Aggregated reviews for 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.

I think the host could do better.   (4/5)

I am a fan of the Hidden Brain program displayed by NPR.And Apple podcast recommended me this program.The guests are fantastic and to the point.But I have to say, the host could figure out better questions and replies to the guests’ answers. His replies are mostly brief and it seems that he can’t lead the conversation go further from there.It’s always question-answer-brief comment-next totally irrelevant question. The conversation to me isn’t flowing, it’s broken. If anyone here has ever listened to Hidden Brain, you can easily feel the gap between the host here and Shanker (the host there, if I spell his name right)

Excellent!   (5/5)


Malala interview   (3/5)

The woman interviewing Malala was asking good questions but she didnt respond meaningfully, even briefly to any of them. Malala was saying some amazingly inspirational things but instead it sounded like a dry Q&A. She should look at how interviewers like Sam Sanders use expressive tones or words as feedback

I always come back this for deep ideas   (5/5)

This is one of the podcasts I always come back to no matter how much time I spend away. The depth of the ideas and how applicable they are across the world gives me so much hope that my generation can turn things around in climate change, inequality, racism and more. Being African with lots of problems to solve at home, this podcast is like a how-to guide for creating a better continent. In 10 years, I’m excited to see how we can implement these ideas. Audrey Tang’s interview so far has been my favorite:)

Well poised   (5/5)

I like the slow pace of deep thinking.

Informative and engaging   (5/5)

Chris asks extremely insightful and thoughtful questions. I love his way of interviewing. It is fresh and engaging.

Incredible topics and guests, check your bias on the format   (3/5)

I listened to Ray Dalios interview which was excellent. This was my first time listening to this series as I came to hear Ray. Ray was talking about very big things like the macro economy, 100 year cycles, historic frameworks, etc. I felt like the interviewers kept trying to bring it back to small things such as domestic politics, 401ks, and personal ideology. For example, I felt like the interviewers were looking for confirmation of their liberal elitism (only my hunch and opinion formed from one show) rather than extracting what Ray really thinks. This was particularly true on the discussion of US Views toward China over the pandemic. I came away wanting more of ray and less of the distracting questions.

Elizabeth Dunn interview was awesome!   (5/5)

Chris asks very insightful questions. I left with satisfaction as most of the questions I had were asked by Chris. One thing I would like to hear about is the connection between happiness and satisfactory self image. How does having a positive outlook towards oneself enables good behavior (generosity, belief in humanity, motivational rather than criticizing behavior towards others) and how that leads to happiness. To me, from my own experience, this seems intuitive and a cyclical process. I wonder if there is any psychological human behavior research out there on this connection?

Echo chamber   (2/5)

It seems every episode Chris does his best to get the guest to bash Trump.

Very informative podcast!   (5/5)

The daily unedited episodes are great, very informative and helpful. Daily news and updates on world events including the pandemic.

Amazing:) informative   (5/5)

You are so informative. And for the future I would love if you keep the Coronavirus podcast and mix them up with other information as well. Thank you

Inspiring Talk   (5/5)

Ray Dalio’s talk made me feel hopeful.

Gratitude   (5/5)

I am so incredibly grateful to the TED Interview for the phenomenal conversations. I listen to an episode while walking laps on my apartment rooftop and it is a highlight of my day. Thank you.

Listen and Be Informed   (5/5)

Great perspective from a mathematician.

Best podcast on Apple   (5/5)

This podcast is an inspiration. Filled with wisdom, authenticity, real issues, and real people. Thank you for going deeper into some of the most interesting speakers and topics of our time. Please continue we will not stop listening!

Oklahoma   (5/5)

Thank you for being a beacon of knowledge and inspiration. I am landlocked in an area of the country that doesn’t always think logically and reasonably. It’s such a relief to have access to a source of information that is put together so well and I hope you never stop doing these. Thank you again!

Answered so many questions   (5/5)

Timely in-depth interview that helps explain our current knowledge of the spread of this virus by the numbers. I very much appreciated this conversation and shared it on social media and via text. I think this will be an especially helpful explanation for my scientifically minded friends here in Los Alamos. Thank you!

Exceptional interviews, I learn so much!   (5/5)

Chris anderson is an exceptional interviewer and I love his conversations. Thank you for allowing me to hear the advice and wisdom from the smartest people on the planet. I love this podcast.

Inspiring every time   (5/5)

I’ve listened to all of season 1 and 2 and have yet to hear an interview I wasn’t interested in. Every speaker is passionate and makes a brilliant case for their topic. Highly recommend this for all listeners.

Thought it Would be Better   (3/5)

I thought this would be better than it is. Sometimes it feels like the host is trying to put words into the guests mouth, or like he is more into showing off how much he knows about the topic. Anyways the guests are interesting but idk about the host. It’s kind of one of my last choice pods when my preferred podcasts don’t have new episodes.

