TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

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Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.


Accessing Better Health
Dec 13 • 51 min
Essential health care is a right, not a privilege … or is it? This hour, TED speakers explore how we can give everyone access to a healthier way of life, despite who you are or where you live. Guests include physician Raj Panjabi, former NYC health…
How It All Began
Dec 6 • 53 min
In this hour, TED speakers explore our origins as a species — who we are, where we come from, where we’re headed — and how we’re connected to everything that came before us. In an updated interview, futurist Juan Enriquez says homo sapiens are becoming a…
Inspire To Action
Nov 29 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: May 18, 2018. What motivates us to take up a cause, follow a leader, or create change? This hour, TED speakers explore stories of inspirational leadership, and what makes some movements more successful than others. Guests include…
In & Out Of Love
Nov 22 • 51 min
We think of love as a mysterious, unknowable force. Something that happens to us. But what if we could control it? This hour, TED speakers on whether we can decide to fall in — and out of — love. Guests include writer Mandy Len Catron, biological…
Open Source World
Nov 15 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: October 23, 2015. The era of open source has led to countless innovations. When does it work and when is it chaos? In this episode, TED speakers explore how open source is changing how we build, collaborate and govern.
Risk
Nov 8 • 52 min
Why do we revere risk-takers, even when their actions terrify us? Why are some better at taking risks than others? This hour, TED speakers explore the alluring, dangerous, and calculated sides of risk. Guests include professional rock climber Alex…
Overcoming
Nov 1 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: January 3, 2014. We all have our struggles, whether they be mental, physical, or social. But what is it that makes some of us keep trying and striving to overcome despite the odds? In this hour, TED speakers tell their stories…
What Is Original?
Oct 25 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: June 27, 2014. When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing make all of us innovators. Guests include DJ Mark Ronson, filmmaker…
Rethinking Anger
Oct 18 • 51 min
Anger is universal and complex: it can be quiet, festering, justified, vengeful, and destructive. This hour, TED speakers explore the many sides of anger, why we need it, and who’s allowed to feel it. Guests include psychologists Ryan Martin and Russell…
Erasing The Stigma
Oct 11 • 52 min
Many of us either cope with mental illness or know someone who does. But we still have a hard time talking about it. This hour, TED speakers explore ways to push past — and even erase — the stigma. Guests include musician and comedian Jordan Raskopoulos,…
Maslow’s Human Needs
Oct 4 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: April 17, 2015. Humans need food, sleep, safety, love, purpose. Psychologist Abraham Maslow ordered our needs into a hierarchy. This week, TED speakers explore that spectrum of need, from primal to profound. Guests include…
Transparency
Sep 27 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: December 1, 2017. Sometimes, being truthful can be uncomfortable—even risky. But can radical honesty and openness change things for the better? This hour, TED speakers take transparency all the way to its limit. Guests include…
Teaching For Better Humans
Sep 20 • 52 min
More than test scores or good grades — what do kids need to prepare them for the future? This hour, guest host Manoush Zomorodi and TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, in and out of the classroom. Guests include educators…
How Art Changes Us
Sep 13 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: November 10, 2017. Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Guests…
Peering Deeper Into Space
Sep 6 • 52 min
The past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. This hour, TED speakers explore the implications of these advances — and the lingering mysteries of the cosmos. Guests include theoretical physicist Allan Adams,…
The Unknown Brain
Aug 30
Original broadcast date: February 20, 2015. The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain. Guests include…
Believers And Doubters
Aug 23 • 51 min
Why do some of us believe, and some of us don’t? And can doubt bring our beliefs into sharper focus? In this hour, TED speakers, from ardent aetheists to the devout, explore all ends of the spectrum. In a brand new interview, minister Greg Tonkinson…
Anthropomorphic
Aug 16 • 51 min
Do animals grieve? Do they have language or consciousness? For a long time, scientists resisted the urge to look for human qualities in animals. This hour, TED speakers explore how that is changing. Guests include biological anthropologist Barbara King,…
Press Play
Aug 9 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: March 27, 2015. In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — from tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. Guests include neuroscientist Jeff Mogil, comedian Charlie…
How To Be Better
