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Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
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Transparency

52:27 | Dec 1st, 2017

Sometimes, being truthful can be uncomfortable — even risky. But can radical honesty and openness change things for the better? This hour, TED speakers take transparency all the way to its limit. Guests include business writer David Burkus, entrepren...Show More
Failure Is An Option

52:48 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Guests include entrepreneur Astro Teller, economist Tim H...Show More
Shifting Time

52:42 | Aug 4th, 2017

We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. Guests include director Cesar Kuriyama, poet Rives...Show More
Beyond Tolerance

53:03 | Jul 28th, 2017

Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? This hour, TED speakers on how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding. Guests include social scientist Arthur Brooks, di...Show More
Becoming Wise

53:04 | Jun 1st, 2018

We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn't mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager, student Adora Svitak, writers Boyd Varty...Show More
The Meaning Of Work

53:09 | Apr 20th, 2018

Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace. Guests include entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, psychologis...Show More
The Money Paradox

53:34 | Jan 19th, 2018

What does money tell us about human nature? How does it motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money. Guests include psychologist Laurie Santos, behavioral economist Keith Chen...Show More
Solve For X

52:19 | Jan 5th, 2018

Math intimidates a lot of us, but it can deliver surprising answers to life's pressing questions. In this episode, TED speakers discuss the elegant simplicity, and giddy complexity, of solving for X. Guests include comic book author Randall Munroe, p...Show More
Maslow's Human Needs

52:55 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Humans need food, sleep, safety, love, purpose. Psychologist Abraham Maslow ordered our needs into a hierarchy. This week, TED speakers explore that spectrum of need, from primal to profound. Guests include psychologist Margie Lachman, neuroscientist...Show More
Manipulation

52:29 | Oct 13th, 2017

We think we're the ones who control what we see, read, think — and remember. But is that true? Who decides? And who should decide? This hour, TED speakers reveal just how easily we can be manipulated. Guests include design ethicist Tristan Harris, MS...Show More
Getting Organized

52:26 | Oct 6th, 2017

Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements. Guests include biology professor Deborah Gordon, comm...Show More
Hardwired

52:21 | Aug 25th, 2017

How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? And how much can we change? This hour, TED speakers on how genes and experience collaborate — and compete — to make us who we are. Guests include neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, epigeneticist Mo...Show More
Rethinking School

52:22 | Aug 11th, 2017

For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change? This hour, TED speakers rethink education.TED speakers include teacher Tyler DeWitt, social e...Show More
Crisis And Response

53:13 | Jul 14th, 2017

Moments of crisis can upend our lives, but can also help define them. This episode, TED speakers explore how a quick, compassionate or unexpected response can turn crisis into opportunity. Guests include physician Ken Kamler, motivational speaker Mat...Show More
Simple Solutions

52:55 | Jul 19th

Original broadcast date: November 17, 2017. Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn't always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests i...Show More
How We Love

53:24 | Jun 28th

Original broadcast date: April 25, 2014. Love is instinctive and essential, but what is it that brings certain people together? In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of connection and relationships. Guests include writers Amy Webb and Jeff K...Show More
Moving Forward

52:30 | Jun 21st

When the life you've built slips out of your grasp, you're often told it's best to move on. But is that true? Instead of forgetting the past, TED speakers describe how we can move forward with it. Guests include writers Nora McInerny and Suleika Jaou...Show More
Climate Crisis

54:29 | Jun 7th

There's no greater threat to humanity than climate change. What can we do to stop the worst consequences? This hour, TED speakers explore how we can save our planet and whether we can do it in time. Guests include climate activist Greta Thunberg, che...Show More
Going Undercover

53:14 | May 17th

Original broadcast date: December 15, 2017. Are deception and secrecy categorically wrong? Or can they be a necessary means to an end? This hour, TED speakers share stories of going undercover to explore unknown territory, and find the truth. Guests ...Show More
Keeping Secrets

52:13 | Apr 26th

Who should get to keep secrets, and who should demand to know them? In this hour, TED speakers talk about the damage secrets can do, and the shifting roles we play when we keep, or share them. In a special updated interview, Global Witness co-founder...Show More
Don't Fear Math

53:36 | Mar 15th

Why do many of us hate, even fear math? Why are we convinced we're bad at it? This hour, TED speakers explore the myths we tell ourselves and how changing our approach can unlock the beauty of math. Guests include budgeting specialist Phylecia Jones,...Show More
Gender, Power, and Fairness

52:32 | Feb 1st

The Me Too movement has changed the way we think and talk about gender discrimination. This hour, TED speakers explore how the conversation has moved beyond a hashtag, and where we go from here. Guests include Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, ac...Show More
Approaching With Kindness

