TED Radio Hour

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  • Hosted by Guy Raz

Each year, TED hosts the world's most fascinating thinkers - convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses - who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more. 

Through this exciting co-production between TED and NPR, each episode will focus around a theme (such as "Happiness") and TEDTalks that put ideas about the theme through the paces. 

Guy Raz, host of TED Radio Hour
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But the TEDTalks are just a launching point. Woven into and around a Talk, we've layered innovative soundscapes that bring ideas to life and break-off into conversation with the original speakers to probe why an idea made waves, got inside people's heads, and provoked excitement. Sometimes only portions of the original TEDTalk is played; other times you hear them almost in their entirety. Each approach to every idea is different, yet fascinating listening and great radio. 

The TED Radio Hour offers a fresh step back from the frenetic pace of news. By pulling back from immediate events to explore the ideas underlying them, a whole new, connected picture opens up. And, for the most part, it's hopeful: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to teach and learn. Through this series, public radio stations can offer the one gift you can hang onto even after you've given it away -- the magic of an idea worth spreading. 

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Why Should We Search For ET?

Jan 9, 2015

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of

About Seth Shostak's TED Talk

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

About Seth Shostak

Finding Love ... And Aliens?

Jan 9, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour In Search Of

About John Hodgman's TED Talk

Humorist John Hodgman tells a story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way they all contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

About John Hodgman

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Jan 9, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of

About Dan Barber's TED Talk

Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists.

About Dan Barber

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Daniel Goleman's TED Talk

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

About Daniel Goleman

How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Karen Armstrong's TED Talk

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions, in the form of the golden rule.

About Karen Armstrong

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Just A Little Nicer.

About Robert Wright's TED Talk

Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

About Robert Wright

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Courage.

About Leana Wen's TED Talk

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

About Leana Wen

What Does It Take To Cover A War?

Dec 12, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Courage.

About Janine di Giovanni

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered countless wars, including conflict in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of everyday human courage in conflict zones.

About Janine di Giovanni's TED Talk

What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

Dec 12, 2014

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Courage.

About Margaret Heffernan's TED Talk

Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up. She tells the story of Gayla Benefield, who uncovered an awful secret about her hometown and spoke up even when it was hard.

About Margaret Heffernan

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Nov 21, 2014

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Pico Iyer's TED Talk

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work. But we bring so much more to our experiences, and relationships when we make time to think.

About Pico Iyer

Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?

Nov 21, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Gavin Pretor-Pinney's TED Talk

You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find beauty and perspective. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to stop for a moment every day and admire the beauty in the sky above and in our everyday lives.

About Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About John Francis' TED Talk

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

About John Francis

How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

Nov 21, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Megan Washington's TED Talk

Megan Washington is one of Australia's most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.

About Megan Washington

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Nov 14, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Paul Bloom's TED Talk

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

About Paul Bloom

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Nov 14, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Jamila Lyiscott's TED Talk

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

About Jamila Lyiscott

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