TED Talks Daily

TED Talks Daily

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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 lead
The nightmare videos of children’s YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today | James Bridle
Jun 22 • 16 min
Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From “surprise egg” reveals and the “Finger Family Song” to…
Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild
Jun 21 • 13 min
What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of “gross stuff” and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to…
How Netflix changed entertainment — and where it’s headed | Reed Hastings
Jun 21 • 20 min
Netflix changed the world of entertainment — first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like “Orange Is the New Black” and “Stranger Things” — but not without taking its fair share of risks. In…
How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod
Jun 20 • 5 min
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,…
Technology that knows what you’re feeling | Poppy Crum
Jun 19 • 12 min
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…
The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal
Jun 18 • 15 min
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…
Four billion years of evolution in six minutes | Prosanta Chakrabarty
Jun 15 • 5 min
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…
How I’m bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
Jun 14 • 5 min
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…
The incredible potential of flexible, soft robots | Giada Gerboni
Jun 14 • 9 min
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…
How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI | Max Tegmark
Jun 13 • 17 min
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…
What we’ll learn about the brain in the next century | Sam Rodriques
Jun 12 • 13 min
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…
The journey through loss and grief | Jason B. Rosenthal
Jun 12 • 14 min
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…
Why the secret to success is setting the right goals | John Doerr
Jun 11 • 11 min
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…
The discoveries awaiting us in the ocean’s twilight zone | Heidi M. Sosik
Jun 8 • 10 min
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…
Inside the fight against Russia’s fake news empire | Olga Yurkova
Jun 7 • 5 min
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…
Let’s turn the high seas into the world’s largest nature reserve | Enric Sala
Jun 6 • 13 min
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…
How technology can fight extremism and online harassment | Yasmin Green
Jun 6 • 13 min
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…
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? | Brett Hennig
Jun 5 • 9 min
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…
The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis | Chera Kowalski
Jun 5 • 12 min
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…
Why theater is essential to democracy | Oskar Eustis
Jun 4 • 13 min
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…
How we can turn the cold of outer space into a renewable resource | Aaswath Raman
Jun 1 • 13 min
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…
How vultures can help solve crimes | Lauren Pharr
May 31 • 10 min
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…
What gardening taught me about life | tobacco brown
May 31 • 6 min
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…
How we’ll become cyborgs and extend human potential | Hugh Herr
May 30 • 15 min
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…
A teen scientist’s invention to help wounds heal | Anushka Naiknaware
May 29 • 6 min
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…
This simple test can help kids hear better | Susan Emmett
May 29 • 5 min
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…
How to talk to veterans about war | Wes Moore
May 28 • 14 min
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…
Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang
May 25 • 10 min
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…
How to start a conversation about suicide | Jeremy Forbes
May 24 • 12 min
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…
How to turn a group of strangers into a team | Amy Edmondson
May 24 • 13 min
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…
How I made friends with reality | Emily Levine
May 23 • 15 min
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…
The shocking danger of mountaintop removal — and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
May 22 • 13 min
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…
What it’s like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain
May 22 • 8 min
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…
Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee
May 21 • 13 min
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…
Why fascism is so tempting — and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
May 18 • 18 min
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…
How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad
May 17 • 5 min
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…
The age-old sharing economies of Africa — and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth
May 17 • 9 min
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…
Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan
May 16 • 13 min
“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…
The problem with all-stars | WorkLife with Adam Grant
May 15 • 33 min
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…
The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam
May 15 • 7 min
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…
A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
May 14 • 15 min
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…
The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski
May 11 • 15 min
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…
What it’s like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs
May 10 • 13 min
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,”…
Confessions of a depressed comic | Kevin Breel
May 9 • 11 min
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.
A playful solution to the housing crisis | Sarah Murray
May 8 • 10 min
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…
How Baltimore called a ceasefire | Erricka Bridgeford
May 8 • 11 min
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…
What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
May 7 • 12 min
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…
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei
May 4 • 15 min
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…
Why you don’t like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger
May 3 • 12 min
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…
To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas
May 3 • 8 min
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…
It’s time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn
May 2 • 6 min
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…
How a male contraceptive pill could work | John Amory
May 1 • 6 min
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.