52:38 | Jan 18th

We often forget to say the words "thank you." But can those two words change how you — and those around you — look at the world? This hour, TED speakers on the power of gratitude and appreciation. Guests include author AJ Jacobs, author and former ba...Show More
Painfully Funny

53:47 | Oct 26th, 2018

Original broadcast date: March 24, 2017. Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression. Guests includ...Show More
The Power Of Design

1:00:01 | Aug 24th, 2018

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world. Guests include designer Tony Fadell, architect Marc...Show More
Crisis And Response

53:21 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Moments of crisis can upend our lives, but can also help define them. This episode, TED speakers explore how a quick, compassionate or unexpected response can turn crisis into opportunity. (Original broadcast date: April 1, 2016.)
The Person You Become

51:49 | Jun 15th, 2018

Over the course of our lives, we shed parts of our old selves, embrace new ones, and redefine who we are. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the experiences that shape the person we become. Guests include aerobatics pilot and public speaker ...Show More
Inspire To Action

52:16 | May 18th, 2018

What motivates us to take up a cause, follow a leader, or create change? This hour, TED speakers explore stories of inspirational leadership, and what makes some movements more successful than others. Guests include high school history teacher Diane ...Show More
Nudge

53:28 | Mar 2nd, 2018

It's hard to change habits, but a gentle push can move us in the right direction. This episode, TED speakers offer deceptively simple "nudges" for managing our kids, our health, and our aspirations. Guests include behavioral economist Richard Thaler,...Show More
Adaptation

52:58 | Feb 16th, 2018

Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt. Guests include runner Christopher McDougall, nonp...Show More
The Big Five

51:58 | Jan 12th, 2018

What are the five biggest global challenges we face right now — and what can we do about them? This hour, TED speakers explore some radical solutions to these enduring problems. Guests include geoengineer Tim Kruger, president of the International Re...Show More
The Unknown Brain

52:53 | Dec 8th, 2017

The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain. Guests include neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor, neuroscie...Show More
Press Play

52:34 | Oct 20th, 2017

Does something serious happen when we play? In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. Guests include psychologist Jeffrey Mogil, comedian Cha...Show More
Citizen Science

52:19 | Sep 29th, 2017

We often think that scientific research is reserved for PhDs and other experts. But now that's changing. This hour, TED speakers on how ordinary citizens are helping make groundbreaking discoveries. Guests include tech entrepreneur Joi Ito, biomedica...Show More
Quiet

52:06 | Sep 1st, 2017

In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world? (Original broadcast date: November 21, 2014)
Peering Into Space

53:19 | Jun 30th, 2017

This hour, we'll hear from TED speakers who share an infectious sense of wonder and curiosity about our place in the universe and what lies beyond our skies. TED speakers include physicist Brian Greene, astronomer Phil Plait, and astronomer Jill Tart...Show More
Truth And Lies

53:13 | Jun 23rd, 2017

We live in a time where the line between fact and fiction is increasingly blurry — where each us can live in a constructed reality. This hour, TED speakers share insights on navigating a world where even the facts are up for debate. TED speakers incl...Show More
Success

53:50 | Jun 9th, 2017

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas f...Show More
Disruptive Leadership

53:03 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In this hour, TED speakers talk about what it takes to become a leader and shake up the status quo. TED speakers include Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, General Stanley McChrystal, educator Bunker Roy, entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin, and leadership a...Show More
Wired For Altruism

52:31 | May 26th, 2017

Helping others feels good, but why do some go farther than others? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about altruism — what motivates us to be altruistic, what limits us and do we ever go too far. TED speakers include psychologist Abigail Marsh, c...Show More
How Things Spread

52:36 | May 5th, 2017

What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas. TED speakers include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, neur...Show More
Screen Time - Part II

53:18 | Feb 3rd, 2017

When we go online, we present a digital version of ourselves. How do we transform when we interact inside our screens? In this episode, TED speakers explore the expanding role of our "second selves." (Original broadcast date: September 18, 2015).
Screen Time - Part I

1:01:32 | Jan 27th, 2017

It's normal for us to always be glued to our screens. So how are they changing us, and how will they shape our future? This hour, TED speakers explore our ambivalent relationships with our screens. (Original broadcast date: September 11, 2015).
Anthropocene

52:43 | Sep 30th, 2016

Some scientists say we're in a new geological age where humans are having an unprecedented impact on Earth. This hour, TED speakers ask what this means for the future of our planet, and our species.
Podcast Extra: An Interview With TED's Chris Anderson

16:05 | Jun 1st, 2016

Guy sits down with TED Curator Chris Anderson to talk about the TED phenomenon and his new book on advice for public speaking.
Hidden

