TED Radio Hour

Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm | Saturdays, 7:00-8:00pm

The weekly one-hour program is a captivating collaboration between TED and NPR. Using TED Talks as a launching point to explore the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and much more, each approach to every idea is different, and each is fascinating listening.

Host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions you’d like to hear answered. Topics explored include mankind's place in the universe and space, how the sounds around us affect our behavior and why there is power in failure.

Ways to Connect

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode A Better You.

About Jia Jiang's TED Talk

For 100 days, Jia Jiang did a bunch of random things - asking a stranger for $100, requesting a burger refill at a restaurant, asking for a haircut at PetSmart - all to conquer his fear of rejection.

About Jia Jiang

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode A Better You.

About David Brooks's TED Talk

New York Times Columnist David Brooks says success alone isn't enough to build character, or even achieve happiness. He says those come from struggling for something bigger than yourself.

About David Brooks

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode A Better You.

About Matt Cutts's TED Talk

Every 30 days, Matt Cutts gives himself a new challenge: writing a novel, giving up sugar, even chewing more slowly. He says 30 days is enough time to develop a habit or just make life more interesting.

About Matt Cutts

Andy Puddicombe: Why Should We Meditate?

Jun 16, 2017

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode A Better You.

About Andy Puddicombe's TED Talk

After ten years as a Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe wanted to help other people understand the benefits of meditation. He says just ten minutes a day can give you peace of mind.

About Andy Puddicombe

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wired For Altruism.

About Larissa MacFarquhar's TED Talk

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

About Larissa MacFarquhar

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wired For Altruism.

About Peter Singer's TED Talk

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

About Peter Singer

Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

May 26, 2017

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wired For Altruism.

About Cheryl Steed's TED Talk

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

About Cheryl Steed

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Forgiveness.

About Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger's TED Talk

Tom Stranger raped Thordis Elva when they were dating in high school. Years later, they started a painful and painstaking dialogue about accountability and reconciliation.

About Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Forgiveness.

About Sue Klebold's TED Talk

Sue Klebold's son Dylan was one of the two shooters at Columbine High School. Nearly 20 years later, she talks about her struggle to understand his actions, and to find forgiveness.

About Sue Klebold

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Forgiveness.

About Elizabeth Lesser's TED Talk

Before donating bone marrow to her sister — Elizabeth Lesser and her sister undertook a process of seeking forgiveness from each other. She says forgiveness is hard but necessary for our well-being.

About Elizabeth Lesser

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