jill Seubert what makes steering a spacecraft so difficult, and they'll tell you it's all about the timing; a split-second can decide a mission's success or failure. So what do you do when a spacecraft is bad at telling time? You get it a clock -- an atomic clock, to be precise. Let Seubert whisk you away with the revolutionary potential of a future where you could receive stellar, GPS-like directions -- no matter where you are in the universe.
Mar 05, 2020
What we do (and don't) know about the coronavirus | David Heymann
00:08:06
What happens if you get infected with the coronavirus? Who's most at risk? How can you protect yourself? Public health expert David Heymann, who led the global response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, shares the latest findings about COVID-19 and what the future may hold.
Mar 04, 2020
When local news dies, so does democracy | Chuck Plunkett
00:11:11
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 against his employer to raise awareness for an industry under threat of extinction -- and makes the case for local news as an essential part of any healthy democracy.
Mar 03, 2020
How to turn climate anxiety into action | Renée Lertzman
00:13:57
It's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on how psychology can help us discover both the creativity and resilience needed to act on environmental issues.
Mar 02, 2020
What you need to know about stalkerware | Eva Galperin
00:12:56
"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 talk, she describes the emerging danger of stalkerware -- software designed to spy on someone by gaining access to their devices without their knowledge -- and calls on antivirus companies to recognize these programs as malicious in order to discourage abusers and protect victims.
Feb 28, 2020
How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet
00:11:07
Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending machines. Learn how these tiny museums are being deployed in libraries, community centers, transit hubs and elsewhere to increase public access to science.
Feb 27, 2020
3 ways to uproot a culture of corruption | Wanjira Mathai
00:10:47
Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai -- and to stop it there (or anywhere else), we need to intervene early. Following the legacy of her mother, political activist and Nobel Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, Mathai shares three strategies to uproot a culture of corruption by teaching children and young people about leadership, purpose and integrity.
Feb 26, 2020
How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf | Rebecca Knill
00:13:58
"Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our cultural understanding of ability to build a more inclusive world. "Technology has come so far," Knill says. "Our mindset just needs to catch up."
Feb 26, 2020
How to design gender bias out of your workplace | Sara Sanford
00:13:26
Equity expert Sara Sanford offers a certified playbook that helps companies go beyond good intentions, using a data-driven standard to actively counter unconscious bias and foster gender equity -- by changing how workplaces operate, not just how people think.
Feb 25, 2020
Management lessons from Chinese business and philosophy | Fang Ruan
00:10:50
Business management in China is changing, says consultant Fang Ruan. Learn how Chinese entrepreneurs -- long guided by Confucianism's emphasis on authority and regulation -- are now looking to Taoist philosophy for a new, dynamic leadership style that believes things spontaneously transform and naturally achieve perfection when they're supported, not controlled.
Feb 25, 2020
What if a single human right could change the world? | Kristen Wenz
00:08:14
More than a billion people worldwide, mostly children, have no birth certificates. In many countries, this means they can't get access to vital services like health care and education, says legal identity expert Kristen Wenz. She discusses why this problem is one of the greatest human rights violations of our time -- and shares five strategies to ensure everyone can get registered and protected.
Feb 24, 2020
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew
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Feb 21, 2020
Why you should get paid for your data | Jennifer Zhu Scott
00:14:27
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, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership -- which would empower you to donate, destroy or sell your data as you see fit -- and shows how this growing movement could put power (and cash) back into the hands of people.
Feb 20, 2020
The beautiful, hard work of co-parenting | Joel Leon
00:09:25
"Co-parenting" isn't a buzzword -- it's a way of showing up for your family openly, consistently and lovingly, says storyteller and father Joel Leon. In this moving talk, he challenges all parents to play an equal, active role in their children's daily lives, even in a world that often places the weight of sacrifice on mothers alone. Leon encourages nuanced conversations about parenting and reminds us that being a parent isn't a responsibility -- it's an opportunity.
Feb 19, 2020
A brief tour of the last 4 billion years (dinosaurs not included) | Lauren Sallan
00:08:48
In this hilarious, whirlwind tour of the last four billion years of evolution, paleontologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan introduces us to some of the wildly diverse animals that roamed the prehistoric planet (from sharks with wings to galloping crocodiles and long-necked rhinos) and shows why paleontology is about way more than dinosaurs.
Feb 18, 2020
For the love of fangirls | Yve Blake
00:12:03
When you think of fangirls, what comes to mind: large swaths of fandom (usually for a boyband) whose feelings culminate in tears and joyful screams? Perhaps you grimace or roll your eyes at the thought. In this fun, lively talk, playwright Yve Blake asks us to reevaluate our reaction to the misunderstood passion and power of fangirls, emphasizing why we should all embrace our own unbridled enthusiasm.
Feb 18, 2020
How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar
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Feb 17, 2020
How symbols and brands shape our humanity | Debbie Millman
00:14:12
"Branding is the profound manifestation of the human spirit," says designer and podcaster Debbie Millman. In a historical odyssey that she illustrated herself, Millman traces the evolution of branding, from cave paintings to flags to beer labels and beyond. She explores the power of symbols to unite people, beginning with prehistoric communities who used them to represent beliefs and identify affiliations to modern companies that adopt logos and trademarks to market their products -- and explains how branding reflects the state of humanity.
Feb 14, 2020
How teachers can help students navigate trauma | Lisa Godwin
00:15:20
"To make a difference in the life of a child ... I made the commitment to tell my personal story," says educator Lisa Godwin. In this moving talk, she shares her experience of overcoming childhood trauma with the quiet, unwavering support of a teacher and school counselor -- and shows how educators can help students and families navigate hardships by sharing their own stories.
Feb 13, 2020
What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology | Victoria Gill
00:13:59
To save the achoque -- an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico -- scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science journalist Victoria Gill shares the story of how this unusual collaboration saved the achoque from extinction -- and demonstrates how local and indigenous people could hold the secret to saving our planet's weird, wonderful and most threatened species.
Feb 12, 2020
How online marketplaces can help local economies, not hurt them | Amane Dannouni
00:12:27
The growth of online marketplaces like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon can sometimes threaten local businesses such as taxis, hotels and retail shops by taking away jobs or reducing income to the community. But it doesn't have to be this way, says strategy consultant Amane Dannouni. Pointing to examples like Gojek (Indonesia's Uber for motorbikes) and Jumia (Africa's version of Amazon), he explains how some online marketplaces make deliberate trade-offs to include, rather than replace, existing players in local economies -- benefiting everyone in the long run.
Feb 11, 2020
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris
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Feb 10, 2020
How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans | Lucy King
00:13:23
Imagine waking in the middle of the night to an elephant ripping the roof from your house in search of food. This is a reality in some communities in Africa where, as wild spaces shrink, people and elephants are competing for space and resources like never before. In this engaging talk, zoologist Lucy King shares her solution to the rising conflict: fences made from beehives that keep elephants at bay while also helping farmers establish new livelihoods.
Feb 07, 2020
Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
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Feb 06, 2020
The science of friction -- and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail
00:11:47
Tribology: it's a funny-sounding word you might not have heard before, but it could change how you see and interact with the physical world, says mechanical engineer Jennifer Vail. Offering lessons from tribology -- the study of friction and wear -- Vail describes the surprisingly varied ways it impacts everyday life and how it could help us make a better world.
