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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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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.

    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
    How to turn grit into a lifelong habit | Angela Duckworth

    How to turn grit into a lifelong habit | Angela Duckworth

    What does it take to persevere and succeed, not just in our careers but in all aspects of our lives? For psychologist Angela Duckworth, the answer can be summed up in one concept: grit. She explains the ingredients in grit and the experiences that make one person persist where another gives up — and offers concrete steps to instill grit early in life and sustain it.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

jaiaoo ,

I think the host could do better.

I am a fan of the Hidden Brain program displayed by NPR.And Apple podcast recommended me this program.The guests are fantastic and to the point.But I have to say, the host could figure out better questions and replies to the guests’ answers.
His replies are mostly brief and it seems that he can’t lead the conversation go further from there.It’s always question-answer-brief comment-next totally irrelevant question. The conversation to me isn’t flowing, it’s broken.
If anyone here has ever listened to Hidden Brain, you can easily feel the gap between the host here and Shanker (the host there, if I spell his name right)

foreverlisteningtoaria ,

Positivity

I am so enjoying the shift towards optimism. You have recently brought on speakers who understand the worlds many problems and yet believe that we are not lost. This shift in your programming has me feeling that we can, working together, develop processes that’s will help us overcome the battles we face. I am more hopeful!

Jeffrey Marraccini ,

Wonderful season of TED Interview, and David Deutsch’s definition of optimism is inspiring

Thank you to Chris and the TED team for another great season of the TED Interview podcast! I highly recommend listening, and if you are like me, pausing and repeat listening of Chris’ questions and guest answers are time well spent.

David Deutsch’s response to Chris’ last question, his definition of optimism, particularly resonated with me, but this season, there have been many great conversations. I will not spoil what Chris and David said, but I encourage listening, even to interviews for guests you may not know. There are many gems here, to learn, to be inspired, to be concerned, and to be human.

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