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Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's lea...Show More
"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

14:49 | Jun 4th

In life's toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers -- challe...Show More
How film transforms the way we see the world | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

12:19 | Jul 12th

Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirrin...Show More
How we're honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani

11:00 | Jul 11th

Since its founding in 1851, the "New York Times" has published thousands of obituaries -- for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of col...Show More
How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch

12:25 | Dec 25th, 2018

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a ...Show More
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei

15:05 | Dec 24th, 2018

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worke...Show More
The revolutionary power of diverse thought | Elif Shafak

21:58 | Aug 2nd, 2018

"From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy," says novelist Elif Shafak. "From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism." A native of ...Show More
How to love criticism | WorkLife with Adam Grant

34:39 | Mar 22nd, 2018

What if you could tell your co-workers what you really think of them? At the world's most successful hedge fund, everyone is rated and ranked constantly -- in front of everyone. They've figured out how to embrace negative feedback, and they swear it'...Show More
What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler

13:15 | Mar 5th, 2018

A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between: the legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a bucket list goal for champion athletes. But when Minda Dentler decided to ...Show More
Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system | Bhu Srinivasan

06:10 | Feb 12th, 2018

Bhu Srinivasan researches the intersection of capitalism and technological progress. Instead of thinking about capitalism as a firm, unchanging ideology, he suggests that we should think of it as an operating system -- one that needs upgrades to keep...Show More
3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur

22:12 | Feb 9th, 2018

What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the ...Show More
What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson

07:19 | Jan 4th, 2018

As parents, it's our job to teach our kids about sex. But beyond "the talk," which covers biology and reproduction, there's so much more we can say about the human experience of being in our bodies. Introducing "The Talk 2.0," Sue Jaye Johnson shows ...Show More
The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it | Dan Gartenberg

06:37 | Dec 5th, 2017

There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consoli...Show More
How we'll earn money in a future without jobs | Martin Ford

14:37 | Oct 26th, 2017

Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case...Show More
A precise, three-word address for every place on earth | Chris Sheldrick

05:18 | Oct 19th, 2017

With what3words, Chris Sheldrick and his team have divided the entire planet into three-meter squares and assigned each a unique, three-word identifier, like famous.splice.writers or blocks.evenly.breed, giving a precise address to the billions of pe...Show More
The new age of corporate monopolies | Margrethe Vestager

19:48 | Oct 18th, 2017

Margrethe Vestager wants to keep European markets competitive -- which is why, on behalf of the EU, she's fined Google $2.8 billion for breaching antitrust rules, asked Apple for $15.3 billion in back taxes and investigated a range of companies, from...Show More
The fascinating secret lives of giant clams | Mei Lin Neo

05:27 | Sep 26th, 2017

When you think about the deep blue sea, you might instantly think of whales or coral reefs. But spare a thought for giant clams, the world's largest living shellfish. These incredible creatures can live to 100, grow up to four and a half feet long an...Show More
How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

14:25 | Aug 31st, 2017

What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information abo...Show More
The future we're building -- and boring | Elon Musk

40:50 | Apr 30th, 2017

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson.
Family, hope and resilience on the migrant trail | Jon Lowenstein

13:51 | Aug 21st

For the past 20 years, photographer and TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein has documented the migrant journey from Latin America to the United States, one of the largest transnational migrations in world history. Sharing photos from his decade-long project "S...Show More
How craving attention makes you less creative | Joseph Gordon-Levitt

13:15 | Aug 20th

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career. But as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us -- trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequ...Show More
How to get back to work after a career break | Carol Fishman Cohen

12:01 | Aug 6th

If you've taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen's own experience returning to work aft...Show More
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

14:42 | Aug 5th

What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder wh...Show More
"You Have the Rite" | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

07:14 | Aug 2nd

In a breathtaking, jazz-inflected spoken-word performance, TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph shares a Black father's tender and wrenching internal reflection on the pride and terror of seeing his son enter adulthood.
The human skills we need in an unpredictable world | Margaret Heffernan

