If you crave learning new things and gaining fresh insights, then you will never tire of TED Talks' podcasts. They're definitely "ideas worth spreading."
TED began in 1984 as a conference dedicated to promoting "ideas worth spreading" from three different fields: technology, entertainment and design. Each year TED holds two conferences — one in the U.S. and one in the U.K., as well as several other affiliated events — where individuals are invited to give "the talk of their lives" in under 18 minutes. Individuals can talk about just about any specialty you can think of; science, medicine, the arts, business, new inventions and world issues are just some of the many areas that get covered. Someone might get up there to tell his or her moving life story, while another talk will feature a researcher's unique and exciting discoveries. Some speakers are incredibly funny, while others have captivating images or statistics to share. The possibilities are endless.
In an effort to make these invigorating new ideas available to as many people as possible, TED Talks was created in 2006. Suddenly some of the most inspiring ideas and voices were made available to the world, completely free of charge. You can watch the videos on TED.com or download the podcasts and take advantage of them wherever you are. New TED Talks are released every weekday, so you are constantly supplied with fresh and exciting ideas.
You can go to the TED website to browse through over a thousand talks available, or you can search for TED Talks on iTunes. Some talks are as short as five minutes, so it's easy to get a little bite of fresh knowledge and then go about your day. Or you can make an event of it by sitting down with some friends, watching several talks in a row and discussing your thoughts. No matter how you watch TED Talks, it's time well spent. Not sure where to start? Consider checking out Hans Rosling's Stats that reshape your worldview, Brené Brown's The power of vulnerability or David Gallo's Underwater astonishments. If you don't require or aren't able to make use of the video, you can search for "TED Talks audio" on iTunes and get some of the podcasts that are available as sound only. So whether you're walking to work or going for a jog, you can still get a little dose of TED for the day.
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