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How one idea helped turn water back on for thousands in Detroit

Friday, May 05, 2023

Water bills in Detroit are twice the national average, and in 2014 thousands faced shutoffs because they couldn't afford to pay them. When programmer Tiffani Ashley Bell learned this, she took action.


What would we learn and what could we save, if we had a 3D-scan of the entire earth?

Friday, January 27, 2023

LIDAR technology is an innovation in archeology and ecology that has uncovered lost civilizations. But archeologist Chris Fisher realized it could help track and study the effects of climate change.


How to travel more without going anywhere

Friday, January 13, 2023

Traveling lets us take in the awe of new places. But author and travel writer Pico Iyer realized he could bring an adventurous spirit to familiar spaces and see local beauty that he had overlooked.


Willpower won't help you save money. Changing your environment can

Friday, January 13, 2023

When it comes to money, knowing better doesn't always help us save more. Wendy De La Rosa suggests changing and automating factors in your environment to take back control of your finances.


How we can end ageism

Friday, November 18, 2022

We receive a lot of messages about how bad it is to grow old. Anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite says that while some of our fears may be valid, aging offers more opportunities than we think.


Breaking, entering and eating — what happens when bears break the law?

Friday, October 21, 2022

As development expands into forested areas, local wildlife pushes back. Author Mary Roach shares what happens when human lives intersect with one devious wild neighbor: bears.


David Moinina Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs

Friday, October 07, 2022

Decades ago, a civil war in Sierra Leone left thousands as amputees. Researcher and current Education Minister David Moinina Sengeh set out to help them with a more comfortable socket for prostheses.


David Biello: Are we alone in the universe?

Friday, July 08, 2022

Are we alone in the universe? This hour, we travel the cosmos with TED science curator David Biello in search of extraterrestrial life, uncovering how it may look and how we'll know we've found it.


Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas: Why good humor makes for good business

Friday, June 03, 2022

Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas teach a class at Stanford's business school called 'Humor: Serious Business.' They say humor is vastly undervalued in business and is key to good leadership.


Bill Bernat: How to build a connection with your friends living with depression

Friday, April 08, 2022

Sometimes, we tiptoe around people experiencing depression because we don't know what to say. Bill Bernat suggests that instead of waiting for them to feel better, we can meet them where they are.


Asmeret Asefaw Berhe: How can soil's superpowers help us fight climate change?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Earth's soil can store vast amounts of carbon. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe says soil could be a powerful tool for fighting climate change - if only we stopped treating it like dirt.


Irma Olguin: Why We Should Bring Tech Economies to Underdog Cities

Friday, February 04, 2022

Irma Olguin wants to bring the tech industry to cities like her hometown, Fresno. She believes building a support system for tech workers will strengthen communities and revitalize undervalued cities.


Adam Grant: Why rethinking our ideas means we're growing

Friday, December 03, 2021

It's easy to stick to our beliefs and much harder to accept views that contradict them. But psychologist Adam Grant argues that rethinking our ideas is good for us—we might even come to enjoy it.


Erika Hamden: What does it take to send a telescope into the stratosphere?

Friday, October 29, 2021

Astrophysicist Erika Hamden spent 10 years building FIREBall, a telescope that reaches the stratosphere and looks for clues to how stars form. Launching it was more challenging than she ever imagined.


Hui-wen Sato: What can grief provide us?

Friday, October 01, 2021

For pediatric critical care nurses, tragedies are part of the job. But so much loss can wear on you. Nurse Hui-wen Sato describes how she found her way--through the life-giving lessons of grief.


Alasdair Harris: How Can Coastal Conservation Save Marine Life And Fishing Practices?

Friday, June 25, 2021

In 1998, Alasdair Harris went to Madagascar to research coral reefs. He's worked there ever since. He explains the true meaning of conservation he learned from the island's Indigenous communities.


Jen Gunter: The Truth About Our Bodies

Friday, May 28, 2021

What does it mean to be healthy and to care for our bodies? This hour, physician and writer Jen Gunter empowers us to cut through false medical claims and make informed decisions about our health.