15:52 | Aug 1st

The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. She shares why we need less tech and more messy human skills -- imagination, humility, bravery ...Show More
What it was like to grow up under China's one-child policy | Nanfu Wang

05:56 | Jul 31st

China's one-child policy ended in 2015, but we're just beginning to understand what it was like to live under the program, says TED Fellow and documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang. With footage from her film "One Child Nation," she shares untold stories ...Show More
How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman

05:51 | Jul 30th

Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women -- despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a police officer and chief, ...Show More
Why governments should prioritize well-being | Nicola Sturgeon

10:00 | Jul 29th

In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand established the network of Wellbeing Economy Governments to challenge the acceptance of GDP as the ultimate measure of a country's success. In this visionary talk, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon ...Show More
The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot

15:15 | Jul 26th

To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built aro...Show More
The world's "Third Pole" is melting away. Here's how we can stop it from disappearing | Tshering Tobgay

14:33 | Jul 25th

The Hindu Kush Himalaya region is the world's third-largest repository of ice, after the North and South Poles -- and if current melting rates continue, two-thirds of its glaciers could be gone by the end of this century. What will happen if we let t...Show More
When in life are you most likely to succeed? | Albert-László Barabási

16:16 | Jul 24th

Backed by mathematical analysis, network theorist Albert-László Barabási explores the hidden mechanisms that drive success -- no matter your field -- and uncovers an intriguing connection between your age and your chance of making it big.
How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief

11:21 | Jul 23rd

Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics -- and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet transformative idea: that parents can teach their children about political agency by giving them a say in h...Show More
The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra

13:37 | Jul 22nd

Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival -- what's built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban desig...Show More
What explains the rise of humans? | Yuval Noah Harari

17:08 | Jul 19th

Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every contine...Show More
How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

15:17 | Jul 18th

Shocking, but true: the United States has the highest rate of deaths for new mothers of any developed country -- and 60 percent of them are preventable. With clarity and urgency, physician Elizabeth Howell explains the causes of maternal mortality an...Show More
A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner

09:36 | Jul 17th

Early education is critical to children's success -- but millions of kids in the United States still don't have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into ...Show More
The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer

10:55 | Jul 16th

Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. "A country shows...Show More
The fascinating places scientists aren't exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi

15:53 | Jul 15th

We're not doing frontline exploratory science in a huge portion of the world -- the places governments deem too hostile or disputed. What might we be missing because we're not looking? In this fearless, unexpectedly funny talk, paleoanthropologist El...Show More
The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

16:32 | Jul 9th

Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he explai...Show More
Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King

14:42 | Jul 8th

From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex ...Show More
The price of shame | Monica Lewinsky

22:26 | Jul 6th

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has becom...Show More
3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto

06:31 | Jul 5th

When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your "adaptability quo...Show More
A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio

16:13 | Jul 3rd

When Julius Maada Bio first seized political power in Sierra Leone in 1996, he did so to improve the lives of its citizens. But he soon realized that for democracy to flourish, its foundation needs to be built on the will of the people. After arrangi...Show More
Space traffic is our next wicked environmental problem | Moriba Jah

05:29 | Jul 2nd

"Most of what we send into outer space never comes back," says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they're mostly populated by space junk. Learn more about ...Show More
My wish: Protect our oceans | Sylvia Earle

18:16 | Jun 29th

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray

09:48 | Jun 28th

"The hood is good," says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team honor the soul and history of their community while applying their unbridled crea...Show More
You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun

10:36 | Jun 27th

Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling ...Show More
How to ask for help -- and get a "yes" | Heidi Grant

11:53 | Jun 26th

Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, social psychologist Heidi Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it -- while mak...Show More
Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger

07:21 | Jun 25th

Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: "Where do I go to get vaccinated?" The post went viral, landing Lindenberger in the middle of a heated debate about vaccination and, ultimate...Show More
Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer

07:47 | Jun 24th

Lindsay Amer is the creator of "Queer Kid Stuff," an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. By giving kids and their families a vocabulary to express themselves, Amer is helpin...Show More
What will future jobs look like? | Andrew McAfee

