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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.
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The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.
In 2008, the global financial crisis decimated Latvia. As unemployment skyrocketed, the government slashed public funding and raised taxes, while providing relief to the wealthy and large businesses -- all without backlash or protest from struggling citizens. Sociologist Liene Ozoliņa examines how Latvian officials convinced their people to accept responsibility for the country's failing economy -- and highlights the rise of similar social policies upholding inequality worldwide.
As prescription drug costs skyrocket in the US, thousands of people are forced to forgo lifesaving medications -- all while manufacturers and health care facilities systematically destroy perfectly good, surplus pills. Kiah Williams shares how SIRUM -- a nonprofit that delivers unused medications to families who need them most -- plans to drive down prescription prices by recycling almost a billion dollars' worth of medications in the next five years. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
"If we want to fix our politics, we have to do something about inequality," says social psychologist Keith Payne. Showing how economic inequality changes the way people see and behave towards one another, Payne helps explain the rise of the political polarization that's slicing up society -- and challenges us to think twice the next time we dismiss someone for the sake of politics.
The secret to winning an argument isn't grand rhetoric or elegant style, says US Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal -- it takes more than that. With stories of some of the most impactful cases he's argued before the Court, Katyal shows why the key to crafting a persuasive and successful argument lies in human connection, empathy and faith in the power of your ideas. "The question is not how to win every argument," he says. "It's how to get back up when you do lose."
When you're on opposite sides of an issue, how do you broker peace with your adversaries and work together to solve a problem? Follow along as animal rights activist Leah Garcés recounts three lessons she learned in hatching an ambitious plan to end chicken factory farming with the last person she expected: a chicken farmer.
What can you do to build a better world? Sharing stories from her pioneering career dedicated to tackling poverty, Jacqueline Novogratz offers three principles to spark and sustain a moral revolution. Learn how you can commit (or recommit) to creating big, positive change in your lifetime -- and give back more to the world than you take from it. "It is in the darkest times that we have the chance to find our deepest beauty," Novogratz says.
"Lies are more engaging online than truth," says former CIA analyst, diplomat and Facebook employee Yaël Eisenstat. "As long as [social media] algorithms' goals are to keep us engaged, they will feed us the poison that plays to our worst instincts and human weaknesses." In this bold talk, Eisenstat explores how social media companies like Facebook incentivize inflammatory content, contributing to a culture of political polarization and mistrust -- and calls on governments to hold these platforms accountable in order to protect civil discourse and democracy.
To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future.
At least 400 million people worldwide live in ultra-poverty: a state of severe financial and social vulnerability that robs many of hope and dignity. At BRAC, an international development organization focused on fighting poverty, Shameran Abed and his team have developed a sustainable, multi-faceted program that has already helped millions lift themselves out of poverty and create lives full of possibility. Learn more about their audacious plan to partner with governments to bring this life-changing program to an additional 21 million people in the next six years. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED's initiative to inspire and fund global change.)
What drives someone to commit politically motivated violence? The unsettling answer lies in daily habits. Behavioral historian Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah shares startling insights into how seemingly mundane choices can breed polarization that lead to extreme, even deadly, actions -- and explains how to identify and bypass these behaviors in order to rediscover common ground.
What's the purpose of a company? In this bold talk, activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney imagines a world where companies have a moral obligation to place their workers above shareholders, calling on Disney (and all corporations) to offer respect, dignity and a living wage to everyone who works for them.
A head start doesn't always ... well, help you get ahead. With examples from sports, technology and economics, journalist David Epstein shares how specializing in a particular skill too early in life may undermine your long-term development -- and explains the benefits of a "sampling period" where you try new things and focus on building a range of skills. Learn how this broader, counterintuitive mindset (and more forgiving timeline) could lead to a more fulfilling life, personally and professionally.
"Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows," says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence -- and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence helps turn our most ambitious dreams into reality.
NASA's Dragonfly -- a robotic rotorcraft-lander that's designed to hop across the surface of an extraterrestrial body -- is set to voyage deep into the solar system to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon, in 2026. Planetary scientist Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle shares how studying this mysterious moon that's thought to resemble the early Earth could bring us closer to understanding the habitability of other planets -- and the origin of life itself.
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
For intersex people -- those born with sex characteristics outside the traditional definitions of female and male -- the stakes to appear "normal" are high. Drawing on her personal experience, Susannah Temko reveals the shame, prejudice and harm faced by the intersex community, as they're forced to conform to a binary understanding of sex that ultimately hinders their health and well-being. She calls on us all to discard outdated notions of biological sex and accept the complexity within humanity.
What accounts for our polarized public life, and how can we begin to heal it? Political philosopher Michael Sandel offers a surprising answer: those who have flourished need to look in the mirror. He explores how "meritocratic hubris" leads many to believe their success is their own doing and to look down on those who haven't made it, provoking resentment and inflaming the divide between "winners" and "losers" in the new economy. Hear why we need to reconsider the meaning of success and recognize the role of luck in order to create a less rancorous, more generous civic life.
In cities, evolution occurs constantly, as countless plants, animals and insects adapt to human-made habitats in spectacular ways. Evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen calls on peculiar beings such as fast food-loving mice and self-cooling snails to illustrate the ever-transforming wonders of urban wildlife -- and explains how you can observe this phenomenon in real-time, thanks to a global network of enthusiastic citizen scientists.
Popular music is often riddled with misogynistic lyrics that objectify and demean women ... so why are we listening and dancing to it? Performing a sample of her original song "Top Knot Turn Up" and sharing clips from her female-directed music video of "See Me Thru," activist and musician Madame Gandhi explains why she's making sex-positive music that doesn't contribute to anyone's oppression -- and calls on music lovers to get down to tunes that empower everyone.
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Andriana Imes

this is the most beautiful and amazing and incredible! this is my favorite Ted talk!

Sep 18th
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Dezmerize

Beautiful talk that encourages you to be sympathetic to, and lavish even more love on, our pets and all animals. To know they feel so deeply makes me even more determined to be a good steward of the animal kingdom. #AnimalsTheyreJustLikeUs

Sep 16th
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MA.RUAN

nice gmorning guys

Sep 15th
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MA.RUAN

沙发 嘿嘿😁😁😁

Sep 15th
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JustAGuy

It's not often that I commend a tedtalk, because they typically have an obvious bias in their content. This, too, was biased towards a more human approach of animal farming, of which I can agree with...to a point. However, this message was more importantly about how humans should interact with each other and respect each other, regardless of the side of the issue that each resides on. We need more of these types of tedtalks and less about why one group is better, smarter, taller, shorter, funnier, etc then the other group. We are all humans, with a variation of the same struggles that life presents. And, more importantly, we will never quite know what shoes the other person is walking in without sitting down and talking to them (or, I guess implanting some freaky neurotransmitter into each of our brains, so that your inner thoughts and feelings are known by the elites that have access to the database...creepy Elon, just creepy!). My point is...this world will continue to divide if we don't communicate. The power hungry will continue to manipulate the narrative to make it seem like we are all different, and must be treated as such...but, sit down with me for an hour, and let's see just how untrue that is. The greatest is Love! I wish you all the most of it, so please enjoy your time while you are able!

Sep 10th
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Danielle Cronis

What a fantastic share of Jacqueline's life and wisdom she has learned through such incredible experiences. I gained so much from this absolutely beautiful speech. I hope everyone will listen and take a few minutes to deeply hear out what Jacqueline says. This really makes me want to change. I am in the middle of what someone could say is a hard time. Recently unemployed and looking for work. Not just work tho something that I can learn and love while maintaining my sobriety. Which at this point is crucial in my life. This 16 minutes really helps me refocus and shift my attitude from selfishness to be more SELFless. Thank you for this gift you gave me. To look inward and really say "what can I do to help?!" I truly hope that the people I share this story to will gain much from it.

Sep 9th
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kapil Dhawan

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Sep 6th
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Angie Greene Smith

That was so awesome! Just Brilliant.

Aug 27th
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Erika Myers

this woman is pretty amazing and a genius. I loved the sounds, I could listen to that for a while

Aug 27th
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Erika Myers

so true. loved this talk, going to have to look this guy up.

Aug 27th
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Erika Myers

what a concept

Aug 26th
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Erika Myers

amazing

Aug 25th
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Denis Rasulev

Great insights, thanks for sharing!

Aug 14th
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Juliette Seward

Love this, so accurate, succinct & useful, Thank you!

Aug 10th
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Lisa D

I loved this. So inspiring!

Aug 5th
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hell cat

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Aug 5th
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kagimub

this is very inspiring. congratulations Malala upon graduation

Jul 18th
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Helia Karbin

💛💛

Jul 13th
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Mukta

This many hour of tv, that many no of shows... it's a resume or what? Except the initial two lines this whole talk offers nothing as the title mentioned. All I can hear is...hummm....hummm and hummm.And I'm disappointed.

Jul 13th
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Behrooz Pahlavan

thanks

Jul 13th
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