Dear god, give them water   (5/5)

I love this podcast. The speakers invariably have valuable and interesting perspectives to share. However, almost every episode, it’s clear the guests have dry mouth and there’s so much smacking and other mouth sounds. It’s so hard to listen through it.

Awesome   (5/5)

Complex ideas that make you think differently, explained simply. By far my most listened to and quoted podcast . Let’s challenge how we think!!

Best Intellectual Podcast   (5/5)

This is by far my favorite podcast to learn about new things! They dive deep and explain extremely interesting topics. Chris Anderson does an incredible job! Love this! I listen to every new episode when it comes out!

My favorite interviewer   (5/5)

The TED Interview has a couple of powerful things going for it. First, the interviewees are all initially vetted through the ideas market in some way by virtue of their TED Talk. Second, there are few people more qualified to tease out ideas than the curator of TED, Chris Anderson. If you read his book, you’ll quickly learn how seriously and earnestly he takes the ideas that are expressed from the myriad of TED stages that have been put forward. His credibility and ability to articulate thoughtful questions are immediately apparent in every interview. In the last decade or so, the best way to engage a distillation of a thought-leader’s main thesis or an individual’s key experience was through watching their TED Talk. The TED Radio Hour took things to another level by building on a theme and scratching a bit deeper, but now the TED Interview REALLY unpacks the meat of a TED Talk in an hour or so. Soon enough, people will be searching out whether or not someone has a TED Interview in addition to a TED Talk, and they will not be disappointed with what they find.

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

Chris consistently leads the conversations in ways that help the guests present the best version of their idea, opinion or belief. He takes a different approach with each guest to support this goal and I find the conversations endlessly fascinating, thought provoking and helpful. By far, one of the most hopeful podcasts without sacrificing the pragmatism necessary to make actual progress.

Probably the best podcast I’ve come across   (5/5)

The long form with such fascinating minds is enlightening. I’ve learned so much listening to them. One suggestion: perhaps we could get some climate change mitigation technology experts to speak on the pathway towards a stable climate? Keep up the great work!!

Opens your mind!   (5/5)

I love this Podcast. It’s incredibly varied topics and guests make for an informative, enlightening, intelligent listen. It’s a breath of fresh air. And host Chris Anderson is always spot on with questions and insights. I always look forward to the next episode. Thank you TED!

Universal basic income   (5/5)

I loved the Michael Tubbs interview about piloting UBI in Stockton. I would love if you interviewed Andrew Yang who is running for President in the US 2020 election. He has 160+ policies including UBI and is rising in the polls and trending more and more on the internet. Please invite Andrew Yang he will blow your mind away.

Richly inspiring and brilliantly informative!   (5/5)

Thank you for a great programming and selecting pivotal topics to make us live better lives. 💕

My New Favorite   (5/5)

I listen to lots of podcasts. I love to think about and listen to discussions of the big ideas. The TED Interview is full of those. It’s my new favorite podcast.

Thanks for sharing the information   (5/5)

Wonderful, kind, loving exploration of issues impacting our lives. Blessings, GC

Really need a new host   (3/5)

This host talks too much and seems misinformed, needs to guide the discussion better to hear what the guest (expert) has to say.

Chris Anderson, you’re simply awesome.   (5/5)

I’m addicted to this podcast. Quality of guests choice is undeniably impressive. Chris manages to make guests feel so at ease and open, that we learn so much more than we could expect. It’s all about Chris: He never asks lengthy questions that usually are more about listening to the interviewer rather than guests. I love and love this podcast. Definitely the number 1 on my list. I want more and more...

Wonderful   (5/5)

Can’t speak highly enough of this podcast. Uncorrupted by politics, the interviews are simply a space for ideas to be shared. The TED Interview is a refreshing breath of fresh air in a medium that is largely corrupted by less intelligible discussions, fueled by click bait and sound bites.

David So & Joe   (5/5)

Every race can relate so much to y’all man !! Been watching y’all since YouTube 🙏keep going boys !! Y’all doing a great JOB 😘

Kid   (5/5)

maybe stop saying crap because what if kids are hearing?

Questions vs Answers   (4/5)

These discussions are so interesting because of the guests. If the moderator would shorten his attempts at displaying his own knowledge and focus on questions we would get more from each guest.

I love this in-depth interview style   (5/5)

My favorite so far is Elizabeth Gilbert. But all the interviews are great.

Love the interviews opens the mind.   (5/5)

Johann Hari conversation was fantastic, reading his book right now. Love the interviews. Fantastic

These are wonderful   (5/5)

Please keep them coming.

