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.
The blind spots of the green energy transition | Olivia Lazard
The world needs clean power, but decarbonization calls for a massive increase in the mining and extraction of minerals like lithium, graphite and cobalt. Environmental peacemaking expert Olivia Lazard sheds light on the scramble for these precious mineral resources -- and how the countries that control their supply chains (including China and Russia) could find themselves at the center of the new global stage. Learn why Lazard thinks planetary security depends on our ability to de-escalate resource competition and avoid the same mistakes that led to the climate crisis.
Caracas' magic bus | Far Flung
We all know that information is power, but what if you live in a country without a free press or regular access to the internet? You have to be creative and find nimble ways to help your community stay informed. That's exactly what journalists in Caracas, Venezuela are doing by delivering the news every weekday ... on public buses all over! In this episode of Far Flung, a podcast from the TED Audio Collective, hop on a music-filled and inspiring journey as El Bus TV combats misinformation and arms you with the hope that there's always a way to take action on the things that matter -- wherever you are. Listen to Far Flung wherever you are listening to this.
How data-driven journalism illuminates patterns of injustice | Alison Killing
A blank spot on a digital map can signal much more than a gap in data -- it can mean something is being intentionally hidden. Sharing the remarkable discovery of massive alleged detention camps in Xinjiang, China, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alison Killing shows how governments can obscure human rights abuses by limiting journalist access on the ground -- and calls for more reliable open-source data (like satellite and social media imagery) to shine a light on the world's darkest places.
The humans at the center of the US immigration debate | Ali Noorani
How does a nation reconcile when its identity is at odds with its policies? Ali Noorani traces the arc of the US immigration debate to show a safer and more compassionate way forward, highlighting why centering human dignity creates lasting bonds and healthier communities.
Why healthy soil matters now more than ever | Jane Zelikova
From nourishing our foods to storing massive amounts of carbon, soil is teeming with diverse microbial life that could slow global warming. Climate change scientist Jane Zelikova calls for agricultural practices that protect Earth's soil by growing climate-adapted crops that don't mess with the microbes. "Soils are the literal foundation of life on this planet -- the reason that we eat and the climate solution just waiting to be unlocked," she says.
An invitation to reexamine your familiar world | Gillian Tett
Before entering the world of financial journalism, Gillian Tett was a cultural anthropologist who studied how the past influences our present thoughts and behaviors. In an entertaining talk, she shows how you can use an anthropological outlook to see the world with fresh eyes -- and welcome new and different cultural truths into your life.
Shorter Speeches Are Best
Sometime a little over-the-top (like a million speeches on climate change and diversity - OK, we get it already!), but overall excellent presentations.
It was great but then 2018-Now happened
I use to really liked Ted Talks. I started listening to it on NPR in 2011. It was educational, scientific, inspiring etc. However it became super political, extremely left leaning, and more about racism, social justice, and just really biased. It stopped becoming scientific and inspiring. It is slowly becoming something…else. It’s like when TLC was the learning channel but is now the complete opposite. It was great they shed light on the issues at the time but come on. There are other things to talk about.
Another echo chamber
Just listen to 10 episodes and you’ll figure it out. Diversity is important except when it comes to ideas here.