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Ted, the event organizer and content producer, has gotten into the curation business. It has launched the TED Audio Collective, a network of podcasts that it says is a home for the series co-developed by TED and its featured speakers as well as shows developed and produced by producers it says are “inspiring thinkers and creators” independent from the TED family. 

“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’,” it said in the announcement.

The collective will be led by its popular TED Talks Daily, TED Radio Hour and The TED Interview podcasts. The company says its podcasts are downloaded 1.65 million times per day with listeners in virtually every country.

Other podcasts in the TED Audio Collective include:

  • Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter. It is an original show developed by TED that aims to demystify the systems of the body while debunking medical myths along the way. The first season launches in May. 

  • Lost Birds with Mona Chalabi. In this original series, data scientist Mona Chalabi will take listeners on an inquiry into the central question: How can we use data to make sense of our lived experiences, and what are the limits of that data? It launches in June.

  • Conversations with People Who Hate Me. It is hosted by TED alum Dylan Marron who will continue exploring what happens when online feuders step out from behind the keyboard and get to know the human on the other side of the screen. It debuts this fall.

  • Design Matters is hosted by Debbie Millman. She pulls back the curtain on how incredibly creative people design the arc of their lives. It’s the world’s first podcast about design — an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians and other luminaries of contemporary thought. New episodes will be released each Monday.

  • ZigZag is a business podcast hosted by Manoush Zomorodi. She 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.

  • TED Business hosted by Columbia Business School professor Modupe Akinola. The podcast explores the most powerful and surprising ideas that illuminate the business world. After hearing a TED Talk, listeners get a mini-lesson from Modupe on how to apply the ideas from the talk to their own lives. New episodes are released Mondays. 

  • WorkLife is hosted by organizational psychologist Adam Grant who 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 debuts in March. 

  • 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. 

Advertisers have lined up to support TED with brands including Lexus, Marriott, JP Morgan Chase, Hilton and Warby Parker among those that are advertising on the podcasts in the TED Audio Collective.