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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 leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks, given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe, is also available in video format.

Episode Date
How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod
00:05:26
The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps, rescue boats and the shorelines of Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees (a quarter of which are children) reframe their experiences through short, powerful psychological interventions. "We can all do something to prevent this mental health catastrophe," Daod says. "We need to acknowledge that first aid is not just needed for the body, but it has also to include the mind, the soul."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/S17jz6CjqYE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 20, 2018
Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum
00:12:42
What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how "empathetic technology" can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. "If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide," Crum says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/V49G5BVSWD0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 19, 2018
The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal
00:15:54
In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males -- generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping -- and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. "Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male," de Waal says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/UocfRyUm8xo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 18, 2018
Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty
00:05:41
Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we're a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process -- and not the end of the line. "We're not the goal of evolution," Chakrabarty says. "Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life -- connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but to our extinct relatives and our evolutionary ancestors."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/XBIvLOzwuug" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 15, 2018
How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
00:05:49
In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we're erasing the very struggles that got us to where we are now," she says. "Indigenizing my queerness means bridging the many exceptional parts of myself."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Rt5BLnhRFNg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2018
The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni
00:09:27
Robots are designed for speed and precision -- but their rigidity has often limited how they're used. In this illuminating talk, biomedical engineer Giada Gerboni shares the latest developments in "soft robotics," an emerging field that aims to create nimble machines that imitate nature, like a robotic octopus. Learn more about how these flexible structures could play a critical role in surgery, medicine and our daily lives.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/sMIwhZHMJg0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2018
How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark
00:17:15
Many artificial intelligence researchers expect AI to outsmart humans at all tasks and jobs within decades, enabling a future where we're restricted only by the laws of physics, not the limits of our intelligence. MIT physicist and AI researcher Max Tegmark separates the real opportunities and threats from the myths, describing the concrete steps we should take today to ensure that AI ends up being the best -- rather than worst -- thing to ever happen to humanity.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/3bwA-dso14M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 13, 2018
What we'll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques
00:13:31
In this imaginative talk, neuroengineer Sam Rodriques takes us on a thrilling tour of the next 100 years in brain science. He envisions strange (and sometimes frightening) innovations that may be the key to understanding and treating brain disease -- like lasers that drill tiny holes in our skulls and allow probes to study the electrical activity of our neurons.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/dkQ5ycMD19I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 12, 2018
The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal
00:14:08
In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss -- as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/SVNUqKG0TB8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 12, 2018
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
00:11:51
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 how we can get back on track with "Objectives and Key Results," or OKRs -- a goal-setting system that's been employed by the likes of Google, Intel and Bono to set and execute on audacious goals. Learn more about how setting the right goals can mean the difference between success and failure -- and how we can use OKRs to hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/kqAeKU6-XUA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 11, 2018
The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean's twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik
00:10:01
What will we find in the twilight zone: the vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface? Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wants to find out. In this wonder-filled talk, she shares her plan to investigate these uncharted waters, which may hold a million new species and 90 percent of the world's fish biomass, using submersible technology. What we discover there won't just astound us, Sosik says -- it will help us be better stewards of the world's oceans. (This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of The Audacious Project, TED's new initiative to inspire global change.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/GHr23EG6Htw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 08, 2018
Inside the fight against Russia's fake news empire | Olga Yurkova
00:05:16
When facts are false, decisions are wrong, says editor and TED Fellow Olga Yurkova. To stop the spread of fake news, she and a group of journalists launched StopFake.org, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we've lost in our journalists, leaders and institutions. Learn more about the fight against misinformation as well as two critical ways we can ensure we're not reading (or sharing) fake news.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/MeVhrQhswiw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 07, 2018
Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve | Enric Sala
00:13:05
What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas -- some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country -- by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world's ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes we will restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean. "When we can align economic needs with conservation, miracles can happen," Sala says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/-LTGUHCrEWU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2018
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
00:13:40
Can technology make people safer from threats like violent extremism, censorship and persecution? In this illuminating talk, technologist Yasmin Green details programs pioneered at Jigsaw (a unit within Alphabet Inc., the collection of companies that also includes Google) to counter radicalization and online harassment -- including a project that could give commenters real-time feedback about how their words might land, which has already increased spaces for dialogue. "If we ever thought that we could build an internet insulated from the dark side of humanity, we were wrong," Green says. "We have to throw our entire selves into building solutions that are as human as the problems they aim to solve."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/xICDD6eiIVQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2018
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig
00:09:31
If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials -- a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with making balanced decisions for the greater good of everyone. Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan politics.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/C58CavWT51o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 05, 2018
The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski
00:12:01
Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she's put it to use to save patrons' lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/H4NYDk_4IFM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 05, 2018
Why theater is essential to democracy | Oskar Eustis
00:13:10
Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places across the US where the theater, like many other institutions, has turned its back -- like the deindustrialized Rust Belt. "Our job is to try to hold up a vision to America that shows not only who all of us are individually, but that welds us back into the commonality that we need to be," Eustis says. "That's what the theater is supposed to do."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/2Kvfx7inedY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 04, 2018
How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource | Aaswath Raman
00:13:27
What if we could use the cold darkness of outer space to cool buildings on earth? In this mind-blowing talk, physicist Aaswath Raman details the technology he's developing to harness "night-sky cooling" -- a natural phenomenon where infrared light escapes earth and heads to space, carrying heat along with it -- which could dramatically reduce the energy used by our cooling systems (and the pollution they cause). Learn more about how this approach could lead us towards a future where we intelligently tap into the energy of the universe.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/I7w_LwAVufQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 01, 2018
How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr
00:10:46
Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes -- and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating murders. (This talk contains graphic images.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/fjbfW5GGvrE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 31, 2018
What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown
00:06:41
Gardens are mirrors of our lives, says environmental artist tobacco brown, and we must cultivate them with care to harvest their full beauty. Drawing on her experience bringing natural public art installations to cities around the world, brown reveals what gardening can teach us about creating lives of compassion, connection and grace.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/40uXJ-wVt6I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 31, 2018
How we'll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr
00:15:13
Humans will soon have new bodies that forever blur the line between the natural and synthetic worlds, says bionics designer Hugh Herr. In an unforgettable talk, he details "NeuroEmbodied Design," a methodology for creating cyborg function that he's developing at MIT, and shows us a future where we've augmented our bodies in a way that will redefine human potential -- and, maybe, turn us into superheroes. "During the twilight years of this century, I believe humans will be unrecognizable in morphology and dynamics from what we are today," Herr says. "Humanity will take flight and soar."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ZvOndZSKfVo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 30, 2018
A teen scientist's invention to help wounds heal | Anushka Naiknaware
00:06:58
Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don't heal properly due to preexisting conditions like diabetes and account for billions in medical costs worldwide. Join Naiknaware as she explains how her "smart bandage" works -- and how she's sharing her story to inspire others to make a difference.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/e19wZeTLobM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 29, 2018
This simple test can help kids hear better | Susan Emmett
00:05:24
Children who live in rural areas can have a hard time getting to the doctor -- much less to an audiologist's clinic for expensive, complex tests to check their hearing. The result for too many kids is hearing loss caused by ear infections and other curable or preventable problems. That's why ear surgeon and TED Fellow Susan Emmett is working with 15 communities in rural Alaska to create a simple, low-cost test that only requires a cell phone. Learn more about her work and how it could change the lives of children who don't have access to hearing care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/_aJtouZFg-E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 29, 2018
How to talk to veterans about war | Wes Moore
00:14:27
Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain -- who went on to write "The Other Wes Moore" -- explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it's just not sufficient. It's a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories -- and listen.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/4pGDUJ1Vgd0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 28, 2018
Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang
00:10:36
Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education -- and reveals some unexpected insights about their potential for helping kids learn.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/28htNLVNRbc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 25, 2018
How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes
00:12:16
Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide -- but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he's on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally silent men in his community open up about their struggles. "We can all be life preservers," he says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/yI8OR474A4M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 24, 2018
How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson
00:13:07
Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies "teaming," where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/e2xxFqvtOxg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 24, 2018
How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine
00:15:27
With her signature wit and wisdom, Emily Levine meets her ultimate challenge as a comedian/philosopher: she makes dying funny. In this personal talk, she takes us on her journey to make friends with reality -- and peace with death. Life is an enormous gift, Levine says: "You enrich it as best you can, and then you give it back."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/IppNr8e3rKw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 23, 2018
The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
00:13:44
Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he's received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/R_KjHUdswcE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 22, 2018
What it's like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain
00:08:01
Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives of immigrants and shares the stories of the worlds they belong to. "We're walking melting pots of culture," Rain says. "If something in that pot smells new or different to you, don't turn up your nose. Ask us to share."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Y98EfZVzO7U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 22, 2018
Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee
00:13:38
Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find -- and create -- more of it in the world around us.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ntuI_IIFYgY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 21, 2018
Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
00:18:22
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons." (Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/a_5FQsXLXvM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 18, 2018
How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad
00:05:18
TED Fellow Nighat Dad studies online harassment, especially as it relates to patriarchal cultures like the one in her small village in Pakistan. She tells the story of how she set up Pakistan's first cyber harassment helpline, offering support to women who face serious threats online. "Safe access to the internet is access to knowledge, and knowledge is freedom," she says. "When I fight for a woman's digital rights, I am fighting for equality."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/t_4ZCD_GlpQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 17, 2018
The age-old sharing economies of Africa -- and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth
00:09:14
From rides to homes and beyond, we're sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing economy seems, it's been alive in Africa for centuries, according to author Robert Neuwirth. He shares fascinating examples -- like apprenticeships that work like locally generated venture capital and systems for allocating scarce water -- and says that if we can propagate and scale these models, they could help communities thrive from the bottom up.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Ech5D-5_XHE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 17, 2018
Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan
00:13:55
"You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science," says Kirsty Duncan, Canada's first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day -- and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/QdIv9NxTnfs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 16, 2018
The problem with all-stars | WorkLife with Adam Grant
00:33:14
