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.

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Nov 14, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions . About Jamila Lyiscott's TED Talk Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues. About Jamila Lyiscott Jamila Lyiscott is currently an advanced doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at Columbia University's Teachers College where she focuses on the education of the African Diaspora. She is also an adjunct...

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

Nov 14, 2014

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. About Hetain Patel As a child, Hetain Patel wanted to be like Spider-Man or Bruce Lee. Later, he aimed to be like his father, who embodied a different kind of bravery. As a conceptual artist, Patel has used photography, sculpture, installation and performance to challenge...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began . About Louise Leakey's TED Talk Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future. About Louise Leakey Louise Leakey is the third generation of scientists to dig for early human remains in East Africa — where her father discovered the "Turkana Boy" fossil and where her grandparents discovered the bones of Homo habilis. In...

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began . About Juan Enriquez Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes. About Juan Enriquez's TED Talk Juan Enriquez was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project. He was a member of a marine-based team to collect genetic data from the world's oceans. He is a managing director at Excel Medical Ventures, a life sciences venture capital...

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began . About Spencer Wells's TED Talk Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa. About Spencer Wells Spencer Wells is a scientist, author, documentary filmmaker, population geneticist and director of the Genographic Project from National Geographic. His fascination with the past has led him to the farthest reaches of the Earth in search of populations whose DNA unlocks the secrets of human...

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began . About Spencer Wells' TED Talk Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations. About Spencer Wells Spencer Wells is an author, documentary filmmaker, population geneticist and director of the Genographic Project from National Geographic. His fascination with the past has led him to the farthest reaches of the Earth in search of populations whose DNA unlocks the...

Where Does Creativity Come From?

Oct 7, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Source of Creativity About Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. She explores creativity further in her 2014 TED talk . About Elizabeth Gilbert Writer Elizabeth Gilbert is best know for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over 10 million copies. She's a...

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Source of Creativity . About Charles Limb's TED Talk What happens in the brain during musical improv? Researcher Charles Limb scanned the brains of jazz musicians to find out. About Charles Limb Dr. Charles Limb is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, as well as faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He combines his two passions to study the way the brain creates and perceives music....

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Source of Creativity About Ken Robinson's TED Talk Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures — rather than stifles — creativity. About Ken Robinson Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we educate our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Robinson argues that we're educated to become good workers, rather...

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

Sep 19, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation . About Shaka Senghor's Talk At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption. About Shaka Senghor Shaka Senghor went to prison full of anger and despair. While serving his sentence for second-degree murder, Senghor discovered redemption and responsibility through literature and his own writing. After his release, Senghor reached out to young men following in...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation About Hugh Herr's Talk Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs. About Hugh Herr Hugh Herr heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creating bionic limbs that emulate natural limbs. In 2011 TIME magazine coined Herr the "Leader of the Bionic Age" due to his work in the field of...

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

Sep 19, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation . About Geena Rocero's Talk For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background. About Geena Rocero Born in Manila, Geena Rocero moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a modeling career. Signed to Next Models, she has worked with Rimmel Cosmetics, Hanes and many other fashion and beauty companies. Through her own...

How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Sep 12, 2014

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery . About James Cameron's TED Talk As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater. About James Cameron James Cameron has written and directed some of the biggest blockbuster movies of the last 20 years, including The Terminator , Aliens , The Abyss , Terminator 2: Judgment Day ,...

How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Sep 12, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery . About Adam Savage's TED Talk Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman. About Adam Savage Adam Savage, the co-host of MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. On the show, Savage and his co-host Jamie Hyneman put urban myths and rules of thumb to test in visceral, often hilarious ways. Savage is also a longtime...

How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Sep 12, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode From Curiosity To Discovery . About Thomas Thwaites' TED Talk Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up. About Thomas Thwaites Designer Thomas Thwaites works on projects that look deeply at the science behind technology, such as his Toaster Project, where he set out to build his own toaster from scratch, and Policing Genes , a thought experiment around amateur genetics. He's also working on a...

