TED Radio Hour

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Are you a curious and imaginative listener, interested in fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to teach and learn? Each episode of TED Radio Hour includes excerpts from the renowned TED stage, where some of the world's deepest thinkers and innovators are invited to give the 18-minute talk of their lives. New host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas, and posing probing questions you'd like to hear answered. 
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TED Radio Hour
5:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo says play helps to foster creativity, trust, and cooperation.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:45 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Isabel Behncke's TED Talk

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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TED Radio Hour
5:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

The group Improv Everywhere brings moments of spontaneous fun into the everyday.
Courtesy of Charlie Todd

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:38 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Charlie Todd's TED Talk

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

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TED Radio Hour
5:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Dr. Stuart Brown says play is a "necessary part of being human."
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:39 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Stuart Brown's Talk

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.

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TED Radio Hour
6:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

"Numbers are beautiful." - Clayton Cameron
Ryan Lash TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

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TED Radio Hour
6:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

"I struggle to find anything in the world that you can't that you can't get an interesting perspective on by using maths." - Hannah Fry
Courtesy of TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

"Decisions are made automatically by machines, increasingly without human supervision." - Kevin Slavin
James Duncan Davidson TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

"Human cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience are starting to give us an answer to...who we are as thinkers." - Nancy Kanwisher
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:32 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

"Although we human adults are really good at understanding other minds, we weren't always that way." - Rebecca Saxe
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:34 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:20 am
Fri February 20, 2015

How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

"Understanding consciousness is a real key, I think, both to understanding the universe and to understanding ourselves." - David Chalmers
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:35 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
5:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

How Does Envy Help Us Better Understand Ourselves?

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says literature would hardly exist without the "grim thrill" of envy.
Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 1:50 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
5:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Dr. Gary Slutkin says we should think of violence as a contagious disease.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 1:50 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
5:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

What's The Antidote To Political Apathy?

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

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 7:01 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
5:44 am
Fri February 6, 2015

What Does Losing To A Computer Tell Us About Pride?

Jeopardy Know-it-All Ken Jennings reveals how losing to a supercomputer crushed his pride.
Courtesy TEDxSeattle TED

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 1:50 pm

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.

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TED Radio Hour
9:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

What's Your Coming Out Story?

Ash Beckham speaking at TEDxBoulder about how we all have our own closets.
Courtesy of Kit Chalberg TEDxBoulder

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Would You Share A Secret With A Stranger?

Since November 2004, PostSecret founder Frank Warren has received more than 500,000 postcards with secrets written on them.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:34 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Should We Care About Keeping Secrets?

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says being apathetic towards our secrets could have a detrimental impact on our lives.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:39 am

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."

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TED Radio Hour
6:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

How Do You Expose An Anonymous Company?

Charmian Gooch of Global Witness explains why anonymous companies need to be exposed.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:37 am

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Chef Dan Barber explains how he went on a journey to find the perfect fish.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Why Should We Search For ET?

Will we find signals from intelligent life in the next few decades? SETI astronomer Seth Shostak says yes.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

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TED Radio Hour
6:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Finding Love ... And Aliens?

John Hodgman explains what searching for aliens and love have in common.
Andrew Heavens Courtesy of TED

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

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