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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.

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Can cannabis help you sleep? Here's the science | Jen Walsh

April 20, 2024 06:05 - 12 minutes

Can cannabis actually treat insomnia? It's complicated, says sleep physiologist Jen Walsh. While the plant has been used across time and cultures, there's been little scientific research on how it impacts sleep disorders like insomnia. That's precisely where she and her team come in. Learn about the world's first study into the potential of medicinal cannabis as a safe, accessible treatment to help us all rest easy.

How AI will step off the screen and into the real world | Daniela Rus

April 19, 2024 18:16 - 11 minutes

The convergence of AI and robotics will unlock a wonderful new world of possibilities in everyday life, says robotics and AI pioneer Daniela Rus. Diving into the way machines think, she reveals how "liquid networks" — a revolutionary class of AI that mimics the neural processes of simple organisms — could help intelligent machines process information more efficiently and give rise to "physical intelligence" that will enable AI to operate beyond digital confines and engage dynamicall...

How to be an active citizen and spark change | Gabriel Marmentini

April 18, 2024 15:29 - 9 minutes

What does it mean to be an active citizen? It's about more than just voting and paying taxes, says social entrepreneur Gabriel Marmentini. He explains why we can't rely on the state alone to solve all our problems — and presents the four key ingredients for anyone to become a change-maker and engage in solving public issues.

A Palestinian and an Israeli, face to face | Aziz Abu Sarah and Maoz Inon

April 17, 2024 16:03 - 17 minutes

How can Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace? Palestinian peacemaker Aziz Abu Sarah and Israeli peacemaker Maoz Inon discuss the immeasurable tragedies they've experienced growing up in the region — and how they choose reconciliation over revenge, again and again. With a fierce belief in a better future, they talk about conflict, safety, finding shared values and how they're building a coalition of Israeli and Palestinian citizens who are intent on creating a path to hope and pea...

What you can do to stop economic crime | Hanjo Seibert

April 16, 2024 15:14 - 10 minutes

It might sound like the plot of a movie, but economic crime is all around us — from drug trafficking and fraud to cybercrimes, tax evasion and more. Economic crime fighter Hanjo Seibert breaks down the complexities of money laundering and how we can all wield our collective power to dismantle the underworld economy and turn off the money tap for criminals.

Ideas change everything — and what's next for TED | Chris Anderson and Monique Ruff-Bell

April 15, 2024 13:26 - 21 minutes

TED is on a mission to discover and champion the ideas that will shape tomorrow. Reflecting on the evolution of that mission, TED's Chris Anderson and Monique Ruff-Bell cast a visionary gaze on the organization's future — including a revamped tagline, a renewed emphasis on debate and the launch of an exciting new conference — and explore the indispensable role of ideas in navigating societal challenges and fostering global innovation. Learn more about TED's enduring legacy, its path...

Sunday Pick: How Bill Gates spends $9 billion a year

April 14, 2024 06:05 - 51 minutes

To get a free copy of the Infectious Generosity book, visit ted.com/generosity Each Sunday, TED shares an episode of another podcast we think you'll love, handpicked for you… by us. Today: an episode from The TED Interview. Back for a new season, Head of TED Chris Anderson interviews amazing thinkers about the ultimate idea worth spreading: infectious generosity. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the top ten ric...

How to find joy in climate action | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

April 13, 2024 06:05 - 10 minutes

We can all play a role in the climate movement by tapping into our skills, resources and networks in ways that bring us satisfaction, says climate leader Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. She suggests drawing a Venn diagram to map these questions: What are you good at? What is the work that needs doing? And what brings you joy? Where your answers intersect is where you should put your climate action effort. "Averting climate catastrophe: this is the work of our lifetimes," Johnson says.

Why great leaders take humor seriously | Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

April 12, 2024 14:46 - 9 minutes

There's a mistaken belief in today's working world that leaders need to be serious all the time to be taken seriously. The research tells a different story. Based on the course they teach at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, behavioral scientist Jennifer Aaker and corporate strategist Naomi Bagdonas delve into the surprising power of humor: why it's a secret weapon to build bonds, power, creativity and resilience -- and how we can all have more of it.

Why you should disappoint your parents | Desiree Akhavan

April 11, 2024 16:10 - 9 minutes

When filmmaker Desiree Akhavan told her Iranian immigrant parents she was in love with a woman, she knew they would object. She explains why it's worth the risk to let people get to know the real you.

