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TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. On this video feed, you'll find TED Talks to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.

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What's the difference between guilt and shame? | June Tangney

May 11, 2021 15:38 - 27.1 MB Video

We all experience feelings of guilt or shame at some point. What should we do with them? Clinical psychologist June Tangney differentiates between constructive guilt and crippling shame so that we can learn to better identify and manage our feelings. (This video is part of TED's "How to Deal with Difficult Feelings" series.)

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

May 10, 2021 15:19 - 48.5 MB Video

The pandemic forced the world to work together like never before and, with unprecedented speed, bore a new age of health and medical innovation. Physician-scientist Daniel Kraft explains how breakthroughs and advancements like AI-infused antiviral discoveries and laboratory-level diagnostic tools accessible via smartphones are paving the way for a more democratized, connected and data-driven future of medicine and personalized care.

What's your happiness score? | Dominic Price

May 07, 2021 15:38 - 48.5 MB Video

How do you rediscover a happier, more purpose-driven (and less productivity-obsessed) self in the wake of the pandemic? Quiz yourself alongside work futurist Dominic Price as he lays out a simple yet insightful four-part guide to assessing your life in ways that can help you reconnect with what's really important.

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

May 06, 2021 14:49 - 30.3 MB Video

Children of immigrants in the US often experience a unique kind of guilt, brought on by the pressures of navigating different cultures, living up to their parents' expectations and taking on extra family responsibilities. Mental health advocate Sahaj Kaur Kohli offers helpful strategies for dealing with these difficult feelings -- starting with defining your own values and creating space for self-compassion. (This conversation, hosted by TED speaker development curator Cloe Shasha Brooks, is ...

The future of flying is electrifying | Cory Combs

May 05, 2021 14:41 - 14.4 MB Video

If you're a frequent flier, you're also a major polluter. What if there was a way to travel the world with less impact on the environment? In this quick, exciting talk, aviation entrepreneur and TED Fellow Cory Combs lays out how electric aircraft could make flying cleaner, quieter and more affordable -- and shares his work on Electric EEL, the largest hybrid-electric plane ever to fly.

7 tools for building a business people trust | Marcos Aguiar

May 04, 2021 14:53 - 41.7 MB Video

Why do we trust some companies and not others? Using real-world examples, digital trust advisor Marcos Aguiar decodes this make-or-break quality -- and offers seven tools to help leaders design a foundation of trust into their business ecosystems in order to achieve long-term success.

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

May 03, 2021 14:57 - 17.4 MB Video

What does gender equality have to do with climate change? A lot more than you might think. Empowering women and girls around the world is one of the most important ways to combat carbon pollution and is projected to reduce CO2-equivalent gases by a total of 80 billion tons. Entrepreneur, scientist and TED Fellow Rumaitha Al Busaidi looks at why women are more likely to be impacted and displaced by climate catastrophes -- and explains why access to education, employment and family planning for...

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

April 29, 2021 14:27 - 52.6 MB Video

Why are humans so slow to react to looming crises, like a forewarned pandemic or a warming planet? It's because we're reluctant to rethink, say organizational psychologist Adam Grant. From a near-disastrous hike on Panama's highest mountain to courageously joining his high school's diving team, Grant borrows examples from his own life to illustrate how tunnel vision around our goals, habits and identities can find us stuck on a narrow path. Drawing on his research, he shares counterintuitive ...

The intergenerational wisdom woven into Indigenous stories | Tai Simpson

April 27, 2021 15:01 - 57.7 MB Video

The way we behave politically, socially, economically and ecologically isn't working, says community organizer and activist Tai Simpson. Sharing the creation myth of her Nez Perce tribe, she advocates for a return to the "old ways" guided by Indigenous wisdom that emphasize balance, community and the importance of intergenerational storytelling in order to protect what's sacred.

"Let the paint dry" -- a lesson in creativity, career and patience | Daniel J. Watts

April 26, 2021 15:11 - 38 MB Video

As theaters closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the creatives who populated their stages were plunged into a state of seemingly endless uncertainty. Aided by a delightful and metaphorically resonant piece of performance art, multidisciplinary artist Daniel J. Watts shares a personal perspective on reframing this moment of global stasis as an opportunity to reset and reflect on the potential of what comes after.

To accomplish great things, you need to "let the paint dry" | Daniel J. Watts

April 26, 2021 15:11 - 38 MB Video

As theaters closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the creatives who populated their stages were plunged into a state of seemingly endless uncertainty. Aided by a delightful and metaphorically resonant piece of performance art, multidisciplinary artist Daniel J. Watts shares a personal perspective on reframing this moment of global stasis as an opportunity to reset and reflect on the potential of what comes after.

3 strategies for effectively talking about climate change | John Marshall

April 22, 2021 11:57 - 25.8 MB Video

Which sounds more urgent: "global warming" or "pollution blanket overheating planet"? In this actionable talk, communications strategist John Marshall explains why we need to rethink how we talk about climate change -- and offers small but mighty language adjustments to get people to more intuitively understand and care about this existential threat.

How to talk about climate change so people actually care | John Marshall

April 22, 2021 11:57 - 25.8 MB Video

Which sounds more urgent: "global warming" or "pollution blanket overheating planet"? In this actionable talk, communications strategist John Marshall explains why we need to rethink how we talk about climate change -- and offers small but mighty language adjustments to get people to more intuitively understand and care about this existential threat.

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

April 21, 2021 14:48 - 73.2 MB Video

Have you ever misplaced something you were just holding? Completely blanked on a famous actor's name? Walked into a room and immediately forgot why? Neuroscientist Lisa Genova digs into two types of memory failures we regularly experience -- and reassures us that forgetting is totally normal. Stay tuned for a conversation with TED science curator David Biello, where Genova describes the difference between common moments of forgetting and possible signs of Alzheimer's, debunks a widespread myt...

The global cooperation that accelerated the COVID-19 vaccines | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

April 20, 2021 14:40 - 47 MB Video

Biotech entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw shares lessons learned from the global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines: namely, the power of collaboration and the importance of equitable access to health care. Learn more about the innovative partnerships that helped create the vaccines -- and how India became a crucial player in the supply chain delivering millions of doses to the world. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED technology curator Simone Ross, was recorded March 2021.)

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

April 19, 2021 20:23 - 34.3 MB Video

Every environment on the planet -- from forested mountaintops to scorching deserts and even the human gut -- has a microbiome that keeps it healthy and balanced. Ecologist Steven Allison explores how these extraordinarily adaptable, diverse collections of microorganisms could help solve big global problems like climate change and food insecurity -- and makes the case for getting to know Earth's original inhabitants in fascinating ways.

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

April 19, 2021 14:49 - 22.3 MB Video

Animals are communicating -- but what are they saying? And can we talk back? Marine biologist David Gruber introduces Project CETI: a team of scientists, linguists and AI specialists hoping to decode sperm whale language. Using noninvasive robots and a machine-learning algorithm to collect and analyze millions of sperm whale vocalizations known as coda, the team aims to demystify the communication structures and dialects of these majestic creatures -- and possibly even crack the interspecies ...

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

April 15, 2021 15:02 - 48.1 MB Video

Companies in the US spend billions of dollars each year on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, but subtle (and not so subtle) workplace biases often cost these initiatives -- and the people they're meant to help -- big time by undermining their goals. DEI expert Joan C. Williams identifies five common patterns of bias that cause these programs to fail -- and offers a data-driven approach to pinpoint where things go wrong and how to make progress instead.

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

April 14, 2021 14:47 - 35.8 MB Video

How does an astronaut prepare physically and mentally to launch into space? NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, who traveled to the International Space Station in April 2021 as part of the SpaceX Crew-2 mission, shares stellar life lessons on how to cultivate the resolve to do incredible things through preparation -- and a dash of bravery. A rare glimpse at what it takes to literally shoot for the stars. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, was recorded in November ...

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

April 13, 2021 14:40 - 39.8 MB Video

Business in Africa is booming -- but international companies are missing out, says emerging markets expert Nomava Zanazo. Rushing in without knowing their customers, businesses underestimate Africans and make costly assumptions about their diversity, preferences and buying power. Sharing the basics about what companies need to know to succeed on the continent, Zanazo debunks four myths and misunderstandings about Africa and its citizens -- and invites businesses from overseas to share in its ...

