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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: Meditations on Loneliness

Original broadcast date: April 24, 2020. We're a social species now living in isolation. But loneliness was a problem well before this era of social distancing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we can live and make peace with loneliness. Guests on the show include author and illustrator Jonny Sun, psychologist Susan Pinker, architect Grace Kim, and writer Suleika Jaouad. ... Read more

03 Jul 2020

52 MINS

52:27

03 Jul 2020


#149

TED Radio Wow-er

School's out, but many kids—and their parents—are still stuck at home. Let's keep learning together. Special guest Guy Raz joins Manoush for an hour packed with TED science lessons for everyone. ... Read more

26 Jun 2020

51 MINS

51:34

26 Jun 2020


#148

The Greater Good?

In times of crisis, how do we decide what personal sacrifices we must make for the benefit of all? This hour, TED speakers share four different ideas about how to act for the greater good. ... Read more

19 Jun 2020

51 MINS

51:42

19 Jun 2020


#147

Ingrained Injustice

As protests for racial justice continue, many are asking how racism became so embedded in our lives. This hour, TED's Whitney Pennington Rodgers guides us through talks that offer part of the answer. ... Read more

12 Jun 2020

50 MINS

50:55

12 Jun 2020


#146

Clint Smith

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer has sparked massive protests nationwide. This hour, writer and scholar Clint Smith reflects on this moment, through conversation, letters, and poetry. ... Read more

05 Jun 2020

51 MINS

51:41

05 Jun 2020


#145

Listen Again: Reinvention

Change is hard, but it's also an opportunity to discover and reimagine what you thought you knew. From our economy, to music, to even ourselves—this hour TED speakers explore the power of reinvention. Guests include OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash Jr., former college gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. ... Read more

29 May 2020

51 MINS

51:35

29 May 2020


#144

Climate Mindset

In the past few months, human beings have come together to fight a global threat. This hour, TED speakers explore how our response can be the catalyst to fight another global crisis: climate change. Guests include political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac, diplomat Christiana Figueres, climate justice activist Xiye Bastida, and writer, illustrator, and artist Oliver Jeffers. ... Read more

22 May 2020

52 MINS

52:12

22 May 2020


#143

Listen Again: Uncharted

Original broadcast date: March 27, 2020. There's so much we've yet to explore—from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello. ... Read more

15 May 2020

52 MINS

52:11

15 May 2020


#142

The Biology Of Sex

Many of us were taught biological sex is a question of female or male, XX or XY ... but it's far more complicated. This hour, TED speakers explore what determines our sex. Guests on the show include artist Emily Quinn, journalist Molly Webster, neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi, and structural biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu. ... Read more

08 May 2020

51 MINS

51:37

08 May 2020


#141

What We Value

As the pandemic reveals the weaknesses of our economy, businesses and consumers are rethinking what they value. This hour, TED's Corey Hajim shares ideas on shifting the role of business in society. ... Read more

01 May 2020

51 MINS

51:40

01 May 2020


#140

Meditations On Loneliness

We're a social species now living in isolation. But loneliness was a problem well before this era of social distancing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we can live and make peace with loneliness. Guests on the show include author and illustrator Jonny Sun, psychologist Susan Pinker, architect Grace Kim, and writer Suleika Jaouad. ... Read more

24 Apr 2020

52 MINS

52:00

24 Apr 2020


#139

Pure Joy

More than ever, we need to make time for joy. This hour, Manoush and TED's Head Curator Helen Walters explore talks that surprise, inspire, and delight. ... Read more

17 Apr 2020

51 MINS

51:04

17 Apr 2020


#138

Inoculation

Can we protect ourselves from future outbreaks? COVID-19 isn't the first pandemic, and likely not the last. This hour, TED speakers share lessons from past pandemics and what they mean for our future. Guests on the show include science journalist Laura Spinney, anthropologist Heidi Larson, ecologist and animal-borne disease researcher Daniel Streicker, and physician economist Anupam Jena. We also hear some personal stories on coping with COVID-19 from TED speakers Susan Pinker, Leticia Gasca, Dixon Chibanda, and Dawn Wacek. ... Read more

10 Apr 2020

51 MINS

51:16

10 Apr 2020


#137

Teaching For Better Humans 2.0

More than test scores or good grades—what do kids need for the future? This hour, TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, both during and after this time of crisis. Guests include educators Richard Culatta and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson. ... Read more

03 Apr 2020

51 MINS

51:33

03 Apr 2020


#136

Uncharted

There's so much we've yet to explore—from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello. ... Read more

27 Mar 2020

51 MINS

51:06

27 Mar 2020


#135

IRL Online

Our online lives are now entirely interwoven with our real lives. But the laws that govern real life don't apply online. This hour, TED speakers explore rules to navigate this vast virtual space. Guests include Edward Snowden, misinformation expert Claire Wardle, sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, and social psychologist Adam Alter. ... Read more

20 Mar 2020

51 MINS

51:39

20 Mar 2020


#134

From Manoush: The Opportunity Of Boredom

With many of us stuck at home right now, it's natural to feel bored and listless. But our new host Manoush Zomorodi is kind of an expert in boredom - she wrote a book and gave a TED Talk on the topic - and she says it doesn't have to be so bad. In 2018, Guy Raz interviewed Manoush for our episode "Attention Please." Listen to why we might actually need to feel bored in order to jump-start our creativity. ... Read more

18 Mar 2020

10 MINS

10:25

18 Mar 2020


#133

Reinvention

Change is hard. Transitions can be tough. But they're also opportunities to discover and reimagine what you thought you knew. In her first episode, Manoush Zomorodi explores the power of reinvention. Guests include OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash Jr., former college gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. ... Read more

13 Mar 2020

51 MINS

51:14

13 Mar 2020


#132

Coming Soon: Manoush!