Where does your sense of self come from? A scientific look | Anil Ananthaswamy

April 10, 2024 15:54 - 12 minutes

Our memories and bodies give us clues about who we are, but what happens when this guidance shifts? In this mind-bending talk, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy shares how the experiences of "altered selves" -- resulting from schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, foreign limb syndrome or other conditions -- shed light on the constructed nature of identity. He breaks down where our sense of self comes from and invites us to challenge our assumptions about who we are, with the aim of building a ...

A new national park to reclaim Indigenous land | Tracie Revis

April 09, 2024 15:21 - 7 minutes

In a part of the United States with more than 17,000 years of human history, cultural preservation advocate Tracie Revis is working to turn the Ocmulgee Mounds into Georgia's first national park and preserve. This park would be co-managed by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, bringing the tribal voice back to an area they were forcibly removed from 200 years ago. Revis explores the complex feelings of caring for this land and shows how it's fostering healing in return.

Can AI catch criminals at sea? | Dyhia Belhabib

April 08, 2024 15:21 - 11 minutes

Can AI help catch oceanic outlaws? From drug smugglers to modern-day pirates, maritime crime fighter Dyhia Belhabib introduces Heva: an AI-powered tool that aggregates international criminal records to detect and stop crime that might otherwise get swept away in the tide.

Sunday Pick: The bias behind your undiagnosed chronic pain

April 07, 2024 06:05 - 20 minutes

Each Sunday, TED shares an episode of another podcast we think you'll love, handpicked for you… by us. Today: an episode from TED Health, a podcast that shares ideas about your well-being -- from smart daily habits to new medical breakthroughs. While doctors take an oath to do no harm, there's a good chance their unconscious biases can seep into how seriously they treat pain. Physician Sheetal DeCaria explains how perception impacts medical care and treatment -- and calls for healt...

What happens to sex in midlife? A look at the "bedroom gap" | Maria Sophocles

April 05, 2024 16:55 - 13 minutes

Menopause isn't just hot flashes, says gynecologist and sexual medicine specialist Maria Sophocles. It's often accompanied by overlooked symptoms like painful sex or loss of libido. Shedding light on what she calls the "bedroom gap," or the difference in sexual expectations of men and women in midlife due to societal norms, Sophocles advocates for education, medical advancement and a new understanding of menopause — because sex should be pleasurable and comfortable for everyone. ...

A futuristic vision for Latin America, rooted in ancient design | Catalina Lotero

April 04, 2024 17:09 - 12 minutes

What would Latin America look like if colonization hadn't interrupted its ancient civilizations? Imagining a future where ancestral knowledge intertwines with modern aesthetics, designer Catalina Lotero shows how "pre-Columbian futurism" draws inspiration from Indigenous symbolism and technology — empowering Latin America to reclaim lost cultural narratives.

How to spot a cult | Sarah Edmondson

April 03, 2024 15:34 - 17 minutes

Nobody joins a cult on purpose, says Sarah Edmondson, a former member of the infamous NXIVM cult and one of the three whistleblowers that led to its downfall. She explains how she got ensnared in this highly manipulative group — and then escaped it — and shares red flags to help you distinguish between a cult and a safe community.

Want to succeed in business? Find a problem to solve | Anthony Tan and Amane Dannouni

April 02, 2024 15:44 - 18 minutes

Anthony Tan — the CEO of Grab, Southeast Asia's leading super-app — talks about launching a business that not only turns a profit but also helps people and the environment. In conversation with digital strategist Amane Dannouni, Tan discusses the design choices and tension points of running such a company and why it's something every entrepreneur should consider doing.

A comedian's take on how to save democracy

April 01, 2024 16:00 - 8 minutes

Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

A comedian's take on how to save democracy | Jordan Klepper

April 01, 2024 16:00 - 8 minutes

Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose.

Sunday Pick: ALOK is microdosing creativity and rejecting norms

March 31, 2024 06:05 - 37 minutes

Each Sunday, TED shares an episode of another podcast we think you'll love, handpicked for you… by us. Today: an episode from How to Be a Better Human, a podcast that shares the small ways and big ideas that can change your life for the better. ALOK doesn’t call themselves a multihyphenate – but how else to describe the internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker? Whether they are exploring belonging and the human condition, or fighting to degender the fash...

ALOK is microdosing creativity and rejecting norms | How to Be a Better Human

March 31, 2024 06:00 - 36 minutes

ALOK doesn't quite get the term multihyphenate — but how else to describe the internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian and public speaker? From exploring belonging and the human condition, to fighting to degender the fashion and beauty industries, ALOK is tapping into their creativity constantly. Today, they share their approach to the creative process, how art has helped them accept the beauty and pain of life, why poetry and comedy need each other and so much more! For the ...