Dylan you are incredible   (5/5)

I listen to other podcasts and just wish it was Dylan! Goosebumps while I’m writing this. So much grace, knowledge, and patience he has with his guests. By far my favorite person on this planet. I’m addicted to how you talk and your humor, because no one ever makes me laugh like you. Felt compelled to write this after Episode 7, because the truth is Dylan you’re too great. Every facet of you is so lovely! Xx

More than sound bites   (5/5)

Engaging discussions need listening and curious questions. They also need time. Today’s information is delivered in 140 characters or sound bites. The host does an amazing job of a relaxed, receptive and curious interview with brilliant people. TED talks and TED Hour are great, but can not deliver to in-depth discussion this program does. Please continue the great work. Allowing the listener to learn and grow.

Sense of awe   (5/5)

These podcasts are just a dream come true for me. These and similar subjects occupy often my mind and to hear most brilliant Chris Anderson posing challenging questions to these exceptional people and listening to the consequential answers and dialogue well—I get sometimes that tight chest feeling and eyes tearing up knowing I’ve been in the presence of something most precious. It’s like love in a way. I’m grateful.

This podcast could change the world   (5/5)

I am so grateful for this podcast! I listen during my commute to work in the morning, and it is truly changing my life. I have already learned so much. Chris Anderson - You are the perfect host. Your questions are so thoughtful, and I appreciate the way you challenge each speaker to reflect and draw out their ideas and “dig deeper”, as you say. I have loved every single episode, and this is absolutely my new favorite podcast. Thank you so much for providing the world with this incredible opportunity to learn, expand our perspectives, connect to others, and grow as individuals. These are the conversations we need to have to be the best humans that we can be, but it can be hard to access that in daily life. This resource feels like a gift. I work in nonprofits and have always pictured myself ending up at one that is involved with environmental advocacy and conservation, but you are making me wonder if my new dream is to just find a way to one day work at Ted. :) I truly believe that this podcast is helping promote positive change and progress in our society. Thank you.

Small, average, and great minds   (5/5)

Small minds talk about people. Average minds talk about things. Great minds talk about ideas. This podcast is for great minds.

Harare interview   (5/5)

The main causes and possible solutions to the problems and causes of depression are outlined in an interesting format. I firmly would suggest reading the details in his book would be advantageous. Sharing this with a depressed person,no matter what the cause, would definely help,

Critically inspiring and positively influential   (5/5)

Love this podcast and the Ezra Klein show. It feels like meeting up with two friends and exchanging ideas on a table every week. I am inspired a lot through these two seasons.

Harari Interview   (5/5)

The latest interview with Harari is astounding and of immense value. The depth of insights brought forth here through the vehicle of the TED Interview is a major contribution to the understanding of the dangers facing the present and future of our human species.

I learn so much from this podcast!   (5/5)

I have listened to about half the episodes so far and I am really enjoying this podcast. I was already a big fan of the TED radio hour podcast, but I think I enjoy this long-form interview approach better! I was especially moved by "Robin Steinberg's quest to reform cash bail" and listened to it twice! I am inspired to dig deeper and find ways to help, even if it is just to donate some money to that effort. Chris does a great job of presenting opposing viewpoints and questions, so he's clearly done his homework on what "the other side" might say to counter the statements of the person he's interviewing. I noticed this particularily with his interview with Sam Harris. Nice job Chris and TED, and thank you for bringing us more amazing content on top of all the great work you're already doing! Sometimes, an 18 miute talk isn't quite enough to cover these subjects or really understand the full context.

Worth my time.   (5/5)

The recent interview with Yuval Noah was one of the more interesting, intelligent...yet accessible...talks I have heard in quite a while.

GREAT AMAZING AWESOME !!! Wonderful   (5/5)

I love your ted talk interviews. The insight that you give your audience is profound. Please keep making them. Love from Trinidad and Tobago.

Thoughtful and insightful podcast   (5/5)

I have such admiration for Chris and his ability to interview in such a way that leaves space for the discussion to flow uninterrupted. I have listened to many podcast and the host have a difficult time not continuously talking over or interrupting the guest. This podcast is refreshing, insightful and all the wonderful things one would expect from TED .

Excellent speakers   (5/5)

I am obsessed with these talks, I have personally grown so much just listening.

A+   (5/5)

Great content and guests.

Constructive criticisms?   (5/5)

I’m sorry but I’m drawing a blank. I've just listened to three of these back-to-back, starting with Mellody Hobson's interview. Chris--as much as I love the 10-12 min Ted Talks and love even more Ted Radio Hour, this iteration may in fact be the best. At least it is if these three will be typical of what you do going forward. Thank you for your work. You are in fact spreading ideas that matter.

Deep dive with incredible people about incredible ideas   (5/5)

This is the podcast I’ve been looking for, deep dives with incredible people about the big ideas in the world. TED talks are great, but I always end wanting to go deeper and hear more. Chris Anderson does a great job on probing and digging into the ideas in a great conversation.