14:15 | Jun 22nd

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold t...Show More
"A Bird Made of Birds" | Sarah Kay

04:53 | Jun 21st

"The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing," says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing "A Bird Made of Birds," she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also the host of TED's podcast "Sinc...Show More
The power of introverts | Susan Cain

19:04 | Jun 20th

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and ...Show More
What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad

17:23 | Jun 19th

"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again a...Show More
How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid

16:36 | Jun 18th

The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a d...Show More
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker

10:19 | Jun 17th

Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, D...Show More
The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs

17:25 | Jun 14th

Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton, C...Show More
Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin

13:06 | Jun 12th

Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger -- and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. "Your anger exists in you ... because it offered your ance...Show More
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker

10:17 | Jun 11th

Why do some gatherings take off and others don't? Author Priya Parker shares three easy steps to turn your parties, dinners, meetings and holidays into meaningful, transformative gatherings.
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd

13:59 | Jun 10th

The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes -- some of which have been in the earth's crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What's it like down there? Take a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica ...Show More
An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek

05:19 | Jun 8th

Island and coastal nations need to protect their waters in order for our oceans to stay healthy. But they often have lots of debt and aren't able to prioritize ocean protection over other needs. Mark Tercek and his team at The Nature Conservancy see ...Show More
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier

14:13 | Jun 7th

Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the cosmos as she shares her team's work on the Sloan...Show More
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo

18:27 | Jun 6th

Reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the bridging power of the written word -- as well as the...Show More
The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks

14:54 | Jun 5th

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with...Show More
The art of asking | Amanda Palmer

13:47 | May 31st

Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.
The story we tell about millennials -- and who we leave out | Reniqua Allen

11:28 | May 30th

Millennials are now the largest, most diverse adult population in the US -- but far too often, they're reduced to the worn-out stereotype of lazy, entitled avocado toast lovers, says author Reniqua Allen. In this revealing talk, she shares overlooked...Show More
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden

07:18 | May 30th

TED Fellow and astronomer Erika Hamden leads the team building FIREBall, a telescope that hangs from a giant balloon at the very edge of space and looks for clues about how stars are created. She takes us inside the roller-coaster, decade-long journe...Show More
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston

16:50 | May 29th

Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, ...Show More
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague

09:13 | May 28th

Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year -- yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Morgan Vague describes her research with microbiologist J...Show More
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels

12:04 | May 24th

A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths about the criminal justice system and ideas for ho...Show More
My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle | America Ferrera

14:02 | May 23rd

Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in ...Show More
The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya

17:17 | May 22nd

Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past -- and shares his vision...Show More
The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich

05:48 | May 21st

Meat production is destroying the planet and jeopardizing our health, but people aren't going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an eye-opening talk, food innovator a...Show More
Mosquitos, malaria and education | Bill Gates

20:16 | May 21st

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)
How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett

13:30 | May 20th

"Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows," says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence -- and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence ...Show More
The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

12:13 | May 17th

In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every...Show More
Roger McNamee takes on big tech | The TED Interview

59:48 | May 16th

Recorded live at TED2019 for the TED Interview podcast: Roger McNamee -- early investor in Facebook turned outspoken critic -- sits down for an extended examination of big tech's missteps, and where we go from here.
What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes | Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

14:29 | May 15th

E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults -- from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent. Biobehavioral scientist Suchitra Krish...Show More
If I should have a daughter ... | Sarah Kay

18:25 | May 14th

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking ...Show More
Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

19:18 | May 10th

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the...Show More
How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

09:15 | May 9th

You use your brain's executive function every day -- it's how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist ...Show More
The case for having kids | Wajahat Ali

13:00 | May 9th

The global fertility rate, or the number of children per woman, has halved over the last 50 years. What will having fewer babies mean for the future of humanity? In this funny, eye-opening talk, journalist (and self-described exhausted dad) Wajahat A...Show More
The crisis of leadership -- and a new way forward | Halla Tómasdóttir and Bryn Freedman