The relationship between sex and imagination | Gina Gutierrez

March 30, 2024 06:05 - 9 minutes

Sex is as much mental as it is physical — and imagination is the most powerful tool we have to expand our personal agency and capacity for pleasure, says sexual wellness storyteller Gina Gutierrez. The founder of audio-erotica company Dipsea, Gutierrez creates immersive audio stories designed to open up space to explore your desires and fantasies on your terms. She shares some tips to inspire your sexual imagination and bring joy, confidence and empowerment into your life.

The human cost of coal mining in China | Xiaojun "Tom" Wang

March 29, 2024 16:44 - 14 minutes

Xiaojun "Tom" Wang grew up in the Chinese province of Shanxi, the world's largest coal producer. Each year, more than a billion tons of coal are dug out of Shanxi's mountains, and the impacts are devastating — from massive landslides to damaged cultural sites and threats to human health. Wang illuminates the need for sustainable alternatives to protect the environment and ancestral homes, underscoring the rich heritage and untapped potential of provinces like his own.

How to live with economic doomsaying | Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak

March 28, 2024 16:23 - 10 minutes

Economic crises can and do happen. But for every true crisis, there are many false alarms, says economist Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak. He explains how to live with the media’s pervasive economic doomsaying, why we should stop treating financial forecasts like a precise science — and what we should embrace instead.

Let your garden grow wild | Rebecca McMackin

March 27, 2024 14:55 - 12 minutes

Many gardeners work hard to maintain clean, tidy environments ... which is the exact opposite of what wildlife wants, says ecological horticulturist Rebecca McMackin. She shows the beauty of letting your garden run wild, surveying the success she's had increasing biodiversity even in the middle of New York City — and offers tips for cultivating a garden that can be home to birds, bees, butterflies and more.

Why don't we have better robots yet? | Ken Goldberg

March 26, 2024 16:26 - 11 minutes

Why hasn't the dream of having a robot at home to do your chores become a reality yet? With three decades of research expertise in the field, roboticist Ken Goldberg sheds light on the clumsy truth about robots — and what it will take to build more dexterous machines to work in a warehouse or help out at home.

3 steps to better connect with your fellow humans | Amber Cabral

March 25, 2024 15:24 - 13 minutes

How can you effectively support people at work and in your community, especially when they're different from you? Inclusion strategist Amber Cabral shares three steps you can take to build connection — emphasizing that even small, everyday actions can make a big difference to those around you.

TED's Sunday Pick: The Spermageddon is coming

March 24, 2024 06:05 - 30 minutes

Each Sunday, TED shares an episode of another podcast we think you'll love, handpicked for you… by us. Today: an episode from Am I Normal?, a podcast where endlessly curious data journalist Mona Chalabi dives into the numbers of our most pressing questions. "You should start thinking about kids at your age! Your biological clock is ticking!” When we talk about fertility, there's one section of the population that's consistently subjected to fear mongering: the people with the ovari...

The Spermageddon is coming | Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi

March 24, 2024 06:00 - 29 minutes

"You should start thinking about kids at your age! Your biological clock is ticking!" When we talk about fertility, there's one section of the population that's consistently subjected to fear mongering: the people with the ovaries. But is that worry backed up by data? Should we be stressed out about sperm too? Scientist Joe Osmundson divulges his own fears and findings on the journey to save his sperm, and Mona breaks down the scientific, cultural, and psychological elements that hav...

The benefits of not being a jerk to yourself | Dan Harris

March 23, 2024 14:15 - 13 minutes

After over two decades as an anchor for ABC News, an on-air panic attack sent Dan Harris's life in a new direction: he became a dedicated meditator and, to some, even a guru. But then an anonymous survey of his family, friends and colleagues turned up some brutal feedback -- he was still kind of a jerk. In a wise, funny talk, he shares his years-long quest to improve his relationships with everyone (starting with himself) and explains the science behind loving-kindness meditation, a...

How business leaders can renew democracy | Daniella Ballou-Aares

March 22, 2024 16:37 - 12 minutes

How much should business leaders speak out about threats to democracy? It's a question many corporations are wrestling with these days. Business and democracy leader Daniella Ballou-Aares shows why companies have both the ability and the responsibility to engage in protecting elections and the rule of law — and why their bottom lines may depend on doing so.