Much better than TED Talks   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts. I love to commune with the smartest people, smart in some ways. The only thing I don’t like is the third rail of income/wealth disparity which is touched upon but not discussed to my personal satisfaction. Regardless, I heartily recommend listening to every episode

Wow.   (5/5)

Brooks, Steinberg, Gates... wow. This is inspiring to ACTION. Thank you so much for making this podcast. I love the conversational TED format, it helps my mind chew in the ideas. And I STILL have to pause it and consider the implications for my life! I think the length, format, guests, and pace are all perfect. Well done; please don’t be done.

For those who prefer tomes to tweets   (5/5)

This long interview format is for those who understand the world is complicated. Ideas worthy of our time deserve more attention than our hyperactive media believes we are capable of. The TED interview podcast honors this and thereby US. Thank you to its creators!

Best form for TED ideas in Podcasts   (5/5)

I enjoy the interview format with one TED speaker much more than a theme focused show such as the NPR TED themes show

David Brooks   (5/5)

The title almost had me move on. So glad I listened. Life lessons. Different perspectives to enjoy. Weavers. Yes.

Roger nailed it!   (5/5)

Comprehensive analysis Of surveillance capitalism, it’s consequences and some ways to fix it. The comments and questions are really great.

What a great idea!   (5/5)

This show is the answer to the question: "If TED were a podcast, what would it be like?" A perfect companion to the TED talks. I have enjoyed every interview so far and am looking forward to the new season. Thank you Chris Anderson and the TED team.

Love the longer interviews.   (5/5)

I’m a big fan of TED and also love the TED radio hour. But I think this new podcast with a longer interview format is my favorite!

Great Show with Ray Kurzweil   (5/5)

Thank you for this show. It is a breath of fresh air with intelligent thought and something called...Reason!

Great podcast!   (5/5)

I love Ted Interview. It is interesting, insightful, and thought provoking. Please release more episodes!

Amazing   (5/5)

Love the rich and profound discussions on existential matters. Great format!!! Keep posting new content.

love the in-depth insights from experts!   (5/5)

So much more than the Ted Talk! Keep it coming! I rewind and listen to these over and over... It's like the best lectures of elite professors cuated for us!

Ezra   (4/5)

I came here for Ezra Klein, but I stayed for the way this has changed my life. As always, TED kicks butt at opening my heart to new ideas and to empathize with others. I need more of this in my life and am thankful for the thought-provoking interviews featured here.

Where’s the show??   (5/5)

What happened to the podcast? Are you all taking a break or is it over with? I THOROUGHLY enjoy listening to Chris’ one-on-one interviews with these very interesting guest. I definitely preferred the solo interviews over the ones that Chris interviews in front of an audience. In the one-on-one interviews I feel like I’m in the same room with them sitting in a dark corner behind the scenes just observing all of the beautiful knowledge and conversations spilling out before me. Chris has a very warm and inviting personality. Your moral compass is straight. You ask all of the questions I’m wondering myself. I love the David Deutsch way of thinking. I have always said, “Every problem has a solution; it’s just lacking the ingredients needed to solve it”. I view this show and its guest (and interviewer - Chris) as the ingredients. Please keep the podcast coming!!!

Great depth   (5/5)

This podcast takes TED to the next level. Thanks, Chris.

Thanks   (5/5)

Thanks for expanding the TED library of podcasts, I wish the whole world would listen to these thought provoking shows. Thanks for helping me grow!

So Amazing   (5/5)

I literally love this podcast. I am a 16 year old high school student in my Junior year, and what started as me being bored lead me to TED and fortunately this. This has lead me to a path of just continuous learning and yearning for more, than I have ever had in my life. This has somehow just shaped my life in a way that I just can’t wrap my head around, I absolutely love this.

All the TED interviews   (5/5)

I have listened to each and everyone. Chris, they are all fantastic. I keep checking for the next episode. Please keep them coming... The interviews are massively enriching and calming my life

A chance to dive deeper   (5/5)

Chris - love the podcast. I thoroughly enjoy you diving deeper into the guests TED topic and into their own background. I also appreciate hearing your thoughts and views as well. I value your viewpoints and approach to getting to the heart of the value of the speakers ideas and how we can learn and apply this knowledge and wisdom in our own lives to make the world a better place. Keep the podcasts coming!

The TED Interview   (5/5)

By far the most enlightening podcast that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. If the TEDTalks are tantalizing tastes, here you feel like you’re enjoying a gourmet meal. (A lot of food for thought). The ones I have listened to are timeless, and if for no other reason, the podcast should continue for future as well as current listeners.

Ideas that matter require time to delve into   (5/5)

This outstanding podcast does what the short TED talks often can’t because of their limited format: delve deeply into ideas that can really change our minds and world. I became averse to the shorterTEDTalks in general because their limited length lends themselves to sound bites, sloganism and a rapid, sometimes inch-deep treatment of important issues. You can only do some much in 18 minutes. This is ironic because TED wants to present meaningful ideas that move the needle, but the short format makes it hard for those ideas to really stick with a listener and enact change. The long form interview is perfect for TED’s mission and perfect for listeners who want to go deeper with some if the most resonant change agents of our time. I’m so grateful for it. More please, Chris.