The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins the team to talk about why stars are overrated and role players are underrated -- and how humility can go hand in hand with confidence. Also featuring "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis and Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics. This episode is brought to you by JPMorgan Chase & Co, Accenture, Bonobos and Warby Parker. (Audio only)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/w7ZM_XwXyXg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 15, 2018
The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam
00:07:07
Local humanitarians are beacons of light in the darkness of war, says humanitarian aid entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rola Hallam. She's working to help responders on the ground in devastated communities like Syria, where the destruction of health care is being used as a weapon of war. One of her campaigns achieved a global first: a crowdfunded hospital. Since it opened in 2017, the aptly named Hope Hospital has treated thousands of children. "Local humanitarians have the courage to persist, to dust themselves off from the wreckage and to start again, risking their lives to save others," Hallam says. "We can match their courage by not looking away or turning our backs."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/k6nT1ZFiE-k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 15, 2018
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
00:15:53
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/uma3gXoKAUo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 14, 2018
The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski
00:15:16
Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there's a disconnect between physical response and the experience of pleasure and desire. Talking about such intimate, private moments can feel awkward or difficult, yet in this straightforward talk Nagoski urges all of us to share this crucial information with someone -- judges, lawyers, partners, kids. "With every brave conversation we have, we make the world that little bit better," says Nagoski. (This talk contains mature content.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/TPE0F5U8Pc4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 11, 2018
What it's like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs
00:13:44
LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life," Hannahs says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/F0dAgOkZO30" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 10, 2018
Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel
00:11:00
Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/fYCzlt8sTIA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 09, 2018
A playful solution to the housing crisis | Sarah Murray
00:10:41
Frustrated by her lack of self-determination in the housing market, Sarah Murray created a computer game that allows home buyers to design a house and have it delivered to them in modular components that can be assembled on-site. Learn how her effort is putting would-be homeowners in control of the largest purchase of their lives -- as well as cutting costs, protecting the environment and helping provide homes for those in need.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/JUX2_lqfab8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2018
How Baltimore called a ceasefire | Erricka Bridgeford
00:11:27
In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood -- what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the murders and violence in her hometown of Baltimore. So she helped organize the Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots campaign to keep the peace. In a passionate, personal talk, Bridgeford tells the story of the Ceasefire movement and their bigger vision for zero murders in Baltimore.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/44rihDqGS0g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2018
What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
00:12:22
Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they're on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. In a dynamic talk, Vulchi and Guo pair the personal stories they've collected with research and statistics to reveal two fundamental gaps in our racial literacy -- and how we can overcome them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/RWxDqZeSno0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2018
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei
00:15:05
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 worked on during a recent stint at Uber. "If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress," Frei says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/nHgzPe4yEZc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 04, 2018
Why you don't like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger
00:12:42
Your voice is indistinguishable from how other people see you, but your relationship with it is far from obvious. Rébecca Kleinberger studies how we use and understand our voices and the voices of others. She explains why you may not like the sound of your own voice on recordings, the differences between your outward, inward and inner voices -- and the extraordinary things you communicate without being aware of it.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/mQeTAO_FVUU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 03, 2018
To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas
00:08:34
What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can't handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we're often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology -- and how a deeper understanding of the context where it's used can lead us to better solutions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/JdTiRsm62CI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 03, 2018
It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn
00:06:13
To make accountability the norm after gender violence in the United States, we need to change tactics, says victims' rights attorney and TED Fellow Laura L. Dunn. Instead of going institution by institution, fighting for reform, we need to go to the Constitution and finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which would require states to address gender inequality and violence. By ushering in sweeping change, Dunn says, "our legal system can become a system of justice, and #MeToo can finally become 'no more.'"<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/B-yHMxBLcK0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 02, 2018
How a male contraceptive pill could work | John Amory
00:06:23
Andrologist John Amory is developing innovative male contraception that gives men a new option for taking responsibility to prevent unintended pregnancy. He details the science in development -- and why the world needs a male pill.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/daxBcRNiJ2c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 01, 2018
Why tech needs the humanities | Eric Berridge
00:11:12
If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences, says entrepreneur Eric Berridge. He shares why tech companies should look beyond STEM graduates for new hires -- and how people with backgrounds in the arts and humanities can bring creativity and insight to technical workplaces.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/jb__ItJdgfQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 01, 2018
Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker
00:18:32
Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. But progress isn't inevitable, and it doesn't mean everything gets better for everyone all the time, Pinker says. Instead, progress is problem-solving, and we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. "We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one," he says. "But there's no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/2HeG6GbpVUk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 30, 2018
How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron
00:10:52
Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like "Every Single Word" and "Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People" -- but he's found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he's developed an unexpected coping mechanism: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking a simple question: "Why did you write that?" In a thoughtful talk about how we interact online, Marron explains how sometimes the most subversive thing you can do is actually speak with people you disagree with, not simply at them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ZnruJLpdCCM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 27, 2018
What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry
00:10:46
Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn't get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking he knew it all about being a stay-at-home parent to realizing he knew nothing at all -- and how he's now documenting what he's learned.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/rvA09Mx6mw0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 26, 2018
How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly
00:11:30