Feb 05, 2020
Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis
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Feb 04, 2020
The real story of Rosa Parks -- and why we need to confront myths about black history | David Ikard
00:18:13
Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us all -- and emphasizes the power and importance of historical accuracy.
Feb 03, 2020
A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford
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Jan 31, 2020
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe
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Jan 30, 2020
How humans and AI can work together to create better businesses | Sylvain Duranton
00:14:10
Here's a paradox: as companies try to streamline their businesses by using artificial intelligence to make critical decisions, they may inadvertently make themselves less efficient. Business technologist Sylvain Duranton advocates for a "Human plus AI" approach -- using AI systems alongside humans, not instead of them -- and shares the specific formula companies can adopt to successfully employ AI while keeping humans in the loop.
Jan 29, 2020
A new type of medicine, custom-made with tiny proteins | Christopher Bahl
00:04:41
Some common life-saving medicines, such as insulin, are made of proteins so large and fragile that they need to be injected instead of ingested as pills. But a new generation of medicine -- made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides -- is on its way. In a quick, informative talk, molecular engineer and TED Fellow Christopher Bahl explains how he's using computational design to create powerful peptides that could one day neutralize the flu, protect against botulism poisoning and even stop cancer cells from growing.
Jan 28, 2020
How the magic of kindness helped me survive the Holocaust | Werner Reich
00:11:01
Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps — and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. "If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know somebody who is scared, be kind to them," he says. "If you do it at the right time, it will enter their heart, and it will be with them wherever they go, forever."
Jan 27, 2020
3 psychological tricks to help you save money | Wendy De La Rosa
00:05:50
We all want to save more money -- but overall, people today are doing less and less of it. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa studies how everyday people make decisions to improve their financial well-being. What she's found can help you painlessly make the commitment to save more and spend less.
Jan 27, 2020
What ocean microbes reveal about the changing climate | Angelicque White
00:13:05
When the ocean changes, the planet changes -- and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean health -- and how we might rejuvenate them as marine temperatures steadily rise.
Jan 24, 2020
The unpaid work that GDP ignores -- and why it really counts | Marilyn Waring
00:17:19
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 this visionary talk, economist Marilyn Waring seeks to correct the failures of this narrow-minded system, detailing why we deserve a better way to measure growth that values not just our own livelihood but the planet's as well.
Jan 23, 2020
Does photographing a moment steal the experience from you? | Erin Sullivan
00:08:23
When we witness something amazing, many of us instinctively pull out our phones and snap pictures. Is this obsession with photographing everything impacting our experiences? In a meditative talk, Erin Sullivan reflects on how being more intentional with her lens enhanced her ability to enjoy the moment -- and could help you do the same, too.
Jan 23, 2020
A personal health coach for those living with chronic diseases | Priscilla Pemu
00:07:49
There's no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors -- but far too often, these resources aren't accessible in underserved communities, says physician Priscilla Pemu. Enter "culturally congruent coaching," a program Pemu and her team developed to help patients with chronic diseases monitor their health with the assistance of a coach from their community. Learn more about how this approach transcends language and cultural barriers -- and could potentially transform health care in America.
Jan 22, 2020
Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda
00:09:57
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations.
Jan 21, 2020
A path to security for the world's deadliest countries | Rachel Kleinfeld
00:15:40
You are more likely to die violently if you live in a middle-income democracy with high levels of inequality and political polarization than if you live in a country at war, says democracy advisor Rachel Kleinfeld. This historical shift in the nature of violence presents an opportunity for everyday voters to act as a great force for change in their unbalanced societies. In this eye-opening talk, Kleinfeld unravels the causes of violence and offers a path to security for the world's deadliest countries.
Jan 21, 2020
8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord
00:05:10
Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.
Jan 20, 2020
Why can't we talk about periods? | Jen Gunter
00:11:42
"It shouldn't be an act of feminism to know how your body works," says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses -- and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the mismanagement of pain. Declaring the era of the menstrual taboos over, she delivers a clear, much-needed lesson on the once-mysterious mechanics of the uterus.
Jan 17, 2020
Why are drug prices so high? Investigating the outdated US patent system | Priti Krishtel
00:12:34
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled -- but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines but for small changes to existing ones, which allows them to build monopolies, block competition and drive prices up. Health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel sheds light on how we've lost sight of the patent system's original intent -- and offers five reforms for a redesign that would serve the public and save lives.
Jan 16, 2020
How supply chain transparency can help the planet | Markus Mutz
00:13:29
Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth -- yet it's nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they're sourced from. That's about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how he used blockchain technology to track Patagonian toothfish on their journey from ocean to dinner plate -- and proved it's possible to offer consumers a product they can trust.
Jan 15, 2020
How guest worker visas could transform the US immigration system | David J. Bier
00:10:56
The United States can create a more humane immigration system; in fact, it's been done before, says policy analyst David J. Bier. Pointing to the historical success of the US guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to legally enter and work in the country, Bier shows why expanding the program to Central Americans could alleviate the border crisis and provide new opportunities for immigrants.
Jan 14, 2020
The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash
00:08:55
In this deeply charming and humorous talk, DJ and self-professed pirate Tom Nash meditates on how facing adversity due to disability invited patience, ambition and pragmatism into his life in enlightening, unexpected ways. "We all have unique weaknesses," he says. "If we're honest about what they are, we can learn how to best take advantage of them."
Jan 14, 2020
Why "biofabrication" is the next industrial revolution | Suzanne Lee
00:12:20
What if we could "grow" clothes from microbes, furniture from living organisms and buildings with exteriors like tree bark? TED Fellow Suzanne Lee shares exciting developments from the field of biofabrication and shows how it could help us replace major sources of waste, like plastic and cement, with sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
Jan 13, 2020
Why you should bring your whole self to work | Dan Clay
00:04:51
Dan Clay was worried about being dismissed as "too gay" at work, so he dialed down his personality. But then his alter ego, Carrie Dragshaw, went viral online. Here's what happened next.
Jan 13, 2020
Climate change will displace millions. Here's how we prepare | Colette Pichon Battle
00:12:47
Scientists predict climate change will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 -- a crisis of "climate migration" the world isn't ready for, says disaster recovery lawyer and Louisiana native Colette Pichon Battle. In this passionate, lyrical talk, she urges us to radically restructure the economic and social systems that are driving climate migration -- and caused it in the first place -- and shares how we can cultivate collective resilience, better prepare before disaster strikes and advance human rights for all.
Jan 10, 2020
What a digital government looks like | Anna Piperal
00:13:53
What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation's ambitious post-Soviet digital transformation known as "e-Estonia." One of the program's experts, Anna Piperal, explains the key design principles that power the country's "e-government" -- and shows why the rest of the world should follow suit to eradicate outdated bureaucracy and regain citizens' trust.
Jan 09, 2020
This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome
00:03:32
Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do our own thing, and more of us are going with the entrepreneurial spirit -- even if it's on the side of a traditional job. Podcaster and marketer Nicaila Matthews Okome helps survey the scene.
Jan 08, 2020
The urgent case for antibiotic-free animals | Leon Marchal
00:10:59
The UN predicts that antimicrobial resistance will be our biggest killer by 2050. "That should really scare the hell out of all of us," says bioprocess engineer Leon Marchal. He's working on an urgently needed solution: transforming the massive, global animal feed industry. Learn why the overuse of antibiotics in animal products, from livestock feed to everyday pet treats, has skyrocketed worldwide -- and how we can take common-sense measures to stave off a potential epidemic.
