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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Do Animals Have Morals?

Sep 5, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Frans de Waal's TED Talk

Empathy, cooperation and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But biologist Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities.

About Frans de Waal

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Billy Collins' TED Talk

What do our dogs think when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion.

About Billy Collins

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Lemn Sissay's TED Talk

Poet Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.

About Lemn Sissay

Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Jennifer Senior's TED Talk

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

About Jennifer Senior

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Gever Tulley's TED Talk

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

About Gever Tulley

How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Andrew Solomon's TED Talk

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.

About Andrew Solomon

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

Stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating in the pitch black, 64-year-old Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

About Diana Nyad

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

About Sarah Lewis

How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Amy Purdy's TEDTalk

Paralympic snowboarder and Dancing With the Stars finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.

About Amy Purdy

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About David Epstein's TEDTalk

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.

About David Epstein

Does Copying In Fashion Keep It Fresh?

Jun 27, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Johanna Blakley's TEDTalk

Copyright law barely touches fashion — and the industry benefits in innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. She explains what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

About Johanna Blakley

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Jun 27, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Steven Johnson's TEDTalk

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk decided to give away his company's patents for free. It might seem like a strange business move, but Musk said he wanted to inspire creativity and accelerate innovation. Writer Steven Johnson says this is the way great ideas have been born throughout history.

About Steven Johnson

Is Everything A Remix?

Jun 27, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Kirby Ferguson's TEDTalk

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

About Kirby Ferguson

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Dan Ariely's TEDTalk

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

About Dan Ariely

How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Jun 20, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Eric Mead's TEDTalk

The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.

About Eric Mead

Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Jun 20, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Michael Shermer's TEDTalk

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.

About Michael Shermer

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Richard Branson's TEDTalk

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

About Richard Branson

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Janette Sadik-Khan's TEDTalk

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

About Janette Sadik-Khan

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Robin Chase's TEDTalk

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

About Robin Chase

Is It Possible To Be Fearless?

May 23, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About David Blaine's TEDTalk

Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine explains how he has made a career out of fearlessly performing death-defying feats.

About David Blaine

Is There A Cure For Stage Fright?

May 23, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About Joe Kowan's TEDTalk

Folk singer Joe Kowan talks about the visceral, body-hijacking experience he feels when he's performing in front of an audience, and how a song helped him cope with stage fright.

About Joe Kowan

Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

May 23, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About Stephen Cave's TEDTalk

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

About Stephen Cave

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Rory Sutherland's TED Talk

Marketer Rory Sutherland says advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. He says perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider "real" value.

About Rory Sutherland

Why Do We Like What We Like?

May 9, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Paul Bloom's TED Talk

Why do we like an original painting better than a perfect forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it.

About Paul Bloom

Is Authenticity Real?

May 9, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Joseph Pine's TED Talk

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but consultant Joseph Pine says creating "real" authenticity is a challenge.

About Joseph Pine

A Father-Daughter Dance — In Prison?

Apr 25, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Angela Patton's TEDTalk

Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives — but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. Patton tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance.

About Angela Patton

What Makes Siblings Bond?

Apr 25, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Jeff Kluger's TEDTalk

Writer Jeff Kluger explores the profound lifelong bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry.

About Jeff Kluger

Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Spouses?

Apr 25, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Esther Perel's TEDTalk

How can couples sustain desire? Psychotherapist Esther Perel argues that a good and committed relationship draws on the conflicting needs of security and surprise.

About Esther Perel

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Apr 4, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Michael Norton's TEDTalk

Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

About Michael Norton

How Much Does Money Motivate Us?

Apr 4, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Daniel Pink's TEDTalk

Writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators.

About Daniel Pink

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