When lawyer Sarah Donnelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, she turned to her friends and family for support -- but she also found meaning, focus and stability in her work. In a personal talk about why and how she stayed on the job, she shares her insights on how workplaces can accommodate people going through major illnesses -- because the benefits go both ways.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/SFmyQXRxt38" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 26, 2018
A woman's fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross
00:10:35
The global collection of women's experiences can no longer be ignored, says actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross. In a candid, fearless talk, she delivers invitations to a better future to both men and women.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/PEuknVarQ8Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 25, 2018
Visions of Africa's future, from African filmmakers | Dayo Ogunyemi
00:11:45
By expanding boundaries, exploring possibilities and conveying truth, films have helped change Africa's reality (even before "Black Panther"). Dayo Ogunyemi invites us to imagine Africa's future through the lens of inspiring filmmakers from across the continent, showing us how they can inspire Africa to make a hundred-year leap.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/qmoE-pHEeEI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 24, 2018
War and what comes after | Clemantine Wamariya
00:12:43
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan Civil War forced her and her sister to flee their home in Kigali, leaving their parents and everything they knew behind. In this deeply personal talk, she tells the story of how she became a refugee, living in camps in seven countries over the next six years -- and how she's tried to make sense of what came after.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/6LNi-ssTWI8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 24, 2018
SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell
00:21:30
What's up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk's pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX's race to put people into orbit and the organization's next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars -- but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ngkph1UUeFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 23, 2018
A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
00:15:46
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 Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns -- and invites people to come up with their own answers, too. Above all, she asks us to take a cue from the student activists at her school, survivors whose work for change has moved millions to action. "They shouldn't have to do this on their own," Wolk-Rogers says. "They're asking you to get involved."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/m2xuG7YXi7o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 20, 2018
Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
00:11:22
We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/yG5M10NXQF8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 19, 2018
The "dead zone" of the Gulf of Mexico | Nancy Rabalais
00:12:02
Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico -- where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what's causing it -- and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America's natural treasures.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/VH8AfJQTU6k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2018
The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall
00:16:31
Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/bsxhCcEEYX4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2018
A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer
00:10:15
Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/_cnoP4X1bjg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 17, 2018
What's missing in the global debate over refugees | Yasin Kakande
00:04:27
In the ongoing debate over refugees, we hear from everyone -- from politicians who pledge border controls to citizens who fear they'll lose their jobs -- everyone, that is, except migrants themselves. Why are they coming? Journalist and TED Fellow Yasin Kakande explains what compelled him and many others to flee their homelands, urging a more open discussion and a new perspective. Because humanity's story, he reminds us, is a story of migration: "There are no restrictions that could ever be so rigorous to stop the wave of migration that has determined our human history," he says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/hHrO7NuRM30" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 16, 2018
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
00:14:24
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 human consequences -- people lose jobs, homes and lives, and it drives racial disparities in the legal system. Robin Steinberg has a bold idea to change this. In this powerful talk, she outlines the plan for The Bail Project -- an unprecedented national revolving bail fund to fight mass incarceration. (This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of The Audacious Project, TED's new initiative to inspire global change.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/oK5Ky6urmp4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 13, 2018
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
00:14:54
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 devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a "globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake" companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture -- and how we can undo it. "We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them," he says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/UMNxGGLXiH0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 12, 2018
How the arts help homeless youth heal and build | Malika Whitley
00:06:28
Malika Whitley is the founder of ChopArt, an organization for homeless teens focused on mentorship, dignity and opportunity through the arts. In this moving, personal talk, she shares her story of homelessness and finding her voice through arts -- and her mission to provide a creative outlet for others who have been pushed to the margins of society.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/PRRtHQCTgEU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 11, 2018
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
00:14:12
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 community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian -- that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/aR9k0OsUINI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 11, 2018
How a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria | José Andrés
00:21:53
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, chef José Andrés traveled to the devastated island with a simple idea: to feed the hungry. Millions of meals served later, Andrés shares the remarkable story of creating the world's biggest restaurant -- and the awesome power of letting people in need know that somebody cares about them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/xBsvwn4TlLk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 10, 2018
The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska
00:11:03
Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history -- while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world. "It's incredible what you can do when you stand together," Houska says. "Stand with us -- empathize, learn, grow, change the conversation."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Z2OafVbycFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 09, 2018
How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua
00:12:38
In this talk-performance hybrid, drummer, percussionist and TED Fellow Kasiva Mutua shares how she's breaking the taboo against female drummers in Kenya -- and her mission to teach the significance and importance of the drum to young boys, women and girls. "Women can be custodians of culture, too," Mutua says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/3Q6eUBP9SHQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 06, 2018
Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth? | Danny Hillis
00:06:51
In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/NDeOMtmebcY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 05, 2018
To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent
00:10:34
There's no such thing as throwing something away, says Andrew Dent -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way we make, and remake, our products. Dent shares exciting examples of thrift -- the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new -- as well as advances in material science, like electronics made of nanocellulose and enzymes that can help make plastic infinitely recyclable.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/90E3paKdWf0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2018
My $500 house in Detroit -- and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it | Drew Philp
00:13:43