Jan 07, 2020
The past, present and future of nicotine addiction | Mitch Zeller
00:17:30
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more people each year than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murder and suicide combined. Follow health policy expert Mitch Zeller into the murky depths of the tobacco industry as he details the sordid history of nicotine addiction -- and invites us to imagine a world where policy change helps stop people from becoming addicted in the first place.
Jan 06, 2020
The "opportunity gap" in US public education -- and how to close it | Anindya Kundu
00:07:59
How can we tap into the potential of all students, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds? Sociologist Anindya Kundu invites us to take a deeper look at the personal, social and institutional challenges that keep students from thriving in the United States -- and shows how closing this "opportunity gap" means valuing public education for what it really is: the greatest investment in our collective future.
Jan 03, 2020
To challenge the status quo, find a "co-conspirator" | Ipsita Dasgupta
00:11:03
In a complex and changing world, how can we make sure unconventional people and their ideas thrive? Business executive Ipsita Dasgupta introduces the concept of "co-conspirators" -- people willing to bend or break the rules to challenge the status quo -- and shows how they can help create new ways of thinking, acting and being.
Jan 02, 2020
Dangerous times call for dangerous women | Pat Mitchell
00:17:14
Pat Mitchell has nothing left to prove and much less to lose -- she's become a "dangerous woman." Not dangerous as in feared, she says, but fearless: a force to be reckoned with. In this powerful call to action, Mitchell invites all women, men and allies to join her in embracing the risks necessary to create a world where safety, respect and truth burn brighter than the darkness of our current times.
Jan 02, 2020
Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker
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Jan 01, 2020
Helping others makes us happier -- but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn
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Dec 31, 2019
Why working from home is good for business | Matt Mullenweg
00:04:44
As the popularity of remote working continues to spread, workers today can collaborate across cities, countries and even multiple time zones. How does this change office dynamics? And how can we make sure that all employees, both at headquarters and at home, feel connected? Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of Wordpress and CEO of Automattic (which has a 100 percent distributed workforce), shares his secrets.
Dec 30, 2019
How civilization could destroy itself -- and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom
00:21:09
Humanity is on its way to creating a "black ball": a technological breakthrough that could destroy us all, says philosopher Nick Bostrom. In this incisive, surprisingly light-hearted conversation with Head of TED Chris Anderson, Bostrom outlines the vulnerabilities we could face if (or when) our inventions spiral beyond our control -- and explores how we can prevent our future demise.
Dec 27, 2019
How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral
00:15:03
Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly -- citing one of the largest studies on misinformation -- and identifies five strategies to help us unweave the tangled web between true and false.
Dec 26, 2019
We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny
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Dec 25, 2019
7 common questions about workplace romance | Amy Nicole Baker
00:05:54
Should you date your coworker? Should workplace couples keep their relationships secret? And why are coworkers so often attracted to each other? Organizational psychologist Amy Nicole Baker shares the real answers to commonly asked questions about romance at the office.
Dec 24, 2019
The beautiful balance between courage and fear | Cara E. Yar Khan
00:09:55
After being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that deteriorates muscle, Cara E. Yar Khan was told she'd have to limit her career ambitions and dial down her dreams. She ignored that advice and instead continued to pursue her biggest ambitions. In this powerful, moving talk, she shares her philosophy for working on the projects that matter to her most -- while letting courage and fear coexist. Watch for heart-stopping, vertigo-inducing footage of a trip that shows her living her theory to the full.
Dec 23, 2019
How we can turn the tide on climate | Christiana Figueres and Chris Anderson
01:05:22
Witness the unveiling of Countdown, a major global campaign to cut greenhouse gas emissions. TED has partnered with scientists, policy makers, organizations, activists and more to create an initiative that everyone in the world can be part of. Check out http://countdown.ted.com to learn how you can get involved — and help turn the tide on climate. [Note: there are two unusual features of this TED Talk. One, it's much longer than our normal, extending a full hour. Two, it's made up of contributions from more than a dozen people, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Al Gore, Katharine Hayhoe, Jimmy Kimmel and Yuval Noah Harari, among others. We're putting it out there because the topic deserves this kind of prominence.]
Dec 21, 2019
Why winning doesn't always equal success | Valorie Kondos Field
00:15:49
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, brutally honest and, at times, gut-wrenching talk, she shares the secret to her success. Hint: it has nothing to do with "winning."
Dec 20, 2019
How to turn off work thoughts during your free time | Guy Winch
00:12:29
Feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow's tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly relax and recharge after work.
Dec 19, 2019
What we're getting wrong in the fight to end hunger | Jasmine Crowe
00:12:11
In a world that's wasting more food than ever before, why do one in nine people still go to bed hungry each night? Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe calls for a radical transformation to our fight to end global hunger -- challenging us to rethink our routine approaches to addressing food insecurity and sharing how we can use technology to gather unused food and deliver it directly to people in need.
Dec 18, 2019
Your body was forged in the spectacular death of stars | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
00:15:34
We are all connected by the spectacular birth, death and rebirth of stars, says astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. Journey through the cosmic history of the universe as Ramirez-Ruiz explains how supernovas forged the elements of life to create everything from the air you breathe to the very atoms that make you.
Dec 17, 2019
How the gut microbes you're born with affect your lifelong health | Henna-Maria Uusitupa
00:10:40
Your lifelong health may have been decided the day you were born, says microbiome researcher Henna-Maria Uusitupa. In this fascinating talk, she shows how the gut microbes you acquire during birth and as an infant impact your health into adulthood -- and discusses new microbiome research that could help tackle problems like obesity and diabetes.
Dec 16, 2019
This is what makes employees happy at work | Michael C. Bush
00:04:12
There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy -- and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction.
Dec 16, 2019
Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard
00:13:21
Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers legal "personhood" -- giving them the same legal rights as humans -- is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource.
Dec 13, 2019
To help solve global problems, look to developing countries | Bright Simons
00:09:48
To address the problem of counterfeit goods, African entrepreneurs like Bright Simons have come up with innovative and effective ways to confirm products are genuine. Now he asks: Why aren't these solutions everywhere? From password-protected medicines to digitally certified crops, Simons demonstrates the power of local ideas -- and calls on the rest of the world to listen up.
Dec 12, 2019
A guide to collaborative leadership | Lorna Davis
00:14:12
What's the difference between heroes and leaders? In this insightful talk, Lorna Davis explains how our idolization of heroes is holding us back from solving big problems -- and shows why we need "radical interdependence" to make real change happen.
Dec 12, 2019
What is economic value, and who creates it? | Mariana Mazzucato
00:18:55
Where does wealth come from, who creates it and what destroys it? In this deep dive into global economics, Mariana Mazzucato explains how we lost sight of what value means and why we need to rethink our current financial systems -- so capitalism can be steered toward a bold, innovative and sustainable future that works for all of us.
Dec 11, 2019
The paradox of efficiency | Edward Tenner
00:13:53
Is our obsession with efficiency actually making us less efficient? In this revelatory talk, writer and historian Edward Tenner discusses the promises and dangers of our drive to get things done as quickly as possible -- and suggests seven ways we can use "inspired inefficiency" to be more productive.
Dec 10, 2019
Why I protest for climate justice | Jane Fonda
00:14:15
At age 81, actor and activist Jane Fonda is putting herself on the line for the planet -- literally. In a video interview with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Fonda speaks about getting arrested multiple times during Fire Drill Fridays, the weekly climate demonstrations she leads in Washington, DC -- and discusses why civil disobedience is becoming a new normal in the age of climate change.
