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.
A special announcement from TED on climate
Today, we're re-sharing a conversation with Christiana Figueres, because we've got a special update for you from TED. On Saturday, October 10, we'll launch Countdown: an exciting new global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. To get involved, tune in to the global launch which will be live-streamed at youtube.com/ted on October 10 at 11am ET.
In 2015, Christiana Figueres brokered the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change. She gives an inside look at the negotiations that led to a commitment from 195 countries to work toward a low carbon future and discusses her current work on COUNTDOWN, an ambitious new initiative from TED aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero.
The role of the wealthy in achieving equality with Darren Walker
Born in a charity hospital and now president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker has been on both sides of the “inequality equation." He explains the need for the wealthy to acknowledge their complicity in a system that sustains racism and injustice, the importance of nuance in addressing complex systemic issues in the U.S., and the role philanthropy can play in rectifying the social and economic imbalances that disproportionately hurt Black Americans. This virtual conversation is part of TED2020, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. It was recorded July 1, 2020.
Malala Yousafzai on why educating girls changes everything
The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has been an international advocate for girls' education since she was 15 years old and was shot by the Taliban for speaking out about girls' education. Now, as a fresh graduate of Oxford University (and job seeking!), she urges us not to forget about the girls who still lack access to a classroom. She describes why learning was crucial to her as a young girl in Pakistan and how the fight for girls' education is inextricably linked with the coronavirus pandemic and recent calls for racial justice. This virtual conversation is part of TED2020, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. It was recorded July 8, 2020.
Al Gore on the new urgency of the climate crisis
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has been a leader in climate advocacy for over 40 years. He argues that amid the global pandemic and worldwide calls for racial justice, climate action can help create a “clean, prosperous, just future” for all. He also highlights youth’s vital role in pressuring governments and businesses on environmental issues, and the effect of strategies like carbon pricing and nuclear energy on reducing emissions. This virtual conversation is part of TED2020, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. It was recorded June 23, 2020.
A path to peace in Afghanistan with President Ashraf Ghani
The war in Afghanistan has wrought turmoil and loss of life for nearly two decades. But that is just one side of the story. President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani digs into what's needed to bring peace and positive change to his country -- including the importance of sharing common ground with its neighbors, allies and adversaries; elevating the voices of women; and pushing forward a strategy for the pandemic that doesn't abandon its people in poverty. This virtual conversation is part of TED2020, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson. It was recorded June 16, 2020.
Why a company’s future depends on putting its employees first with Dan Schulman
How can businesses recover from the pandemic's unprecedented economic destruction? PayPal CEO Dan Schulman argues that it's by improving the financial health of their employees. His company has pioneered research into Net Disposable Income, and he contends that ensuring every worker has enough is vital to the long-term success of any business. This virtual conversation is part of TED2020, hosted by TED’s business curator Corey Hajim and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. It was recorded May 19, 2020.
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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)
Profoundly Insightful , I am on my second round of playing all
Dear Chris Anderson and the entire team at Ted Interview,
This podcast has truly had an immeasurable impact on my life. Your in-depth analysis, appreciation for nuance, and underlying premise of intuition makes me fall in love with this podcast every time I listen.
Thank you for creating something like this. I have listened to each podcast that you created and now I am in the process of starting over again. I am writing this review with the goal of offering constructive advice.
Some background info about me (so that you can better contextualize my opinions and biases), I am from Trinidad and Tobago, moved to the US when I was 16, and I am fortunate enough to currently study at an Ivy League university.
This podcast has tremendously shaped my perspective on our world. The most impactful was with Johann Hari. I have previously struggled with my mental health and it’s stigma. This talk , I believe, opened the floodgates for me to embark on a truly meaningful journey to find my inner peace.
All of your topics have been profoundly insightful. The structure of the podcast, it’s relaxed nature, and rhythmic flow of questions is amazing. Chris routinely challenges and intelligently explores the respective topic in such a graceful manner. I especially believe Chris’s ability to encourage an insightful conversation around any given topic is unparalleled.
As someone who grew up in a developing world and moved to the US, I especially juxtapose these two respective universes. On this podcast, ample recognition and discourse is given to creating something that is palatable to a person from the developing world.
However, I would love to see this podcast emphasize, blend, and embrace the developing world even more.
I recognize that there may be numerous obstacles to this. However, I believe this bold ask for even more diversity can benefit us all. But something tells me you already know that.
Stay safe during this pandemic! Looking forward to the new episodes.
I loved TED talks originally and remain a general fan, but this TED Interviews podcast showed me what TED talks are missing but what this podcast provides... unrelentingly questions built on curiosity and empathy, and then the dialogue that follows. I find these talks so much more memorable and motivating.