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TED Talks Daily

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Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world's leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new.

Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world's leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new.

 

#250

Humanity's planet-shaping powers -- and what they mean for the future | Achim Steiner

Humanity now has incredible power to shape nature and the Earth: the power to destroy and the power to repair, says sustainability champion and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. In this action-oriented talk, Steiner shows how this power is putting our own survival at risk -- and takes us on a global tour of individuals and societies that are choosing to write a new, sustainable and equitable chapter for people and the planet. ... Read more

16 Jan 2021

09 MINS

09:29

16 Jan 2021


#249

How bad data keeps us from good AI | Mainak Mazumdar

The future economy won't be built by people and factories, but by algorithms and artificial intelligence, says data scientist Mainak Mazumdar. But what happens when these algorithms get trained on biased data? Drawing on examples from Shanghai to New York City, Mazumdar shows how less-than-quality data leads to AI that makes wrong decisions and predictions -- and reveals three infrastructural resets needed to make ethical AI possible. ... Read more

15 Jan 2021

10 MINS

10:08

15 Jan 2021


#248

How your brain responds to stories -- and why they're crucial for leaders | Karen Eber

How do the world's best leaders and visionaries earn trust? They don't just present data -- they also tell great stories. Leadership consultant Karen Eber demystifies what makes for effective storytelling and explains how anyone can harness it to create empathy and inspire action. ... Read more

14 Jan 2021

14 MINS

14:03

14 Jan 2021


#247

4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work | Betsy Kauffman

Why is it so hard to speak up and productively disagree at work? Leadership and organization coach Betsy Kauffman shows how to bring the candid conversations that usually happen at the watercooler out into the open with four practical strategies you can implement right now to have honest, transparent discussions with your colleagues. ... Read more

13 Jan 2021

09 MINS

09:27

13 Jan 2021


#246

How carbon capture networks could help curb climate change | Bas Sudmeijer

What if we could build a global waste disposal service for carbon? In this forward-thinking talk, carbon capture advisor Bas Sudmeijer proposes building CO2 networks: partnerships between cities around the world that would share the cost and geological resources needed to trap emissions deep in the earth -- and give us a shot at stalling climate change. ... Read more

12 Jan 2021

11 MINS

11:05

12 Jan 2021


#245

6 essential lessons for women leaders | Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power -- and share six standout lessons on what it takes to lead and build solidarity in the face of gender bias and stereotypes. ... Read more

11 Jan 2021

09 MINS

09:32

11 Jan 2021


#244

The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive | Niro Sivanathan

What's the best way to make a good point? Organizational psychologist Niro Sivanathan offers a fascinating lesson on the "dilution effect," a cognitive quirk that weakens our strongest cases -- and reveals why brevity is the true soul of persuasion. ... Read more

09 Jan 2021

10 MINS

10:50

09 Jan 2021


#243

How AI can help shatter barriers to equality | Jamila Gordon

Jamila Gordon believes in the power of human connection -- and artificial intelligence -- to help people who might otherwise be left behind. Telling the story of her own path from refugee to global tech executive, she shows how AI is helping refugees, migrants and those from disadvantaged backgrounds find jobs and develop the skills they need to work effectively and safely. ... Read more

08 Jan 2021

05 MINS

05:55

08 Jan 2021


#242

The 1-minute secret to forming a new habit | Christine Carter

You know how resolutions often go: you set a goal and start strong ... then the motivation runs out and feelings of frustration and shame creep in. The struggle is real -- but what if it doesn't have to be? Sociologist Christine Carter shares a simple step to shift your mindset and keep you on track to achieving your grandest ambitions. ... Read more

07 Jan 2021

11 MINS

11:06

07 Jan 2021


#241

How to turn moments into momentum | Renee Montgomery

Inspired by the rising movement against racism in the US, WNBA champion Renee Montgomery made an unexpected decision: she opted out of her dream job. As she says in this stirring talk, she wanted to "make it felt," and that meant turning her attention from the court to the community. But you don't have to be a basketball star to make it felt; anyone can turn important moments into meaningful momentum. How will you? ... Read more

06 Jan 2021

04 MINS

04:37

06 Jan 2021


#240

3 ways companies can support grieving employees | Tilak Mandadi

When we experience loss, grief travels with us everywhere -- even work. What can companies do to support grieving employees? Sharing his own story of unimaginable heartbreak, Tilak Mandadi offers three ways organizations can cultivate a culture of workplace empathy, creating an environment that encourages community, productivity and joy. (This talk contains mature content.) ... Read more