Why tech needs the humanities | Eric Berridge
May 1 • 11 min
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…
Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker
Apr 30 • 18 min
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…
How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron
Apr 27 • 10 min
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…
What I’ve learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry
Apr 26 • 10 min
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…
How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly
Apr 26 • 11 min
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…
A woman’s fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross
Apr 25 • 10 min
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.
Visions of Africa’s future, from African filmmakers | Dayo Ogunyemi
Apr 24 • 11 min
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…
War and what comes after | Clemantine Wamariya
Apr 24 • 12 min
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,…
SpaceX’s plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell
Apr 23 • 21 min
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…
A Parkland teacher’s homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
Apr 20 • 15 min
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…
Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
Apr 19 • 11 min
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…
The “dead zone” of the Gulf of Mexico | Nancy Rabalais
Apr 18 • 12 min
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…
The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall
Apr 18 • 16 min
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…
A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer
Apr 17 • 10 min
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…
What’s missing in the global debate over refugees | Yasin Kakande
Apr 16 • 4 min
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…
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
Apr 13 • 14 min
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…
How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
Apr 12 • 14 min
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…
How the arts help homeless youth heal and build | Malika Whitley
Apr 11 • 6 min
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…
How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
Apr 11 • 14 min
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…
How a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria | José Andrés
Apr 10 • 21 min
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 Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska
Apr 9 • 11 min
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…
How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua
Apr 6 • 12 min
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.…
Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth? | Danny Hillis
Apr 5 • 6 min
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.
To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew Dent
Apr 4 • 10 min
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…
My $500 house in Detroit — and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it | Drew Philp
Apr 3 • 13 min
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…
Math can help uncover cancer’s secrets | Irina Kareva
Apr 3 • 7 min
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…
How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions | Raphael Arar
Apr 2 • 11 min
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…
Our fight for disability rights — and why we’re not done yet | Judith Heumann
Mar 30 • 17 min
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,…
Why I choose humanism over faith | Leo Igwe
Mar 29 • 10 min
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…
The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli
Mar 29 • 13 min
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…
My descent into America’s neo-Nazi movement — and how I got out | Christian Picciolini
Mar 28 • 20 min
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,…
Academic research is publicly funded — why isn’t it publicly available? | Erica Stone
Mar 28 • 9 min
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,…
How fungi recognize (and infect) plants | Mennat El Ghalid
Mar 27 • 4 min
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…
How quantum physics can make encryption stronger | Vikram Sharma
Mar 27 • 11 min
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…
What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? | Matthias Müllenbeck
Mar 26 • 10 min
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…
How to tame your wandering mind | Amishi Jha
Mar 23 • 18 min
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…
How to love criticism | WorkLife with Adam Grant
Mar 22 • 34 min
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…
The human stories behind mass incarceration | Eve Abrams
Mar 22 • 13 min
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 —…
Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known | Vittorio Loreto
Mar 22 • 16 min
“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…
For survivors of Ebola, the crisis isn’t over | Soka Moses
Mar 21 • 14 min
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…
A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein
Mar 20 • 5 min
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…
What if gentrification was about healing communities instead of displacing them? | Liz Ogbu
Mar 20 • 15 min
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:…
How I use art to bridge misunderstanding | Adong Judith
Mar 19 • 5 min
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…
Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski
Mar 19 • 11 min
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…
What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn
Mar 16 • 17 min
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…
Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek
Mar 15 • 6 min
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…
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson
Mar 15 • 17 min
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…
3 myths about the future of work (and why they’re not true) | Daniel Susskind
Mar 14 • 15 min
“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…
How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby
Mar 13 • 7 min
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…
What a world without prisons could look like | Deanna Van Buren
Mar 13 • 15 min
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…
Tales of passion | Isabel Allende
Mar 12 • 18 min
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.
