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TED Radio Hour

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Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.

Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.

 

#150

Listen Again: The Life Cycles Of Cities (2020)

Original broadcast date: November 15, 2020. Cities are never static; they can transform in months, years, or centuries. This hour, TED speakers explore how today's cities are informed by the past, and how they'll need to evolve for the future. Guests include archaeologist Alyssa Loorya, architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Rahul Mehrotra, and landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom. ... Read more

28 Jan 2022

52 MINS

52:23

28 Jan 2022


#149

Dave Eggers: Writing For A Better Future

Fiction can serve as a window into multiple realities—to imagine different futures or understand our own past. This hour, author and TED speaker Dave Eggers talks technology, education, and the healing power of writing. ... Read more

21 Jan 2022

50 MINS

50:32

21 Jan 2022


#148

Listen Again: Through The Looking Glass

Original broadcast date: Friday, March 19, 2021. Our senses can only take us so far in understanding the world. But with the right tools, we can dig deeper. This hour, TED speakers take us through the looking glass, where we explore new frontiers. Guests include astrophysicist Emily Levesque, wildlife filmmaker Ariel Waldman, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist Rick Doblin, and science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders. ... Read more

14 Jan 2022

51 MINS

51:09

14 Jan 2022


#147

Reshaping Evolution

New innovations in gene and stem cell technology have the power to shape ecosystems and even change humanity. This hour, TED speakers share the breakthroughs heralding the next scientific revolution. Guests include biochemist Jennifer Doudna, physicist and biotech entrepreneur Nabiha Saklayen, and conservation innovator and biotech entrepreneur Ryan Phelan. ... Read more

07 Jan 2022

50 MINS

50:33

07 Jan 2022


#146

Listen Again: An SOS From The Ocean

Original broadcast date: June 25, 2021. For centuries, humans have relied on the oceans for resources and food... but even the deepest sea has its limits. This hour, TED speakers discuss how we can save our seas to save our planet. ... Read more

31 Dec 2021

52 MINS

52:57

31 Dec 2021


#145

Bonus Episode: Kelp Farming, for the Climate

As part of our series about oceans, we're featuring a special bonus episode from our friends at Gimlet's How to Save a Planet. Hosts Alex Blumberg and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson explore how seaweed and giant kelp can help us address climate change and how fisherman Bren Smith has become kelp's unlikely evangelist. Listen to more episodes of [How to Save a Planet] (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/howtosaveaplanet/episodes#show-tab-picker) on [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/1KzrasExlM5dgMYwgFHns6?si=v4ars4aNTS-kW8H59mhrCA&nd=1) , including [part II] (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/howtosaveaplanet/2ohd98a) of Bren Smith's story. Follow [How to Save a Planet] (https://twitter.com/how2saveaplanet) and host [Alex Blumberg] (https://twitter.com/abexlumberg) and [Ayana Elizabeth Johnson] (https://twitter.com/ayanaeliza) on Twitter. (Warning: This episode contains some explicit language). ... Read more

29 Dec 2021

52 MINS

52:06

29 Dec 2021


#144

Listen Again: A Love Letter To The Ocean

Original broadcast date: June 11, 2021. Oceans cover nearly 75% of the Earth. While they seem vast and frightening, they're also enchanting and whimsical. This hour, TED speakers dive into stories of connection — and even love — in the sea. Guests include adventurer Catherine Mohr, marine biologists Marah Hardt and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and venom scientist Mandë Holford. ... Read more

24 Dec 2021

52 MINS

52:15

24 Dec 2021


#143

Amy Webb: A Glimpse Into The Future

This hour, futurist Amy Webb guides us through innovations that give a glimpse into the future of transportation, wellness, tech, commerce, and travel ... and the impacts they'll have on our lives. ... Read more

17 Dec 2021

53 MINS

53:38

17 Dec 2021


#142

Listen Again: The Artist's Voice

Original broadcast date: May 13, 2021. Art not only spreads joy, but also inspires us to think deeply about the world around us. This hour, TED speakers explore how dance, poetry, and film can shift beliefs and empower creative expression. Guests include choreographer Camille A. Brown, director Jon M. Chu, and poets Amanda Gorman and Lee Mokobe. ... Read more

