TED Radio Hour

Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm

Hosted by Guy Raz, the program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

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TED Radio Hour
8:52 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 Tue May 5, 2015 10:54 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
8:52 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 Tue May 5, 2015 10:55 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
9:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

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

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 11:01 am

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
9:10 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

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 11:02 am

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
9:10 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

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 11:01 am

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
9:20 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 Tue May 5, 2015 4:17 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
9:20 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 Tue May 5, 2015 4:17 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
9:20 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 Tue May 5, 2015 4:17 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
8:44 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 Tue May 5, 2015 4:22 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
8:44 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 Tue May 5, 2015 4:21 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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