In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn't just learn how to repair a house -- he learned how to build a community. In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about "radical neighborliness" and makes the case that we have "the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments refuse."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/k45gqjYyQns" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 03, 2018
Math can help uncover cancer's secrets | Irina Kareva
00:07:39
Irina Kareva translates biology into mathematics and vice versa. She writes mathematical models that describe the dynamics of cancer, with the goal of developing new drugs that target tumors. "The power and beauty of mathematical modeling lies in the fact that it makes you formalize, in a very rigorous way, what we think we know," Kareva says. "It can help guide us to where we should keep looking, and where there may be a dead end." It all comes down to asking the right question and translating it to the right equation, and back.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/nAatao3gzrs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 03, 2018
How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions | Raphael Arar
00:11:20
How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation -- all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/WlXOlXXRc08" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 02, 2018
Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet | Judith Heumann
00:17:10
Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/XYp8IKfpD1A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 30, 2018
Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe
00:10:19
As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/2SJE9tOywTc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 29, 2018
The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli
00:13:12
Ndidi Nwuneli has advice for Africans who believe in God -- and Africans who don't. To the religious, she advises against using God to outsource responsibility for what happens in their lives. To the non-religious, she asks that they keep an open mind and work with faith-based organizations, especially on issues like health care and education. "There's so much potential that can be realized when we walk across the divide of faith and, hand in hand, try to solve many of our problems," Nwuneli says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/YTVcwYJBFKI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 29, 2018
My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | Christian Picciolini
00:20:18
At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist -- and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous talk, Picciolini shares the surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/cE9NcImWXRc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 28, 2018
Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available? | Erica Stone
00:09:44
In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. "A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed," Stone says. "Instead of research happening behind paywalls and bureaucracy, wouldn't it be better if it was unfolding right in front of us?"<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/oCDWiUd5crY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 28, 2018
How fungi recognize (and infect) plants | Mennat El Ghalid
00:04:36
Each year, the world loses enough food to feed half a billion people to fungi, the most destructive pathogens of plants. Mycologist and TED Fellow Mennat El Ghalid explains how a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular signals fungi use to attack plants could disrupt this interaction -- and save our crops.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/2UoL0B6CP0E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 27, 2018
How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma
00:11:53
As quantum computing matures, it's going to bring unimaginable increases in computational power along with it -- and the systems we use to protect our data (and our democratic processes) will become even more vulnerable. But there's still time to plan against the impending data apocalypse, says encryption expert Vikram Sharma. Learn more about how he's fighting quantum with quantum: designing security devices and programs that use the power of quantum physics to defend against the most sophisticated attacks.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/n471hFe3oWs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 27, 2018
What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? | Matthias Müllenbeck
00:10:40
What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're already sick? Matthias Müllenbeck explains how this radical shift from a sick care system to a true health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures -- and keep us healthier for longer.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/DFqwVAOEV-4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 26, 2018
How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha
00:18:08
Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says -- but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/_qzYigbmGQ8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 23, 2018
How to love criticism | WorkLife with Adam Grant
00:34:39
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's essential to their success. Adam Grant shows how you can learn to take criticism well -- and get better at dishing it out. This episode is brought to you by Bonobos, Accenture, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warby Parker. (Audio only)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/VdRatkRpssc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 22, 2018
The human stories behind mass incarceration | Eve Abrams
00:13:39
The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- predominantly African American -- unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/KoXXgSs05Qc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 22, 2018
Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known | Vittorio Loreto
00:16:08
"Where do great ideas come from?" Starting with this question in mind, Vittorio Loreto takes us on a journey to explore a possible mathematical scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the math that drives it could explain how we create new ideas.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/nf4PuFvkZew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 22, 2018
For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn't over | Soka Moses
00:14:08
In 2014, as a newly trained physician, Soka Moses took on one of the toughest jobs in the world: treating highly contagious patients at the height of Liberia's Ebola outbreak. In this intense, emotional talk, he details what he saw on the frontlines of the crisis -- and reveals the challenges and stigma that thousands of survivors still face.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/MtrG5VCqA0I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2018
A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein
00:05:53
We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Fz2JHQ-ZAIM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 20, 2018
What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them? | Liz Ogbu
00:15:01
Liz Ogbu is an architect who works on spatial justice: the idea that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services is a human right. In San Francisco, she's questioning the all too familiar story of gentrification: that poor people will be pushed out by development and progress. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, calling on developers, architects and policymakers to instead "make a commitment to build people's capacity to stay in their homes, to stay in their communities, to stay where they feel whole."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/nxJsPDOlhC0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 20, 2018
How I use art to bridge misunderstanding | Adong Judith
00:05:00
Director and playwright Adong Judith creates provocative art that sparks dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes. In this quick but powerful talk, the TED Fellow details her work -- including the play "Silent Voices," which brought victims of the Northern Ugandan war against Joseph Kony's rebel group together with political, religious and cultural leaders for transformative talks. "Listening to one another will not magically solve all problems," Judith says. "But it will give a chance to create avenues to start to work together to solve many of humanity's problems."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ZqJEkEhHQmI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 19, 2018
Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski
00:11:20
Something strange and deadly is happening inside the brains of top athletes -- a degenerative condition, possibly linked to concussions, that causes dementia, psychosis and far-too-early death. It's called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and it's the medical mystery that Chris Nowinski wants to solve by analyzing brains after death. It's also why, when Nowinski meets a pro athlete, his first question is: "Can I have your brain?" Hear more from this ground-breaking effort to protect athletes' brains -- and yours, too.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/HiYk3FYnjZM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 19, 2018
