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From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. This hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary feats.

"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein iStockphoto hide caption

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The Power Of Design

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world.

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Maslow's Human Needs

Humans need food, sleep, safety, love, purpose. Psychologist Abraham Maslow ordered our needs into a hierarchy. This week, TED speakers explore that spectrum of need, from primal to profound.

"In some great moment, man can be perfect, it's possible. But for five minutes." - Psychologist Abraham Maslow Bigstock hide caption

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The Case For Optimism

When the future is uncertain, how should we respond? Are we wired to be positive? Or are there real reasons to be optimistic? This hour, TED speakers explore why they believe the future is bright.

"What you believe is going to change what you do, and what you do is going to change the world you live in." – Tali Sharot Deirdre Haber Malfatto/Stocksy hide caption

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Press Play

In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — from tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. (Original broadcast date: March 27, 2015)

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