By now, if you spend any time on the Internet, you’ve heard of TED Talks. But who or what is TED? The Victor crew set out on a fact-finding mission to see what it is all about.

TED is a nonprofit that is devoted to spreading ideas. This is usually done in the form of short 18 minute talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The topics range from science to business, to global issues in more than 100 languages. TED started in 1984 as a conference.

There is a separate TEDx Program to help communities, organizations, or individuals to spark conversations in a TED-like manner. These TED events may screen TED Talk videos or have live presenters or both. These are independently coordinated under a free TED license. You must also follow the TEDx Rules in order to call it a TED event.

There is a full library of TED Talks you can listen to. You search by topic, language, or length. You can also listen through their app or through Roku on your TV.

Jody Victor