"I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen."  - Dave Isay

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"I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen."  - Dave Isay

"I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen." - Dave Isay

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The Act Of Listening

Listening — to loved ones, strangers, faraway places — is an act of generosity and a source of discovery. In this episode, TED speakers describe how we change when we listen deeply.

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What Does Space Sound Like?

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Space Oddity (Instrumental) David Bowie

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How Can Listening Transform An Entire Community?

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Sit & Listen (Instrumental) Wax Tailor

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How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?

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Barely Listening So Many Dynamos