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Head of TED Chris Anderson speaks with some of the world’s most interesting people to dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time.

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    • 4.8 • 205 Ratings

Head of TED Chris Anderson speaks with some of the world’s most interesting people to dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time.

    What’s on Elon Musk’s mind?

    What’s on Elon Musk’s mind?

    What will it take to build a future worth being excited about? Elon Musk believes we already have the tools that will help us create one, but we must take bold action to get there. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he’s working on—Tesla’s intelligent humanoid robot Optimus, SpaceX’s otherworldly Starship and Neuralink’s brain-machine interfaces—could help maximize the lifespan of humanity and create a world where goods and services are abundant and accessible for all.


    This episode was recorded on April 6, 2022. To talk about recent developments including his bid to buy Twitter, Elon joined Chris on stage at TED 2022 on April 14. You can listen to that interview now by following TED Talks Daily wherever you’re listening to this.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The limitless potential of human knowledge | David Deutsch

    The limitless potential of human knowledge | David Deutsch

    In an ever expanding world, it can be easy to think of our lives as insignificant. But according to David Deutsch, we all possess one skill that gives each of us infinite reach: our ability to attain knowledge. In the final episode of this season dedicated to making a case for optimism, Chris revisits his interview with the father of quantum computing to explore how knowledge first developed, how it sets us apart and how we can use it to shape a more hopeful future.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The science and ethics of rewriting our DNA | Jennifer Doudna

    The science and ethics of rewriting our DNA | Jennifer Doudna

    Biochemist Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering CRISPR, a revolutionary biotech tool that can edit DNA with unprecedented precision and ease. But how exactly does CRISPR work, and what consequences may arise from altering our internal makeup? She talks to Chris about the remarkable effects CRISPR can have on our lives--from eradicating genetic diseases to slowing the climate crisis--as well as the ethical and moral questions we must grapple with when it comes to changing who we are.

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    • 46 min
    Can planting trees really stop climate change? | Thomas Crowther

    Can planting trees really stop climate change? | Thomas Crowther

    From governments to airlines to your favorite eco-friendly clothing brand, tree-planting campaigns are everywhere. Reforesting the planet has become one of the quickest, easiest and most ubiquitous ways to reduce our carbon footprint...but is it actually helping to stop climate change? Ecologist Thomas Crowther speaks with Chris about how planting trees can actually hurt the environment -- unless it's done right. In which case, it can be a pivotal solution in our efforts to end the climate crisis.

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    • 47 min
    Bonus: How to give a killer speech | How To!

    Bonus: How to give a killer speech | How To!

    We all have to give a presentation at some point in our lives—on a stage, in a conference room, and, these days, on Zoom. So what makes a good speech? In this episode from How To! science writer David Epstein turns the microphone on Chris to find the answer. Chris breaks down some of the most famous talks of all time and solves an unusual challenge from a 6th-grader named Lucy: can he help her prepare for the biggest speech of her young life?

    This is an episode of How To!, a podcast from Slate. For more episodes, find it wherever you're listening to this.

    • 29 min
    The end of our 50-year stagnation | Tyler Cowen

    The end of our 50-year stagnation | Tyler Cowen

    Some believe our world has changed at a rapid pace in recent decades. From the rise of the internet to the proliferation of startups spinning out inventions, it can certainly seem that way. In this episode, though, economist Tyler Cowen argues that none of this has really transformed the ways we live over the last 50 years. But he contends that now that's changing, as new breakthroughs in science and medicine push us out of the so-called "Great Stagnation" into a new era of meaningful innovation.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Emz3184 ,

Monica Lewinsky is my hero

Fantastic interview. Monica has so much depth and substance. How she talks about trauma, humiliation, aloneness is inspiring.

🌟 Sophie 💖 ,

Thank You !

Thanks you for opening conversations that we all need to have and listen to, for inspiring me, for giving me the opportunity to listen to some of the world most incredible thinkers and doers.
I am humbled, uplifted and inspired and I look forward to many more interviews soon. Please keep doing what you are doing !
🙏💚🌺🌏🌈

SabinaOnTheMountian ,

Inspired

Thank you TED and Chris. Your eagerness to understand is infectious. I feel challenged, called apon, find myself questioning and curious about how to make ‘positive’ drive in my circle of influence. Don’t stop what you are doing - I’m a part of your circle.

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