The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews
Mar 9 • 14 min
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…
To solve the world’s biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro
Mar 8 • 14 min
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…
The wonderful world of life in a drop of water | Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman
Mar 7 • 11 min
“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…
How shocking events can spark positive change | Naomi Klein
Mar 7 • 15 min
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…
How fashion helps us express who we are — and what we stand for | Kaustav Dey
Mar 6 • 12 min
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 soccer can teach us about freedom | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Mar 5 • 5 min
“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…
What I learned when I conquered the world’s toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler
Mar 5 • 13 min
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…
How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat
Mar 2 • 13 min
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…
How we became sisters | Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy
Mar 2 • 12 min
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…
To learn is to be free | Shameem Akhtar
Mar 1 • 12 min
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…
How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet | Dustin Schroeder
Mar 1 • 11 min
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…
The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki
Feb 28 • 13 min
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…
Be humble — and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang
Feb 27 • 9 min
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…
The role of human emotions in science and research | Ilona Stengel
Feb 26 • 10 min
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…
You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe
Feb 23 • 8 min
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…
Refugees want empowerment, not handouts | Robert Hakiza
Feb 22 • 6 min
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…
How to have a healthier, positive relationship to sex | Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi
Feb 22 • 11 min
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…
A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes | Nilay Kulkarni
Feb 21 • 7 min
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,…
How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson
Feb 21 • 17 min
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…
Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen
Feb 20 • 6 min
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…
How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell
Feb 20 • 9 min
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…
How (and why) Russia hacked the US election | Laura Galante
Feb 19 • 9 min
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…
The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met yet | Tanya Menon
Feb 16 • 14 min
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…
3 creative ways to fix fashion’s waste problem | Amit Kalra
Feb 15 • 9 min
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…
Fashion that celebrates African strength and spirit | Walé Oyéjidé
Feb 15 • 4 min
“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…
Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda
Feb 14 • 12 min
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…
The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl
Feb 13 • 11 min
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…
The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà
Feb 13 • 14 min
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…
Capitalism isn’t an ideology — it’s an operating system | Bhu Srinivasan
Feb 12 • 6 min
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…
3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur
Feb 9 • 22 min
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…
How protest is redefining democracy around the world | Zachariah Mampilly
Feb 8 • 10 min
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…
This company pays kids to do their math homework | Mohamad Jebara
Feb 8 • 13 min
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…
How architecture can create dignity for all | John Cary
Feb 7 • 13 min
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,…
We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson
Jan 15 • 23 min
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…
Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert
Jan 1 • 19 min
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.
The single biggest reason why startups succeed | Bill Gross
Dec 29, 2017 • 6 min
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.…
The untapped genius that could change science for the better | Jedidah Isler
Dec 28, 2017 • 13 min
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…
Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson
Dec 27, 2017 • 18 min
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.)
How to make hard choices | Ruth Chang
Dec 26, 2017 • 14 min
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…
What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger
Dec 25, 2017 • 12 min
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…
How frustration can make us more creative | Tim Harford
Dec 22, 2017 • 15 min
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…
How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure
Nov 24, 2017 • 9 min
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…
10 ways to have a better conversation | Celeste Headlee
Nov 23, 2017 • 11 min
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…
The gospel of doubt | Casey Gerald
Jul 7, 2017 • 18 min
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,…
My year of living biblically | AJ Jacobs
Jul 6, 2017 • 17 min
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.
Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local | Taiye Selasi
Jul 5, 2017 • 16 min
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…
Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear | Dave Isay
Jul 4, 2017 • 21 min
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…
Never, ever give up | Diana Nyad
Jul 3, 2017 • 15 min
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 —…
The unheard story of David and Goliath | Malcolm Gladwell
Jun 30, 2017 • 15 min
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…
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 29, 2017 • 18 min
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…
Why I love a country that once betrayed me | George Takei
Jun 28, 2017 • 15 min
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…
Why some of us don’t have one true calling | Emilie Wapnick
Jun 27, 2017 • 12 min
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…
The boiling river of the Amazon | Andrés Ruzo
Jun 26, 2017 • 15 min
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…