Dec 10, 2019
The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill
00:09:26
Why does modern technology promise efficiency, but leave us constantly feeling pressed for time? Anthropologist Kathryn Bouskill explores the paradoxes of living in a fast-paced society and explains why we need to reconsider the importance of slowing down in a world that demands go, go, go.
Dec 09, 2019
The profound power of an authentic apology | Eve Ensler
00:08:23
Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent -- and offers a four-step roadmap to help begin the process. (This talk contains mature content.)
Dec 06, 2019
A video game that helps us understand loneliness | Cornelia Geppert
00:12:42
Step into artist Cornelia Geppert's visually stunning video game "Sea of Solitude," which explores how battling the "monsters" of loneliness and self-doubt can help us better grapple with the complexity and struggles of mental health.
Dec 05, 2019
The problem of light pollution -- and 5 ridiculously easy ways to fix it | Kelsey Johnson
00:13:28
Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing -- unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species on earth (including us) and shares five "stupidly simple" things you can do to help solve the problem.
Dec 04, 2019
3 ways to be a more effective fundraiser | Kara Logan Berlin
00:16:08
How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shows how you can learn to ask for the resources you need -- and get them, too.
Dec 03, 2019
How I'm using biological data to tell better stories -- and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert
00:07:49
What kinds of stories move us to act? To answer this question, creative technologist Heidi Boisvert is measuring how people's brains and bodies unconsciously respond to different media. She shows how she's using this data to determine the specific narrative ingredients that inspire empathy and justice -- and spark large-scale social change.
Dec 02, 2019
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
00:15:53
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits.
Nov 29, 2019
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | A.J. Jacobs
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Nov 28, 2019
The incredible chemistry powering your smartphone | Cathy Mulzer
00:13:36
Ever wondered how your smartphone works? Take a journey down to the atomic level with scientist Cathy Mulzer, who reveals how almost every component of our high-powered devices exists thanks to chemists -- and not the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that come to most people's minds. As she puts it: "Chemistry is the hero of electronic communications."
Nov 27, 2019
How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes
00:13:42
Have you ever doubted your abilities, feared you were going to be discovered as a "fraud"? That's called "impostor syndrome," and you're definitely not alone in feeling it, says entrepreneur and CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. In this funny, relatable talk, he shares how his own experiences of impostor syndrome helped pave the way to his success -- and shows how you can use it to your advantage, too.
Nov 26, 2019
3 questions we should ask about nuclear weapons | Emma Belcher
00:13:02
There are more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence today, each one capable of causing immense destruction. Why don't we talk about this threat as much as some other major issues? In this practical talk, nuclear security expert Emma Belcher shares three questions you can ask your elected officials to gain a better understanding of nuclear weapons and the measures we need to stay safe.
Nov 25, 2019
The search for our solar system's ninth planet | Mike Brown
00:13:52
Could the strange orbits of small, distant objects in our solar system lead us to a big discovery? Planetary astronomer Mike Brown proposes the existence of a new, giant planet lurking in the far reaches of our solar system -- and shows us how traces of its presence might already be staring us in the face.
Nov 22, 2019
How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell
00:06:46
As many as 3,000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language activist Daniel Bögre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and rebuild their traditions -- and encourages us all to investigate the tongues of our ancestors. "Reclaiming your language and embracing your culture is a powerful way to be yourself," he says.
Nov 21, 2019
A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan | LaToya Ruby Frazier
00:11:49
Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, documenting the lives of those affected by the city's water crisis for her photo essay "Flint is Family." As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a series of photos to bring relief. In this inspiring, surprising talk, she shares the creative lengths she went to in order to bring free, clean water to the people of Flint.
Nov 20, 2019
Why it's so hard to make healthy decisions | David Asch
00:16:53
Why do we make poor decisions that we know are bad for our health? In this frank, funny talk, behavioral economist and health policy expert David Asch explains why our behavior is often irrational -- in highly predictable ways -- and shows how we can harness this irrationality to make better decisions and improve our health care system overall.
Nov 19, 2019
How to change your behavior for the better | Dan Ariely
00:15:13
What's the best way to get people to change their behavior? In this funny, information-packed talk, psychologist Dan Ariely explores why we make bad decisions even when we know we shouldn't -- and discusses a couple tricks that could get us to do the right thing (even if it's for the wrong reason).
Nov 18, 2019
Why gender-based marketing is bad for business | Gaby Barrios
00:10:49
Companies often target consumers based on gender, but this kind of advertising shortcut doesn't just perpetuate outdated stereotypes -- it's also bad for business, says marketing expert Gaby Barrios. In this clear, actionable talk, she explains why gender-based marketing doesn't drive business nearly as much as you might think -- and shows how companies can find better ways to reach customers and grow their brands.
Nov 15, 2019
What's really happening at the US-Mexico border -- and how we can do better | Erika Pinheiro
00:14:03
At the US-Mexico border, policies of prolonged detention and family separation have made seeking asylum in the United States difficult and dangerous. In this raw and heartfelt talk, immigration attorney Erika Pinheiro offers a glimpse into her daily work on both sides of the border and shares some of the stories behind the statistics -- including her own story of being detained and separated from her son. It's a clear-eyed call to remember the humanity that's impacted by policy -- and a warning: "History shows us that the first population to be vilified and stripped of their rights is rarely the last," she says.
Nov 14, 2019
How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | Sydney Jensen
00:11:31
Teachers emotionally support our kids -- but who's supporting teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of "secondary trauma" -- the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students' experiences -- and shows how schools can get creative in supporting everyone's mental health and wellness.
Nov 13, 2019
In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptographers? | Craig Costello
00:16:31
In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today's machines -- and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See how Costello and his fellow cryptographers are racing to reinvent encryption and secure the internet.
Nov 12, 2019
Hope and justice for women who've survived ISIS | Rabiaa El Garani
00:15:01
Human rights protector Rabiaa El Garani shares the challenging, heartbreaking story of sexual violence committed against Yazidi women and girls in Iraq by ISIS -- and her work seeking justice for the survivors. "These victims have been through unimaginable pain. But with a little help, they show how resilient they are," she says. "It is an honor to bear witness; it is a privilege to seek justice." (This talk contains mature content.)
Nov 11, 2019
A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin
00:10:40
In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical "At Buffalo." Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world's fair held in Buffalo, New York, the show examines conflicting representations of black identity exhibited at the fair -- highlighting unsettlingly familiar parallels between American society at the turn of the century and today, and asking: Are we all still part of the show?
Nov 08, 2019
What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good? | Eli Pariser
00:17:06
Social media has become our new home. Can we build it better? Taking design cues from urban planners and social scientists, technologist Eli Pariser shows how the problems we're encountering on digital platforms aren't all that new -- and shares how, by following the model of thriving towns and cities, we can create trustworthy online communities.
Nov 07, 2019
Our immigration conversation is broken -- here's how to have a better one | Paul A. Kramer
00:16:31
How did the US immigration debate get to be so divisive? In this informative talk, historian and writer Paul A. Kramer shows how an "insider vs. outsider" framing has come to dominate the way people in the US talk about immigration -- and suggests a set of new questions that could reshape the conversation around whose life, rights and thriving matters.
