TED Radio Hour What are the five biggest global challenges we face right now--and what can we do about them? This hour, TED speakers explore some radical solutions to these enduring problems.

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The Big Five

What are the five biggest global challenges we face right now--and what can we do about them? This hour, TED speakers explore some radical solutions to these enduring problems.

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David Miliband: Whose Responsibility Is It To Solve The Global Refugee Crisis?

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Rutger Bregman: Is A Universal Basic Income The Answer To Ending Poverty?

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