14:13 | May 8th

What should modern leadership look like? Entrepreneur and former Icelandic presidential candidate Halla Tómasdóttir thinks global leaders need to change their ways -- or risk becoming irrelevant. In a conversation with curator Bryn Freedman, she show...Show More
How to revive your belief in democracy | Eric Liu

14:33 | May 7th

Civic evangelist Eric Liu shares a powerful way to rekindle the spirit of citizenship and the belief that democracy still works. Join him for a trip to "Civic Saturday" and learn more about how making civic engagement a weekly habit can help build co...Show More
How supercharged plants could slow climate change | Joanne Chory

13:48 | May 2nd

Plants are amazing machines -- for millions of years, they've taken carbon dioxide out of the air and stored it underground, keeping a crucial check on the global climate. Plant geneticist Joanne Chory is working to amplify this special ability: with...Show More
Why we ignore obvious problems -- and how to act on them | Michele Wucker

10:05 | May 1st

Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it's too late? Policy strategist Michele Wucker urges us to replace the myth of the "black swan" -- that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe -- with th...Show More
How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier

07:56 | Apr 30th

When you're feeling burned out as an activist, what's the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of "playtivism" -- the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this ve...Show More
Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not. | Hannah Gadsby

18:33 | Apr 29th

Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking special "Nanette" broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.
Helping others makes us happier -- but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn

14:29 | Apr 26th

Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there's a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact -- and boost our ...Show More
The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens

11:42 | Apr 25th

Here's a shocking statistic: 50 to 80 percent of people in the criminal justice system in the US have had a traumatic brain injury. In the general public, that number is less than five percent. Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens shares her research into t...Show More
How generational stereotypes hold us back at work | Leah Georges

11:35 | Apr 24th

The Silent Generation, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, Gen Z -- we're all in the workforce together. How are our assumptions about each other holding us back from working and communicating better? Social psychologist Leah Georges shows how w...Show More
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? | David R. Liu

16:12 | Apr 23rd

In a story of scientific discovery, chemical biologist David R. Liu shares a breakthrough: his lab's development of base editors that can rewrite DNA. This crucial step in genome editing takes the promise of CRISPR to the next level: if CRISPR protei...Show More
A personal air-quality tracker that lets you know what you're breathing | Romain Lacombe

05:35 | Apr 22nd

How often do you think about the air you're breathing? Probably not enough, says entrepreneur and TED Fellow Romain Lacombe. He introduces Flow: a personal air-quality tracker that fits in your hand and monitors pollution levels in real time. See how...Show More
How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee

08:16 | Apr 19th

In the early 1990s, a scandal rocked evolutionary biology: scientists discovered that songbirds -- once thought to be strictly monogamous -- engaged in what's politely called "extra-pair copulation." In this unforgettable biology lesson on animal inf...Show More
How Twitter needs to change | Jack Dorsey

25:47 | Apr 17th

Can Twitter be saved? In a wide-ranging conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discusses the future of the platform -- acknowledging problems with harassment and moderation and proposing some fu...Show More
Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr

15:15 | Apr 16th

In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulne...Show More
Empower a girl, transform a community | Kakenya Ntaiya

12:31 | Apr 15th

Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices in Kenya. Meet two students at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school where girls can live and ...Show More
3 lessons on starting a movement from a self-defense trailblazer | Rana Abdelhamid

11:11 | Apr 12th

At 16, Rana Abdelhamid started teaching self-defense to women and girls in her neighborhood. Almost 10 years later, these community classes have grown into Malikah: a global grassroots network creating safety, power and solidarity for all women. How ...Show More
How risk-taking changes a teenager's brain | Kashfia Rahman

11:39 | Apr 11th

Why do teenagers sometimes make outrageous, risky choices? Do they suddenly become reckless, or are they just going through a natural phase? To find out, Kashfia Rahman -- winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (and a Harvard ...Show More
Wearable tech that helps you navigate by touch | Keith Kirkland

