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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Can Grandmothers Change The World?

Jan 17, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership . About Bunker Roy's TED Talk Bunker Roy shares stories from a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors. About Bunker Roy In 1972, Sanjit "Bunker" Roy founded the Barefoot College , in Rajasthan, India, with one mission: to provide basic services in rural communities to make them self-sufficient. These "barefoot solutions" include solar energy,...

Can Ordinary People Become Leaders?

Jan 17, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Disruptive Leadership . About Seth Godin's TED Talk Seth Godin says the Internet has revived the idea of tribes based on shared values and gives ordinary people the power to lead. About Seth Godin Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, writer and blogger who focuses on ideas and spreading ideas. After working as a software brand manager in the mid-1980s, Godin started Yoyodyne, one of the first Internet-based direct-marketing firms, based on the idea that...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming . About Kakenya Ntaiya's TED Talk Kakenya Ntaiya tells the fearless story of challenging ingrained traditions, insisting on continuing school, and becoming the first girl to leave her Maasai village for college. About Kakenya Ntaiya Kakenya Ntaiya was set to follow the traditional path of Maasai girls in Kenya — to assume the role of a young wife. But she had a different plan. She not only convinced her father to continue high school, but she...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming . About Eleanor Longden's TED Talk Eleanor Longden was a normal college student — until she began hearing voices. Longden recounts her journey with schizophrenia and how she came to listen to and live with her voices. About Eleanor Longden Eleanor Longden spent many years in the psychiatric system before earning a BSc and an MSc in psychology at the University of Leeds. She argues that schizophrenia is a "creative and ingenious survival strategy...

What's It Like To Be Young And Bullied?

Jan 3, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming . About Shane Koyczan's TED Talk Shane Koyczan describes growing up endlessly tormented by bullies. When he turned to spoken-word poetry to cope, he found that millions related to his anti-bullying message. About Shane Koyczan Shane Koyczan is a poet, author and performer. He performed at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where more than 1 billion people heard his piece We Are More . He has published three books,...

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

Dec 13, 2013

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken . About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. About Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people. Her research reveals we can...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken . About Mark Forsyth's TEDTalk Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president." About Mark Forsyth Mark Forsyth is an author, blogger, journalist, proofreader and ghostwriter. On his blog, the Inky Fool , he dispells grammar myths. His book The Etymologicon takes "a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language" by history of one word or phrase with each chapter. Copyright 2014...

Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

Dec 13, 2013

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken . About Phuc Tran's Talk Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity. About Phuc Tran Phuc Tran is both a Classicist and a tattooer. He has taught Latin, Greek, German, and Sanskrit at independent schools in New York and Maine and was an...

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken . About Mark Pagel's TEDTalk Biologist Mark Pagel says our complex language system is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation. About Mark Pagel Mark Pagel is the head of the Evolution Laboratory in the biology department at the University of Reading. Pagel builds statistical models to examine how evolutionary processes imprint in human behavior, from genomics to the...

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters . About Devdutt Pattanaik's TEDTalk Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another. About Devdutt Pattanaik Devdutt Pattanaik looks at business and modern life through the lens of mythology. He is the chief belief officer at Future Group in Mumbai, and helps...

What Can Atheism Learn From Religion?

Nov 22, 2013

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters . About Alain de Botton's TEDTalk What aspects of religion should atheists adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence. About Alain De Botton Alain de Botton's writing has been described as "philosophy of everyday life." He is the author of several books, including How Proust Can Change Your Life and most...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters . About Julia Sweeney's TEDTalk When two young Mormon missionaries knocked on performer Julia Sweeney's door one day, it puts Sweeney on a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs. About Julia Sweeney Julia Sweeney is an actor and writer best known for her four-year run on Saturday Night Live and her solo shows. Her recent piece, Letting Go of God , traces a spiritual journey that takes an unexpected turn toward science and ends...

Is Doubt Essential To Faith?

Nov 22, 2013

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters . About Lesley Hazleton's TEDTalk Writer Lesley Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith — and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds. About Lesley Hazleton Writer Lesley Hazleton is the author of The First Muslim , a new look at the life of Muhammad. A psychologist by training and Middle East reporter by experience, Hazleton has spent the last 10 years exploring the vast arena in which...

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters . About Billy Graham's TEDTalk Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world. But he says technology and science can't do everything: "There's something inside of us that is beyond our understanding." Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, reflects on her father's idea of the nature of faith. About Billy Graham The Rev. Billy Graham is a religious leader with a worldwide...

Are We Happier When We Have More Options?

Nov 15, 2013

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions . About Barry Schwartz's TEDTalk Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. About Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz is a professor at Swarthmore College. He studies the link between economics and psychology. In his 2004 book The Paradox of Choice , Schwartz wonders why is it that...

Where Does General Tso Chicken Actually Come From?

Nov 15, 2013

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions . About Jennifer 8. Lee's Talk Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have combined to form a new cuisine. About Jennifer 8. Lee Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee is the author of the book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles . Her fascination with American Chinese food led her to research and write the book, in which she solves some of the...

How Can Deserts Turn Into Grasslands?

Nov 15, 2013

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions . About Allan Savory's TEDTalk About two-thirds of the world's grasslands have turned into desert. Allan Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. About Allan Savory Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of...

Why Row Across The Oceans?

Nov 8, 2013

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge. About Roz Savage's TED Talk Roz Savage hated her high-powered London job. So she made the obvious next move: She quit to become an ocean rower. Now she's crossed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans — solo. About Roz Savage A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz Savage worked as a management consultant for 11 years before setting out in a new life direction — in a rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed her solo row across the...

Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Nov 1, 2013

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success . About Angela Duckworth's TEDTalk Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh-graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success. About Angela Duckworth Angela Duckworth is an assistant professor in the psychology department at...

How Can Drive Make You A Success?

Nov 1, 2013

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success . About Tony Robbin's TEDTalk Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. Robbins has shared his views with millions through his seminars and his best-selling books. In this talk, he discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row. About Tony Robbins Motivational speaker Tony Robbins advises all type of people — from CEOs to heads of state to Olympic athletes....

Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

Nov 1, 2013

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success . About Ron Gutman's TEDTalk Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being. About Ron Gutman Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap — free mobile and online apps for access to health answers and tips from a network of over 38,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. He's also led an online consumer health company...

What's A Kinder Way To Frame Success?

Nov 1, 2013

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success . About Alain De Botton's TEDTalk Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work. About Alain De Botton Alain de Botton's writing has been described as "philosophy of everyday life." He is the author of several books, including How Proust Can Change Your Life and most recently, Art As...

Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

Nov 1, 2013

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success . About Mike Rowe's Talk Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today — and might be the most successful people. About Mike Rowe Mike Rowe is a co-creator and the host of the series Dirty Jobs , where he's worked every job from chick-sexer to mushroom farmer, beekeeper to boiler repairman. Rowe is...

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Haves And Have-Nots . About Jacqueline Novogratz's TEDTalk Jacqueline Novogratz , CEO of Acumen Fund , shares stories of how "patient capitalism" can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services and dignity to the world's poor. About Jacqueline Novogratz Jacqueline Novogratz is redefining the way problems of poverty can be solved around the world. She is a leading proponent of financing enterprises that can bring affordable clean water, housing and health care...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Haves And Have-Nots . About George Ayittey's TED Talk Ghanaian economist George Ayittey lashes out against corrupt African leaders. He calls on a young, fast "cheetah generation" to take back the continent from complacent bureaucrats he calls hippos. About George Ayittey For years, George Ayittey has been speaking out against the corruption and complacency that he believes are the bedrock problems of many troubled African states. "We call our governments...

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