Podcast Playlist

Podcasts that inspire with the head of TED, Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson – entrepreneur, author, and the head of TED – joins us this week as a guest curator.

If you've ever found yourself on the Internet searching for inspiration – or have even fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole – the odds are that at some point you've probably viewed a TED Talk. From discussions looking at the power of vulnerability, the surprising science of happiness, the danger of a single story, to what really happens when you reply to spam email, TED is a non-profit dedicated to sharing "ideas worth spreading." 

In a similar vein, the TED organization also has a podcast called The TED Interview. Hosted by businessman, author and head, Chris Anderson, he sits down with with some of the world's most interesting people to "dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time."

This week, Chris joins us as a guest curator! You can find his picks below.

Podcasts featured this week:

TED Talks Daily – Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking special "Nanette" broke comedy. In a talk about truth and purpose, she shares three ideas and three contradictions. Or not.

Reply All – In this episode, "a flood of mysterious orders plague Domino's Pizza stores across America. Who is Adam Pisces, and why is he ordering so many cokes?"

The TED Interview – We hear Chris speak with American business woman Mellody Hobson who challenges listeners to be "colour brave."​​​​

Species Unite –  Matt Rossell has spent much of his adult life working undercover to expose business that treat animals inhumanely. Matt's footage has created awareness and sparked huge change in many of these worlds. In order to get the footage, he like other undercover investigators, had to work horrible jobs with long grueling hours and minimal pay all while having to perform jobs that harmed, exploited, or killed the very animals he has dedicated his life to protecting.

After On – Yale astrophysicist Priya Natarajan is among the world's leading experts on the mysterious substance known as dark matter, and also on the terrifying astrophysical phenomenon of black holes. She shares her knowledge about these enigmas, as well as the most abundant and least-understood element in the universe: dark energy.

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