52:40 | Mar 18th, 2016

What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives? This hour, TED speakers reveal forgotten cities, underwater canyons, tiny parasites, and a boiling river.
What We Fear

54:31 | Mar 11th, 2016

In this hour, TED speakers explore what it means to be afraid, and how we calm ourselves down — or don't — when we're terrified. (Original broadcast date: May 23, 2014)
How Things Spread

52:56 | Mar 4th, 2016

What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas.
The Money Paradox

52:46 | Feb 19th, 2016

How does money motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money. (Original broadcast date: April 4, 2014)
Anthropomorphic

51:45 | Aug 16th

Do animals grieve? Do they have language or consciousness? For a long time, scientists resisted the urge to look for human qualities in animals. This hour, TED speakers explore how that is changing. Guests include biological anthropologist Barbara Ki...Show More
Press Play

52:33 | Aug 9th

Original broadcast date: March 27, 2015. In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — from tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. Guests include neuroscientist Jeff Mogil, comedian Ch...Show More
How To Be Better

52:29 | Aug 2nd

Self-help advice is filled with quick fixes on "living your best life." But there are no shortcuts. This hour, TED speakers search for meaningful ways to reduce stress, gain confidence, and connect. Guests include conflict mediator Priya Parker, acti...Show More
Dialogue And Exchange

51:58 | Jul 26th

Original broadcast date: October 27, 2017. We're living in a time of intense ideological division, and it often feels impossible to bridge the gap. But can we afford not to? This hour, TED speakers explore how to communicate across the divide. Guests...Show More
Digital Manipulation

52:07 | Jul 12th

Technology has reshaped our lives in amazing ways. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers reveal how what we see, read, believe — even how we vote — can be manipulated by the technology we use. Guests include journalist Carole Cadwalladr, consumer...Show More
7 Deadly Sins

52:54 | Jul 5th

Original broadcast date: February 6, 2016. Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it. Guests include ps...Show More
Future Consequences

52:29 | Jun 14th

Original broadcast date: September 15, 2017. From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions.Guests include de...Show More
Prevention

52:58 | May 31st

Original broadcast date: July 21, 2017. We often know how to plan for the future, but find it hard to take the necessary steps. This hour, TED speakers challenge the inevitable and explore what to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow. TED speak...Show More
Setbacks

54:32 | May 24th

Failure can feel lonely and final. But can we learn from failure, even reframe it, to feel more like a temporary setback? This hour, TED speakers on changing a crushing defeat into a stepping stone. Guests include entrepreneur Leticia Gasca, psycholo...Show More
Jumpstarting Creativity

53:04 | May 10th

Our greatest breakthroughs and triumphs have one thing in common: creativity. But how do you ignite it? And how do you rekindle it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on jumpstarting creativity. Guests include economist Tim Harford, producer Helen...Show More
Becoming Wise

53:25 | May 3rd

Original broadcast date: June 10, 2016. We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn't mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager, ...Show More
Failure Is An Option

52:22 | Apr 19th

Original broadcast date: July 29, 2016. Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Guests include en...Show More
Changing The World

54:09 | Apr 12th

What does it take to change the world for the better? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on activism—what motivates it, why it matters, and how each of us can make a difference. Guests include civil rights activist Ruby Sales, labor leader and civ...Show More
How Things Spread

53:08 | Apr 5th

Original broadcast date: March 4, 2016. What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas. Guests include ...Show More
Confronting Racism

55:33 | Mar 29th

Racism isn't always obvious, but it can be found almost everywhere. This hour, TED speakers explore the effects of everyday and systemic racism in America—and how we can work to defeat it. Guests include authors Brittney Cooper and Monique Morris, jo...Show More
Shifting Time

53:52 | Mar 22nd

Original broadcast date: June 19, 2015. We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. Guests inc...Show More
Hardwired

52:58 | Mar 8th

Original broadcast date: August 25, 2017. How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? And how much can we change? This hour, TED speakers on how genes and experience collaborate — and compete — to make us who we are. TED speakers include ...Show More
Luck, Fortune, And Chance

52:25 | Mar 1st

What makes someone lucky? Can luck be controlled, is it random, or is it based on something else entirely? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about why some people seem so much luckier than others. Guests include former professional poker player L...Show More
A Better You

53:32 | Feb 22nd

(Original broadcast date: June 16, 2017.) Many of us are lured by the promise of self-improvement, but find it hard to follow through. In our 100th episode, TED speakers reveal ways to discover our better selves. TED speakers include entrepreneur Jia...Show More
Bias And Perception

52:31 | Feb 15th

How does bias distort our thinking, our listening, our beliefs... and even our search results? How can we fight it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the unconscious biases that shape us. Guests include writer and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-...Show More
Finite

53:36 | Feb 8th

Original broadcast date: July 17, 2015. In a world with limited resources, can we find ways to salvage what's disappearing? Can we innovate our way out of a finite landscape? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about living with less. Guests includ...Show More
Wired For Altruism

53:52 | Jan 25th

(Original broadcast date: May 26, 2017). Helping others feels good, but why do some go farther than others? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about altruism — what motivates us to be altruistic, what limits us and do we ever go too far. TED speak...Show More
Forgiveness

53:32 | Jan 11th

Original broadcast date: May 12, 2017. When loss, violence, or betrayal test our willingness to forgive — how do we do it anyway? This hour, TED speakers explore the challenges and benefits of forgiving others — and ourselves. Guests include mental h...Show More
Extrasensory

53:01 | Jan 4th

Original broadcast date: March 7, 2014. In this hour, TED speakers question whether we can experience the world more deeply by not only extending our senses — but going beyond them. Guests include artist Neil Harbisson, engineer Todd Kuiken, speech s...Show More
Transformation

53:33 | Dec 28th, 2018

Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges. In a special updated interview, biophysicist Hugh Herr explai...Show More
The Next Frontier

53:08 | Dec 21st, 2018

Colonizing Mars or more distant planets seems like science fiction. But becoming a spacefaring species may be in our near future. This hour, TED speakers on living beyond Earth--and whether we should. Guests include NASA Chief Scientist James Green, ...Show More
Courage

53:48 | Dec 14th, 2018

(Original broadcast date: December 12, 2014) What does it mean to be courageous? Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice? This hour, TED speakers examine the nature of courage and what it takes to risk everything to do the right thing. Gues...Show More
Circular

52:42 | Dec 7th, 2018

We're told if the economy is growing, and if we keep producing, that's a good thing. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers explore circular systems that regenerate and re-use what we already have. Guests include economist Kate Raworth, environmen...Show More
Misconceptions

54:04 | Nov 30th, 2018

Original broadcast date: November 15, 2013. What if truths we believe in are completely wrong? In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. Guests include writers Malco...Show More
Speaking Up

52:53 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Original broadcast date: April 7, 2017. Whether it's asking for a raise or asking for equality, speaking up can be risky — even dangerous. This hour, TED speakers share ideas and stories about taking the crucial step to say something. Guests include ...Show More
Where Joy Hides

52:34 | Nov 16th, 2018

When we focus so much on achievement and success, it's easy to lose sight of joy. This hour, TED speakers search for joy in unexpected places, and explain why it's crucial to a fulfilling life. Speakers include inventor Simone Giertz, designer Ingrid...Show More
Quiet

53:45 | Nov 9th, 2018

Original broadcast date: November 21, 2014. In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world? Guests include environmentalist John Francis,...Show More
Unintended Consequences

53:18 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Human innovation has transformed the way we live, often for the better. But as our technologies grow more powerful, so do their consequences. This hour, TED speakers explore technology's dark side. Guests include writer and artist James Bridle, histo...Show More
The Food We Eat

53:14 | Oct 19th, 2018

Original broadcast date: November 17, 2016. Food is more than nourishment. It's a source of pleasure — and guilt — and an agent of change. This episode, TED speakers explore our deep connection to food, and where it's headed. Guests include community...Show More
Hacking The Law

52:49 | Oct 12th, 2018

We have a vision of justice as blind, impartial, and fair — but in reality, the law often fails those who need it most. This hour, TED speakers explore radical ways to change the legal system. Guests include lawyer and social justice advocate Robin S...Show More
What Makes Us ... Us

53:46 | Oct 5th, 2018

For thousands of years, we've searched to answer the question: Who are we? Today, science has brought us closer than ever to the answer. This hour, TED speakers share ideas on what makes us ... us. In a brand new interview, neuroscientist Anil Seth e...Show More
Building Humane Cities

52:31 | Sep 28th, 2018

Cities are symbols of hope and opportunity. But today, overcrowding and gentrification are hurting their most vulnerable residents. This hour, TED speakers explore how we can build more humane cities. Guests include architects Liz Ogbu and Vishaan Ch...Show More
Getting Better

53:25 | Sep 21st, 2018

Original broadcast date: February 10, 2017. We expect a lot of our doctors, but they don't always have the best tools to treat us. This episode, TED speakers explore new ways to think about disease, diagnosis, and the delicate art of healing. Guests ...Show More
Decisions Decisions Decisions

52:23 | Sep 14th, 2018

Original broadcast date: March 10, 2017. Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them. Guests includ...Show More
Dying Well

53:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Is there a way to talk about death candidly, without fear ... and even with humor? How can we best prepare for it with those we love? This hour, TED speakers explore the beauty of life ... and death. Guests include lawyer Jason Rosenthal, humorist Em...Show More
Hidden

54:30 | Aug 31st, 2018

What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives? This hour, TED speakers reveal forgotten cities, underwater canyons, tiny parasites, and a boiling river. In a special updated interview, space archaeologist...Show More
The Power Of Design

1:00:01 | Aug 24th, 2018

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world. Guests include designer Tony Fadell, architect Marc...Show More
The Story Behind The Numbers

51:43 | Aug 17th, 2018

Is life today better than ever before? Does the data bear that out? This hour, TED speakers explore the stories we tell with numbers — and whether those stories portray the full picture. Guests include psychologist Steven Pinker, economists Tyler Cow...Show More
The Spirit Of Inquiry

52:58 | Aug 10th, 2018

The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough. Guests include educator Michael Stevens, professo...Show More
The Right To Speak

52:10 | Jul 27th, 2018

Should all speech, even the most offensive, be allowed on college campuses? And is hearing from those we deeply disagree with ... worth it? This hour, TED speakers explore the debate over free speech. Guests include recent college graduate Zachary Wo...Show More
The Five Senses

53:30 | Jul 20th, 2018

The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don't fully understand them. This episode, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture "reality." Guests include astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced, genet...Show More
Why We Hate

51:45 | Jul 13th, 2018

From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate — and how we can fight it. Guests include reformed white nationalist Chris...Show More
Networks

52:55 | Jul 6th, 2018

Networks surround and sustain us, in nature, in our bodies, in relationships, in the digital world. This hour, TED speakers explore how we rely on networks and how we have the power to shape them. Guests include ecologist Suzanne Simard, UPS executiv...Show More
Hidden Potential

51:45 | Jun 29th, 2018

Are grit and perseverance enough to succeed? Or does someone need to give you a chance? This hour, TED speakers explore why some are overlooked despite their talents, and how that can begin to change. Guests include recovering politician Jeff Smith, ...Show More
Anthropocene

52:48 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Some scientists say we're in a new geological age where humans are having an unprecedented impact on Earth. This hour, TED speakers ask what this means for the future of our planet, and our species. Guests include paleontologists Kenneth Lacovara and...Show More
Animals And Us

52:49 | Jun 8th, 2018

Our relationship with animals is complicated: we love and fear them; hunt, consume and protect them. In this hour, TED speakers explore what happens when humans and animals interact. Guests include writer Jon Mooallem, animal trainer Ian Dunbar, poet...Show More
Attention Please

52:34 | May 25th, 2018

In an age of constant information and infinite distractions, how can we pay more attention to our ... attention? This hour, TED speakers explore the battle for our awareness during the digital age. Guests include sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, podcast h...Show More
The Fountain Of Youth

52:50 | May 11th, 2018

Aging is inevitable. We can slow it down a little, but could we ever bring it to a grinding halt? In this episode, TED speakers explore how we all might live longer and even better lives. Guests include writer and explorer Dan Buettner, anti-aging ad...Show More
The Act Of Listening

53:25 | May 4th, 2018

Listening — to loved ones, strangers, faraway places — is an act of generosity and a source of discovery. In this episode, TED speakers describe how we change when we listen deeply. In a special updated interview, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reflect...Show More
Comfort Zone

51:53 | Apr 27th, 2018

We're all guilty of getting too comfortable - with our routines, social circles, the status quo. But is it stopping us from growing? This hour, TED speakers explore ways to push out of comfort zones. Guests include entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Ferr...Show More
Everything Is Connected

53:15 | Apr 13th, 2018

In this hour, TED speakers explain how everything in nature is connected, and how we can restore its delicate balance. Guests include journalist George Monbiot, author Jane Poynter, bioacoustician Bernie Krause, and entomologist Marla Spivak (Origina...Show More
Turning Kids Into Grown-Ups

52:58 | Apr 6th, 2018

Parenting is fraught with uncertainty, changing with each generation. This hour, TED speakers share ideas about raising kids and how — despite our best efforts — we're probably still doing it wrong. Guests include former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-...Show More
Trust And Consequences

53:48 | Mar 30th, 2018

Our lives are fueled by trust: in our loved ones, our colleagues, our leaders. But how do we cultivate it, and restore if it's lost? In this episode, TED speakers explore our relationship with trust. Guests include conductor Charles Hazlewood, manage...Show More
In Search Of

53:22 | Mar 23rd, 2018

How far would you go to find something that's just out of reach, or maybe not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea creatures and distant aliens. Guests include astronomer Seth Shostak, oceanographer Edith...Show More
The Consequences Of Racism

52:44 | Mar 16th, 2018

What does it mean to be judged before you walk through the door? What are the consequences? This week, TED speakers delve into the ways racism impacts our lives, from education, to health, to safety. Guests include poet and writer Clint Smith, writer...Show More
Decoding Our Emotions

53:23 | Mar 9th, 2018

We experience powerful emotions all of the time, but what are they exactly? Where do they come from? This hour, TED speakers invoke history, language, science and music to help us think about the way we feel. Guests include writer John Koenig, cultur...Show More
Confronting Stigma

52:44 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Why do we harshly judge certain behaviors or conditions, making it harder to talk honestly about them? This hour, TED speakers confront stigmas around addiction, depression, HIV and sex work. Guests include journalist Johann Hari, TV/film producer an...Show More
Peering Deeper Into Space

52:20 | Feb 9th, 2018

The past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. This hour, TED speakers explore the implications of these advances — and the lingering mysteries of the cosmos. Guests include theoretical physicist Allan Adams, p...Show More
Slowing Down

53:21 | Feb 2nd, 2018

We're always asked to be faster and more precise. But what can we learn from slowing down — even procrastinating? This hour, TED speakers explore why taking it slow is crucial...for all of us. Guests include TV producer Thomas Hellum, psychologist Ad...Show More
Can We Trust The Numbers?

52:45 | Jan 26th, 2018

Data, statistics and algorithms dominate every aspect of our lives. But how accurate are they, and how fair? This hour, TED speakers explore the ups and downs of relying too much on the numbers. Guests include mathematician and data scientist Cathy O...Show More
What Is Beauty?

53:11 | Dec 29th, 2017

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty. Guests include the late philosopher D...Show More
Rethinking Medicine

52:15 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Our approach to treating disease is, in many ways, narrow and rooted in the past. Is it time for a new paradigm? This hour, TED speakers share their visions for new ways to understand medicine. Guests include cancer physician and writer Siddhartha Mu...Show More
Going Undercover

52:57 | Dec 15th, 2017

Are deception and secrecy categorically wrong? Or can they be a necessary means to an end? This hour, TED speakers share stories of going undercover to explore unknown territory, and find the truth. Guests include poet and activist Theo E.J. Wilson, ...Show More
Big Data Revolution

52:55 | Nov 24th, 2017

Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated? This hour, TED speakers imagine how Big Data will reshape our world. Guests include tech journalist Kenneth Cukier, scientist...Show More
Simple Solutions

52:12 | Nov 17th, 2017

Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn't always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests include designer Mileha Soneji, chef Sam Kass...Show More
How Art Changes Us

52:56 | Nov 10th, 2017

Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Guests include painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, ...Show More
Dialogue And Exchange

52:08 | Oct 27th, 2017

We're living in a time of intense ideological division, and it often feels impossible to bridge the gap. But can we afford not to? This hour, TED speakers explore how to communicate across the divide. Guests include social media activist Megan Phelps...Show More
Future Consequences

52:17 | Sep 15th, 2017

From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions. Guests include designer Anab Jain, futurist Juan Enriquez, bi...Show More
The Power of Design

58:54 | Sep 8th, 2017

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world. Guests include computer engineer Tony Fadell, archi...Show More
Fighting Cancer

52:26 | Aug 18th, 2017

Cancer is merciless. It can strike any time, spread without warning, and return unannounced. In this hour, TED speakers reframe not only how we treat cancer, but how we live with it and survive it. Guests include cancer technologist Jorge Soto, Dr. D...Show More
Prevention

52:38 | Jul 21st, 2017

We often know how to plan for the future, but find it hard to take the necessary steps. This hour, TED speakers challenge the inevitable and explore what to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow.TED speakers include neuroscientists Daniel Leviti...Show More
Hidden

52:36 | Jul 7th, 2017

What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives? This hour, TED speakers reveal forgotten cities, underwater canyons, tiny parasites, and a boiling river. TED speakers include computer scientist Abe Davis, ...Show More
A Better You

51:53 | Jun 16th, 2017

Many of us are lured by the promise of self-improvement, but find it hard to follow through. In our 100th episode, TED speakers reveal ways to discover our better selves, from simple hacks to deep introspection. TED speakers include entrepreneur Jia ...Show More
7 Deadly Sins

52:15 | May 19th, 2017

Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it. TED speakers include psychologist Christopher Ryan, Oklahoma...Show More
Forgiveness

52:48 | May 12th, 2017

When loss, violence or betrayal test our willingness to forgive — how do we do it anyway? This hour, TED speakers explore the challenges and benefits of forgiving others and ourselves. TED speakers include Sue Klebold, Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger, and...Show More
To Endure

52:52 | Apr 28th, 2017

What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength. (Original Broadcast Date: February 11, 2016).
The Digital Industrial Revolution

52:41 | Apr 21st, 2017

As machine learning surpasses human intelligence, where does that leave us? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the exciting and terrifying future of human-robot collaboration.
How It All Began

54:50 | Apr 14th, 2017

In this hour, TED speakers explore our origins as a species — who we are, where we come from, where we're headed — and how we're connected to everything that came before us. (Original Broadcast Date: October 24, 2014).
Speaking Up

54:00 | Apr 7th, 2017

Whether it's asking for a raise or asking for equality, speaking up can be risky — even dangerous. This hour, TED speakers share ideas and stories about taking the crucial step to say something.
Building Better Cities

52:27 | Mar 31st, 2017

Cities are among our greatest experiments in human co-habitation. Do they also hold the answers to some of our biggest problems? This hour, TED speakers explore how cities can change the world. (Original Broadcast Date: January 08, 2016).
Painfully Funny

52:23 | Mar 24th, 2017

Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression.
Open Source World

52:35 | Mar 17th, 2017

The era of open source has led to countless innovations. When does it work and when is it chaos? In this episode, TED speakers explore how open source is changing how we build, collaborate and govern. (Original Broadcast Date: October 23, 2015).
Decisions Decisions Decisions

52:51 | Mar 10th, 2017

Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them.
Spoken And Unspoken

53:38 | Mar 3rd, 2017

We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect. (Original Broadcast Date: December 13, 2013).
The Spirit Of Inquiry

52:13 | Feb 24th, 2017

The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough.
Playing With Perceptions

54:01 | Feb 17th, 2017

Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes. (Original broadcast date: November 14, 2014)
Getting Better

52:18 | Feb 10th, 2017

We expect a lot of our doctors, but they don't always have the best tools to treat us. This episode, TED speakers explore new ways to think about disease, diagnosis, and the delicate art of healing.
The Five Senses

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2017

The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don't fully understand them. This episode, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture "reality."
Networks

53:57 | Jan 13th, 2017

Networks surround and sustain us, in nature, in our bodies, in relationships, in the digital world. This hour, TED speakers explore how we rely on networks and how we have the power to shape them.
The Hero's Journey

51:46 | Jan 6th, 2017

From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars — why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? This hour, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey. (Original broadcast date: December 18, 2015).
Simply Happy

53:07 | Dec 30th, 2016

In this hour, finding happiness may be simpler than you think. (Original broadcast date: February 14, 2014).
Believers And Doubters

0:00 | Dec 23rd, 2016

In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout. (Original Broadcast Date: November 22, 2013).
Reconciliation

0:00 | Dec 16th, 2016

In a world that seems more divided than ever, how do we begin to find middle ground? This episode, TED speakers on how to look past anger, fear, and even violence to reconcile our differences.
Just A Little Nicer

52:40 | Dec 9th, 2016

Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future. (Original broadcast date: December 19, 2014).
Headspace

53:54 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Some of our most powerful feelings — stress, depression, despair — are the hardest to understand. This hour, TED speakers challenge assumptions about emotion, disquiet and the essence of well-being. (Original broadcast date: November 6, 2015).
Giving It Away

0:00 | Nov 25th, 2016

In this hour, stories from TED speakers who are "giving it away" in new and surprising ways, and the things that happen in return. (Original broadcast date: May 17, 2013).
The Food We Eat

51:59 | Nov 18th, 2016

Food is more than nourishment. It's a source of pleasure — and guilt — and an agent of change. This episode, TED speakers explore our deep connection to food, and where it's headed.
Finite

48:46 | Nov 11th, 2016

In a world with limited resources, can we find ways to salvage what's disappearing? Can we innovate our way out of a finite landscape? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about living with less. (Original broadcast date: July 17, 2015).
Democracy On Trial

52:39 | Nov 4th, 2016

Democracy is often hailed as the best form of government. But with a growing sense of distrust, should we rethink the whole system? This hour, TED speakers ask if democracy is truly our best option.
Adaptation

51:55 | Oct 28th, 2016

Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt. (Original broadcast date: November 20, 2015).
Toxic

51:52 | Oct 21st, 2016

It's an unpleasant thought, but we're exposed to toxins every day. This episode, TED speakers ask: should we accept our toxic world as reality or can we make change?
The Meaning Of Work

52:22 | Oct 14th, 2016

Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace. (Original broadcast date: October 10, 2015).
How We Love