Nov 06, 2019
What happens to people in solitary confinement | Laura Rovner
00:12:07
Imagine living with no significant human contact for years, even decades, in a cell the size of a small bathroom. This is the reality for those in long-term solitary confinement, a form of imprisonment regularly imposed in US prisons. In this eye-opening talk, civil rights lawyer Laura Rovner takes us to ADX, the US federal government's only supermax prison, and describes the dehumanizing effects of long-term solitude on the mind, personality and sense of self. What emerges is an urgent case for abolishing solitary confinement -- and evidence for how our tax dollars, public safety and values are implicated in it. "Prisons are administered in our name and on our behalf," she says. "We have an obligation to bear witness."
Nov 05, 2019
The business case for working with your toughest critics | Bob Langert
00:15:00
As a "corporate suit" (his words) and former VP of sustainability at McDonald's, Bob Langert works with companies and their strongest critics to find solutions that are good for both business and society. In this actionable talk, he shares stories from the decades-long transition into corporate sustainability at McDonald's -- including his work with unlikely partners like the Environmental Defense Fund and Temple Grandin -- and shows why your adversaries can sometimes be your best allies.
Nov 04, 2019
The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn
00:14:47
The cells in your body are like computer software: they're "programmed" to carry out specific functions at specific times. If we can better understand this process, we could unlock the ability to reprogram cells ourselves, says computational biologist Sara-Jane Dunn. In a talk from the cutting-edge of science, she explains how her team is studying embryonic stem cells to gain a new understanding of the biological programs that power life -- and develop "living software" that could transform medicine, agriculture and energy.
Nov 01, 2019
How changing your story can change your life | Lori Gottlieb
00:16:25
Stories help you make sense of your life -- but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you've been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.
Nov 01, 2019
What vaccinating vampire bats can teach us about pandemics | Daniel Streicker
00:15:39
Could we anticipate the next big disease outbreak, stopping a virus like Ebola before it ever strikes? In this talk about frontline scientific research, ecologist Daniel Streicker takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru where he tracks the movement of vampire bats in order to forecast and prevent rabies outbreaks. By studying these disease patterns, Streicker shows how we could learn to cut off the next pandemic at its source.
Oct 31, 2019
What productive conflict can offer a workplace | Jess Kutch
00:06:17
Got an idea to make your workplace better? Labor organizer and TED Fellow Jess Kutch can show you how to put it into action. In this quick talk, she explains how "productive conflict" -- when people organize to challenge and change their work lives for the better -- can be beneficial for employees and employers alike.
Oct 30, 2019
Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers
00:16:09
Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it's not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their capacity to be opportunistic (and sometimes ruthless) -- all in the absence of cognition. In a mind-blowing talk, evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers shares what fungi networks and relationships reveal about human economies, and what they can tell us about inequality.
Oct 30, 2019
The price of a "clean" internet | Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
00:15:37
Millions of images and videos are uploaded to the internet each day, yet we rarely see shocking and disturbing content in our social media feeds. Who's keeping the internet "clean" for us? In this eye-opening talk, documentarians Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck take us inside the shadowy world of online content moderators -- the people contracted by major platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google to rid the internet of toxic material. Learn more about the psychological impact of this kind of work -- and how "digital cleaning" influences what all of us see and think.
Oct 29, 2019
The medical potential of AI and metabolites | Leila Pirhaji
00:05:14
Many diseases are driven by metabolites -- small molecules in your body like fat, glucose and cholesterol -- but we don't know exactly what they are or how they work. Biotech entrepreneur and TED Fellow Leila Pirhaji shares her plan to build an AI-based network to characterize metabolite patterns, better understand how disease develops -- and discover more effective treatments.
Oct 29, 2019
How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa | Rose M. Mutiso
00:13:00
Energy poverty, or the lack of access to electricity and other basic energy services, affects nearly two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa. As the region's population continues to increase, so will the need to build a new energy system to grow with it, says Rose M. Mutiso. In a bold talk, she discusses how a balanced mix of solutions like solar, wind farms, geothermal power and modern grids could create a high-energy future for Africa -- providing reliable electricity, creating jobs and raising incomes.
Oct 28, 2019
The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak
00:21:58
Oct 25, 2019
How you can help transform the internet into a place of trust | Claire Wardle
00:12:11
How can we stop the spread of misleading, sometimes dangerous content while maintaining an internet with freedom of expression at its core? Misinformation expert Claire Wardle explores the new challenges of our polluted online environment and maps out a plan to transform the internet into a place of trust -- with the help everyday users. "Together, let's rebuild our information commons," she says.
Oct 24, 2019
The slink between fishing cats and mangrove forest conservation | Ashwin Naidu
00:05:39
Mangrove forests are crucial to the health of the planet, gobbling up CO2 from the atmosphere and providing a home for a diverse array of species. But these rich habitats are under continual threat from deforestation and industry. In an empowering talk, conservationist and TED Fellow Ashwin Naidu shares how community-driven efforts in South and Southeast Asia are working to protect mangroves -- all with a little help from the mysterious and endangered fishing cat.
Oct 24, 2019
The pride and power of representation in film | Jon M. Chu
00:14:21
On the heels of the breakout success of his film "Crazy Rich Asians," director Jon M. Chu reflects on what drives him to create -- and makes a resounding case for the power of connection and on-screen representation.
Oct 23, 2019
How motivation can fix public systems | Abhishek Gopalka
00:14:07
How do you fix broken public systems? You spark people's competitive spirit. In a talk about getting people motivated to make change, public sector strategist Abhishek Gopalka discusses how he helped improve the health system of Rajasthan, a state in India home to more than 80 million people, using the powers of transparency and public accountability. "Motivation doesn't just appear," Gopalka says. "Something needs to change to make you care."
Oct 23, 2019
Fashion that celebrates all body types -- boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran
00:08:29
Fashion designers have the power to change culture -- and Becca McCharen-Tran is using her platform to expand the industry's narrow definition of beauty. Sharing highlights of her work, McCharen-Tran discusses the inspiration behind her norm-shattering designs and shows how she's celebrating beauty in all forms. "I want the consumer to know that it's not your body that needs to change -- it's the clothes," she says.
Oct 22, 2019
Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling
00:11:51
Oct 21, 2019
An app that helps incarcerated people stay connected to their families | Marcus Bullock
00:15:06
Over his eight-year prison sentence, Marcus Bullock was sustained by his mother's love -- and by the daily letters and photos she sent of life on the outside. Years later, as an entrepreneur, Bullock asked himself: How can I make it easier for all families to stay connected during incarceration? Enter FlikShop: an app he developed that lets families send quick postcards to loved ones in prison and help keep open a critical line of support.
Oct 18, 2019
How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution | Alasdair Harris
00:11:49
We need a radically new approach to ocean conservation, says marine biologist Alasdair Harris. In a visionary talk, he lays out a surprising solution to the problem of overfishing that could both revive marine life and rebuild local fisheries -- all by taking less from the ocean. "When we design it right, marine conservation reaps dividends that go far beyond protecting nature," he says.
Oct 17, 2019
A circular economy for salt that keeps rivers clean | Tina Arrowood
00:13:19
During the winter of 2018-2019, one million tons of salt were applied to icy roads in the state of Pennsylvania alone. The salt from industrial uses like this often ends up in freshwater rivers, making their water undrinkable and contributing to a growing global crisis. How can we better protect these precious natural resources? Physical organic chemist Tina Arrowood shares a three-step plan to keep salt out of rivers -- and create a circular salt economy that turns industrial byproducts into valuable resources.
