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

  • How I use art to bridge misunderstanding | Adong Judith
    by Adong Judith on March 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    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 […]

  • Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE | Chris Nowinski
    by Chris Nowinski on March 19, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    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 […]

  • What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn
    by Sally Kohn on March 16, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    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. […]

  • "my mama" / "BLACK BANANA" | Rei
    by Rei on March 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Singer-songwriter Rei brings her mix of indie rock and blues to the TED stage in a performance of two songs, "my mama" and "BLACK BANANA." […]

  • Why must artists be poor? | Hadi Eldebek
    by Hadi Eldebek on March 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    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. […]

  • The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson
    by Isabel Wilkerson on March 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    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 […]

  • 3 myths about the future of work (and why they're not true) | Daniel Susskind
    by Daniel Susskind on March 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    "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? […]

  • How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby
    by Alvin Irby on March 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    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. […]

  • What a world without prisons could look like | Deanna Van Buren
    by Deanna Van Buren on March 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    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 […]

  • The radical beauty of Africa, in portraits | Iké Udé
    by Iké Udé on March 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Throughout his colorful career and bodies of work, Iké Udé has found creative ways to reject the negative portrayal of Africans rampant in Western media. In this tour of his work, he shares evocative portraits that blend clothing, props and poses from many cultures at once into sharp takes on the varied, complex beauty of Africa. […]

  • The best way to help is often just to listen | Sophie Andrews
    by Sophie Andrews on March 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    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. […]

  • To solve the world's biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro
    by Musimbi Kanyoro on March 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    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 […]

  • The wonderful world of life in a drop of water | Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman
    by Simone Bianco and Tom Zimmerman on March 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    "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. […]

  • How shocking events can spark positive change | Naomi Klein
    by Naomi Klein on March 7, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    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 […]

  • How fashion helps us express who we are -- and what we stand for | Kaustav Dey
    by Kaustav Dey on March 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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. […]

  • Do you really know why you do what you do? | Petter Johansson
    by Petter Johansson on March 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Experimental psychologist Petter Johansson researches choice blindness -- a phenomenon where we convince ourselves that we're getting what we want, even when we're not. In an eye-opening talk, he shares experiments (designed in collaboration with magicians!) that aim to answer the question: Why do we do what we do? The findings have big implications for the nature of self-knowledge and how we react in the face of manipulation. You may not know yourself as well as you think you do. […]

  • What soccer can teach us about freedom | Marc Bamuthi Joseph
    by Marc Bamuthi Joseph on March 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    "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. […]

  • What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | Minda Dentler
    by Minda Dentler on March 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    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. […]

  • How to connect with depressed friends | Bill Bernat
    by Bill Bernat on March 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    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. […]

  • How we became sisters | Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy
    by Felice Belle and Jennifer Murphy on March 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    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. […]

  • To learn is to be free | Shameem Akhtar
    by Shameem Akhtar on March 1, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    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. […]

  • How we look kilometers below the Antarctic ice sheet | Dustin Schroeder
    by Dustin Schroeder on March 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    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. […]

  • The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki
    by Wendy Suzuki on February 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    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. […]

  • A funny look at the unintended consequences of technology | Chuck Nice
    by Chuck Nice on February 27, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Technology should work for us, but what happens when it doesn't? Comedian Chuck Nice explores the unintended consequences of technological advancement and human interaction -- with hilarious results. […]

  • Be humble -- and other lessons from the philosophy of water | Raymond Tang
    by Raymond Tang on February 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    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." […]

  • The role of human emotions in science and research | Ilona Stengel
    by Ilona Stengel on February 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    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. […]

  • You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe
    by Tapiwa Chiwewe on February 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    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 […]

  • Refugees want empowerment, not handouts | Robert Hakiza
    by Robert Hakiza on February 22, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    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. […]

  • How to have a healthier, positive relationship to sex | Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi
    by Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi on February 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    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.) […]

  • A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes | Nilay Kulkarni
    by Nilay Kulkarni on February 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    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 […]

  • How to resolve racially stressful situations | Howard C. Stevenson
    by Howard C. Stevenson on February 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    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 […]

  • Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience | Jason Shen
    by Jason Shen on February 20, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    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. […]

  • How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell
    by Margaret Mitchell on February 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    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 […]

  • The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet | Tanya Menon
    by Tanya Menon on February 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    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. […]

  • 3 creative ways to fix fashion's waste problem | Amit Kalra
    by Amit Kalra on February 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    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. […]

  • Fashion that celebrates African strength and spirit | Walé Oyéjidé
    by Walé Oyéjidé on February 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    "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. […]

  • Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda
    by Dixon Chibanda on February 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    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 […]

  • The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl
    by Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl on February 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    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. […]

  • The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better | Marco Alverà
    by Marco Alverà on February 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    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. […]

  • Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system | Bhu Srinivasan
    by Bhu Srinivasan on February 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    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, […]

  • 3 lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage | Valarie Kaur
    by Valarie Kaur on February 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    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. […]

  • "My Fine Reward" | Tito Deler
    by Tito Deler on February 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Blues musician Tito Deler combines the sounds of his New York upbringing with the style of pre-war Mississippi Delta blues. He takes the stage, singing and strumming a stirring rendition of his song, "My Fine Reward." […]

  • How protest is redefining democracy around the world | Zachariah Mampilly
    by Zachariah Mampilly on February 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    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. […]

  • This company pays kids to do their math homework | Mohamad Jebara
    by Mohamad Jebara on February 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    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. […]

  • How architecture can create dignity for all | John Cary
    by John Cary on February 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    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 […]

  • How we can help hungry kids, one text at a time | Su Kahumbu
    by Su Kahumbu on February 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    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. […]

  • This deep-sea mystery is changing our understanding of life | Karen Lloyd
    by Karen Lloyd on February 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    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. […]

  • How to fix a broken heart | Guy Winch
    by Guy Winch on February 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    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. […]

  • How I use Minecraft to help kids with autism | Stuart Duncan
    by Stuart Duncan on February 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    The internet can be an ugly place, but you won't find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan's Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere). Learn more about one of the best places on the internet with this heartwarming talk. […]

  • From death row to law graduate | Peter Ouko
    by Peter Ouko on February 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Peter Ouko spent 18 years in Kamiti Prison in Kenya, sometimes locked up in a cell with 13 other grown men for 23 and a half hours a day. In a moving talk, he tells the story of how he was freed -- and his current mission with the African Prisons Project: to set up the first law school behind bars and empower people in prison to drive positive change. […]

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