What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn
00:17:46
We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/PKSuBtB3yuo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 16, 2018
Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek
00:06:41
The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities -- so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/LuDIndSaBss" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 15, 2018
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson
00:17:55
Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. This was the first time in American history that the lowest caste people signaled they had options and were willing to take them -- and the first time they had a chance to choose for themselves what they would do with their innate talents, Wilkerson explains. "These people, by their actions, were able to do what the powers that be, North and South, could not or would not do," she says. "They freed themselves."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/q65-Wy3dQFY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 15, 2018
3 myths about the future of work (and why they're not true) | Daniel Susskind
00:15:47
"Will machines replace humans?" This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less -- or even no -- work?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/x3LuMRT15Cc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 14, 2018
How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby
00:07:27
According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren't proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well? In a talk that will make you rethink how we teach, educator and author Alvin Irby explains the reading challenges that many black children face -- and tells us what culturally competent educators do to help all children identify as readers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/kbbKkvVbLWY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 13, 2018
What a world without prisons could look like | Deanna Van Buren
00:15:19
Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together to repair that breach. With help and ideas from incarcerated men and women, Van Buren is creating dynamic spaces that provide safe venues for dialogue and reconciliation; employment and job training; and social services to help keep people from entering the justice system in the first place. "Imagine a world without prisons," Van Buren says. "And join me in creating all the things that we could build instead."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/VOlZn3JBR8o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 13, 2018
Tales of passion | Isabel Allende
00:18:00
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/fPy76PmE7AQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 12, 2018
The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews
00:14:23
A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she's paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a powerful, personal talk, she shares why the simple act of listening (instead of giving advice) is often the best way to help someone in need.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/7FbWj-GldNY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 09, 2018
To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro
00:14:29
As CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyoro works to support women and their ideas so they can expand and grow. She introduces us to the Maragoli concept of "isirika" -- a pragmatic way of life that embraces the mutual responsibility to care for one another -- something she sees women practicing all over the world. And she calls for those who have more to give more to people working to improve their communities. "Imagine what it would look like if you embraced isirika and made it your default," Kanyoro says. "What could we achieve for each other? For humanity?" Let's find out -- together.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/KwV_5i4c2-U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 08, 2018
The wonderful world of life in a drop of water | Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman
00:11:06
"Hold your breath," says inventor Tom Zimmerman. "This is the world without plankton." These tiny organisms produce two-thirds of our planet's oxygen -- without them, life as we know it wouldn't exist. In this talk and tech demo, Zimmerman and cell engineer Simone Bianco hook up a 3D microscope to a drop of water and take you scuba diving with plankton. Learn more about these mesmerizing creatures and get inspired to protect them against ongoing threats from climate change.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/aZiAc0js03c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2018
How shocking events can spark positive change | Naomi Klein
00:15:35
Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from different backgrounds -- which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society. "The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better," Klein says. "But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/N6z4eT28aiw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2018
How fashion helps us express who we are -- and what we stand for | Kaustav Dey
00:12:33
No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City -- but when Nobel laureate Malala wears them, it's a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest. In a talk about the power of what we wear, Kaustav Dey examines how fashion gives us a nonverbal language of dissent and encourages us to embrace our authentic selves.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ReZuCfJPXKA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 06, 2018
What soccer can teach us about freedom | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
00:05:41
"Soccer is the only thing on this planet that we can all agree to do together," says theater maker and TED Fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through his performances and an engagement initiative called "Moving and Passing," Joseph combines music, dance and soccer to reveal accessible, joyful connections between the arts and sports. Learn more about how he's using the beautiful game to foster community and highlight issues facing immigrants.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/89Tty2UdIck" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 05, 2018
What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler
00:13:15
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 take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she conquered this epic race, and what it inspired her to do next.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/nd-se_lWMxw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 05, 2018
How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat
00:13:10
Want to connect with a depressed friend but not sure how to relate to them? Comedian and storyteller Bill Bernat has a few suggestions. Learn some dos and don'ts for talking to people living with depression -- and handle your next conversation with grace and maybe a bit of humor.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/594aH7klKPc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 02, 2018
How we became sisters | Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy
00:12:45
Poets Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy perform excerpts from their play "Other Women," which is created and directed by Monica L. Williams. In a captivating journey, they weave together stories full of laughter, loyalty, tragedy and heartbreak, recalling the moments that made them sisters.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/3oyI5ypdt7g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 02, 2018
To learn is to be free | Shameem Akhtar
00:12:35
Shameem Akhtar posed as a boy during her early childhood in Pakistan so she could enjoy the privileges Pakistani girls are rarely afforded: to play outside and attend school. In an eye-opening, personal talk, Akhtar recounts how the opportunity to get an education altered the course of her life -- and ultimately changed the culture of her village, where today every young girl goes to school.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/SfRCc_s2Mig" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 01, 2018
How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet | Dustin Schroeder
00:11:11
Antarctica is a vast and dynamic place, but radar technologies -- from World War II-era film to state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors -- are enabling scientists to observe and understand changes beneath the continent's ice in unprecedented detail. Join radio glaciologist Dustin Schroeder on a flight high above Antarctica and see how ice-penetrating radar is helping us learn about future sea level rise -- and what the melting ice will mean for us all.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/9z8x-QS8C2Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 01, 2018
The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki
00:13:02
What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/dHVNY1knn-Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 28, 2018
Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang
00:09:42
How do we find fulfillment in a world that's constantly changing? Raymond Tang struggled with this question until he came across the ancient Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Ching. In it, he found a passage comparing goodness to water, an idea he's now applying to his everyday life. In this charming talk, he shares three lessons he's learned so far from the "philosophy of water." "What would water do?" Tang asks. "This simple and powerful question ... has changed my life for the better."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/EOZMRVxt6LE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 27, 2018
The role of human emotions in science and research | Ilona Stengel
00:10:41
Do human emotions have a role to play in science and research? Material researcher Ilona Stengel suggests that instead of opposing each other, emotions and logic complement and reinforce each other. She shares a case study on how properly using emotions (like the empowering feeling of being dedicated to something meaningful) can boost teamwork and personal development -- and catalyze scientific breakthroughs and innovation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/3EO1eLBsP4Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 26, 2018
You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe
00:08:37
Driving in Johannesburg one day, Tapiwa Chiwewe noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert -- so he did some research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by household and ambient air pollution. With this knowledge and an urge to do something about it, Chiwewe and his colleagues developed a platform that uncovers trends in pollution and helps city planners make better decisions. "Sometimes just one fresh perspective, one new skill set, can make the conditions right for something remarkable to happen," Chiwewe says. "But you need to be bold enough to try."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/L_iPrUXAYYw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 23, 2018
Refugees want empowerment, not handouts | Robert Hakiza
00:06:45
The prevailing image of where refugees live is of temporary camps in isolated areas -- but in reality, nearly 60 percent of them worldwide end up in urban areas. TED Fellow Robert Hakiza takes us inside the lives of urban refugees -- and shows us how organizations like the one that he started can provide them with the skills they need to ultimately become self-sufficient.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/izTU2UfzWCM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 22, 2018
How to have a healthier, positive relationship to sex | Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi
00:11:37
From our fear of women's bodies to our sheepishness around the word "nipple," our ideas about sex need an upgrade, say sex educators (and hilarious women) Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi. For a radical new take on sex positivity, the duo take the TED stage to suggest we look to Africa for erotic wisdom both ancient and modern, showing us how we can shake off problematic ideas about sex we've internalized and re-define pleasure on our own terms. (This talk contains mature content.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/mlx-BAYTay0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 22, 2018
A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes | Nilay Kulkarni
00:07:45
Every three years, more than 30 million Hindu worshippers gather for the Kumbh Mela in India, the world's largest religious gathering, in order to wash away their sins. With massive crowds descending on small cities and towns, stampedes inevitably happen, and in 2003, 39 people were killed during the festival. In 2014, then 15-year-old Nilay Kulkarni decided to put his skills as a self-taught programmer to use by building a tech solution to help prevent stampedes. Learn more about his invention -- and how it helped the 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela have zero stampedes and casualties.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/P-Uw-LvFJ4g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 21, 2018
How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson
00:17:34
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 these situations -- psychologist Howard C. Stevenson helps children and parents reduce and manage stress and trauma. In this inspiring, quietly awesome talk, learn more about how this approach to decoding racial threat can help youth build confidence and stand up for themselves in productive ways.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/-T-e8xOHFXI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 21, 2018
Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen
00:06:30
Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers can make themselves more attractive -- and why employers should look for ability over credentials.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/W1OB0Tj3ZQU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 20, 2018
How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell
00:09:56
As a research scientist at Google, Margaret Mitchell helps develop computers that can communicate about what they see and understand. She tells a cautionary tale about the gaps, blind spots and biases we subconsciously encode into AI -- and asks us to consider what the technology we create today will mean for tomorrow. "All that we see now is a snapshot in the evolution of artificial intelligence," Mitchell says. "If we want AI to evolve in a way that helps humans, then we need to define the goals and strategies that enable that path now."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Mns_Q_SRePc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 20, 2018
How (and why) Russia hacked the US election | Laura Galante
00:09:33
Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Ip4UHDXKtyQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 19, 2018
The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet | Tanya Menon
00:14:05
We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon considers how we can be more intentional about expanding our social universes -- and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/PRSaTR74a_0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 16, 2018
3 creative ways to fix fashion's waste problem | Amit Kalra
00:09:47
What happens to the clothes we don't buy? You might think that last season's coats, trousers and turtlenecks end up being put to use, but most of it (nearly 13 million tons each year in the United States alone) ends up in landfills. Fashion has a waste problem, and Amit Kalra wants to fix it. He shares some creative ways the industry can evolve to be more conscientious about the environment -- and gain a competitive advantage at the same time.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/lfq2RS-IGW4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 15, 2018
Fashion that celebrates African strength and spirit | Walé Oyéjidé
00:04:54
"To be African is to be inspired by culture and to be filled with undying hope for the future," says designer and TED Fellow Walé Oyéjidé. With his label Ikiré Jones (you'll see their work in Marvel's "Black Panther"), he uses classic design to showcase the elegance and grace of often-marginalized groups, in beautifully cut clothing that tells a story.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/NDCYHmEl560" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 15, 2018
Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda
00:12:24
Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirational talk, learn more about the friendship bench program, which trains grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy and brings care, and hope, to those in need.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/GUZn-qQojIU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 14, 2018
The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl
00:11:41
The hymen is still the most misunderstood part of the female body. Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl share their mission to empower young people through better sex education, debunking the popular (and harmful) myths we're told about female virginity and the hymen.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/uzRJoSGd4Xw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 13, 2018
The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà
00:14:07
What is it about unfairness? Whether it's not being invited to a friend's wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can't think straight. And it's not just a personal issue -- it's also bad for business, says Marco Alverà. He explains how his company works to create a culture of fairness -- and how tapping into our innate sense of what's right and wrong makes for happier employees and better results.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Sxott9B4giU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 13, 2018
Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system | Bhu Srinivasan
00:06:10