53:53 | Oct 7th, 2016

Love is instinctive and essential, but what is it that brings certain people together? In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of connection and relationships. (Original broadcast date: April 25, 2014).
Amateur Hour

52:44 | Sep 23rd, 2016

What does it take to survive, even thrive, when you're a complete amateur? This hour, TED speakers share stories of plunging — or being plunged — into new situations and emerging as experts. (Original broadcast date: August 14, 2015).
Extrasensory

53:02 | Sep 16th, 2016

In this hour, TED speakers question whether we can experience the world more deeply by not only extending our senses — but going beyond them. (Original broadcast date: March 7, 2014).
Big Data Revolution

52:38 | Sep 9th, 2016

Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated? This hour, TED speakers imagine how Big Data will reshape our world.
The Act Of Listening

52:32 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Listening — to loved ones, strangers, faraway places — is an act of generosity and a source of discovery. In this episode, TED speakers describe how we change when we listen deeply. (Original broadcast date: June 5, 2015).
Slowing Down

52:45 | Aug 26th, 2016

We're always asked to be faster and more precise. But what can we learn from slowing down — even procrastinating? This hour, TED speakers explore why taking it slow is crucial...for all of us.
Why We Lie

53:19 | Aug 19th, 2016

Let's face it: people lie. We lie to each other and to ourselves. Is there a deeper reason why we do it? In this episode, TED speakers deconstruct the hard truths of deception. (Original broadcast date: June 20, 2014).
Brand Over Brain

53:07 | Aug 12th, 2016

Brands help us assign value to almost everything we buy. But is there a way to know the difference between real and created value? In this episode, TED speakers explore the seductive power of brands. (Original broadcast date: May 9, 2014).
Shifting Time

52:44 | Aug 5th, 2016

We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. (Original broadcast date: June 19, 2015).
Failure Is An Option

52:29 | Jul 29th, 2016

Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives.
The Fountain Of Youth

52:48 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Aging is inevitable. We can slow it down a little, but could we ever bring it to a grinding halt? In this episode, TED speakers explore how we all might live longer and even better lives. (Original broadcast date: May 22, 2015).
What Makes Us ... Us

52:25 | Jul 15th, 2016

For thousands of years, we've searched to answer the question: Who are we? Today, science has brought us closer than ever to the answer. This hour, TED speakers share ideas on what makes us ... us.
Animals And Us

55:26 | Jul 8th, 2016

Our relationship with animals is complicated: we love and fear them; hunt, consume and protect them. In this hour, TED speakers explore what happens when humans and animals interact. (Original broadcast date: September 5, 2014).
Growing Up

52:54 | Jul 1st, 2016

What makes us who we are? How do parents mold children into who they are? In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our upbringing shapes us. (Original broadcast date: August 1, 2014).
Nudge

52:08 | Jun 24th, 2016

It's hard to change habits, but a gentle push can move us in the right direction. This episode,TED speakers offer deceptively simple "nudges" for managing our kids, our health, and our aspirations.
Trust and Consequences

53:34 | Jun 17th, 2016

Our lives are fueled by trust: in our loved ones, our colleagues, our leaders. But how do we cultivate it, and restore if it's lost? In this episode, TED speakers explore our relationship with trust. (Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015).
What Is Original?

53:21 | Apr 8th, 2016

When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing and riffing make all of us innovators. (Original broadcast date: June 27, 2014)
To Endure

52:31 | Feb 11th, 2016

What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength.
7 Deadly Sins

52:13 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it. (Original broadcast date: February 6, 2015)
Building Better Cities

52:18 | Jan 8th, 2016

Cities are among our greatest experiments in human co-habitation. Do they also hold the answers to some of our biggest problems? This hour, TED speakers explore how cities can change the world.
Believers And Doubters

51:51 | Dec 25th, 2015

In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout. (Original broadcast date: November 22, 2013)
The Hero's Journey

51:39 | Dec 18th, 2015

From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars — why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? This hour, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey.
Just A Little Nicer

52:44 | Dec 4th, 2015

Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future. (Original broadcast date: December 19, 2014)
Disruptive Leadership

51:17 | Nov 27th, 2015

Is leadership only reserved for the extraordinary few? Who has what it takes to disrupt the status quo? In this hour, TED speakers share ideas about what it takes to forge a new path. (Original broadcast date: January 17, 2014)
Adaptation

52:02 | Nov 20th, 2015

Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt.
Headspace

52:21 | Nov 6th, 2015

Some of our most powerful feelings — stress, depression, despair — are the hardest to understand. This hour, TED speakers challenge assumptions about emotion, disquiet and the essence of well-being.
Playing With Perceptions

53:51 | Oct 30th, 2015

Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes. (Original broadcast date: November 14, 2014)