New episodes of TED Radio Hour with host Manoush Zomorodi begin March 13. ... Read more

10 Mar 2020

01 MINS

01:50

10 Mar 2020


#131

Manoush's Favorites: Circular

We're back next week with brand new episodes of the TED Radio Hour featuring our new host, Manoush Zomorodi. While we finish those episodes, Manoush shares a favorite episode of the show from over the years. This episode originally aired on December 7, 2018. We're told if the economy is growing, and if we keep producing, that's a good thing. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers explore circular systems that regenerate and re-use what we already have. Guests include economist Kate Raworth, environmental activist Tristram Stuart, landscape architect Kate Orff, entrepreneur David Katz, and graphic designer Jessi Arrington. ... Read more

06 Mar 2020

51 MINS

51:44

06 Mar 2020


#130

Manoush's Favorites: Jumpstarting Creativity

We're hard at work on new episodes of the TED Radio Hour, which will start rolling out in March. In the meantime, new host Manoush Zomorodi shares some of her favorite episodes of the show. This episode originally aired on May 10, 2019.Our greatest breakthroughs and triumphs have one thing in common: creativity. But how do you ignite it? And how do you rekindle it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on jumpstarting creativity. ... Read more

28 Feb 2020

52 MINS

52:21

28 Feb 2020


#129

Manoush's Favorites: Gender, Power, And Fairness

We're hard at work on new episodes of the TED Radio Hour, which will start rolling out in March. In the meantime, new host Manoush Zomorodi shares some of her favorite episodes of the show. This episode originally aired on February 1, 2019.The Me Too movement has changed the way we think and talk about gender discrimination. This hour, TED speakers explore how the conversation has moved beyond a hashtag, and where we go from here. Guests include Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, actor and activist Ashley Judd, writer Laura Bates, and anti-sexism educator Jackson Katz. ... Read more

21 Feb 2020

52 MINS

52:31

21 Feb 2020


#128

Manoush's Favorites: Moving Forward

We're hard at work on new episodes of the TED Radio Hour, which will start rolling out in March. In the meantime, new host Manoush Zomorodi shares some of her favorite episodes of the show. This episode originally aired on June 21, 2019. When the life you've built slips out of your grasp, you're often told it's best to move on. But is that true? Instead of forgetting the past, TED speakers describe how we can move forward with it. Guests include writers Nora McInerny and Suleika Jaouad, and human rights advocate Lindy Lou Isonhood. ... Read more

14 Feb 2020

52 MINS

52:59

14 Feb 2020


#127

Manoush's Favorites: Painfully Funny

We're hard at work on new episodes of the TED Radio Hour, which will start rolling out in March. In the meantime, new host Manoush Zomorodi shares some of her favorite episodes of the show. This episode originally aired on March 24, 2017. Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression. Guests include comedians Sandi Toksvig, Maysoon Zayid, Negin Farsad, and Kevin Breel. ... Read more

07 Feb 2020

53 MINS

53:22

07 Feb 2020


#126

Manoush's Favorites: Slowing Down

We're hard at work on new episodes of the TED Radio Hour, which will start rolling out in March. In the meantime, our new host Manoush Zomorodi shares some of her favorite episodes of the show. This episode originally aired on August 28, 2016. We're always asked to be faster and more precise. But what can we learn from slowing down — even procrastinating? This hour, TED speakers explore why taking it slow is crucial...for all of us. Guests include TV producer Thomas Hellum, psychologist Adam Grant, blogger Tim Urban, mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe, marketer Lakshmi Pratury, and video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo. ... Read more

31 Jan 2020

53 MINS

53:06

31 Jan 2020


#125

Guy's Favorites: What Is Original?

As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes from his seven years hosting the TED Radio Hour. This episode originally aired on June 27, 2014. 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. ... Read more

24 Jan 2020

52 MINS

52:25

24 Jan 2020


#124

Guy's Favorites: Shifting Time

As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes from his seven years hosting the TED Radio Hour. This episode originally aired on June 19, 2015. We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. ... Read more

17 Jan 2020

52 MINS

52:49

17 Jan 2020


#123

Guy's Favorites: Solve For X

As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes from his seven years hosting the TED Radio Hour. This episode originally aired on March 6, 2015. Math intimidates a lot of us, but it can deliver surprising answers to life's pressing questions. In this episode, TED speakers discuss the elegant simplicity, and giddy complexity, of solving for X. ... Read more

10 Jan 2020

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10 Jan 2020


#122

Guy's Favorites: Peering Into Space

As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes from his seven years hosting the TED Radio Hour. This episode originally aired on March 8, 2013. 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. Guests include physicist Brian Greene, writer Phil Plait and astronomer Jill Tarter. ... Read more

03 Jan 2020

51 MINS

51:36

03 Jan 2020


#121

Guy's Favorites: The Source Of Creativity

As we transition to our new host Manoush Zomorodi, Guy Raz looks back on some of his favorite episodes over the past seven years. This episode originally aired on October 3, 2014. We want to be creative but channeling our creative impulses is no small feat. Is creativity something we are born with or can we learn it? In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of creativity. Guests include musician Sting, neuroscientist Charles Limb, author and educator Sir Ken Robinson, and writer Elizabeth Gilbert. ... Read more

27 Dec 2019

52 MINS

52:39

27 Dec 2019