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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 made friends with reality | Emily Levine
    by Emily Levine on May 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    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." […]

  • The shocking danger of mountaintop removal -- and why it must end | Michael Hendryx
    by Michael Hendryx on May 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    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. […]

  • What it's like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain
    by Michael Rain on May 22, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    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." […]

  • Where joy hides and how to find it | Ingrid Fetell Lee
    by Ingrid Fetell Lee on May 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    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. […]

  • Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
    by Yuval Noah Harari on May 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    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 […]

  • "You Found Me" | Helen Gillet
    by Helen Gillet on May 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Cellist and singer Helen Gillet mixes her classical training, New Orleans-based jazz roots and free improvisational skills to perform her own eclectic music. In a powerful, melodious performance, she plays her song "You Found Me." […]

  • How Pakistani women are taking the internet back | Nighat Dad
    by Nighat Dad on May 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    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." […]

  • The age-old sharing economies of Africa -- and why we should scale them | Robert Neuwirth
    by Robert Neuwirth on May 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    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. […]

  • Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge | Kirsty Duncan
    by Kirsty Duncan on May 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    "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. […]

  • The doctors, nurses and aid workers rebuilding Syria | Rola Hallam
    by Rola Hallam on May 15, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    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 […]

  • A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth
    by Kate Raworth on May 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    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. […]

  • The truth about unwanted arousal | Emily Nagoski
    by Emily Nagoski on May 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    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 […]

  • "Iyeza" / "Zabalaza" | Thandiswa Mazwai
    by Thandiswa Mazwai on May 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Self-styled wild woman and rebel singer Thandiswa Mazwai rocks the TED stage with an electrifying performance of two songs: "Iyeza" and "Zabalaza." […]

  • What it's like to be a transgender dad | LB Hannahs
    by LB Hannahs on May 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    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. […]

  • Why you should make useless things | Simone Giertz
    by Simone Giertz on May 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions -- designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more -- rarely (if ever) succeed, and that's the point. "The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don't always know what the best answer is," Giertz says. "It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. […]

  • A playful solution to the housing crisis | Sarah Murray
    by Sarah Murray on May 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    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. […]

  • How Baltimore called a ceasefire | Erricka Bridgeford
    by Erricka Bridgeford on May 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    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. […]

  • What it takes to be racially literate | Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
    by Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo on May 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    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. […]

  • How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei
    by Frances Frei on May 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    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. […]

  • Why you don't like the sound of your own voice | Rébecca Kleinberger
    by Rébecca Kleinberger on May 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    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. […]

  • To design better tech, understand context | Tania Douglas
    by Tania Douglas on May 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    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. […]

  • It's time for the law to protect victims of gender violence | Laura L. Dunn
    by Laura L. Dunn on May 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    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 […]

  • How a male contraceptive pill could work | John Amory
    by John Amory on May 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    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
    by Eric Berridge on May 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    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. […]

  • Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker
    by Steven Pinker on April 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    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 […]

  • How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations | Dylan Marron
    by Dylan Marron on April 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    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 […]

  • "RainMakers" | Qudus Onikeku and The QTribe
    by Qudus Onikeku and The QTribe on April 27, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Qudus Onikeku and The QTribe summon a downpour with a poetic, powerful dance performance. Set to a composition of singing, drums and strings, the dancers radiate energy -- moving in circles, in shapes and in unison as they consume the TED stage. […]

  • What I've learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad | Glen Henry
    by Glen Henry on April 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    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. […]

  • How work kept me going during my cancer treatment | Sarah Donnelly
    by Sarah Donnelly on April 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    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. […]

  • A woman's fury holds lifetimes of wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross
    by Tracee Ellis Ross on April 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    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
    by Dayo Ogunyemi on April 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    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. […]

  • War and what comes after | Clemantine Wamariya
    by Clemantine Wamariya on April 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    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. […]

  • SpaceX's plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell
    by Gwynne Shotwell on April 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    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. […]

  • A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers
    by Diane Wolk-Rogers on April 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    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 […]

  • Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood
    by Zachary R. Wood on April 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    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 […]

  • The "dead zone" of the Gulf of Mexico | Nancy Rabalais
    by Nancy Rabalais on April 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    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. […]

  • The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall
    by Mark Tyndall on April 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    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. […]

  • A printable, flexible, organic solar cell | Hannah Bürckstümmer
    by Hannah Bürckstümmer on April 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    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. […]

  • What's missing in the global debate over refugees | Yasin Kakande
    by Yasin Kakande on April 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    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 […]

  • What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
    by Robin Steinberg on April 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    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 […]

  • How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier
    by Jaron Lanier on April 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    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 […]

  • How the arts help homeless youth heal and build | Malika Whitley
    by Malika Whitley on April 11, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    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. […]

  • How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky
    by Lera Boroditsky on April 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    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 a team of chefs fed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria | José Andrés
    by José Andrés on April 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    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. […]

  • The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for indigenous rights | Tara Houska
    by Tara Houska on April 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    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 […]

  • How I use the drum to tell my story | Kasiva Mutua
    by Kasiva Mutua on April 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    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. […]

  • Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth? | Danny Hillis
    by Danny Hillis on April 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    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
    by Andrew Dent on April 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    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 […]

  • My $500 house in Detroit -- and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it | Drew Philp
    by Drew Philp on April 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    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." […]

  • Math can help uncover cancer's secrets | Irina Kareva
    by Irina Kareva on April 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    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 […]

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