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Quiet

In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world?

Environmentalist John Francis speaks about the 17 years of his life during which he never spoke a word. Andrew Heavens/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?
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"What I'm saying is that culturally we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between [introverts and extroverts]." - Susan Cain James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?
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Introvert Slim Chop

"I began to learn at least what other people felt and what they wanted to say before cutting them off with my own diatribe. I used to do that." - John Francis Andrew Heavens/TED hide caption

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?
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Quiet Earth Redlounge Orchestra

"Clouds are the most egalitarian of nature's displays 'cause we all have a great view of the sky" - Gavin Pretor-Pinney James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?
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"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." -Pico Iyer Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?
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A Quiet Place Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters