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
8:06 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
8:06 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
8:21 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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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

"Singing for me is sweet relief. It is the only time when I feel fluent." - Megan Washington
Jean-Jacques Halans TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Megan Washington's TED Talk

Megan Washington is one of Australia's most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

"We're built with a strong bias to differentiate the world between us and them" — Paul Bloom
courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Paul Bloom's TED Talk

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Hetain Patel's TED Talk

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

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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.