Aug 2 • 52 min
Self-help advice is filled with quick fixes on “living your best life.” But there are no shortcuts. This hour, TED speakers search for meaningful ways to reduce stress, gain confidence, and connect. Guests include conflict mediator Priya Parker, activist…
Dialogue And Exchange
Jul 26 • 51 min
Original broadcast date: October 27, 2017. We’re living in a time of intense ideological division, and it often feels impossible to bridge the gap. But can we afford not to? This hour, TED speakers explore how to communicate across the divide. Guests…
Simple Solutions
Jul 19 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: November 17, 2017. Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn’t always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests…
Digital Manipulation
Jul 12 • 52 min
Technology has reshaped our lives in amazing ways. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers reveal how what we see, read, believe — even how we vote — can be manipulated by the technology we use. Guests include journalist Carole Cadwalladr, consumer…
7 Deadly Sins
Jul 5 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: February 6, 2016. Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it. Guests include…
How We Love
Jun 28 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: April 25, 2014. Love is instinctive and essential, but what is it that brings certain people together? In this hour, TED speakers examine the mystery of connection and relationships. Guests include writers Amy Webb and Jeff…
Moving Forward
Jun 21 • 52 min
When the life you’ve built slips out of your grasp, you’re often told it’s best to move on. But is that true? Instead of forgetting the past, TED speakers describe how we can move forward with it. Guests include writers Nora McInerny and Suleika Jaouad,…
Future Consequences
Jun 14 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: September 15, 2017. From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions.Guests include…
Climate Crisis
Jun 7 • 54 min
There’s no greater threat to humanity than climate change. What can we do to stop the worst consequences? This hour, TED speakers explore how we can save our planet and whether we can do it in time. Guests include climate activist Greta Thunberg, chemical…
Prevention
May 31 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: July 21, 2017. We often know how to plan for the future, but find it hard to take the necessary steps. This hour, TED speakers challenge the inevitable and explore what to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow. TED speakers…
Setbacks
May 24 • 54 min
Failure can feel lonely and final. But can we learn from failure, even reframe it, to feel more like a temporary setback? This hour, TED speakers on changing a crushing defeat into a stepping stone. Guests include entrepreneur Leticia Gasca, psychology…
Going Undercover
May 17 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: December 15, 2017. Are deception and secrecy categorically wrong? Or can they be a necessary means to an end? This hour, TED speakers share stories of going undercover to explore unknown territory, and find the truth. Guests…
Jumpstarting Creativity
May 10 • 53 min
Our greatest breakthroughs and triumphs have one thing in common: creativity. But how do you ignite it? And how do you rekindle it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on jumpstarting creativity. Guests include economist Tim Harford, producer Helen…
Becoming Wise
May 3 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: June 10, 2016. We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn’t mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager,…
Keeping Secrets
Apr 26 • 52 min
Who should get to keep secrets, and who should demand to know them? In this hour, TED speakers talk about the damage secrets can do, and the shifting roles we play when we keep, or share them. In a special updated interview, Global Witness co-founder…
Failure Is An Option
Apr 19 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: July 29, 2016. Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Guests include…
Changing The World
Apr 12 • 54 min
What does it take to change the world for the better? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on activism—what motivates it, why it matters, and how each of us can make a difference. Guests include civil rights activist Ruby Sales, labor leader and civil…
How Things Spread
Apr 5 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: March 4, 2016. What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas. Guests include…
Confronting Racism
Mar 29 • 55 min
Racism isn’t always obvious, but it can be found almost everywhere. This hour, TED speakers explore the effects of everyday and systemic racism in America—and how we can work to defeat it. Guests include authors Brittney Cooper and Monique Morris,…
Shifting Time
Mar 22 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: June 19, 2015. We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. Guests include…
Don’t Fear Math
Mar 15 • 53 min
Why do many of us hate, even fear math? Why are we convinced we’re bad at it? This hour, TED speakers explore the myths we tell ourselves and how changing our approach can unlock the beauty of math. Guests include budgeting specialist Phylecia Jones,…