06:21 | Apr 10th

Keith Kirkland is developing wearable tech that communicates information using only the sense of touch. He's trying to figure out: What gestures and vibration patterns could intuitively communicate ideas like "stop" or "go"? Check out his team's firs...Show More
We don't "move on" from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny

15:05 | Apr 9th

In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wren...Show More
How to lead a conversation between people who disagree | Eve Pearlman

09:09 | Apr 8th

In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces "dialogue journalism": a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discu...Show More
An AI smartwatch that detects seizures | Rosalind Picard

15:54 | Apr 5th

Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die -- a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smar...Show More
What refugees need to start new lives | Muhammed Idris

06:07 | Apr 4th

Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of techn...Show More
A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers

15:46 | Apr 3rd

Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Amer...Show More
How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble

11:47 | Apr 2nd

Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby's First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children's cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy expert...Show More
How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight | Alexander MacDonald

13:15 | Apr 1st

Long before we had rocket scientists, the idea of spaceflight traveled from mind to mind across generations. With great visuals, TED Fellow and NASA economist Alexander MacDonald shows how 300 years of sci-fi tales -- from Edgar Allan Poe to Jules Ve...Show More
Can we regenerate heart muscle with stem cells? | Chuck Murry

14:35 | Mar 29th

The heart is one of the least regenerative organs in the human body -- a big factor in making heart failure the number one killer worldwide. What if we could help heart muscle regenerate after injury? Physician and scientist Chuck Murry shares his gr...Show More
A short history of trans people's long fight for equality | Samy Nour Younes

06:14 | Mar 28th

Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs -- and a fight for civil rights that's been raging for a long time. "Imagi...Show More
To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language | Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi

11:41 | Mar 27th

Bacteria "talk" to each other, sending chemical information to coordinate attacks. What if we could listen to what they were saying? Nanophysicist Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi invented a tool to spy on bacterial chatter and translate their secret com...Show More
A new class of drug that could prevent depression and PTSD | Rebecca Brachman

05:10 | Mar 26th

Current treatments for depression and PTSD only suppress symptoms, if they work at all. What if we could prevent these diseases from developing altogether? Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Rebecca Brachman shares the story of her team's accidental disco...Show More
The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

15:25 | Mar 25th

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- inclu...Show More
12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott

15:55 | Mar 22nd

A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdo...Show More
Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

13:22 | Mar 21st

To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write -- we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to ...Show More
How you can help save the bees, one hive at a time | Noah Wilson-Rich

12:54 | Mar 20th

Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and r...Show More
3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit

14:02 | Mar 19th

Professional Arab women juggle more responsibilities than their male counterparts, and they face more cultural rigidity than Western women. What can their success teach us about tenacity, competition, priorities and progress? Tracing her career as an...Show More
The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

11:08 | Mar 18th

Phil Plait was on a Hubble Space Telescope team of astronomers who thought they may have captured the first direct photo of an exoplanet ever taken. But did the evidence actually support that? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses -- thr...Show More
How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma

12:10 | Mar 15th

AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time -- like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems? Tec...Show More
Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse | Thomas Curran

14:54 | Mar 14th

Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how w...Show More
Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart

11:10 | Mar 13th

The Earth and Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials -- which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What's responsible for this special connection? Looking ...Show More
The creative power of misfits | WorkLife with Adam Grant

40:17 | Mar 12th

Harness the power of frustrated people to shake up the status quo -- just like Pixar did. This episode is made possible with the support of Bonobos, Accenture, Hilton and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Audio only)
The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

10:30 | Mar 11th

How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen hel...Show More
We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

29:28 | Mar 8th

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adich...Show More
The most powerful woman you've never heard of | T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

13:17 | Mar 7th

Everyone's heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called "the architect of the civil rights movement," Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation's most legendary activists -- like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie ...Show More
How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski

12:54 | Mar 6th

From floppy disks to thumb drives, every method of storing data eventually becomes obsolete. What if we could find a way to store all the world's data forever? Bioinformatician Dina Zielinski shares the science behind a solution that's been around fo...Show More
A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo

13:08 | Mar 5th

César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate dire...Show More
How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi

10:45 | Mar 4th

Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that's helping people r...Show More
How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy

11:23 | Mar 1st

In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo n...Show More
Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema

11:18 | Feb 28th

Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa's oldest autocracy. She's learned two truths along the way: no country is destined to be oppressed -- and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you te...Show More
The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

11:57 | Feb 27th

The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack...Show More
A juror's reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood

16:00 | Feb 26th

Lindy Lou Isonhood grew up in a town where the death penalty was a fact of life, part of the unspoken culture. But after she served as a juror in a capital murder trial -- and voted "yes" to sentencing a guilty man to death -- something inside her ch...Show More
An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael

11:28 | Feb 25th

What is a border? It's a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a movin...Show More
How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta

13:27 | Feb 22nd

"Sí, se puede!" -- "Yes, we can!" It's the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she's lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her l...Show More
How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty

10:41 | Feb 21st

There's no greater freedom than finding your purpose, says education advocate Ashweetha Shetty. Born to a poor family in rural India, Shetty didn't let the social norms of her community stifle her dreams and silence her voice. In this personal talk, ...Show More
How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock

12:01 | Feb 20th

When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids to discuss taboo topics without...Show More
What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

07:04 | Feb 20th

In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn't have to be this way. She's built...Show More
What is the meaning of work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman

10:58 | Feb 19th

Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient -- but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the people whose jobs might change, go away or become less fulfilling? The question sent him on a two-yea...Show More
Lessons from past presidents | Doris Kearns Goodwin

18:48 | Feb 18th

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez

18:05 | Feb 15th

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan Enriqu...Show More
A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

11:54 | Feb 14th

In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they've learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Jou...Show More
3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow

14:26 | Feb 13th

What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn't be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work...Show More
How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

10:21 | Feb 12th

Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and surpri...Show More
Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

10:04 | Feb 12th

Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science...Show More
How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

13:55 | Feb 11th

Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan ...Show More
America's forgotten working class | J.D. Vance

14:42 | Feb 8th

J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a sea...Show More
What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

13:29 | Feb 7th

There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there's one medium with overlooked potential for medic...Show More
How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

12:58 | Feb 6th

You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping ...Show More
The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak

11:20 | Feb 5th

Is women's sexuality more complicated than men's? Well, not really, no, says author Sarah Barmak. In this frank, eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped this discussion for centuries. She debunks some age-...Show More
How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane

09:50 | Feb 4th

The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that blocks that path -- and sacrif...Show More
How we can start to heal the pain of racial division | Ruby Sales

20:28 | Feb 1st

"Where does it hurt?" It's a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country's legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she's learned, reflect...Show More
An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

13:05 | Jan 31st

What job is best for a young man who's been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about ... astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he's accepted and the opportunities he's seized -- and h...Show More
The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

14:01 | Jan 31st

Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and i...Show More
The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

11:12 | Jan 30th

In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing ...Show More
Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman

15:09 | Jan 30th

What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in 1973 -- from the early influence of growing up in ...Show More
Can we solve global warming? Lessons from how we protected the ozone layer | Sean Davis

09:50 | Jan 29th

The Montreal Protocol proved that the world could come together and take action on climate change. Thirty years after the world's most successful environmental treaty was signed, atmospheric scientist Sean Davis examines the world we avoided when we ...Show More
The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

11:43 | Jan 28th

Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this silen...Show More
A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

17:21 | Jan 25th

What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators l...Show More
Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next | The TED Interview

38:06 | Jan 24th

Join head of TED Chris Anderson for a very special conversation with legendary inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, recorded live onstage at TED2018. Listen in to hear what the man who makes a living from predicting the future arc of technol...Show More
What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century | Tiana Epps-Johnson

11:29 | Jan 23rd

The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic engagement champion Tiana Epps...Show More
How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

12:30 | Jan 22nd

From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design c...Show More
How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson

17:34 | Jan 21st

If we hope to heal the racial tensions that threaten to tear the fabric of society apart, we're going to need the skills to openly express ourselves in racially stressful situations. Through racial literacy -- the ability to read, recast and resolve ...Show More
The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