What Does Animal Madness Teach Us About Our Own?

Sep 5, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us . About Laurel Braitman's TED Talk From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them. About Laurel Braitman Laurel Braitman is a science historian who wants to know: Why is your cat so sad? For her book Animal Madness , she delves into the history of mental illness in animals, revealing a world of parrots that pluck themselves, cats...

Do Animals Have Morals?

Sep 5, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us . About Frans de Waal's TED Talk Empathy, cooperation and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But biologist Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities. About Frans de Waal Dr. Frans de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics , compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimps to that of human...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Animals And Us . About Billy Collins' TED Talk What do our dogs think when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion. About Billy Collins Billy Collins is a two-term U.S. Poet Laureate who captures readers with his understated wit and profound insight. Collins lives in Somers, N.Y., and is an English professor at City University of New York, where he has taught for more than 40 years. He's the author of...

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up . About Gever Tulley's TED Talk Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers. About Gever Tulley Software engineer Gever Tulley is the co-founder of Tinkering School — a weeklong camp where kids get to play with their very own power tools — and the San Francisco K-12 private school Brightworks. He's interested in helping kids learn...

How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up . About Andrew Solomon's TED Talk Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity. About Andrew Solomon Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture, and psychology. His newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity , tells stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in...

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up . About Lemn Sissay's TED Talk Poet Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been. About Lemn Sissay Lemn Sissay is the author of a series of poetry collections . His poems can be found at London's major landmarks, from the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics to The Royal Festival Hall. Sissay shared his story in the BBC TV documentary Internal Flight , and the BBC radio documentary Child of...

Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

Aug 1, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up . About Jennifer Senior's TED Talk Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent. About Jennifer Senior Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York Magazine , where she writes profiles and stories about politics, social science, and mental health. Her first book, All Joy and No Fun was published in 2014....

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions . About David Epstein's TEDTalk Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records. About David Epstein David Epstein writes about the science of sports from performance-enhancing drugs to the lucky genetics that separate the pros from the rest of us. A science writer and longtime contributor to Sports Illustrated ...

How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions . About Amy Purdy's TEDTalk Paralympic snowboarder and Dancing With the Stars finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed. About Amy Purdy Paralympic snowboarder and Dancing With the Stars finalist Amy Purdy asks us to take control of our lives — and our limits. After bacterial meningitis took her legs, Purdy struggled with depression, but beat it when she decided to accept her new...

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions . About Diana Nyad's TedTalk Stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating in the pitch black, 64-year-old Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. About Diana Nyad From 1969 to 1979, Diana Nyad was known as the world's best long-distance swimmer. In 1979, she finished the then-longest swim in history: 102.5 miles from Bimini to Florida. At age 60, she began preparing for...

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Jul 18, 2014

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions . About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies. About Sarah Lewis Author and art historian Sarah Lewis has emerged as a cultural powerhouse for her fresh perspectives on culture, history and identity. In 2010, she co-curated the groundbreaking SITE Santa Fe biennial, featuring artists melding the...

Does Copying In Fashion Keep It Fresh?

Jun 27, 2014

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original? About Johanna Blakley's TEDTalk Copyright law barely touches fashion — and the industry benefits in innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. She explains what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture. About Johanna Blakley Johanna Blakley is managing director and director of research of the Norman Lear Center focusing on how entertainment interacts with our political, commercial and social habits. She especially...

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Jun 27, 2014

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. About Steven Johnson Writer Steven Johnson is the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You , The Ghost...

Is Everything A Remix?

Jun 27, 2014

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. About Kirby Ferguson Kirby Ferguson is a filmmaker known for his four-part web series, Everything Is a Remix . The series focuses on remixing as form of creativity. He's also the creator of the web series is called This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory , which explores how US...

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. About Dan Ariely Behavioral economist Dan Ariely is a professor at Duke University. He's the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality . Ariely studies how emotional states, moral codes and peer pressure...

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