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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: Sound And Silence

Original broadcast date: Friday, October 16, 2020. Sound surrounds us, from cacophony even to silence. But depending on how we hear, the world can be a different auditory experience for each of us. This hour, TED speakers explore the science of sound. Guests on the show include NPR All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly, neuroscientist Jim Hudspeth, writer Rebecca Knill, and sound designer Dallas Taylor. ... Read more

13 May 2022

50 MINS

50:37

13 May 2022


#149

Anna Malaika Tubbs: The Three Mothers

MLK Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin are household names, but what about their mothers? This hour, author Anna Malaika Tubbs explores how these three women shaped American history. ... Read more

06 May 2022

50 MINS

50:15

06 May 2022


#148

What Leadership Looks Like

From workplaces to schools to national governments, leaders everywhere are being called on to solve complex problems with humility and bravery. This hour, we consider what it takes to be a leader. Guests include executive coach Patrice Gordon, organizational psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, and educator Shabana Basij-Rasikh. ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

49 MINS

49:41

29 Apr 2022


#147

Listen Again: The Power Of Spaces

Original broadcast date: July 24, 2020. How do spaces shape the human experience? In what ways do our rooms, homes, and buildings give us meaning and purpose? This hour, TED speakers explore the power of the spaces we make and inhabit.Guests include architect Michael Murphy, musician David Byrne, artist Es Devlin, and architect Siamak Hariri. ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

50 MINS

50:56

22 Apr 2022


#146

Listen Again: The Biology Of Sex

Original broadcast date: May 8, 2020. 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

15 Apr 2022

50 MINS

50:36

15 Apr 2022


#145

Take Care

Giving and receiving care—it's a natural part of life. But how do we offer the best possible support for our loved ones? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on reimagining caregiving. Guests include dementia care advocate Yvonne van Amerongen, attorney Diana Adams, inclusion advocate Sara Jones, and comedian Bill Bernat. ... Read more

08 Apr 2022

49 MINS

49:43

08 Apr 2022


#144

Listen Again: The Food Connection

Original broadcast date: September 3, 2021. 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

01 Apr 2022

50 MINS

50:32

01 Apr 2022


#143

Steven Johnson: Why We're Living Longer

In the last century, human life expectancy has doubled. This hour, we talk with writer Steven Johnson on the many breakthroughs that made this possible — and where we go from here. ... Read more

25 Mar 2022

49 MINS

49:44

25 Mar 2022


#142

Listen Again: Warped Reality (2020)

Original broadcast date: October 30, 2020. False information on the internet makes it harder and harder to know what's true, and the consequences have been devastating. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas around technology and deception. Guests include law professor Danielle Citron, journalist Andrew Marantz, and computer scientist Joy Buolamwini. ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

51 MINS

51:06

18 Mar 2022


#141

What Lies Beneath

From our planet's underwater caves to its ancient soils, there are entire worlds right beneath our feet. This hour, we explore the subterranean forces that shape our lives above the ground. Guests include cave diver Jill Heinerth, death care advocate Katrina Spade, soil scientist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, and paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim. ... Read more

11 Mar 2022

50 MINS

50:51

11 Mar 2022


#140

Listen Again: Migration

Original broadcast date: April 30, 2021. Migration is a part of everyone's history. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about places we call home — and how these experiences continue to reshape our culture, countries, and species. Guests include bioarchaeologist Carolyn Freiwald, journalist Isabel Wilkerson, comedian Maeve Higgins, and ecologist Sonia Altizer. ... Read more

04 Mar 2022

52 MINS

52:00

04 Mar 2022


#139

Listen Again: Jason Reynolds - The Antidote To Hopelessness

Original broadcast date: September 17, 2021. 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. ... Read more

25 Feb 2022

52 MINS

52:30

25 Feb 2022


#138

Work, Play, Rest - Part 3

Rest is so much more than just a good night's sleep. From human hibernation to ASMR to the science of dreams, we explore how to nourish our minds and bodies with different forms of rest. Guests include physiologist Craig Richard, psychologist Dylan Selterman, hibernation researcher Matteo Cerri, and journalist Celeste Headlee. ... Read more

18 Feb 2022

50 MINS

50:51

18 Feb 2022


#137

Work, Play, Rest - Part 2

As kids, play comes naturally. But over time, it gets replaced with work. This hour, TED speakers explore how to reconnect with play—to spark creativity, combat despair, and find our way in the world. Guests include musician Jacob Collier, human rights activist Yana Buhrer Tavanier, and web developer Stuart Duncan. ... Read more

11 Feb 2022

49 MINS

49:45

11 Feb 2022


#136

Work, Play, Rest - Part 1

The past few years have shaken the fundamental ways we live. It's... disorienting. But it's also an opportunity to reexamine how we spend our time. Over the next three episodes, TED speakers will investigate evolving notions of what it means to pay our bills, feel joy in play, and rest our minds and bodies. This hour: Work. Guests include labor organizer Jess Kutch, social entrepreneur Irma Olguin, and tech reporter Kevin Roose. ... Read more

04 Feb 2022

50 MINS

50:16

04 Feb 2022


#135

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


#134

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


#133

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


#132

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


#131

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


#130

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


#129

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


#128

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


#127

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


#126

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


#125

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


#124

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


#123

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


#122

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


#121

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