TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour, based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds,
tackles astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think
and create. Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned
TED stage, bound together by a common theme such as the thrill of space exploration,
going to extremes, the source of happiness or 'when rights goes wrong' in our justice
system. TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED.

Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Hannah Fry's TED Talk

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

About Hannah Fry

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Kevin Slavin's TED Talk

Netflix, Uber, and the stock market are governed by algorithms. Entrepreneur and artist Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture, and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

About Kevin Slavin

Can Math Make You A Better Musician?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 8 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Drummer Clayton Cameron tells a story about how his math skills helped him impress the godfather of soul, James Brown.

About Clayton Cameron

How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Randall Munroe's TED Talk

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

About Randall Munroe

What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

Feb 20, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain

About Nancy Kanwisher's TED Talk

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

About Nancy Kanwisher

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Feb 20, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain

About Rebecca Saxe's TED Talk

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

About Rebecca Saxe

How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

Feb 20, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain

About David Chalmers' TED Talk

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.

About David Chalmers

How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Feb 6, 2015

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Parul Sehgal's TED Talk

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says literature would hardly exist without the "grim thrill" of envy. She says as dangerous as it can be, envy can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.

About Parul Sehgal

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Gary Slutkin's TED Talk

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

About Gary Slutkin

What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

Feb 6, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Dave Meslin's TED Talk

Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.

About Dave Meslin

Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Seven Deadly Sins

About Ken Jennings' TED Talk

Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.

About Ken Jennings

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.

About Ash Beckham

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.

About Frank Warren

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."

About Glenn Greenwald

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.

About Charmian Gooch

Why Should We Search For ET?

Jan 9, 2015

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.

About Seth Shostak

Finding Love ... And Aliens?

Jan 9, 2015

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.

About John Hodgman

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Jan 9, 2015

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.

About Dan Barber

Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

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.

About Daniel Goleman

How Can We Make The World More Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

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.

About Karen Armstrong

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Dec 19, 2014

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.

About Robert Wright

What Does It Take To Cover A War?

Dec 12, 2014

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.

About Janine di Giovanni's TED Talk

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."

About Kimberley Motley

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. She tells the story of Gayla Benefield, who uncovered an awful secret about her hometown and spoke up even when it was hard.

About Margaret Heffernan

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.

About Leana Wen

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.

About Pico Iyer

Why Should We Look At The Clouds More Often?

Nov 21, 2014

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.

About Gavin Pretor-Pinney

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.

About John Francis

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.

About Megan Washington

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Nov 14, 2014

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.

About Paul Bloom

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