Hardwired
Mar 8 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: August 25, 2017. How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? And how much can we change? This hour, TED speakers on how genes and experience collaborate — and compete — to make us who we are. TED speakers include…
Luck, Fortune, And Chance
Mar 1 • 52 min
What makes someone lucky? Can luck be controlled, is it random, or is it based on something else entirely? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about why some people seem so much luckier than others. Guests include former professional poker player Liv…
A Better You
Feb 22 • 53 min
(Original broadcast date: June 16, 2017.) Many of us are lured by the promise of self-improvement, but find it hard to follow through. In our 100th episode, TED speakers reveal ways to discover our better selves. TED speakers include entrepreneur Jia…
Bias And Perception
Feb 15 • 52 min
How does bias distort our thinking, our listening, our beliefs… and even our search results? How can we fight it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the unconscious biases that shape us. Guests include writer and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied,…
Finite
Feb 8 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: July 17, 2015. In a world with limited resources, can we find ways to salvage what’s disappearing? Can we innovate our way out of a finite landscape? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about living with less. Guests include…
Gender, Power, and Fairness
Feb 1 • 52 min
The Me Too movement has changed the way we think and talk about gender discrimination. This hour, TED speakers explore how the conversation has moved beyond a hashtag, and where we go from here. Guests include Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, actor…
Wired For Altruism
Jan 25 • 53 min
(Original broadcast date: May 26, 2017). Helping others feels good, but why do some go farther than others? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about altruism — what motivates us to be altruistic, what limits us and do we ever go too far. TED speakers…
Approaching With Kindness
Jan 18 • 52 min
We often forget to say the words “thank you.” But can those two words change how you — and those around you — look at the world? This hour, TED speakers on the power of gratitude and appreciation. Guests include author AJ Jacobs, author and former…
Forgiveness
Jan 11 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: May 12, 2017. When loss, violence, or betrayal test our willingness to forgive — how do we do it anyway? This hour, TED speakers explore the challenges and benefits of forgiving others — and ourselves. Guests include mental health…
Extrasensory
Jan 4 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: March 7, 2014. In this hour, TED speakers question whether we can experience the world more deeply by not only extending our senses — but going beyond them. Guests include artist Neil Harbisson, engineer Todd Kuiken, speech…
Transformation
Dec 28, 2018 • 53 min
Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges. In a special updated interview, biophysicist Hugh Herr explains…
The Next Frontier
Dec 21, 2018 • 53 min
Colonizing Mars or more distant planets seems like science fiction. But becoming a spacefaring species may be in our near future. This hour, TED speakers on living beyond Earth—and whether we should. Guests include NASA Chief Scientist James Green,…
Courage
Dec 14, 2018 • 53 min
(Original broadcast date: December 12, 2014) What does it mean to be courageous? Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice? This hour, TED speakers examine the nature of courage and what it takes to risk everything to do the right thing. Guests…
Circular
Dec 7, 2018 • 52 min
We’re told if the economy is growing, and if we keep producing, that’s a good thing. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers explore circular systems that regenerate and re-use what we already have. Guests include economist Kate Raworth, environmental…
Misconceptions
Nov 30, 2018 • 54 min
Original broadcast date: November 15, 2013. What if truths we believe in are completely wrong? In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. Guests include writers Malcolm…
Speaking Up
Nov 23, 2018 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: April 7, 2017. Whether it’s asking for a raise or asking for equality, speaking up can be risky — even dangerous. This hour, TED speakers share ideas and stories about taking the crucial step to say something. Guests include…
Where Joy Hides
Nov 16, 2018 • 52 min
When we focus so much on achievement and success, it’s easy to lose sight of joy. This hour, TED speakers search for joy in unexpected places, and explain why it’s crucial to a fulfilling life. Speakers include inventor Simone Giertz, designer Ingrid…
Quiet
Nov 9, 2018 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: November 21, 2014. In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world? Guests include environmentalist John Francis,…
Unintended Consequences
Nov 2, 2018 • 53 min
Human innovation has transformed the way we live, often for the better. But as our technologies grow more powerful, so do their consequences. This hour, TED speakers explore technology’s dark side. Guests include writer and artist James Bridle, historians…