Enriching   (5/5)

I’m so happy that this podcast exists, Chris Anderson asks some of the most detailed questions and the speakers that join the podcasts are so enlightening. So much love for this podcast!

A tour de force of the best ideas from the worlds best thinkers   (5/5)

I see TED as the ultimate forum for sharing ideas openly and without pretense. This podcast is a brilliant extension of that forum and never ceases to stimulate and cultivate outstanding conversations. I read Chris Anderson’s book about a year ago and he no doubt is the perfect man to be running the show. The first season was one conversational gem after the other with some of my favorite thinkers in the world. Chris and the TED team - keep on keeping on cause this is my new favorite podcast!

Excellent series!   (5/5)

So nice to get deeper into these amazing people!!!

One of my favorite podcasts   (5/5)

I agree with all the other reviews here. Fantastic guests, conversations and host. Exceeds expectations - love it!

Cash bail with Robin Steinberg   (5/5)

Thank you so much for this amazing interview. I wasn’t familiar with your guest before this. I’ll be interested to learn if the Freedom Fund is in my area. Currently a Criminal Justice student and my latest class was Corrections. The only other point would have been to address the risk factor for individuals and that some are denied bail.

Thank you!   (5/5)

I have a tremendous sense of gratitude...thank you for opening the world through my phone to better and bigger ideas that improve our lives.

In depth with the best!   (5/5)

Just finished listening to my 4th TED Interview and each one is with the most amazing person! I listen to TED talk podcasts as well, this is such a wonderful addition. Keep them coming!

Love this show   (5/5)

I really enjoy the TED talks. This podcast allows me to learn more about those subjects that caught my attention in the first place. Please keep it up!

So good   (5/5)

A valuable and important show that has conversations which are critical to this day and age. The quality is right up along Radiolab and This American Life. Keep up the good work!

Brave view to the newer world   (5/5)

Y’all have disseminated the possibilities(we limit ourselves), and I pray we all get the message sooner than later. Thanks for using the privilege of the internet as a good player. It was the right and good thing to do based on the information available- Bravo!

Chris Anderson/TED/Interviews   (5/5)

I was introduced to the TED Talks because I am a lifelong fan of Peter Gabriel. He spoke about TED in his fan forum back in the early days when the talks became available online to the public. I am fascinated with what Chris Anderson created here in the arena of sharing information. I always feel as if I am getting a free college education through these lectures. Although I enjoy the talks in and of themselves, I am always excited when Chris takes a speaker aside at the end of a presentation for a short conversation so this podcast is absolute music to my ears. I love the way Chris thinks, he always seems to ask questions that are stuck on the tip of my tongue but that he has the presence to ask in such eloquent, diplomatic and articulate way. Chris Anderson is an delightfully inquisitive, compassionate and generous being who keeps on luring me back here to unwrap my next present. 🙏

5 stars, full heart, can’t lose   (5/5)

I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing something, which generally leaves most things left unwritten... but this podcast has helped change my life. Maybe not in a monumental way, but in an affirmative coaxing toward a direction toward which I was previously inclined. I’ve been challenged by the thoughts of both Chris and every person interviewed. If this was a daily show, we may then know the meaning of nirvana.

3 Stars   (3/5)

This has catapulted to the top of my podcast feed. I want to give it 5, but can’t at the moment. My reason is simply that I find the conversations a bit too short. The Sir Ken Robinson episode for instance had room for the interviewer to dive deeper, but it failed to go there. Perhaps if the time constraint were loosened conversations would expand as needed.

This podcast is something truly special!   (5/5)

Something I appreciate from this series is the hosts ability to challenge guests beliefs with questions that lead to great discussions. This podcasts provides a platform that’s more genuine than a stage for these extraordinary thinkers. Can’t wait for Season 2!

So cool!   (5/5)

I have listened to multitudes of TEDtalks, TEDRadio hours, and now 2 TED interviews. I. Love. TED. (So much so that I'm applying for a job there.. But, that's a different subject). I'm wondering how the interview questions come about, and if there is any way for people interested in the subject on an even deeper level to interact with the speaker. Can questions be curated from an online audience prior to the interview? Sometimes I'd love to talk to these people for hours and hours and pick their brains. For now, I'll just keep sharing the ideas I learn about from through TED as diligently as I can. Cheers!

So good!   (5/5)

I’ve been listening to TED talks daily for a couple years now and while that format is great and I have no desire to see it replaced, the TED interview is a really great supplement for exactly the reasons stated at the beginning of each episode: it’s much more time to dive deeper into an idea. The interviewer asks insightful questions and is a great listener, able to pick up on interesting threads of what the speaker is saying. Keep it up!