05 Jan 2021

11 MINS

11:56

05 Jan 2021


#239

How we could make carbon-negative concrete | Tom Schuler

Concrete is all around us: we use it to build our roads, buildings, bridges and much more. Yet over the last 2,000 years, the art of mixing cement and using it to bind concrete hasn't changed very much -- and it remains one of the world's biggest emitters of carbon. Entrepreneur Tom Schuler previews an innovative way to create concrete, potentially turning it into a carbon sink that traps CO2 from the atmosphere -- while producing a viable building material. ... Read more

04 Jan 2021

04 MINS

04:37

04 Jan 2021


#238

3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams

How you respond to setbacks is what defines your character, says Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman in the history of the United States to be nominated by a major party for governor. In an electrifying talk, she shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia -- and some advice on how to change the world. "Be aggressive about your ambition," Abrams says. ... Read more

01 Jan 2021

12 MINS

12:38

01 Jan 2021


#237

What your sleep patterns say about your relationship | TEDx SHORTS

Wendy Troxel looks at the cultural expectations that pressure couples into sharing a bed and why some relationships would benefit from sleeping separately. This talk was filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach. All TEDx events are organized independently by volunteers in the spirit of TED's mission of ideas worth spreading. To learn more about TEDxSHORTS, the TEDx program, or give feedback on this episode, please visit go.ted.com/tedxshorts. ... Read more

31 Dec 2020

09 MINS

09:20

31 Dec 2020


#236

How we can actually pay people enough -- with Paypal CEO Dan Schulman | TED Business

Capitalism urgently needs an upgrade, says PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and it starts with paying people enough to actually invest in their futures. He explains the epiphany that led PayPal to create a whole new metric for adequate pay, Net Disposable Income, and why investing in employees' financial health is just good business. After the talk, host Modupe Akinola makes the case for going one step further and considering how fair pay might actually mean something pretty different for every employee. (This is an episode of TED Business. Find it wherever you listen to podcasts.) ... Read more

30 Dec 2020

20 MINS

20:42

30 Dec 2020


#235

The joy of taking out the trash | Aparna Nancherla

Comedian Aparna Nancherla loves to take out the trash. In this funny and sharp meditation on garbage -- "the stuff that our modern, consumerist, carbon-powered culture makes us buy endlessly, and often for no reason" -- she shares thoughts on how to use less in a world that's choking on ever-larger piles of waste. ... Read more

29 Dec 2020

03 MINS

03:14

29 Dec 2020


#234

The fight for civil rights and freedom | John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson

Civil rights leader and longtime US congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and justice for everyone. In this illuminating conversation with lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Lewis discusses the essential importance of voting, shares encouraging words of wisdom for the generation of young people currently organizing in the struggle for racial justice and tells moving stories from his decades of making "good trouble" -- at the Freedom Rides, March on Washington and in the halls of Congress. "When you see something that's not right or fair or just, you have to say something," Lewis says. "You have to do something." (This conversation is part of the TED Legacy Project. Recorded November 19, 2019) ... Read more

28 Dec 2020

23 MINS

23:46

28 Dec 2020


#233

An Indigenous Mixtape from Lima, Peru | Far Flung

Meet Liberato Kani, a hip hop artist in Lima, Peru -- or as he says, "the Andean Bronx". At his concerts, a typical call and response you hear is "Quechua es resistencia": Quechua is resistance. Though Quechua is spoken by nearly ten million people, Peru's native language is at risk of dying off because of anti-indigenous prejudice. Liberato and other musicians like Renata Flores are here to save it -- and restore a country's pride while they're at it. (Audio only) ... Read more

25 Dec 2020

46 MINS

46:18

25 Dec 2020


#232

The shadow pandemic of domestic violence during COVID-19 | Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

Mandatory lockdowns, quarantines and shelter-in-place orders meant to contain COVID-19 have created a shadow pandemic of domestic abuse, says physician Kemi DaSilva-Ibru. Sharing alarming statistics on the rise of gender-based violence worldwide, she describes how Nigeria quickly retrained a squadron of basic health care providers to respond to the crisis -- and shares lesson other countries can adopt to keep people safe from harm. ... Read more