How to choose clothes for longevity, not the landfill | Diarra Bousso

March 21, 2024 15:14 - 10 minutes

Buying cheap clothing online can be satisfying, but it comes with not-so-hidden environmental costs. When designer Diarra Bousso was growing up in Senegal, her family bought and created new outfits for longevity rather than on impulse — an intention she carries forth in her fashion tech brand. Outlining three sustainable principles, including crowdsourcing designs and limiting excess inventory, Bousso shows it's possible to decrease waste while increasing profit — and shares how to ...

AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers

March 20, 2024 15:13 - 9 minutes

As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leadership principles to embrace technological progress while prioritizing your coworkers' well-being — paving the way for a future where AI enhances human potential.

3 ways to use AI without replacing your coworkers | Madison Mohns

March 20, 2024 15:13 - 9 minutes

As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leadership principles to embrace technological progress while prioritizing your coworkers' well-being — paving the way for a future where AI enhances human potential.

AI and the paradox of self-replacing workers | Madison Mohns

March 20, 2024 14:44 - 9 minutes

As companies introduce AI into the workplace to increase productivity, an uncomfortable paradox is emerging: people are often responsible for training the very systems that might displace them. AI ethics advocate Madison Mohns presents three leadership principles to embrace technological progress while prioritizing your coworkers' well-being — paving the way for a future where AI enhances human potential.

5 lessons on happiness — from pop fame to poisonous snakes | Mike Posner

March 19, 2024 15:43 - 17 minutes

Singer-songwriter Mike Posner took a break from his music to take a walk — a very long walk, across the entire United States. He shares five lessons he learned from his epic, eventful trek (snakes might be involved) and how it helped him find the key to happiness. (He also performs two hit songs: "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" and "Could You Do the Same.")

Dear fellow refugees, here's how I found resilience | Chantale Zuzi Leader

March 18, 2024 15:16 - 11 minutes

Chantale Zuzi Leader is one of the millions of displaced people around the world. In a deeply moving talk, she reflects on losing her family, home and sense of safety — only to break through and ultimately find community and hope. It's an astounding story of resilience that speaks to today's refugee crisis.

Is menopause the beginning of the end? | Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

March 17, 2024 06:05 - 31 minutes

There are only two mammals who have evolved to survive after their child bearing years: toothed whales and humans. This stage of life is called menopause, and it makes humans an evolutionary wonder! But our perception of it has been shaped by centuries of stigma and shame—up until recently it was even considered a "disease" by the medical establishment that needed to be cured. Menopause isn't a disease, but that doesn't mean it's a party either. There can be troublesome symptoms for...

The creative power of your intuition | Bozoma Saint John

March 16, 2024 06:05 - 12 minutes

Great ideas are like electricity -- they snap into sharp focus and sprint from place to place. What's the best way to capture them? Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix, makes a compelling case to move away from an overreliance on data when making big decisions -- and calls on us all to tap into the power of our intuition and become creative trailblazers.

The miracle of organ donation — and a breakthrough for the future | Abbas Ardehali

March 15, 2024 15:12 - 9 minutes

Organ transplants save lives, but they come with challenges: every minute a healthy donated organ is on ice increases risk. And even if things go perfectly, rejection of the organ is still possible. Cardiothoracic surgeon Abbas Ardehali introduces cutting-edge medical advances in machine perfusion — a portable platform that keeps organs alive outside of the body — that could help put time back on the patient's side.

The miracle of organ donation — and a breakthrough for the future | Abbas Ardehali

March 15, 2024 14:36 - 10 minutes

Organ transplants save lives, but they come with challenges: every minute a healthy donated organ is on ice increases risk. And even if things go perfectly, rejection of the organ is still possible. Cardiothoracic surgeon Abbas Ardehali introduces cutting-edge medical advances in machine perfusion — a portable platform that keeps organs alive outside of the body — that could help put time back on the patient's side.

Meet mini-grids — the clean energy solution bringing power to millions | Tombo Banda

March 14, 2024 16:15 - 10 minutes

Hundreds of millions of people lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, relying on highly polluting diesel and firewood for power and light. Working to brighten the future in her home country of Malawi and beyond, energy access innovator Tombo Banda makes the case for mini-grids — localized energy systems powered by solar energy that are quick and cheap to deploy — and shares ideas for making them more profitable and scalable.

Meet mini-grids — the clean energy solution bringing power to millions | Tombo Banda

March 14, 2024 14:50 - 10 minutes

Hundreds of millions of people lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, relying on highly polluting diesel and firewood for power and light. Working to brighten the future in her home country of Malawi and beyond, energy access innovator Tombo Banda makes the case for mini-grids — localized energy systems powered by solar energy that are quick and cheap to deploy — and shares ideas for making them more profitable and scalable.

