TED Radio Hour

Tuesday, 12:00- 1:00pm

An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour – a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and spreading those world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com and through TED distribution partners.
 

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TED Radio Hour
10:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

"A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken and disabled" — Hugh Herr
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation

About Hugh Herr's Talk

Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs.

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TED Radio Hour
9:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

"It's one of those moments in your life where you're so conscious about what you're about to do, and what you're about to do will change your life." --€” Geena Rocero
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:22 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Geena Rocero's Talk

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

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TED Radio Hour
9:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

"Oftentimes it feels like we're literally talking about another person ... I've had moments where I've cried for that young man that I was" — Shaka Senghor
Brittany Buongiorno TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:50 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Shaka Senghor's Talk

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

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TED Radio Hour
7:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

James Cameron talks about how his fascination with the world around him has driven his film career.
James Duncan Davidson/TED Courtesy of TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery.

About James Cameron's TED Talk

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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TED Radio Hour
7:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Adam Savage talks on the TED stage about where curiosity has led him.
James Duncan Davidson/TED Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery.

About Adam Savage's TEDTalk

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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TED Radio Hour
7:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Thomas Thwaites' finished toaster.
Courtesy of Thomas Thwaites Courtesy of TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery.

About Thomas Thwaites' TED Talk

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What Does Animal Madness Teach Us About Our Own?

Laurel Braitman questions what animal madness mean for humans.
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:16 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us.

About Laurel Braitman's TED Talk

From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them.

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Do Animals Have Morals?

Frans de Waal explains his work regarding morality and animals.
LeahAndMark.com

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:23 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:15 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What Do Our Dogs Really Think? A Poetic Possibility

Poet Billy Collins muses on what dogs might actually be thinking.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:13 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

"You need to fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph, evincing a better self in response to things that hurt." — Andrew Solomon
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Andrew Solomon's TEDTalk

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

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Podcasts

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 12:15am

    Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.  Zak Ebrahim tells the story of being raised to hate, as the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, and how he chose a different path. Fashion model Geena Rocero talks about being born a boy, and becoming who she was meant to be. MIT professor Hugh Herr describes how he lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago, and how he’s now building the next generation of bionic limbs. Writer Shaka Senghor recounts his long journey from crime to prison to redemption.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014 12:13am

    Why do some people spend years trying to answer a single question; or even risk their lives to discover something new? In this hour, TED speakers explore how curiosity leads to unexpected places. Director James Cameron's blockbuster films create unreal worlds. He reveals his childhood fascinations and how they fueled the passion behind his movies. Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up. Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it’s like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.  Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.  Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth Science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

  • Friday, September 5, 2014 12:34am

    In this hour, TED speakers explore the complex relationships we have with animals. Writer Jon Mooallem tells the story of the teddy bear and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large. Animal trainer Ian Dunbar says we need to see the world through the eyes of our dogs if we want them to behave better. Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion. Science historian Laurel Braitman explores why some animals get anxious, depressed, and stressed out. Biologist Frans de Waal studies how primates display other human traits, such as empathy, cooperation, and fairness. 

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 12:13am

    Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we — as adults — assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? Why do we put so much effort in making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the different ways babies and children learn on their own — from the womb, to the playground, to the web. Education researcher Sugata Mitra explains how he brought self-supervised access to the web for children in India’s slums and villages — with results that have made him rethink teaching. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul discusses how fetuses begin taking cues from the outside world while still in the womb. Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik argues that like scientists, babies and young children follow a sophisticated systematic process of exploration when they play. Veteran teacher Rita Pierson says children need relationships and human connection in order to be inspired to learn. Sugata Mitra returns later in the episode to talk about his vision to build a school in a cloud where children drive a new kind of self-organized classroom.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014 6:50am

    We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen. And when they do, how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those darker moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head on. Dr. Brian Goldman tells a profound story about the first big mistake he made in the ER, and questions medicine's culture of denial. Professor Brené Brown explains how important it is to confront shame. Also, jazz composer Stefon Harris argues that a lot of our actions are seen as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately. Plus, Margaret Heffernan, the former CEO of five businesses, tells the story of two unexpected collaborators, and how good disagreement is central to progress.