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

April 12, 2021 15:11 - 53.5 MB Video

Thousands of languages thrive across the globe, yet modern speech technology -- with all of its benefits -- supports just over a hundred. Computational linguist Kalika Bali dreams of a day when technology acts as a bridge instead of a barrier, working passionately to build new and inclusive systems for the millions who speak low-resource languages. In this perspective-shifting talk, she outlines what happens when a language is omitted from the digital landscape -- and what can be gained when ...

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

April 08, 2021 14:50 - 38.1 MB Video

Would you pay two percent more for the carbon-neutral version of the products you buy and use every day? In this innovative talk, climate pathfinder Jens Burchardt walks us through the costs and considerations of producing planet-friendly products -- from creation to purchase -- and explains why curbing climate change doesn't have to break the bank. It's an inspiring demonstration of how the barriers to a greener world may not be as insurmountable as we think.

How to welcome surprise and mystery into your post-pandemic life | Esther Perel

April 07, 2021 14:54 - 51 MB Video

How do you effectively regulate stress? Therapist Esther Perel discusses the importance of creating routines, rituals and boundaries to deal with pandemic-related loss and uncertainty -- both at home and at work -- and offers some practical tools and techniques to help you regain your sense of self. (This conversation, hosted by TED's Helen Walters, was recorded February 2021.)

How to maintain your sense of self during (and after) the pandemic | Esther Perel

April 07, 2021 14:54 - 51 MB Video

How do you effectively regulate stress? Therapist Esther Perel discusses the importance of creating routines, rituals and boundaries to deal with pandemic-related loss and uncertainty -- both at home and at work -- and offers some practical tools and techniques to help you regain your sense of self. (This conversation, hosted by TED's Helen Walters, was recorded February 2021.)

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

April 07, 2021 14:54 - 51 MB Video

How do you effectively regulate stress? Therapist Esther Perel discusses the importance of creating routines, rituals and boundaries to deal with pandemic-related loss and uncertainty -- both at home and at work -- and offers some practical tools and techniques to help you regain your sense of self. (This conversation, hosted by TED's Helen Walters, was recorded February 2021.)

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

April 06, 2021 15:09 - 55.6 MB Video

The "broken" US political system is actually working exactly as designed, says business leader and activist Katherine Gehl. Examining the system through a nonpartisan lens, she makes the case for voting innovations, already implemented in parts of the country, that give citizens more choice and incentivize politicians to work towards progress and solutions instead of just reelection.

The exploitation of US college athletes | Tim Nevius

April 05, 2021 14:48 - 33.6 MB Video

Colleges and universities in the US make billions of dollars each year from sports, compromising the health and education of athletes -- who are disproportionately Black -- in the name of money, power and pride. Sports lawyer and former NCAA investigator Tim Nevius exposes how the system exploits young talent and identifies fundamental reforms needed to protect players.

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

April 01, 2021 15:06 - 62.6 MB Video

With candor and cunning, sex historian Kate Lister chronicles the curious journey of an ancient, honest word with innocent origins and a now-scandalous connotation in this uproarious love letter to etymology, queens, cows and all things "cunt." (This talk contains mature language.)

The electrical blueprints that orchestrate life | Michael Levin

March 31, 2021 18:02 - 64 MB Video

DNA isn't the only builder in the biological world -- there's also a mysterious bioelectric layer directing cells to work together to grow organs, systems and bodies, says biologist Michael Levin. Sharing unforgettable and groundbreaking footage of two-headed worms, he introduces us to xenobots -- the world's first living robots, created in his lab by cracking the electrical code of cells -- and discusses what this discovery may mean for the future of medicine, the environment and even life i...

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

March 31, 2021 15:07 - 44 MB Video

Dictionaries and grammar "rules" don't have the final word on language -- and believing they do can harm more than help, especially for the trans community. Sociolinguist Archie Crowley deconstructs three common myths around language, demonstrating how it's a fluid system that naturally evolves in the direction of inclusion.

The seeds of change helping African farmers grow out of poverty | Andrew Youn

March 30, 2021 14:33 - 21.4 MB Video

Farmers stand at the center of the world, says Andrew Youn, cofounder of One Acre Fund, an agricultural organization that's empowering sub-Saharan farm families with the loans, seeds, fertilizer and training needed to increase crop yields and end hunger. Meet Therese Niyonsaba, a Rwandan farmer who shares how the program helped her family prosper, and learn more about One Acre Fund's goal to lead a farmer-focused green revolution and reach 6.8 million families by 2026. (This ambitious plan is...