Behind the Scenes Brilliance   (5/5)

As a TEDx organizer I have the opportunity to work with speakers and hear their stories in depth - far more than what ends up in their talk - and have always felt sad that my audience can't hear the much larger story. So I am quite delighted to hear Chris interview the brilliant TED speakers that have been featured to date. Looking forward to more insights from speakers such as Anand Giridharadas and Amanda Palmer. (hint, hint)

Fascinating, timely, ridiculously relevant   (5/5)

Chris Anderson - you asked for this review. And because you asked so politely, here goes... Chris, you've got a great voice for a podcast and that is a huge bonus. The pace of conversation so far has been relaxed and the strategy open and curious. No one's trying to prove a point, which is a relief (in the context of my being very seriously devoted to Sam Harris's podcasts). I subscribed to The TED Interview the moment I saw it announced and will continue to listen as long as I continue to learn from it. Good job, sir. Please continue!

Thank You, and more please.   (5/5)

It's really impossible to write a review for an organization, platform, and participatory community that is so forward thinking that credits them justly - and at the same time not reveal that, by contrast, I'm such a total idiot. It's like having a four-year-old giving criticism in a peer reviewed journal. I have long enjoyed the short-format TED talk - especially the ones I disagree with - because they constantly make me recalibrate my understanding of the world. Now that the long-format interview has arrived it's like feeling the joy of picking up a dear and long-unseen friend from the airport and catching up feverently on the ride home. The TED stage has brought this simple human such a varied and essential sampling of the creativity, curiosity, intelligence, knowledge, and passion that makes our race so brilliant and unique. Listening to 'The TED Interview' is like attending classes at a University I could never hope to afford - like swimming in a think tank among the intellectual whales of our age. I'm so grateful to everyone who wakes up every day and tirelessly works to present and disribute these ideas, regardless of the size of their respective contribution. On that note it seems required to review the host and interviewer - as he is clearly the most visible part of the iceberg - but giving him alone praise for his obvious skill would be to overlook a larger and equally qualified team. I will say, though, that Mr. Anderson makes listening pleasurable in the way that Stephen Fry makes listening to the Harry Potter books an addiction rather than a pasttime.

Brilliant -Learned so much in first 6 episodes. New ones can't come fast enough   (5/5)

Brilliant - well done. I have learned so much in the first 6 episodes. The amazing guests have clearly expressed their ideas and described their projects, with Chris Anderson intelligently and kindly urging them on.

Thank you   (5/5)

This Podcast is changing my life and helping me to shape the person i’m becoming, every day. I can only be thankful for it.

A Contrastng View   (5/5)

“And next week, we’ll be hearing from someone who thinks the exact opposite” This is what I love about TED. Not just one idea, but it’s antithesis as well. Both argued with elegance and passion. The interview is great because the interviewer is a master of pulling apart arguments. My favorite is when I’m sitting there thinking “this sounds like BS” and then the interviewer goes “what would you say to skeptics who think this idea is BS? Do they have a connection point with this idea” and I’m just sitting there snapping like “wow. Yes. Thank you.”

brain tingling.   (5/5)

I just listened to the Ray Krurzweil interview (my first one) and i am already madly in love with this series. in fact i listened to it twice. its like a multivitamin of knowledge. So many fantastic ideas explored here, i will probably listen to it a third time. but for now im onto the next one.

Amazing   (5/5)

This is my favorite podcast I have picked up on in a while. I love it because it challenges me and it expands my mind to think about things outside my box. The interviewer is perfect: kind, gently challenging, and humble. The guests so far have been riveting and inspiring. My favorite so far is Elizabeth Gilbert. Her commentary on death and grief really spoke to me since i have lost both my parents to cancer in the last 5 years. Thank you so much for this gift to my ears, Brain, and heart.

Inspiring truths   (5/5)

Dalia Mogahed should be required listening for anyone who connects Islam with terrorism.

Love this podcast   (5/5)

Chris Anderson is a great interviewer, and his choice of guests is excellent. Loved episodes with Y.Harari, S.Harris, and the current episode with R.Kurzweil. These are the only 3 I’ve listened so far, looking forward to the next episode with D.Kahnemann! Dear Mr. Anderson, thank you for this great service that you are doing for so many people.

Spreading Ideas That Matter   (5/5)

Chris, Thank you for dedicating so much of your life and time to this. I really love listening to these interviews with such engaging and inspiring people. Know that you are inspiring others to follow in this way. I hope you keep at it for as long as you can. Warm regards,

Robin Steinberg is a hero   (5/5)

Thank you SO much for using this platform to share Steinberg’s work and story!! She is remarkable and that episode brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely amazing work, and so critically important - thank you!