10 Dec 2021

54 MINS

54:09

10 Dec 2021


#141

Changing Our Minds

Admitting we're wrong is painful--even seen as a sign of weakness. But what if we take a more flexible approach? This hour: how rethinking ideas can be good for our brains and our relationships. Guests include former GOP congressman Bob Inglis, organizational psychologist Adam Grant, and civil rights activist Loretta J. Ross. ... Read more

03 Dec 2021

52 MINS

52:59

03 Dec 2021


#140

Listen Again: Making Amends

Original broadcast date: July 10, 2020. What makes a true apology? What does it mean to make amends for past mistakes? This hour, TED speakers explore how repairing the wrongs of the past is the first step toward healing for the future. Guests include historian Brent Leggs, law professor Martha Minow, librarian Dawn Wacek, and playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler). ... Read more

26 Nov 2021

51 MINS

51:18

26 Nov 2021


#139

Listen Again: Jen Gunter: Body Talk

Original broadcast date: May 28, 2021. What does it mean to be healthy and to care for our bodies? This hour, physician and writer Jen Gunter empowers us to cut through false medical claims and make informed decisions about our health. ... Read more

19 Nov 2021

51 MINS

51:09

19 Nov 2021


#138

Bonus Episode: Robin Steinberg

Nearly half a million Americans are jailed because they can't pay bail. In this live conversation, host Manoush Zomorodi interviews public defender Robin Steinberg, who has created a rotating bail fund to help pay cash bail for those who can't afford it. This bonus episode is a follow up to our most recent episode, Bucking The System – stories of outsiders who are taking on institutions like schools, medicine, and policing. ... Read more

17 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:51

17 Nov 2021


#137

Bucking The System

We hear calls for systemic change, but what does that look like? This hour, TED speakers share stories of taking on institutions — from schools, to medicine, to policing — so they work for everyone. Guests include economist Emily Oster, lawyer Priti Krishtel, and social psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff. ... Read more

12 Nov 2021

52 MINS

52:09

12 Nov 2021


#136

Listen Again: Nora McInerny: Life's Rough Edges

When experiencing grief or hardship, how can we move forward? This hour, writer Nora McInerny shares ideas on navigating the most difficult parts of life... and living life fully in the face of loss. ... Read more

05 Nov 2021

51 MINS

51:48

05 Nov 2021


#135

Special Delivery

What does it take to deliver a message, precious cargo, or vaccines — meant for exactly the right place in our bodies? This hour, TED speakers explore the often perilous journey of crucial deliveries. Guests include theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi, astrophysicist Erika Hamden, chemical engineer Kathryn Whitehead, and entrepreneur Keller Rinaudo. ... Read more

29 Oct 2021

51 MINS

51:34

29 Oct 2021


#134

Shoham Arad: Ideas Into Action

Anyone can have a big idea. But how do those big ideas come to fruition and grow? Director of the TED Fellows program Shoham Arad walks us through several speakers who turned a spark into a movement. ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

51 MINS

51:32

22 Oct 2021


#133

Listen Again: Revitalize

Original broadcast date: April 9, 2021. After an exhausting year for everyone, how can we bring what's been dormant back to life? This hour, TED speakers explore ways to revitalize our minds, bodies, buildings—and even populations. Guests include psychologist Guy Winch, visual artist Amanda Williams, biophysicist Andrew Pelling, and writer Wajahat Ali. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

52 MINS

52:30

15 Oct 2021


#132

Listen Again: Life Stages Of The Brain (10.8.2021)

Original broadcast date: March 5, 2021. In each stage of life, our brains morph and change. This hour, TED speakers explore pivotal chapters where the brain can either flourish or decline – and what control we might have over brain health. Guests include neuroscientists Kimberly Noble, Adriana Galván, Sandrine Thuret, and Lisa Mosconi. ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