Oct 16, 2019
The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border | Luis H. Zayas
00:14:49
How does psychological trauma affect children's developing brains? In this powerful talk, social worker Luis H. Zayas discusses his work with refugees and asylum-seeking families at the US-Mexico border. What emerges is a stunning analysis of the long-term impact of the US's controversial detention and child separation policies -- and practical steps for how the country can do better.
Oct 15, 2019
How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet | Julie Cordua
00:13:50
Social entrepreneur Julie Cordua works on a problem that isn't easy to talk about: the sexual abuse of children in images and videos on the internet. At Thorn, she's building technology to connect the dots between the tech industry, law enforcement and government -- so we can swiftly end the viral distribution of abuse material and rescue children faster. Learn more about how this scalable solution could help dismantle the communities normalizing child sexual abuse around the world today. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
Oct 15, 2019
After billions of years of monotony, the universe is waking up | David Deutsch
00:15:10
Theoretical physicist David Deutsch delivers a mind-bending meditation on the "great monotony" -- the idea that nothing novel has appeared in the universe for billions of years -- and shows how humanity's capacity to create explanatory knowledge could be the thing that bucks this trend. "Humans are not playthings of cosmic forces," he says. "We are users of cosmic forces."
Oct 14, 2019
The psychology of your future self | Dan Gilbert
00:06:49
"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
Oct 11, 2019
What Bruce Lee can teach us about living fully | Shannon Lee
00:11:09
Most of us know Bruce Lee as the famous martial artist and action film star -- but he was also a philosopher who taught "self-actualization": the practice of how to be yourself in the best way possible. In this inspiring talk, Bruce's daughter Shannon Lee takes us inside the mind of her father, exploring how to use his philosophy in your daily life to achieve profound personal growth and make a lasting impact.
Oct 10, 2019
How we're using DNA tech to help farmers fight crop diseases | Laura Boykin
00:12:27
Nearly 800 million people worldwide depend on cassava for survival -- but this critical food source is under attack by entirely preventable viruses, says computational biologist and TED Senior Fellow Laura Boykin. She takes us to the farms in East Africa where she's working with a diverse team of scientists to help farmers keep their crops healthy using a portable DNA lab and mini supercomputer that can identify viruses in hours, instead of months.
Oct 10, 2019
A personal plea for humanity at the US-Mexico border | Juan Enriquez
00:10:15
In this powerful, personal talk, author and academic Juan Enriquez shares stories from inside the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border, bringing this often-abstract debate back down to earth -- and showing what you can do every day to create a sense of belonging for immigrants. "This isn't about kids and borders," he says. "It's about us. This is about who we are, who we the people are, as a nation and as individuals."
Oct 09, 2019
A radical plan to end plastic waste | Andrew Forrest
00:14:46
Plastic is an incredible substance for the economy -- and the worst substance possible for the environment, says entrepreneur Andrew Forrest. In a conversation meant to spark debate, Forrest and head of TED Chris Anderson discuss an ambitious plan to get the world's biggest companies to fund an environmental revolution -- and transition industry towards getting all of its plastic from recycled materials, not from fossil fuels.
Oct 08, 2019
How we're helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil
00:04:45
Local reporters are on the front lines of important stories, but their work often goes unnoticed by national and international news outlets. TED Fellow and journalist Gangadhar Patil is working to change that. In this quick talk, he shows how he's connecting grassroots reporters in India with major news outlets worldwide -- and helping elevate and expose stories that might never get covered otherwise.
Oct 08, 2019
The transformative power of video games | Herman Narula
00:12:00
A full third of the world's population -- 2.6 billion people -- play video games, plugging into massive networks of interaction that have opened up opportunities well beyond entertainment. In a talk about the future of the medium, entrepreneur Herman Narula makes the case for a new understanding of gaming -- one that includes the power to create new worlds, connect people and shape the economy.
Oct 08, 2019
This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic
00:09:30
Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean -- until astrobiologist Tara Djokic and her team made an unexpected discovery in the western Australian desert. Learn how an ancient rock found near a hot volcanic pool is shifting our understanding of the origin-of-life puzzle.
Oct 07, 2019
Why language is humanity's greatest invention | David Peterson
00:14:33
Civilization rests upon the existence of language, says language creator David Peterson. In a talk that's equal parts passionate and hilarious, he shows how studying, preserving and inventing new languages helps us understand our collective humanity -- and gives a quick lesson on High Valyrian, one of two languages he created for "Game of Thrones" (along with Dothraki). "Language is not merely a tool," he says. "It is our legacy, it's our way of conveying what it means to be human."
Oct 05, 2019
Reducing corruption takes a specific kind of investment | Efosa Ojomo
00:11:45
Traditional thinking on corruption goes like this: if you put good laws in place and enforce them well, then economic development increases and corruption falls. In reality, we have the equation backwards, says innovation researcher Efosa Ojomo. In this compelling talk, he offers new thinking on how we could potentially eliminate corruption worldwide by focusing on one thing: scarcity. "Societies don't develop because they've reduced corruption," he says. "They're able to reduce corruption because they've developed."
Oct 04, 2019
What happens in your brain when you taste food | Camilla Arndal Andersen
00:13:43
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 our brains subconsciously experience food -- and shows how this data could help us eat healthier without sacrificing taste.
Oct 03, 2019
What the US health care system assumes about you | Mitchell Katz
00:16:00
The US health care system assumes many things about patients: that they can take off from work in the middle of the day, speak English, have a working telephone and a steady supply of food. Because of that, it's failing many of those who are most in need, says Mitchell Katz, CEO of the largest public health care system in the US. In this eye-opening talk, he shares stories of the challenges low-income patients face -- and how we can build a better system for all.
Oct 02, 2019
How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah
00:05:16
Conservationist and TED Fellow Moreangels Mbizah studied the famous Cecil the lion until he was shot by a trophy hunter in 2015. She wonders how things could've gone differently, asking: "What if the community that lived next to Cecil was involved in protecting him?" In a quick talk, Mbizah shares the state of conservation in her home of Zimbabwe -- and why she thinks that communities living with wildlife are the ones best positioned to help them.
Oct 01, 2019
Why you should shop at your local farmers market | Mohammad Modarres
00:06:05
The average farmer in America makes less than 15 cents of every dollar on a product that you purchase at a store. They feed our communities, but farmers often cannot afford the very foods they grow. In this actionable talk, social entrepreneur Mohammad Modarres shows how to put your purchasing power into action to save local agriculture from collapse and transform the food industry from the bottom up.
Oct 01, 2019
Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty
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Sep 30, 2019
You may be accidentally investing in cigarette companies | Bronwyn King
00:14:38
Sep 27, 2019
A wall won't solve America's border problems | Will Hurd
00:17:23
"Building a 30-foot-high concrete structure from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security," says Congressman Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas whose district encompasses two times zones and shares an 820-mile border with Mexico. Speaking from Washington, DC in a video interview with former state attorney general Anne Milgram, Hurd discusses the US government's border policy and its controversial detention and child separation practices -- and lays out steps toward a better future at the border. (Recorded at the TED World Theater in New York on September 10, 2019)
Sep 26, 2019
How we're building the world's largest family tree | Yaniv Erlich
00:11:22
Computational geneticist Yaniv Erlich helped build the world's largest family tree -- comprising 13 million people and going back more than 500 years. He shares fascinating patterns that emerged from the work -- about our love lives, our health, even decades-old criminal cases -- and shows how crowdsourced genealogy databases can shed light not only on the past but also on the future.
