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
8:58 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Steven Johnson on the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Is Everything A Remix?

Kirby Ferguson from the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Behavorial economist Dan Ariely speaks at TED.
Asa Mathat Courtesy of TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Eric Mead speaks at TED.
Michael Timmons Courtesy of TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Michael Shermer speaks at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

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.

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:43pm

    Is leadership only reserved for the extraordinary few? Who has what it takes to disrupt the status quo? In this hour, TED speakers share ideas about what it takes to forge a new path. Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead. Bunker Roy created a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors. Drew Dudley calls on us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives. Seth Godin believes the Internet gives ordinary people the power to lead.

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:43pm

    From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. But how do elite athletes push the limits of speed, strength and endurance? In this hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary physical feats, over and over again. Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad takes us on the journey of her historic swim from Cuba to Florida at age 64. Sports journalist David Epstein explores the technology, genetics, and willpower that allow champions to break new records each year. Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy talks about how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed. Historian Sarah Lewis explains why the near-win motivates us to keep going.

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:53pm

    Science and technology now allow us to "hack" solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? And what are the consequences of these hacks? In this hour, we hear stories from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen describes how he discovered the first PC virus and what he learned about protecting the Internet today. Environmentalist Stewart Brand says we now have the technology to bring back some of the species that humanity has wiped out. Climate scientist David Keith proposes a cheap and surprising way to address climate change. Inventor Jay Silver encourages everyone to play with the world around us. Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation.

  • Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:33am

    Gazing up at the night sky is simultaneously humbling and utterly thrilling. This hour, we’ll hear from TED speakers who share an infectious sense of wonder and curiosity about our place in the universe and what lies beyond our skies. Phil Plait breaks down how we can defend Earth from an asteroid. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute explains why it’s crucial for humans here on earth to continue searching for sentient beings in the cosmos. Physicist Brian Greene unravels the strange tale of dark matter and why our universe may be one of many in the “multiverse.”

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:43pm

    Even the most original ideas are essentially remixes.  When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing make all of us innovators. Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward. Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new. Clothing designs aren’t protected by copyright — and the industry benefits by being more innovative, says Johanna Blakley. People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.