Podcast of the Week: TED Talks Daily

By Abbie Steer 

Want to keep up to date and informed on the most important, innovative ideas of this generation? Then really, this is all you need.

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TED Talks Daily is honestly one of my favourite podcasts. With such a wide range of speakers, from LGBT Activists, to internationally acclaimed scientists, commenting on such a variety of topics, there is always something for everyone, from the lives of giant clams to the issues in gender politics, with a new episode coming out every weekday. With constant updates, I listen to them all the time and they’re the perfect length, averaging at about 15 minutes long. I can boil pasta, or ride the bus while also being informed on the best ways to encourage myself to think creatively, or the global water crisis, or contemporary African artists. Touria El Glaoui, the Founding Director of the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, introduced me to artists who don’t necessarily always get the recognition they deserve as they work outside the West, separate from the focus on the Western art world, in her 8 minute TED Talk. In only 11 minutes, Jack Conte talks about Patreon and the ways in which truly deserving “artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age”, something long overdue when art is so unbelievably accessible through the internet. Thought-provoking, inspiring, weird and wonderful, this podcast feeds you bite-size pieces of inspiration and information that you can filter into your daily life. If you want to be informed in the age of information then the first you need to do is subscribe to TED Talks Daily.

Kabyashree Saikia