52 MINS

52:09

08 Oct 2021


#131

Heartache

When stress, fear or sadness weigh on us, our hearts can suffer — even break. But there are ways to mend our broken hearts. This hour, TED speakers share stories and ideas about soothing heartache. Guests include cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, pediatric nurse Hui-wen Sato, and climate activist Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug. ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

51 MINS

51:12

01 Oct 2021


#130

Listen Again: School Of Life (2020)

Original broadcast date: October 2, 2020. Millions of kids returned to school this month. But if there's one thing we've learned from the past two years, it's that there's so much to learn outside the classroom as well. This hour, TED speakers explore life lessons that teach us far more than any textbook. Guests on the show include politician Stacey Abrams, sailor Tracy Edwards, educator Alvin Irby, and LGBTQ rights advocate Ash Beckham. ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

54 MINS

54:50

24 Sep 2021


#129

Jason Reynolds: The Antidote To Hopelessness

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning author and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. This hour, Jason speaks with Manoush about reaching kids through stories that let them feel understood. This conversation is part of a collaboration between NPR and the Library of Congress National Book Festival. For more information about the festival visit loc.gov/bookfest ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

51 MINS

51:15

17 Sep 2021


#128

Listen Again: The Gratitude Chain: A.J. Jacobs

Original broadcast date: February 19, 2021. When A.J. Jacobs set out to thank everyone who made his morning cup of coffee, he realized the chain of thank-yous was endless. This hour, Jacobs shares ideas on gratitude—and how to make it count. ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

52 MINS

52:39

10 Sep 2021


#127

The Food Connection

Food is one of life's greatest pleasures, yet many of our food systems are flawed. This hour, TED speakers look to the past to reconnect with what we eat, and the present to reimagine our food future. Guests include forager Alexis Nikole Nelson, chef Sean Sherman, social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe, and environmental journalist Amanda Little. ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

51 MINS

51:43

03 Sep 2021


#126

Listen Again — Esther Perel: Building Resilient Relationships (2020)

Original broadcast date: September 11, 2020. How do we build more trusting and empathetic relationships, even during a crisis? This hour, therapist Esther Perel shares ideas on creating lasting bonds in romance, family, and at work. ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

52 MINS

52:44

27 Aug 2021


#125

Elise Hu: The Beauty Ideal

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it's also shaped by global norms. This hour, journalist Elise Hu reflects on what's considered beautiful now, and how we'll think about beauty in the future. ... Read more

20 Aug 2021

52 MINS

52:01

20 Aug 2021


#124

Listen Again: It Takes Time

Original broadcast date: February 5, 2021. We live in an era of instant gratification. But some things--to reach their full potential--simply cannot be rushed. This hour, TED speakers explore what we can learn from ideas ... that take time. Guests include zoologist Lucy Cooke, neuroscientist Matthew Walker, architect Julia Watson, and NASA engineer Nagin Cox. ... Read more

13 Aug 2021

54 MINS

54:06

13 Aug 2021


#123

Listen Again: Finding Another Way

Original Broadcast Date: September 4, 2020. Conflict is a part of life. But in a polarized world, reaching a resolution is harder than ever. This hour, TED speakers explore creative and extraordinary ways of approaching conflict. Guests on the show include authors Shaka Senghor and Ebony Roberts, zoologist Lucy King, and radio journalist Jad Abumrad. ... Read more

06 Aug 2021

53 MINS

53:08

06 Aug 2021


#122

Saleem Reshamwala: Far Flung Places

This hour, journalist Saleem Reshamwala gives us a tour of surprising people and places — Lima, Nairobi, and prehistoric New Jersey — to inspire new perspectives on travel and cultures. ... Read more

30 Jul 2021

51 MINS

51:20

30 Jul 2021


#121

The Public Commons

How can we create public places that feel welcoming and safe for everyone? This hour, TED speakers examine our physical and digital spaces—how they run, who they serve, and how to make them better. Guests include community organizer Shari Davis, researcher Eli Pariser, Wikipedia Library founder Jake Orlowitz, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and artist Matthew Mazzotta. ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

52 MINS

52:53

23 Jul 2021