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

March 25, 2021 15:18 - 33.8 MB Video

From hours-long lines and limited polling locations to confusing and discriminatory registration policies, why is it so hard to vote in the US? Voting rights expert Amber McReynolds offers a proven alternative: a new process, already happening in parts of the country, that could bring accountability, transparency and equity to the outdated and sputtering system that American democracy currently relies on.

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

March 24, 2021 15:04 - 44 MB Video

The only thing as powerful as our grief is the love we have for those we've lost, says photographer Caroline Catlin. In this meditation on the intersection of life and death, Catlin shares how her personal journey with loss drove her to capture the elusive moments of grace and beauty that exist even in the hardest moments imaginable.

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

March 23, 2021 14:55 - 28.8 MB Video

Biodesigner Natsai Audrey Chieza prototypes the future, imagining a world where people and nature can thrive together. In this wildly imaginative talk, she shares the vision behind her innovation lab, which works at the intersection of nature, technology and society to create sustainable materials and models for the future. Chieza invites us to consider what kind of world we wish for -- and what systemic changes and collaborations need to happen for it to exist.

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

March 22, 2021 11:51 - 157 MB Video

The single most important thing for avoiding a climate disaster is cutting carbon pollution from the current 51 billion tons per year to zero, says philanthropist and technologist Bill Gates. Introducing the concept of the "green premium" -- the higher price of zero-emission products like electric cars, artificial meat or sustainable aviation fuel -- Gates identifies the breakthroughs and investments we need to reduce the cost of clean tech, decarbonize the economy and create a pathway to a c...

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

March 18, 2021 15:30 - 45.7 MB Video

Higher education remains rooted in rigid, traditional structures and tracks -- and it's at risk of getting left behind in favor of expanded access, greater flexibility and tailored learning. Educator Tyler DeWitt explains how innovations in digital content and virtual reality are ushering in the future of learning, emphasizing why academia must adapt to this new reality and embrace an approach to education that works with students' needs -- not against them.

How to have constructive conversations | Julia Dhar

March 17, 2021 14:41 - 35.2 MB Video

"We need to figure out how we go into conversations not looking for the victory, but the progress," says world debate champion Julia Dhar. In this practical talk, she shares three essential features of productive disagreements grounded in curiosity and purpose. The end result? Constructive conversations that sharpen your argument and strengthen your relationships.

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

March 16, 2021 14:52 - 36.7 MB Video

What if we could use biology to restore our balance with nature without giving up modern creature comforts? Advocating for a new kind of environmentalism, scientist and entrepreneur Emily Leproust rethinks modern sustainability at the molecular level, using synthetic biology to create green alternatives. From lab-developed insulin and disease-resistant bananas to airplanes made of super-strong spider silk, she explains how reading and writing DNA can lead to groundbreaking innovations in heal...

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

March 15, 2021 15:12 - 32 MB Video

When you report an emergency in the US, police, firefighters or paramedics answer the call. What if mental health professionals responded, too? Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod shares a straightforward and research-backed approach that brings heart and humanity to criminal justice rather than unnecessary fines and arrests -- and keeps crises from escalating into traumatic, or even deadly, events.

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

March 11, 2021 18:02 - 26 MB Video

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work for good. Can it also change it for the better? Consultant Patty McCord reviews four key insights employers and employees alike gleaned from their shift to working from home -- and shares how companies can use what they learned in lockdown to creatively and innovatively rethink how we do business.

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

March 10, 2021 16:12 - 36.2 MB Video

How do companies like SpaceX make sudden breakthroughs on decades-old challenges? Emerging tech expert Antoine Gourévitch explains how deep tech -- a new approach to innovation that merges science, engineering and design thinking -- is unlocking solutions to problems in space exploration, biology, energy and more. As Gourévitch says: "[deep tech] is changing what was once considered impossible into something actively possible, today."

