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
8:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Would You Share A Secret With A Stranger?

Since November 2004, PostSecret founder Frank Warren has received more than 500,000 postcards with secrets written on them.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:34 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Keeping Secrets

About Frank Warren's TED Talk

"Secrets ... can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards.

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TED Radio Hour
8:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

What's Your Coming Out Story?

Ash Beckham speaking at TEDxBoulder about how we all have our own closets.
Courtesy of Kit Chalberg TEDxBoulder

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:35 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Keeping Secrets

About Ash Beckham's TED Talk

Equality advocate Ash Beckham offers a fresh story about empathy and openness — and it involves pancakes.

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TED Radio Hour
8:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Should We Care About Keeping Secrets?

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says being apathetic towards our secrets could have a detrimental impact on our lives.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:39 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Keeping Secrets

About Glenn Greenwald's TED Talk

Journalist Glenn Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything to hide."

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TED Radio Hour
8:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

How Do You Expose An Anonymous Company?

Charmian Gooch of Global Witness explains why anonymous companies need to be exposed.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:37 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Keeping Secrets

About Charmian Gooch's TED Talk

Charmian Gooch's mission is to "out" corrupt companies. She details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar places.

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TED Radio Hour
7:53 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find signals from intelligent life in the next few decades? SETI astronomer Seth Shostak says yes.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:02 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:53 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Chef Dan Barber explains how he went on a journey to find the perfect fish.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:02 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:53 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Finding Love ... And Aliens?

John Hodgman explains what searching for aliens and love have in common.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:02 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

"Compassionate concern activates the same system you see in every mammal when a parent cares for the young" — Daniel Goleman
Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 12:05 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

"We're designed to convince ourselves that our very selective deployment of compassion is thoroughly justified" — Robert Wright
courtesy of TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 12:02 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

"I've become acutely aware of the centrality of compassion in all the major world faiths" — Karen Armstrong
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 12:04 pm

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.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 12:33am

    Who should get to keep secrets, and who should demand to know them? In this hour, TED speakers talk about the damage secrets can do, and the shifting roles we play when we keep, or share them. "Secrets...can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards. Equality advocate Ash Beckham offers a fresh story about empathy and openness — and it involves pancakes. Charmian Gooch's mission is to “out” corrupt companies. She details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar places. Journalist Glenn Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything to hide."

  • Friday, January 16, 2015 12:13am

    Brands help us assign value to almost everything we buy. But is there a way to know the difference between real and created value? In this episode, TED speakers explore the seductive power of brands. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock tells the story of his quest to make a completely sponsored film — about sponsorship. Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we perceive it. Consultant Joseph Pine says we’ll pay more for an experience that feels “real.”  Marketer Rory Sutherland explains how rebranding changed the potato forever.

  • Friday, January 9, 2015 12:23am

    How far would you go to find something that’s just out of reach, or maybe, not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea-creatures and distant aliens. SETI astronomer Seth Shostak says we’re likely to find proof of intelligent life in the universe over the next few decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder explains how innovative technology helped her capture the reclusive giant squid on video. Chef Dan Barber talks about his quest to find a delectable, yet sustainable, fish. Finally, humorist John Hodgman looks hard for aliens too, but finds love instead.

  • Friday, January 2, 2015 12:23am

    There are some truths that we believe in wholeheartedly — but what if we’re completely wrong? Once we separate fact from fiction, how do our perceptions change?  In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. Author Malcolm Gladwell reveals an alternative account of David and Goliath that flips the story on its head. Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the actual origins of Chinese-American food. Ecologist Allan Savory counters everything conventional wisdom tells us about how grasslands lose their life to desertification. Reporter Leslie T. Chang debunks how we assume Chinese factory workers feel. Psychologist Barry Schwartz says having more options doesn't make us happier — it actually paralyzes us.

  • Thursday, December 25, 2014 11:43pm

    Memory is malleable, dynamic and elusive. When we tap into our memories, where is the line between fact and fiction? How does our memory play tricks on us, and how can we train it to be more accurate? In this hour, TED speakers discuss how a nimble memory can improve your life, and how a frail one might ruin someone else's. Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser argues that in a criminal trial, even close-up eyewitnesses can create "memories" they may not have seen. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman explains how our experiences and our memories perceive happiness differently. Writer Joshua Foer shows how anyone can achieve amazing feats of memory, including him.