Painfully Funny
Oct 26, 2018 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: March 24, 2017. Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression. Guests include…
The Food We Eat
Oct 19, 2018 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: November 17, 2016. Food is more than nourishment. It’s a source of pleasure — and guilt — and an agent of change. This episode, TED speakers explore our deep connection to food, and where it’s headed. Guests include community…
Hacking The Law
Oct 12, 2018 • 52 min
We have a vision of justice as blind, impartial, and fair — but in reality, the law often fails those who need it most. This hour, TED speakers explore radical ways to change the legal system. Guests include lawyer and social justice advocate Robin…
What Makes Us … Us
Oct 5, 2018 • 53 min
For thousands of years, we’ve searched to answer the question: Who are we? Today, science has brought us closer than ever to the answer. This hour, TED speakers share ideas on what makes us … us. In a brand new interview, neuroscientist Anil Seth explores…
Building Humane Cities
Sep 28, 2018 • 52 min
Cities are symbols of hope and opportunity. But today, overcrowding and gentrification are hurting their most vulnerable residents. This hour, TED speakers explore how we can build more humane cities. Guests include architects Liz Ogbu and Vishaan…
Getting Better
Sep 21, 2018 • 53 min
Original broadcast date: February 10, 2017. We expect a lot of our doctors, but they don’t always have the best tools to treat us. This episode, TED speakers explore new ways to think about disease, diagnosis, and the delicate art of healing. Guests…
Decisions Decisions Decisions
Sep 14, 2018 • 52 min
Original broadcast date: March 10, 2017. Whether you’re choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them. Guests include…
Dying Well
Sep 7, 2018 • 53 min
Is there a way to talk about death candidly, without fear … and even with humor? How can we best prepare for it with those we love? This hour, TED speakers explore the beauty of life … and death. Guests include lawyer Jason Rosenthal, humorist Emily…
Hidden
Aug 31, 2018 • 54 min
What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives? This hour, TED speakers reveal forgotten cities, underwater canyons, tiny parasites, and a boiling river. In a special updated interview, space archaeologist…
The Power Of Design
Aug 24, 2018 • 60 min
Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world. Guests include designer Tony Fadell, architect Marc…
The Story Behind The Numbers
Aug 17, 2018 • 51 min
Is life today better than ever before? Does the data bear that out? This hour, TED speakers explore the stories we tell with numbers — and whether those stories portray the full picture. Guests include psychologist Steven Pinker, economists Tyler Cowen…
The Spirit Of Inquiry
Aug 10, 2018 • 52 min
The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough. Guests include educator Michael Stevens, professor and…
Crisis And Response
Aug 3, 2018 • 53 min
Moments of crisis can upend our lives, but can also help define them. This episode, TED speakers explore how a quick, compassionate or unexpected response can turn crisis into opportunity. (Original broadcast date: April 1, 2016.)
The Right To Speak
Jul 27, 2018 • 52 min
Should all speech, even the most offensive, be allowed on college campuses? And is hearing from those we deeply disagree with … worth it? This hour, TED speakers explore the debate over free speech. Guests include recent college graduate Zachary Wood,…
The Five Senses
Jul 20, 2018 • 53 min
The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don’t fully understand them. This episode, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture “reality.” Guests include astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced, geneticist…
Why We Hate
Jul 13, 2018 • 51 min
From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate — and how we can fight it. Guests include reformed white nationalist Christian…
Networks
Jul 6, 2018 • 52 min
Networks surround and sustain us, in nature, in our bodies, in relationships, in the digital world. This hour, TED speakers explore how we rely on networks and how we have the power to shape them. Guests include ecologist Suzanne Simard, UPS executive…
Hidden Potential
Jun 29, 2018 • 51 min
Are grit and perseverance enough to succeed? Or does someone need to give you a chance? This hour, TED speakers explore why some are overlooked despite their talents, and how that can begin to change. Guests include recovering politician Jeff Smith, human…
Anthropocene
Jun 22, 2018 • 52 min
Some scientists say we’re in a new geological age where humans are having an unprecedented impact on Earth. This hour, TED speakers ask what this means for the future of our planet, and our species. Guests include paleontologists Kenneth Lacovara and…
The Person You Become
Jun 15, 2018 • 51 min
Over the course of our lives, we shed parts of our old selves, embrace new ones, and redefine who we are. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the experiences that shape the person we become. Guests include aerobatics pilot and public speaker…
Animals And Us
