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TED Launches TED Audio Collective for Podcasts


On February 22, 2021, TED will launch the TED Audio Collective to house its growing collection of podcasts.

While broadly known for its global conferences and signature TED Talk videos, TED is also one of the top podcast publishers in the world. TED podcasts are downloaded 1.65 million per day in virtually every country on Earth. Our shows have been consistently ranked by Apple Podcasts as “most downloaded” of the year, and TED Talks Daily was the second most popular show globally on Spotify in 2020. Now the TED Audio Collective expands upon that foundation, creating a home for shows co-developed by TED and our speakers as well as shows developed and produced independently by inspiring thinkers and creators.

The podcasts in the TED Audio Collective are for listeners curious about everything from philosophy and psychology to science, technology, business and unexpected pathways in between -- all curated through TED’s lens of “ideas worth spreading.” Here’s a sneak peek of exciting new content to expect over the coming months.

New in the TED Audio Collective

Plus, new episodes from:

ZigZag Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi, ​ZigZag​ is a business show about being human. Manoush takes listeners on a journey to discover new ways we can align our business ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings and the world. In March 2021, Manoush will release season six: The Zig Zag Project. Over six weeks, Manoush will lead a bootcamp for listeners who want to make big changes in their work life by finding ways to align their personal values with their professional ambitions. (​Season 6 launches in March 2021)
TED Business Columbia Business School professor Modupe Akinola hosts TED Business, a show that explores the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. After listening to a TED Talk, the listener gets a mini-lesson from Modupe on how to apply the ideas from the Talk in their own life. Because whatever your business conundrum -- how to land that new promotion, set smarter goals, undo injustice at work, or unlock the next big thing -- there’s a TED Talk for that. (New episodes every Monday)
WorkLife with Adam Grant Back with its fourth season! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes listeners inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. Season four kicks off with a bonus episode where JJ Abrams interviews Adam Grant about his new book, ​Think Again.​ (​Season 4 launches in March 2021)
Taken for Granted​: TED is also launching a companion series inspired by Adam’s popular long-form interviews with luminaries like Esther Perel. Starting with Brené Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Goodall, and Glennon Doyle, he’ll sit down with his favorite thinkers about the opinions and assumptions we should all be revisiting. (Launches in February 2021)
The TED Interview 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. From Bill Gates to Monica Lewinsky, Chris follows his curiosity across myriad topics and disciplines, diving deep with the most compelling thinkers from the TED stage and beyond. Entering the sixth season of the show this year, Chris investigates “The Case for Optimism” and why there’s still reason for tremendous hope in these trying times. (​Season 6 launches in April 2021 featuring interviews with climate activist Xiye Bastida, inventor of CRISPR Jennifer Doudna, and many more.​)
TED Radio Hour Host Manoush Zomorodi explores a big idea through a series of TED Talks and original interviews, inspiring us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves. TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED. (New episodes every Friday. Watch out for an exciting episode in March called Through The Looking Glass, about the tools that scientists, physicians, and artists use to extend our perception of what we can see and our boundaries of consciousness—featuring TED speakers Emily Levesque, Ariel Waldman, Rick Doblin, and more.)

Our Partners: ​TED Partnerships, working in collaboration with our editorial team and podcast hosts, strives to tell partner stories in the form of authentic, story-driven content developed in real time and aligned with the editorial process -- finding and exploring brilliant ideas from all over the world. Past and current partners are wide-ranging and diverse, including Accenture, Bonobos, Unilever, Hilton, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Lexus, Marriott Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Warby Parker, Verizon, Women Will, a Grow with Google program, and more. Learn more ​here​.

Other podcasts in the TED Audio Collective​: ​Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala​, ​Sincerely, X​, ​Checking In with Susan David​, T​ED Talks Daily​, ​TED Health,​ ​How To Be A Better Human​, TEDx SHORTS​, ​TED en Español​, and ​TED in Chinese.


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