So thought-provoking!   (5/5)

I love the deep dives that this podcast provides. It allows me to consume so much information and to think of the world in numerous different ways that I have never thought of before. I love hearing experts in their field talk about their thoughts in a slightly less structured environment as opposed to their TED talks and giving advice on how we all can live better, more present lives.

Like like like like   (1/5)

Like over and over

Not Afraid to Ask Difficult Questions   (5/5)

This podcast takes TED talks a step further and asks the difficult and probing questions that listeners likely would ask if given the chance. This is a great addition to the amazing work that TED is already doing!

Thought provoking and inspiring   (5/5)

I’ve long wondered what people do after a TED talk—it’s brief on purpose, and spurs conversation. The TED Interview satisfies this curiosity—allowing a deeper discussion about provocative topics. It’s well produced, thoughtful, inspiring and well worth your time. Listen with friends because you will want to discuss!

required listening   (5/5)

These kinds of long-form interviews are essential to our survival. Cultural forces are pushing toward ever smaller sound bites. Complex ideas need some time to explain. The unscripted style lets us hear something totally unique each time. It also serves as a model for necessary conversations in our own lives.

Quality   (5/5)

I just really appreciated the fact that you said you read all the reviews. This may not be a substantial review, but it’s the only one I’ve written. I appreciate the quality and ease of the podcasts. Keep it up ;)

Wonderful   (5/5)

This podcast is exactly what I have been craving from Ted. It is eerie how relevant the topics have been to my life as a graduate student in psychology, trying to conduct informed, translational, research that seeks to inform important change. Thank you for taking the time to create this wonderful platform for a deeper dive into issues.

Relevant topics for navigating our present world   (4/5)

Thank you for expanding on important topics that help me better understand our current world, question my own perspectives on current issues, and care for myself and others through it all. Can’t wait to hear the coming episodes!

Inspiring   (5/5)

I can’t say enough about this interview!!

Questions Answered   (5/5)

I love listening to Chris and the TED speakers dive more deeply into these important ideas and topics! Chris Anderson’s voice is pleasing and his questions politely challenge the guest speaker to defend and/or explain their ideas more clearly. It makes for a brilliant conversation and leads to better understanding. Good even if you haven’t watched the TED talk for the person being interviewed.

Sam Harris episode   (5/5)

Indeed quite Insightful. Love Chris’ suggestion of alternate ways to initiate a kinder dialogue to groups who are otherwise at odds with one’s core values. I have found that - in general - people respond more positively to a person when hearing what they want more of rather than hearing what they don’t want. To wit: “I like it when you smile” rather than “I don’t like it when you snarl.” And of course Sam’s purity of thought is nearly unrivaled. Bravo!

Thank you.   (5/5)

The first episode gave me such hope, light and filled me with depth. Thank you for allowing a space for us to access the beautiful minds and ideas of great thinkers of our time. Thank you for making The Ted Interview.

Fantastic!   (5/5)

This is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s thought provoking and allows me to dig in and understand various pouts of view in a way that is friendly and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the podcast about Islam. It was so eye opening and helped me understand there culture better.

Wonderful   (5/5)

I discovered Ted Talks about five years ago and they have made a wonderful impact upon my life by introducing me to many ideas, thinkers, innovators, and authors. So far I’ve found these podcasts to be a rich compliment. The interviews are intimate and enjoyable, and I like that we are given an opportunity to hear from speakers in a more in depth manner. I also have to give credit to Chris Anderson for maintaining an almost journalistic sense of integrity during the interview as he isn’t afraid to challenge the author or speaker, and presses to ask the difficult questions. This was especially true during the interview with Steven Pinker, whose book I liked very much. I really liked that Mr. Anderson pressed him on some of the controversies brought up by his work. Keep up the good work! I’m excited to hear more!

Great listen!   (5/5)

I have listened to all of the interviews thus far and love this podcast. I am often left wanting more after a TED Talk and this really satisfies that curiosity. Also, Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most inspirational and thoughtful people. Her talks (TED and elsewhere) are so poignant and thoughtful and her outlook on life is one I aspire to. Her books are all interesting, thought provoking, and have an excellent flow about them. I really enjoyed that episode with her, I can’t say enough good things about her!

Excellent   (5/5)

Covering a range of topics with the sharpest minds, the conversations here offer succinct and relatable insights. Very much enjoying this show.

Love going more in depth!!   (5/5)

TED talks alwasy leave me wanting to talk to the presentors and Chris Anderson asks everything I wish we could ask!

Wonderful   (5/5)

It is really great to go more in depth. The idea presented are able to be fully fleshed out with good questions by the host. One thing to add is I loved that in Steven Pinker’s interview, it seemed another TED speaker was there to ask a question. The question and response is a rare treat as although the hosts questions are very well done, it isn't everyday you can hear a TED speaker asked a question by another TED speaker. So I ask if any all moments like that can somehow be included please!