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

March 09, 2021 20:12 - 42.2 MB Video

Picture your favorite place in nature. How would you feel if it disappeared tomorrow? In this love letter to the planet, social worker and environmental activist Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug invites us to confront the deep, difficult emotions -- love, sorrow and even rage -- born from climate-driven ecological loss in order to act in service of our collective home.

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

March 08, 2021 16:06 - 50.7 MB Video

Calls for authenticity at work ask for passionate people with diverse, fresh perspectives who challenge old ways of thinking. But too often workplace culture fails to support the authenticity of professionals of color and other underrepresented groups, leading instead to backlash and fewer opportunities. Writer Jodi-Ann Burey outlines steps toward exposing privilege and achieving true equity on the job -- and implores those in leadership positions to accept responsibility for change.

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

March 03, 2021 16:00 - 70 MB Video

After a terminal cancer diagnosis upended 12 years of remission, all Elaine Fong's mother wanted was a peaceful end of life. What she received instead became a fight for the right to decide when. Fong shares the heart-rending journey to honor her mother's choice for a death with dignity -- and reflects on the need to explore our relationship to dying so that we may redesign this final and most universal of human experiences.

How compassion could save your strained relationships | Betty Hart

March 02, 2021 15:56 - 36.4 MB Video

When personal relationships and ideological differences collide, the result can lead to strained relations -- or even years of silence and distance. Actor Betty Hart offers an alternative to cold shoulders and haughty hellos: compassion, and a chance for growth and change instead of losing important time with loved ones.

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

March 01, 2021 15:47 - 34.1 MB Video

What does it take to be a pro gamer? Esports expert William Collis charts the rise of the multibillion-dollar competitive gaming industry and breaks down three skills needed to master video games like Fortnite, League of Legends and Rocket League. And watch out, Collis says: these skills can set you up for crushing it at work, too.

The real life skills you need to master video games | William Collis

March 01, 2021 15:47 - 34.1 MB Video

What does it take to be a pro gamer? Esports expert William Collis charts the rise of the multibillion-dollar competitive gaming industry and breaks down three skills needed to master video games like Fortnite, League of Legends and Rocket League. And watch out, Collis says: these skills can set you up for crushing it at work, too.

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

February 25, 2021 15:41 - 35.6 MB Video

To futureproof your job against robots and AI, you should learn how to code, brush up on your math skills and crack open an engineering textbook, right? Wrong. In this surprisingly comforting talk, tech journalist Kevin Roose makes the case that rather than trying to compete with the machines, we should instead focus on what makes us uniquely human.

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

February 24, 2021 16:01 - 41.5 MB Video

Corporations and big business have wrecked the environment, but disadvantaged communities living in "sacrifice zones" -- urban areas heavily polluted and poisoned by industry -- are paying the price, says climate justice leader Angela Mahecha Adrar. Explaining why racial and economic justice must be at the center of climate action, she takes us to the frontline communities that are leading the world to clean, innovative and just climate solutions -- like Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad, a local...

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

February 24, 2021 16:01 - 41.5 MB Video

Corporations and big business have wrecked the environment, but disadvantaged communities living in "sacrifice zones" -- urban areas heavily polluted and poisoned by industry -- are paying the price, says climate justice leader Angela Mahecha Adrar. Explaining why racial and economic justice must be at the center of climate action, she takes us to the frontline communities that are leading the world to clean, innovative and just climate solutions -- like Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad, a local...

Guests

Lori Gottlieb
2 Episodes
Beau Lotto
1 Episode
Christer Mjåset
1 Episode
Dan Ariely
1 Episode
David Deutsch
1 Episode
Edward Tenner
1 Episode
Eli Pariser
1 Episode
Eve Ensler
1 Episode
Guy Winch
1 Episode
James Logan
1 Episode
Jane Fonda
1 Episode
Johann Hari
1 Episode
Joy Wolfram
1 Episode
Juan Enriquez
1 Episode
Marco Tempest
1 Episode
Mariana Mazzucato
1 Episode
Mitchell Katz
1 Episode
Nick Bostrom
1 Episode
Nick Hanauer
1 Episode
Nir Eyal
1 Episode
Patrick Chappatte
1 Episode
Rachel Kleinfeld
1 Episode
Sandeep Jauhar
1 Episode
Sonaar Luthra
1 Episode
Suzanne Lee
1 Episode
Tim Flannery
1 Episode