17:04 | Jan 18th

Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there's still a long way to go, says activist Cecile R...Show More
A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

08:15 | Jan 17th

You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old invento...Show More
Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

17:03 | Jan 17th

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to at...Show More
How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

13:48 | Jan 16th

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trap...Show More
Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

12:45 | Jan 15th

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted op...Show More
3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

11:13 | Jan 14th

Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it's clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an ac...Show More
Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | Shohini Ghose

10:04 | Jan 11th

A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini ...Show More
The biology of gender, from DNA to the brain | Karissa Sanbonmatsu

12:52 | Jan 10th

How exactly does gender work? It's not just about our chromosomes, says biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. In a visionary talk, she shares new discoveries from epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social fac...Show More
What should electric cars sound like? | Renzo Vitale

11:51 | Jan 9th

Electric cars are extremely quiet, offering some welcome silence in our cities. But they also bring new dangers, since they can easily sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. What kind of sounds should they make to keep people safe? Get a preview of wh...Show More
How India's smartphone revolution is creating a new generation of readers and writers | Chiki Sarkar

10:06 | Jan 8th

India has the second largest population of any country in the world -- yet it has only 50 decent bookstores, says publisher Chiki Sarkar. So she asked herself: How do we get more people reading books? Find out how Sarkar is tapping into India's smart...Show More
What are you willing to give up to change the way we work? | Martin Danoesastro

13:11 | Jan 8th

What does it take to build the fast, flexible, creative teams needed to challenge entrenched work culture? For transformation expert Martin Danoesastro, it all starts with one question: "What are you willing to give up?" He shares lessons learned fro...Show More
The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption | Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams

13:12 | Jan 7th

Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonatha...Show More
The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

10:45 | Jan 4th

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languag...Show More
How to break bad management habits before they reach the next generation of leaders | Elizabeth Lyle

12:03 | Jan 3rd

Companies are counting on their future leaders to manage with more speed, flexibility and trust than ever before. But how can middle managers climb the corporate ladder while also challenging the way things have always been done? Leadership expert El...Show More
In the opioid crisis, here's what it takes to save a life | Jan Rader

14:31 | Jan 2nd

As a fire chief and first responder, Jan Rader has spent her career saving lives. But when the opioid epidemic hit her town, she realized they needed to take a brand-new approach to life-saving. In this powerful, hopeful talk, Rader shows what it's l...Show More
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr

11:51 | Jan 1st

Our leaders and institutions are failing us, but it's not always because they're bad or unethical, says venture capitalist John Doerr -- often, it's simply because they're leading us toward the wrong objectives. In this practical talk, Doerr shows us...Show More
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

14:12 | Dec 31st, 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal comm...Show More
You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

18:15 | Dec 28th, 2018

Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressio...Show More
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier

14:54 | Dec 27th, 2018

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge -- but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal de...Show More
The story of 'Oumuamua, the first visitor from another star system | Karen J. Meech

13:24 | Dec 26th, 2018

In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet -- a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian ...Show More
Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

12:19 | Dec 21st, 2018

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been "the extraordinary" -- those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she...Show More
The real reason female entrepreneurs get less funding | Dana Kanze

14:48 | Dec 20th, 2018

Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked whe...Show More
Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

19:24 | Dec 19th, 2018

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
How "baby bonds" could help close the wealth gap | Darrick Hamilton

12:36 | Dec 18th, 2018

Hard work, resilience and grit lead to success, right? This narrative pervades the way we think, says economist Darrick Hamilton, but the truth is that our chances at economic security have less to do with what we do and more to do with the wealth po...Show More
How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity | Eldra Jackson

11:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

In a powerful talk, educator Eldra Jackson III shares how he unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity through Inside Circle, an organization that leads group therapy for incarcerated men. Now he's helping others heal by creating a new image of w...Show More
The riddle of experience vs. memory | Daniel Kahneman

20:06 | Dec 17th, 2018

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implic...Show More
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe

17:11 | Dec 14th, 2018

How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having...Show More
How to be "Team Human" in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff

12:23 | Dec 13th, 2018

Humans are no longer valued for our creativity, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff -- in a world dominated by digital technology, we're now just valued for our data. In a passionate talk, Rushkoff urges us to stop using technology to optimize peopl...Show More
How to find the person who can help you get ahead at work | Carla Harris

13:23 | Dec 13th, 2018

The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: a pe...Show More
Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif

11:36 | Dec 12th, 2018

Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time -- when companies invest millions of dollar...Show More
3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd

12:21 | Dec 11th, 2018

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know -- and shares i...Show More
How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore

15:28 | Dec 10th, 2018

When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children -- without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the ch...Show More
The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo

16:01 | Dec 7th, 2018

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people's lives -- they're the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they're invisible, taken for granted ...Show More
Get ready for hybrid thinking | Ray Kurzweil

09:52 | Dec 6th, 2018

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil sugges...Show More
How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

12:22 | Dec 5th, 2018

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our ...Show More
3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

12:38 | Dec 4th, 2018

How you respond after setbacks is what defines your character. Stacey Abrams was the first black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor -- she lost that hotly contested race, but as she says: the only ...Show More
Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang

12:07 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micr...Show More
Color blind or color brave? | Mellody Hobson

14:14 | Dec 1st, 2018

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that ...Show More
Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

16:15 | Nov 30th, 2018

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empath...Show More
The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera

11:16 | Nov 29th, 2018

With Marvel's "America Chavez," Gabby Rivera wrote a new kind of superhero -- one who can punch portals into other dimensions while also embracing her gentle, goofy, soft side. In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer...Show More
100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann

17:01 | Nov 28th, 2018

What if we took out more greenhouse gases than we put into the atmosphere? This hypothetical scenario, known as "drawdown," is our only hope of averting climate disaster, says strategist Chad Frischmann. In a forward-thinking talk, he shares solution...Show More
When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy? | Nita Farahany

13:04 | Nov 27th, 2018

Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you're thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns o...Show More
The radical possibilities of man-made DNA | Floyd E. Romesberg

13:56 | Nov 26th, 2018

Every cell that's ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G -- the basic units of DNA. But now that's changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organ...Show More
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg

14:24 | Nov 23rd, 2018

On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real hu...Show More
Elizabeth Gilbert shows up for ... everything | The TED Interview

58:57 | Nov 22nd, 2018

As a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert is notorious for placing her heart squarely on her sleeve. Her best-selling memoir "Eat Pray Love" was a sensation precisely because of her eloquent, open-hearted descriptions of fear, divorce and wanting everything lif...Show More
Where do your online returns go? | Aparna Mehta

07:38 | Nov 21st, 2018

Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-openin...Show More
How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux

12:41 | Nov 20th, 2018

Our oceans are unexplored and undersampled -- today, we still know more about other planets than our own. How can we get to a better understanding of this vast, important ecosystem? Explorer Sebastien de Halleux shares how a new fleet of wind- and so...Show More
How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar

14:56 | Nov 19th, 2018

Some days, it feels like the only thing we can agree on is that we can't agree -- on anything. Drawing on her background as a world debate champion, Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreei...Show More
How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis | Alexander Belcredi

11:13 | Nov 16th, 2018

Viruses have a bad reputation -- but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with d...Show More
A librarian's case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek

13:53 | Nov 15th, 2018

Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wa...Show More
Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

13:53 | Nov 14th, 2018

What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to si...Show More
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

15:29 | Nov 13th, 2018

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey tha...Show More
What to trust in a "post-truth" world | Alex Edmans

17:47 | Nov 12th, 2018

Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias -- the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs -- c...Show More
What it's like to be Muslim in America | Dalia Mogahed

16:16 | Nov 10th, 2018

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negat...Show More
The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis

10:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments -- a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down th...Show More
The global goals we've made progress on -- and the ones we haven't | Michael Green

14:11 | Nov 8th, 2018

"We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea," says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important ...Show More