Sep 25, 2019
How couples can sustain a strong sexual connection for a lifetime | Emily Nagoski
00:09:57
As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski is often asked: How do couples sustain a strong sexual connection over the long term? In this funny, insightful talk, she shares her answer -- drawing on (somewhat surprising) research to reveal why some couples stop having sex while others keep up a connection for a lifetime.
Sep 24, 2019
Can seaweed help curb global warming? | Tim Flannery
00:14:00
It's time for planetary-scale interventions to combat climate change -- and environmentalist Tim Flannery thinks seaweed can help. In a bold talk, he shares the epic carbon-capturing potential of seaweed, explaining how oceangoing seaweed farms created on a massive scale could trap all the carbon we emit into the atmosphere. Learn more about this potentially planet-saving solution -- and the work that's still needed to get there.
Sep 23, 2019
A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India | Safeena Husain
00:09:59
"Girls' education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to help solve some of the world's most difficult problems," says social entrepreneur Safeena Husain. In a visionary talk, she shares her plan to enroll a staggering 1.6 million girls in school over the next five years -- combining advanced analytics with door-to-door community engagement to create new educational pathways for girls in India. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
Sep 23, 2019
We need to track the world's water like we track the weather | Sonaar Luthra
00:13:29
We need a global weather service for water, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra. In a talk about environmental accountability, Luthra shows how we could forecast water shortages and risks with a global data collection effort -- just like we monitor the movement of storms -- and better listen to what the earth is telling us.
Sep 20, 2019
4 questions you should always ask your doctor | Christer Mjåset
00:11:25
"Doctor, is this really necessary?" Backed by startling statistics about overtreatment, neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset explains the power of this and other simple questions in the context of medical treatment and surgery -- and shares how patients can better work with doctors to get the care they need.
Sep 19, 2019
This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari
00:20:31
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 some exciting emerging solutions. "If you're depressed or anxious, you're not weak and you're not crazy -- you're a human being with unmet needs," Hari says.
Sep 18, 2019
How we use astrophysics to study earthbound problems | Federica Bianco
00:05:17
To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What else could they do with this expertise? In an interdisciplinary talk, TED Fellow and astrophysicist Federica Bianco explains how she uses astrophysical data analysis to solve urban and social problems -- as well as stellar mysteries.
Sep 17, 2019
How climate change could make our food less nutritious | Kristie Ebi
00:11:00
Rising carbon levels in the atmosphere can make plants grow faster, but there's another hidden consequence: they rob plants of the nutrients and vitamins we need to survive. In a talk about global food security, epidemiologist Kristie Ebi explores the potentially massive health consequences of this growing nutrition crisis -- and explores the steps we can take to ensure all people have access to safe, healthy food.
Sep 16, 2019
The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer
00:17:03
Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that "greed is good" -- an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive, but also scientifically wrong -- and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation.
Sep 13, 2019
Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev
00:12:54
Community organizer Raj Jayadev wants to transform the US court system through "participatory defense" -- a growing movement that empowers families and community members to impact their loved ones' court cases. He shares the remarkable results of their work -- including more than 4,000 years of "time saved" from incarceration -- and shows how this new model could shift the landscape of power in the courts.
Sep 12, 2019
What reading slowly taught me about writing | Jacqueline Woodson
00:10:54
Reading slowly -- with her finger running beneath the words, even when she was taught not to -- has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we never thought we'd go and introduce us to people we never thought we'd meet. "Isn't that what this is all about -- finding a way, at the end of the day, to not feel alone in this world, and a way to feel like we've changed it before we leave?" she asks.
Sep 12, 2019
How deepfakes undermine truth and threaten democracy | Danielle Citron
00:13:16
The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes -- whether it's to stoke violence or defame politicians and journalists -- is becoming a real threat. As these tools become more accessible and their products more realistic, how will they shape what we believe about the world? In a portentous talk, law professor Danielle Citron reveals how deepfakes magnify our distrust -- and suggests approaches to safeguarding the truth.
Sep 11, 2019
How your emotions change the shape of your heart | Sandeep Jauhar
00:16:02
"A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts," says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the mysterious ways our emotions impact the health of our hearts -- causing them to change shape in response to grief or fear, to literally break in response to emotional heartbreak -- and calls for a shift in how we care for our most vital organ.
Sep 10, 2019
A "living drug" that could change the way we treat cancer | Carl June
00:15:09
Carl June is the pioneer behind CAR T-cell therapy: a groundbreaking cancer treatment that supercharges part of a patient's own immune system to attack and kill tumors. In a talk about a breakthrough, he shares how three decades of research culminated in a therapy that's eradicated cases of leukemia once thought to be incurable -- and explains how it could be used to fight other types of cancer.
Sep 10, 2019
How we can make racism a solvable problem -- and improve policing | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
00:12:13
When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it -- and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them. Learn more about their data-driven approach -- and how you can get involved with the work that still needs to be done. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
Sep 09, 2019
Why you should be a climate activist | Luisa Neubauer
00:17:43
"I dream of a world where geography classes teach about the climate crisis as this one great challenge that was won by people like you and me," says climate activist Luisa Neubauer. With Greta Thunberg, Neubauer helped initiate "Fridays For Future," the momentous international school strike movement that protests the lack of action on the climate crisis. She shares four first steps that anyone, regardless of age, can take to become a climate activist. "This is not a job for a single generation. This is a job for humanity," she says.
Sep 06, 2019
Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists | Andrew Marantz
00:14:36
Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists, seeking out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and trying to understand how they're making their ideas spread. Go down the rabbit hole of online propaganda and misinformation -- and learn we can start to make the internet less toxic.
Sep 05, 2019
How porn changes the way teens think about sex | Emily F. Rothman
00:15:12
"The free, online, mainstream pornography that teenagers are most likely to see is a completely terrible form of sex education," says public health researcher Emily F. Rothman. She shares how her mission to end dating and sexual violence led her to create a pornography literacy program that helps teens learn about consent and respect -- and invites them to think critically about sexually explicit media.
Sep 04, 2019
What happened when we paired up thousands of strangers to talk politics | Jochen Wegner
00:13:46
In spring 2019, more than 17,000 Europeans from 33 countries signed up to have a political argument with a complete stranger. They were part of "Europe Talks," a project that organizes one-on-one conversations between people who disagree -- sort of like a Tinder for politics. Editor Jochen Wegner shares the unexpected things that happened when people met up to talk -- and shows how face-to-face discussions could get a divided world to rethink itself.
Sep 03, 2019
A climate change solution that's right under our feet | Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
00:13:42
There's two times more carbon in the earth's soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere -- combined. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe dives into the science of soil and shares how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset climate change. "[Soil] represents the difference between life and lifelessness in the earth system, and it can also help us combat climate change -- if we can only stop treating it like dirt," she says.
Sep 03, 2019
Can we choose to fall out of love? | Dessa
00:11:40
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, she describes how she worked with a neuroscientist to try to get her brain to fall out of love with her ex -- and shares wisdom about romance that she gained along the way.
Sep 02, 2019
Emergency medicine for our climate fever | Kelly Wanser
00:14:49
As we recklessly warm the planet by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some industrial emissions also produce particles that reflect sunshine back into space, putting a check on global warming that we're only starting to understand. Climate activist Kelly Wanser asks: Can we engineer ways to harness this effect and further reduce warming? Learn more about the promises and risks of "cloud brightening" -- and how it could help restore our climate to health.