Dalia Mogahed   (5/5)

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the informative episode with Dalia Mogahed. She is so knowledgeable and spoke with true authenticity and eloquently stated her points. I highly recommend everyone to listen to this, especially if your only source of information on Islam is the negative portrayals and stereotypes through the media. Five+ Stars for Dalia.

Excellent podcast   (5/5)

It’s a pleasure to hear thoughtful questions and good conversation, wherever it might lead. Well done.

Easy listening   (5/5)

Big fan of the Ted talks..great way to train your brain.

Deep conversations, amazing interviewer   (5/5)

Chris Anderson is just great at directing conversations and distilling them.

A great way to spend an hour   (5/5)

Each podcast so far as been insightful, educational, thought provoking and generally enjoyable. Editing, flow and clarity are well done. I look forward to the next one. Keep up the great work!

Rich content   (5/5)

I love this!!!

Absolutely awesome!   (5/5)

This is another wonderful podcast from the TED group! Thank you!

Timely and thoughtful   (5/5)

I so needed this. I may need to keep in on a loop. Staying motivated to keep making/failing/pushing through. And honoring the grief I feel at the loss of a dear friend. I am truly grateful for the kind and wise words.

Amazing   (5/5)

Elizabeth Gilbert interview was one of the best I’ve ever heard.

So good   (5/5)

First two interviews have me hooked. Anderson's a great interviewer and he picks the right people to talk to.

Much anticipated   (5/5)

This podcast is exactly what we need to see the world clearly

Ted talk interviews   (5/5)

Always opens the mind to incredible deep thinking. Very enlightening.

The Ted Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert   (3/5)

Bravo for an interesting, informative, and inspiring first episode! Ms. Gilbert is so very much more than Eat, Pray, Love. This felt like I was witness to an intimate exchange between two individuals who have loved deeply and shared the experience of the great grief of losing their partner. Ms. Gilbert’s description and advice will be something I will draw upon as my life unfolds but equally – if not more importantly – inspiring are her thoughts surrounding the creative process and how creative ideas come to fruition. I have listen twice already and will be sharing this with friends.

Breath of fresh air   (5/5)

Thank you for launching this! What an inspirational, fresh-breath-of-air first episode with Elizabeth Gilbert. This will be my go-to podcast (especially since Dear Sugars has ended their Podcast). Would love to hear an interview with Sir Ken Robinson and Cheryl Strayed.

Grief   (5/5)

I hear this on the fifth anniversary of my dear daughter flying away as a beautiful bluebird. I am surviving by celebrating her life everyday, being creative and passing her joy of life to my son or anyone my path of life. This was a great assurance that I am on a right road. There are people who are like me. Great interview. 🐢🎷🌻🌈🦋💙


Just when you think there's nothing better than a TED Talks, there's a TED PODCAST! Thank you for the incredible 1st episode, it brought to me amazing inspiration and expansive thinking...existing! Liz Gilbert is a stunning Human Being. Thank you to the INSPIRATION that arrived at your door telling you to book Liz as the 1st guest. I'm looking forward to more TED episodes!!!

Thoughtful and deep   (5/5)

The first interview with Elizabeth Gilbert gives us a wonderful new sense of the source of creativity, essentially “allowing” any one of us the power of being creative.

Love it   (5/5)

This podcast is so interesting and it’s not supper distracting so I can study for end of the quarter tests. So yay!!!!

Genuine, authentic, and brilliant. TED nails it, again!   (5/5)

I LOVE this podcast. The first episode is excellent because the remarkable Liz Gilbert is the guest; however, Chris Anderson really is such a star. The TED Interview is more than your traditional interview. Chris’s authenticity gives this podcast a very human quality that makes you want to keep listening. It doesn’t feel scripted, he is honest, and he isn’t afraid to ask the questions people would really want to know.

Eliazabeth Gilbert   (5/5)

What a beautiful soul- Elizabeth Gilbert- and I’m honored to be able to listen to her guest appearance .

Thank you   (5/5)

Wonderful- insightful- perfection!!

<3   (5/5)

Thoughtful. Beautiful. Glad this podcast is in the world.

So good!   (5/5)

If the first episode is any preview into the series then I'm hooked!!!

#100% percent increase   (5/5)

Very powerful speaker I feel like pertaining to my life it’s very touching it’s like she is reaching into my emotions at the same time I feel like I’m reaching into her emotions this is very inspirational also interesting I enjoyed every second of it seems as she is changing the way I feel about everything it’s very relevant and reliving but at the same time it’s possible and very true thank you all for your efforts time thoughtful now one thing is going to die wile another is being created and it’s beautiful

Thought provoking   (5/5)

So many big ideas and thought provoking notions. I had to pause a few times to write things down or just soak in a moment (episode 1) Can’t wait for more!

Liz Gilbert for the WIN   (5/5)

This was an absolutely wonderful episode!

Amazing!!   (5/5)

Wow, this is a great series