24 Dec 2020

05 MINS

05:43

24 Dec 2020


#231

Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

Water is essential to life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard. In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers legal "personhood" -- giving them the same legal rights as humans -- is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource. ... Read more

23 Dec 2020

13 MINS

13:21

23 Dec 2020


#230

How to practice effectively...for just about anything | Annie Bosler and Don Greene

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains. [Directed by Martina Meštrović, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Wonder Boy Audio]. ... Read more

22 Dec 2020

04 MINS

04:35

22 Dec 2020


#229

Fossil fuel companies know how to stop global warming. Why don't they? | Myles Allen

The fossil fuel industry knows how to stop global warming, but they're waiting for someone else to pay, says climate science scholar Myles Allen. Instead of a total ban on carbon-emitting fuels, Allen puts forth a bold plan for oil and gas companies to progressively decarbonize themselves and sequester CO2 deep in the earth, with the aim of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and creating a carbon dioxide disposal industry that works for everyone. ... Read more

21 Dec 2020

10 MINS

10:29

21 Dec 2020


#228

6 big ethical questions about the future of AI | Genevieve Bell

Artificial intelligence is all around us ... and the future will only bring more of it. How can we ensure the AI systems we build are responsible, safe and sustainable? Ethical AI expert Genevieve Bell shares six framing questions to broaden our understanding of future technology -- and create the next generation of critical thinkers and doers. ... Read more

18 Dec 2020

14 MINS

14:48

18 Dec 2020


#227

Financial inclusion, the digital divide and other thoughts on the future of money | Ajay Banga

Roughly two billion people worldwide don't have access to banks or financial services like credit, insurance and investment -- or even a way to formally prove their identity. How do we bridge this divide? Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga sits down with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers to discuss how innovative public-private partnerships can help bring everyone into the digital economy -- and why COVID-19 recovery hinges on financial inclusion. ... Read more

17 Dec 2020

20 MINS

20:00

17 Dec 2020


#226

Who counts as a speaker of a language? | Anna Babel

Backed by research and personal anecdotes, Spanish professor Anna Babel reveals the intricate relationship between language and culture, showing how social categories and underlying biases influence the way we hear, regard and, ultimately, judge each other. A talk that will leave you questioning your assumptions about what it really means to speak a language. ... Read more

16 Dec 2020

10 MINS

10:55

16 Dec 2020


#225

An innovative way to support children with special needs | Billy Samuel Mwape

After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Billy Samuel Mwape realized that his project management skills might be put to use to support his child's special needs. In this inspiring, personal talk, he describes how project management -- the process of leading a team's work to achieve goals on a tight timeline -- can help you tackle life's biggest challenges. ... Read more

15 Dec 2020

12 MINS

12:42

15 Dec 2020


#224

How to be an upstander instead of a bystander | Angélique Parisot-Potter

If you see something wrong in the workplace, what should you do? Business leader Angélique Parisot-Potter says you should speak up, even when it's scary. Sharing her personal experience of voicing concerns at work, she offers three lessons on standing up for what's right. ... Read more

14 Dec 2020

05 MINS

05:39

14 Dec 2020


#223

A strategy for supporting and listening to others | Jeremy Brewer

As a police officer, Jeremy Brewer interacts with individuals experiencing trauma and loss on a daily basis. Giving us a peek into this little-discussed aspect of the job, Brewer shares thoughtful insights on why respecting people's space is sometimes more important than trying to fix an unfixable moment -- and explains how you can use this approach to support someone when they need you the most. ... Read more

11 Dec 2020

07 MINS

07:16

11 Dec 2020


#222

Why monkeys (and humans) are wired for fairness | Sarah Brosnan

Fairness matters ... to both people and primates. Sharing priceless footage of capuchin monkeys responding to perceived injustice, primatologist Sarah Brosnan explores why humans and monkeys evolved to care about equality -- and emphasizes the connection between a healthy, cooperative society and everyone getting their fair share. ... Read more

10 Dec 2020

12 MINS

12:51

10 Dec 2020


#221

How creative writing can help you through life's hardest moments | Sakinah Hofler

Have you ever seen or experienced something and wished you spoke up? Writer Sakinah Hofler makes the case for writing as a tool to help you process difficult memories and reclaim the power they may hold. Pick up a pen or pull up a keyboard and follow along as she walks you through how to unburden your mind and inspire reflection. ... Read more

09 Dec 2020

14 MINS

14:53

09 Dec 2020