Sep 01, 2019
What I learned about freedom after escaping North Korea | Yeonmi Park
00:10:48
"North Korea is unimaginable," says human rights activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped the country at the age of 10. Sharing the harrowing story of her childhood, she reflects on the fragility of freedom -- and shows how change can be achieved even in the world's darkest places.
Aug 30, 2019
How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas
00:15:44
Aug 29, 2019
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
00:13:40
Aug 28, 2019
How climate change affects your mental health | Britt Wray
00:07:31
Aug 27, 2019
How the West can adapt to a rising Asia | Kishore Mahbubani
00:17:53
Aug 26, 2019
What ping-pong taught me about life | Pico Iyer
00:12:43
Aug 23, 2019
The power to think ahead in a reckless age | Bina Venkataraman
00:13:10
Aug 22, 2019
Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail | Jon Lowenstein
00:13:51
Aug 21, 2019
How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt
00:13:15
Aug 20, 2019
The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà
00:14:07
Aug 19, 2019
The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith
00:14:20
Aug 16, 2019
Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen
00:06:30
Aug 15, 2019
A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere | Jennifer Wilcox
00:14:15
Aug 14, 2019
Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda
00:12:24
Aug 13, 2019
How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha
00:18:08
Aug 12, 2019
Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang
00:09:42
Aug 09, 2019
Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade
00:11:00
Aug 08, 2019
Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande
00:16:58
Aug 07, 2019
How to get back to work after a career break | Carol Fishman Cohen
00:12:01
Aug 06, 2019
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
00:14:42
Aug 05, 2019
"You Have the Rite" | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
00:07:14
Aug 02, 2019
The human skills we need in an unpredictable world | Margaret Heffernan
00:15:52
Aug 01, 2019
What it was like to grow up under China's one-child policy | Nanfu Wang
00:05:56
Jul 31, 2019
How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman
00:05:51
Jul 30, 2019
Why governments should prioritize well-being | Nicola Sturgeon
00:10:00
Jul 29, 2019
The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot
00:15:15
Jul 26, 2019
An urgent call to protect the world's "Third Pole" | Tshering Tobgay
00:14:33
Jul 25, 2019
The real relationship between your age and your chance of success | Albert-László Barabási
00:16:16
Jul 24, 2019
How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief
00:11:21
Jul 23, 2019
The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra
00:13:37
Jul 22, 2019
What explains the rise of humans? | Yuval Noah Harari
00:17:08
Jul 19, 2019
How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell
00:15:17
Jul 18, 2019
A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner
00:09:36
Jul 17, 2019
The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer
00:10:55
Jul 16, 2019
The fascinating (and dangerous) places scientists aren't exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi
00:15:53
Jul 15, 2019
How film transforms the way we see the world | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
00:12:19
Jul 12, 2019
How we're honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani
00:11:00
Jul 11, 2019
Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
00:11:22
Jul 10, 2019
The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin
00:16:32
Jul 09, 2019
Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King
00:14:42
Jul 08, 2019
The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky
00:22:26
Jul 06, 2019
3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto
00:06:31
Jul 05, 2019
American bipartisan politics can be saved -- here's how | Bob Inglis
00:10:48
Jul 04, 2019
A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio
00:16:13
Jul 03, 2019
The world's first crowdsourced space traffic monitoring system | Moriba Jah
00:05:29
Jul 02, 2019
3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur
00:22:12
Jul 01, 2019
My wish: Protect our oceans | Sylvia Earle
00:18:16
Jun 29, 2019
The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray
00:09:48
Jun 28, 2019
You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun
00:10:36
Jun 27, 2019
How to ask for help -- and get a "yes" | Heidi Grant
00:11:53
Jun 26, 2019
Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger
00:07:21
Jun 25, 2019
Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer
00:07:47
Jun 24, 2019
What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee
00:14:15
Jun 22, 2019
"A Bird Made of Birds" | Sarah Kay
00:04:53
Jun 21, 2019
The power of introverts | Susan Cain
00:19:04
Jun 20, 2019
What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad
00:17:23
Jun 19, 2019
How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid
00:16:36
Jun 18, 2019
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker
00:10:19
Jun 17, 2019
The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs
00:17:25
Jun 14, 2019
How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee
00:14:49
Jun 13, 2019
Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin
00:13:06
Jun 12, 2019
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker
00:10:17
Jun 11, 2019
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd
00:13:59
Jun 10, 2019
An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | The Nature Conservancy
00:05:19
Jun 08, 2019
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier
00:14:13
Jun 07, 2019
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo
00:18:27
Jun 06, 2019
The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks
00:14:54
Jun 05, 2019
"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler
00:14:49
Jun 04, 2019
The art of asking | Amanda Palmer
00:13:47
Jun 03, 2019
The story we tell about millennials -- and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen
00:11:28
May 30, 2019
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden
00:07:18
May 30, 2019
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague
00:09:13
May 28, 2019
My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | Christian Picciolini
00:20:18
May 27, 2019
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels
00:12:04
May 24, 2019
My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle | America Ferrera
00:14:02
May 23, 2019
The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich
00:05:48
May 21, 2019
Mosquitos, malaria and education | Bill Gates
00:20:16
May 21, 2019
How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett
00:13:30
May 20, 2019
The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood
00:12:13
May 17, 2019
Roger McNamee takes on big tech | The TED Interview
00:59:48
May 16, 2019
What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin
00:14:29
May 15, 2019
If I should have a daughter ... | Sarah Kay
00:18:25
May 14, 2019
The surprisingly charming science of your gut | Giulia Enders
00:14:03
May 13, 2019
How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel
00:09:15
May 09, 2019
The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali
00:13:00
May 09, 2019
The crisis of leadership -- and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman
00:14:13
May 08, 2019
How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu
00:14:33
May 07, 2019
Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron
00:10:52
May 06, 2019
How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming | Per Espen Stoknes
00:15:00
May 03, 2019
How supercharged plants could slow climate change | Joanne Chory
00:13:48
May 02, 2019
Why we ignore obvious problems -- and how to act on them | Michele Wucker
00:10:05
May 01, 2019
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier
00:07:56
Apr 30, 2019
Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby
00:18:33
Apr 29, 2019
The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens
00:11:42
Apr 25, 2019
How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges
00:11:35
Apr 24, 2019
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu
00:16:12
Apr 23, 2019
A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you're breathing | Romain Lacombe
00:05:35
Apr 22, 2019
How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee
00:08:16
Apr 19, 2019
How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey
00:25:47
Apr 17, 2019
Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr
00:15:15
Apr 16, 2019
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya
00:12:31
Apr 15, 2019
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid
00:11:11
Apr 12, 2019
How risk-taking changes a teenager's brain | Kashfia Rahman
00:11:39
Apr 11, 2019
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland
00:06:21
Apr 10, 2019
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman
00:09:09
Apr 08, 2019
An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard
00:15:54
Apr 05, 2019
What refugees need to start new lives | Muhammed Idris
00:06:07
Apr 04, 2019
A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
00:15:46
Apr 03, 2019
How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble
00:11:47
Apr 02, 2019
How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alexander MacDonald
00:13:15
Apr 01, 2019
Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? | Chuck Murry
00:14:35
Mar 29, 2019
A short history of trans people's long fight for equality | Samy Nour Younes
00:06:14