How a sanctuary for self-expression can change lives | Lindsay Morris and Reed J. Williams

March 13, 2024 18:15 - 15 minutes

After bringing her son to a summer camp for gender-nonconforming children, photographer Lindsay Morris launched a project to share the campers' stories with the world. One of them, Reed J. Williams, is now a powerful advocate for transgender youth. Together, Morris and Williams reveal two sides to the LGBTQ+ experience — one as a mother, one as a trans woman — and offer insight into the power of community.

How a sanctuary for self-expression can change lives | Reed J. Williams and Lindsay Morris

March 13, 2024 14:58 - 15 minutes

After bringing her son to a summer camp for gender-nonconforming children, photographer Lindsay Morris launched a project to share the campers' stories with the world. One of them, Reed J. Williams, is now a powerful advocate for transgender youth. Together, Morris and Williams reveal two sides to the LGBTQ+ experience — one as a mother, one as a trans woman — and offer insight into the power of community.

A path to social safety for migrant workers | Ashif Shaikh

March 12, 2024 15:17 - 7 minutes

Hundreds of millions of migrant workers travel within their countries to seek out means of survival — often leaving behind all they know for months or even years. Many face poverty and exploitation, and they need a robust social safety net to protect them, says migrant advocate and 2023 Audacious Project grantee Ashif Shaikh. He shares how his grassroots organization Migrants Resilience Collaborative is making life-changing benefits like social security and health care accessible to...

3 mysteries of the universe — and a new force that might explain them | Alex Keshavarzi

March 11, 2024 16:10 - 12 minutes

We're still in the dark about what 95 percent of our universe is made of — and the standard model for understanding particle physics has hit a limit. What's the next step forward? Particle physicist Alex Keshavarzi digs into the first results of the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab in Chicago, which found compelling evidence of new particles or forces existing in our universe — a finding that could act as a window into the subatomic world and deepen our understanding of the fabric of...

How to outsmart bias at work | Fixable

March 10, 2024 07:00 - 35 minutes

Have you ever felt like something about your identity was getting in the way of your success? On this episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective, a listener needs help pushing through the resistance she's facing as a woman navigating a male-dominated workplace. Fixable hosts Anne Morriss and Frances Frei discuss what you can do when someone else's bias is standing in your way. Together, the three uncover how you can find your agency in unexpected places – and w...

How to outsmart bias at work | Fixable

March 10, 2024 07:00 - 36 minutes

Have you ever felt like something about your identity was getting in the way of your success? On this episode of Fixable, another podcast from the TED Audio Collective, a listener needs help pushing through the resistance she's facing as a woman navigating a male-dominated workplace. Fixable hosts Anne Morriss and Frances Frei discuss what you can do when someone else's bias is standing in your way. Together, the three uncover how you can find your agency in unexpected places – and ...

Guests

Adam Grant
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Chris Anderson
2 Episodes
Elizabeth Gilbert
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Johann Hari
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Lori Gottlieb
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Sarah Kay
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Susan David
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Yuval Noah Harari
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A.J. Jacobs
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AJ Jacobs
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Akash Manoj
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Alanna Shaikh
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Amanda Palmer
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Andrew McAfee
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Bill Gates
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Charles C. Mann
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Christer Mjåset
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Dan Ariely
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Daniel Kahneman
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David Baker
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Debbie Millman
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Douglas Rushkoff
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Dylan Marron
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Edward Tenner
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Elif Shafak
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Eric Liu
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Eve Ensler
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George Monbiot
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Greta Thunberg
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Guy Winch
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Jane Fonda
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Jan Rader
1 Episode
Jeanne Pinder
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Jonny Sun
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Julian Burschka
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Kate Bowler
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Ken Robinson
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Kim Gorgens
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Lee Thomas
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Lera Boroditsky
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Mariana Mazzucato
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Mathias Basner
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Matt Cutts
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Matt Walker
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Mitchell Katz
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Nick Bostrom
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Nir Eyal
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Nora McInerny
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Pico Iyer
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Rachel Kleinfeld
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Rachel Wurzman
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Rebecca Brachman
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Rick Doblin
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Rob Reid
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Rosalind Picard
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Sabine Doebel
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Sam Harris
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Sandeep Jauhar
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Sonaar Luthra
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Susan Cain
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Suzanne Lee
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Tim Ferriss
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Tim Flannery
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Tim Harford
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The Power of Art
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