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.

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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Case For Optimism About Mia Birdsong's TED Talk Activist Mia Birdsong says the stories we tell about poverty don't reflect reality. She describes people in her community who are optimistic about their futures — even if the larger society is not. About Mia Birdsong Family activist Mia Birdsong has devoted over 30 years to the pursuit of social justice. She is the co-director of Family Story , an organization working to bring diversity to our...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Beyond Tolerance About Aspen Baker's TED Talk The strong emotions sparked by abortion leave little room for thoughtful debate. To cut through the tension, Aspen Baker says we should openly tell — and listen to — stories about women who had abortions or decided not to. About Aspen Baker Aspen Baker co-founded Exhale , a nonprofit that offers women and men emotional support after an abortion, free of judgment and politics. The group supports "pro-voice," a...

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Beyond Tolerance About Vernā Myers' TED Talk Diversity advocate Vernā Myers makes a powerful case for acknowledging our subconscious biases and assumptions about others. About Vernā Myers
Vernā Myers is a diversity consultant with a degree from Harvard Law. She founded the Vernā Myers Consulting Group , an organization that aims to break down barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in workplaces. She is the author of Moving...

How Can Tourism Promote Peace In The Middle East?

Apr 22, 2016

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Beyond Tolerance About Aziz Abu Sarah's TED Talk Social entrepreneur and educator Aziz Abu Sarah describes how he came to lead tours in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians cross contested borders to spend time in each others cultures. About Aziz Abu Sarah Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2014 TED fellow. In 2009, he co-founded MEJDI Tours , a social enterprise that aims to foster peace in the Middle East. MEJDI Tours started by...

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Crisis and Response About Kitra Cahana's TED Talk Photojournalist and conceptual artist Kitra Cahana describes how her father dealt with a stroke that left his body completely paralyzed, and how his experience of "locked-in syndrome" opened a world of unexpected opportunities for him. About Kitra Cahana Kitra Cahana is an American photojournalist and conceptual artist who immerses herself in the societies she documents. She was born in 1987 and was raised...

How Can Text Messaging Save Lives?

Apr 1, 2016

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Crisis and Response About Nancy Lublin's TED Talk Activist Nancy Lublin explains how Crisis Text Line, the first 24/7 text line of its kind, has helped millions of people by providing direct support as well as anonymous data about people in crisis. About Nancy Lublin Nancy Lublin is the founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line , the first 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. In 1996, she founded Dress For Success, an organization that helps...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Crisis and Response About Melissa Fleming's TED Talk Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UNHCR, tells the story of a young refugee who miraculously survived four days on a child's life ring after her boat was capsized in 2014. About Melissa Fleming Melissa Fleming is the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ), an inter-governmental body within the United Nations that operates in...

Could A Boiling River From A Childhood Legend Exist?

Mar 18, 2016

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden About Andrés Ruzo's TED Talk As a boy, Andrés Ruzo heard stories of a mythical boiling river. Years later, as a geoscientist, he recounts his journey deep into the Amazon to see if the river actually exists. About Andrés Ruzo Andrés Ruzo grew up in Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States. Spending summers on his family's farm, near a volcano in Nicaragua, inspired him to study geology. He's currently a doctoral candidate in geophysics at Southern...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden About Sarah Parcak's TED Talk Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. About Sarah Parcak There may be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of undiscovered ancient sites — Sarah Parcak wants to locate them. Parcak is a space archaeologist who analyzes infrared imagery from space and identifies subtle changes that signal a man-made presence underground.

Can We Fall Prey To Hidden Parasites?

Mar 18, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden About Ed Yong's TED talk Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation. About Ed Yong Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic . In his blog " Not Exactly Rocket Science ," hosted by National Geographic , he tackles a wide range of bizarre and amusing topics. He has a master's degree in natural...

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