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 up with innovation, like the impending take-off of drone delivery services. Learn more about the past and future of the free market (and a potential coming identity crisis for the United States' version of capitalism) with this quick, forward-thinking talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Z38sa--Cu_Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 12, 2018
3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur
00:22:12
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 choice to love can be a force for justice.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/jpRigh_cFkc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 09, 2018
How protest is redefining democracy around the world | Zachariah Mampilly
00:10:15
The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient -- but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating talk, political scientist Zachariah Mampilly gives us a primer on the current wave of protests reshaping countries like Tunisia, Malawi and Zimbabwe -- and explains how this form of political dissension expands our political imaginations beyond what we're told is possible.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/suEU0k1bZVg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 08, 2018
This company pays kids to do their math homework | Mohamad Jebara
00:13:41
Mohamad Jebara loves mathematics -- but he's concerned that too many students grow up thinking that this beautiful, rewarding subject is difficult and boring. His company is experimenting with a bold idea: paying students for completing weekly math homework. He explores the ethics of this model and how it's helping students -- and why learning math is crucial in the era of fake news.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/xRESZ92Qxk8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 08, 2018
How architecture can create dignity for all | John Cary
00:13:33
If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen -- but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics," he says. "They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." And we all deserve better.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/jws_WEKQykI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 07, 2018
How we can help hungry kids, one text at a time | Su Kahumbu
00:07:35
Su Kahumbu raises badass cows -- healthy, well-fed animals whose protein is key to solving a growing crisis in Africa: childhood nutritional stunting. With iCow, a simple SMS service she developed to support small-scale livestock farmers, the TED Fellow is helping farmers across the continent by texting them tips on caring for and raising animals. Learn more about how this cheap innovation is helping feed hungry kids, one text at a time.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/_DK1lRoIvYg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2018
This deep-sea mystery is changing our understanding of life | Karen Lloyd
00:13:08
How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally different relationship with time and energy than we do.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/gRbJm_oiL6E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2018
How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch
00:12:25
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 determination to fight our instincts to idealize and search for answers that aren't there -- and offers a toolkit on how to, eventually, move on. Our hearts might sometimes be broken, but we don't have to break with them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/PliA3u3BL3Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 05, 2018
We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson
00:23:41
In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/u6-EjrOAt34" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 15, 2018
Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert
00:19:09
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/ak9l-Woe6zE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 01, 2018
The single biggest reason why startups succeed | Bill Gross
00:06:40
Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others -- and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people's, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others -- and surprised even him.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/Ppk6Ukz5f7k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 29, 2017
The untapped genius that could change science for the better | Jedidah Isler
00:13:42
Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale -- and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. "Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be," she says. "Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can't even imagine."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/3G0XKR6KFQw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 28, 2017
Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson
00:18:01
Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/QqC6YWuStHI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 27, 2017
How to make hard choices | Ruth Chang
00:14:41
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/iAQfoIJcvGU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 26, 2017
What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger
00:12:46
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/frq7eBvjmFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 25, 2017
How frustration can make us more creative | Tim Harford
00:15:32
Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/cXd1QcafLag" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 22, 2017
How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure
00:09:58
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/k0GSr95oTJc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 24, 2017
10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee
00:11:44
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/b9m1Mwoy0IA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 23, 2017
The gospel of doubt | Casey Gerald
00:18:19
What do you do when your firmly held beliefs turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald's religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in -- in business, in government, in philanthropy -- but found only false saviors. In this moving talk, Gerald urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/dQ9BTwG8AfU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 07, 2017
My year of living biblically | AJ Jacobs
00:17:40
Author, philosopher, prankster and journalist AJ Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically -- following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/9YtVK0j79JA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 06, 2017
Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local | Taiye Selasi
00:16:31
When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/GyiBH6it6DA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 05, 2017
Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear | Dave Isay
00:21:38
Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Since then, StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded. His TED Prize wish: to grow this digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. Hear his vision to take StoryCorps global — and how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the StoryCorps app.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/QO7CHAzrl7M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 04, 2017
Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad
00:15:35
In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/pnfxj7c0nPI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 03, 2017
The unheard story of David and Goliath | Malcolm Gladwell
00:15:40
It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/c9077xOszzk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 30, 2017
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
00:18:49
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/N0iBOIxXBsA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 29, 2017
Why I love a country that once betrayed me | George Takei
00:15:58
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a "security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/UtxOxfn3gPw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 28, 2017
Why some of us don't have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick
00:12:26
What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "multipotentialites" -- who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/OYAx63YqV_A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 27, 2017
The boiling river of the Amazon | Andrés Ruzo
00:15:49
When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it. Twelve years later, after training as a geoscientist, he set out on a journey deep into the jungle of South America in search of this boiling river. At a time when everything seems mapped and measured, join Ruzo as he explores a river that forces us to question the line between known and unknown ... and reminds us that there are great wonders yet to be discovered.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TEDTalks_audio/~4/rIxE0EdPJlA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 26, 2017