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
8:34 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

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
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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 only wired to be compassionate but 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

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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TED Radio Hour
8:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Leana Wen on stage at the TEDMED conference.
Sandy Huffaker for TEDMED TEDMED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

How Can The Rule Of Law Bring "Justness" And Not Just Justice?

"When you grow up poor in America, often you feel very invisible, and like you don't have a voice. Just like many Afghans feel." -Kimberly Motley
James Duncan Davidson James Duncan Davidson/TED

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:28 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Courage.

About Kimberley Motley's TED Talk

Sharing cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan, shows how a country's own laws can bring both justice and "justness."

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TED Radio Hour
8:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

"The choice to say something is risky, and the choice to say nothing is risky. So there is no safe path." - Margaret Heffernan
Mózsi Gábor TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:06 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Does It Take To Cover A War?

Reporter Janine di Giovanni shares her stories about war and courage.
Ryan Lash/TED TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." -Pico Iyer
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:50 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

"I began to learn at least what other people felt and what they wanted to say before cutting them off with my own diatribe. I used to do that." - John Francis
Andrew Heavens TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?

"Clouds are the most egalitarian of nature's displays 'cause we all have a great view of the sky" - Gavin Pretor-Pinney
James Duncan Davidson TED

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.

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  • Friday, December 19, 2014 12:13am

    Compassion is considered a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? And can we become better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future. Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn’t worry so much about being politically correct, but instead should try to be emotionally correct. Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a ‘linguistic revival.’ Author Robert Wright explains that humans are not only wired to be compassionate, but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest. Religion scholar Karen Armstrong explains how compassion is the core principle in all world religions — in the form of the Golden Rule. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:43pm

    What does it mean to be courageous? Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice? In this hour, TED speakers examine the nature of courage and what it takes to risk everything to do the right thing. Margaret Heffernan looks at why we keep ourselves from seeing injustices, and the courage it takes to stand up and combat them. As a war reporter, Janine di Giovanni goes to some of the most dangerous places on earth and tells the story people who demonstrate courage daily. Kimberly Motley defends Afghan women and girls forced into marriage or wrongly accused of adultery, and she does this without a bodyguard, a headscarf or speaking the language. Leana Wen has launched a campaign to expose systemic corruption in the medical field, despite threats from fellow doctors.

  • Friday, December 5, 2014 12:11am

    What does money tell us about human nature? How does it motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money. Psychologist Laurie Santos studies human irrationality by observing how primates make decisions — including some not-so-savvy money choices their human relatives often make. Behavioral economist Keith Chen says languages that don’t have a future tense strongly correlate with higher savings. Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how almost anyone’s behavior can change when they’re made to feel rich. Career analyst and writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators. Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — the key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

     

  • Friday, November 28, 2014 12:33am

    Some people might only dream of adventure, but for others, there’s no other option but to explore the most extreme places on Earth. From the deepest caves to rough oceans, from the North Pole to dizzying heights on a high wire  -- what drives adventurers to constantly push to the brink of human endurance? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences of going to the edge of our world. Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole. Engineer and daredevil caver Bill Stone pushes the frontier to the remotest depths of the Earth. Roz Savage quit her high-powered job to become an ocean rower. High-wire artist Philippe Petit tells the amazing story of how he walked between the Twin Towers.

  • Friday, November 21, 2014 12:33am

    In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we make a conscious effort to seek out stillness and calm in a fast-paced and increasingly noisy world? Environmentalist John Francis shares the lessons he learned after not speaking a word for 17 years. Writer Susan Cain talks about the value of introverts, people who draw their energy from quieter, more low-key social interactions. Singer Megan Washington explains how singing quiets the part of her brain that makes her stutter. Cloudspotter Gavin Pretor-Pinney advocates slowing down for a moment to notice the beauty of clouds. Author Pico Iyer suggests it is our reflective moments that give life its meaning.