Jun 8, 2018 • 52 min
Our relationship with animals is complicated: we love and fear them; hunt, consume and protect them. In this hour, TED speakers explore what happens when humans and animals interact. Guests include writer Jon Mooallem, animal trainer Ian Dunbar, poet…
Becoming Wise
Jun 1, 2018 • 53 min
We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn’t mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager, student Adora Svitak, writers Boyd Varty and…
Attention Please
May 25, 2018 • 52 min
In an age of constant information and infinite distractions, how can we pay more attention to our … attention? This hour, TED speakers explore the battle for our awareness during the digital age. Guests include sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, podcast host…
Inspire To Action
May 18, 2018 • 52 min
What motivates us to take up a cause, follow a leader, or create change? This hour, TED speakers explore stories of inspirational leadership, and what makes some movements more successful than others. Guests include high school history teacher Diane…
The Fountain Of Youth
May 11, 2018 • 52 min
Aging is inevitable. We can slow it down a little, but could we ever bring it to a grinding halt? In this episode, TED speakers explore how we all might live longer and even better lives. Guests include writer and explorer Dan Buettner, anti-aging…
The Act Of Listening
May 4, 2018 • 53 min
Listening — to loved ones, strangers, faraway places — is an act of generosity and a source of discovery. In this episode, TED speakers describe how we change when we listen deeply. In a special updated interview, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay reflects on…
Comfort Zone
Apr 27, 2018 • 51 min
We’re all guilty of getting too comfortable - with our routines, social circles, the status quo. But is it stopping us from growing? This hour, TED speakers explore ways to push out of comfort zones. Guests include entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Ferriss,…
The Meaning Of Work
Apr 20, 2018 • 53 min
Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace. Guests include entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, psychologist…
Everything Is Connected
Apr 13, 2018 • 53 min
In this hour, TED speakers explain how everything in nature is connected, and how we can restore its delicate balance. Guests include journalist George Monbiot, author Jane Poynter, bioacoustician Bernie Krause, and entomologist Marla Spivak (Original…
Turning Kids Into Grown-Ups
Apr 6, 2018 • 52 min
Parenting is fraught with uncertainty, changing with each generation. This hour, TED speakers share ideas about raising kids and how — despite our best efforts — we’re probably still doing it wrong. Guests include former Stanford dean Julie…
Trust And Consequences
Mar 30, 2018 • 53 min
Our lives are fueled by trust: in our loved ones, our colleagues, our leaders. But how do we cultivate it, and restore if it’s lost? In this episode, TED speakers explore our relationship with trust. Guests include conductor Charles Hazlewood, management…
In Search Of
Mar 23, 2018 • 53 min
How far would you go to find something that’s just out of reach, or maybe not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea creatures and distant aliens. Guests include astronomer Seth Shostak, oceanographer Edith…
The Consequences Of Racism
Mar 16, 2018 • 52 min
What does it mean to be judged before you walk through the door? What are the consequences? This week, TED speakers delve into the ways racism impacts our lives, from education, to health, to safety. Guests include poet and writer Clint Smith, writer and…
Decoding Our Emotions
Mar 9, 2018 • 53 min
We experience powerful emotions all of the time, but what are they exactly? Where do they come from? This hour, TED speakers invoke history, language, science and music to help us think about the way we feel. Guests include writer John Koenig, cultural…
Nudge
Mar 2, 2018 • 53 min
It’s hard to change habits, but a gentle push can move us in the right direction. This episode, TED speakers offer deceptively simple “nudges” for managing our kids, our health, and our aspirations. Guests include behavioral economist Richard Thaler,…
Confronting Stigma
Feb 23, 2018 • 52 min
Why do we harshly judge certain behaviors or conditions, making it harder to talk honestly about them? This hour, TED speakers confront stigmas around addiction, depression, HIV and sex work. Guests include journalist Johann Hari, TV/film producer and…
Adaptation
Feb 16, 2018 • 52 min
Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can’t? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt. Guests include runner Christopher McDougall, nonprofit…
Peering Deeper Into Space
Feb 9, 2018 • 52 min
The past few years have ushered in an explosion of new discoveries about our universe. This hour, TED speakers explore the implications of these advances — and the lingering mysteries of the cosmos. Guests include theoretical physicist Allan Adams,…
Slowing Down
Feb 2, 2018 • 53 min
We’re always asked to be faster and more precise. But what can we learn from slowing down — even procrastinating? This hour, TED speakers explore why taking it slow is crucial…for all of us. Guests include TV producer Thomas Hellum, psychologist Adam…
Can We Trust The Numbers?
Jan 26, 2018 • 52 min
Data, statistics and algorithms dominate every aspect of our lives. But how accurate are they, and how fair? This hour, TED speakers explore the ups and downs of relying too much on the numbers. Guests include mathematician and data scientist Cathy…
The Money Paradox
Jan 19, 2018 • 53 min
What does money tell us about human nature? How does it motivate, trick, satisfy and disappoint us? In this hour, TED speakers share insights into our relationship with money. Guests include psychologist Laurie Santos, behavioral economist Keith Chen,…
The Big Five
Jan 12, 2018 • 51 min
What are the five biggest global challenges we face right now — and what can we do about them? This hour, TED speakers explore some radical solutions to these enduring problems. Guests include geoengineer Tim Kruger, president of the International Rescue…
Solve For X
Jan 5, 2018 • 52 min
Math intimidates a lot of us, but it can deliver surprising answers to life’s pressing questions. In this episode, TED speakers discuss the elegant simplicity, and giddy complexity, of solving for X. Guests include comic book author Randall Munroe,…
What Is Beauty?
Dec 29, 2017 • 53 min
Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty. Guests include the late philosopher Denis…
Rethinking Medicine
Dec 22, 2017 • 52 min
Our approach to treating disease is, in many ways, narrow and rooted in the past. Is it time for a new paradigm? This hour, TED speakers share their visions for new ways to understand medicine. Guests include cancer physician and writer Siddhartha…
Going Undercover
Dec 15, 2017 • 52 min
Are deception and secrecy categorically wrong? Or can they be a necessary means to an end? This hour, TED speakers share stories of going undercover to explore unknown territory, and find the truth. Guests include poet and activist Theo E.J. Wilson,…
The Unknown Brain
Dec 8, 2017 • 52 min
The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain. Guests include neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor,…
Transparency
Dec 1, 2017 • 52 min
Sometimes, being truthful can be uncomfortable — even risky. But can radical honesty and openness change things for the better? This hour, TED speakers take transparency all the way to its limit. Guests include business writer David Burkus, entrepreneur…
Big Data Revolution
Nov 24, 2017 • 52 min
Once invisible details of our lives can now be tracked and turned into data. Will this make life easier or more complicated? This hour, TED speakers imagine how Big Data will reshape our world. Guests include tech journalist Kenneth Cukier, scientist…
Simple Solutions
Nov 17, 2017 • 52 min
Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn’t always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests include designer Mileha Soneji, chef Sam Kass,…
How Art Changes Us
Nov 10, 2017 • 52 min
Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Guests include painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar,…
Maslow’s Human Needs
Nov 3, 2017 • 52 min
Humans need food, sleep, safety, love, purpose. Psychologist Abraham Maslow ordered our needs into a hierarchy. This week, TED speakers explore that spectrum of need, from primal to profound. Guests include psychologist Margie Lachman, neuroscientist…
Dialogue And Exchange
Oct 27, 2017 • 52 min
We’re living in a time of intense ideological division, and it often feels impossible to bridge the gap. But can we afford not to? This hour, TED speakers explore how to communicate across the divide. Guests include social media activist Megan…
Press Play
Oct 20, 2017 • 52 min
Does something serious happen when we play? In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. Guests include psychologist Jeffrey Mogil, comedian Charlie…
Manipulation
Oct 13, 2017 • 52 min
We think we’re the ones who control what we see, read, think — and remember. But is that true? Who decides? And who should decide? This hour, TED speakers reveal just how easily we can be manipulated. Guests include design ethicist Tristan Harris, MSNBC…
Getting Organized
Oct 6, 2017 • 52 min
Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements. Guests include biology professor Deborah Gordon, community…
Citizen Science
Sep 29, 2017 • 52 min
We often think that scientific research is reserved for PhDs and other experts. But now that’s changing. This hour, TED speakers on how ordinary citizens are helping make groundbreaking discoveries. Guests include tech entrepreneur Joi Ito, biomedical…
Failure Is An Option
Sep 22, 2017 • 52 min
Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Guests include entrepreneur Astro Teller, economist Tim…
Future Consequences
Sep 15, 2017 • 52 min
From data collection to gene editing to AI, what we once considered science fiction is now becoming reality. This hour, TED speakers explore the future consequences of our present actions. Guests include designer Anab Jain, futurist Juan Enriquez,…
The Power of Design
Sep 8, 2017 • 58 min
Design is all around us, but much of it could be better, bolder, more elegant. This episode, TED speakers on the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world. Guests include computer engineer Tony Fadell, architect…
Quiet
Sep 1, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world? (Original broadcast date: November 21, 2014)
Hardwired
Aug 25, 2017 • 52 min
How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? And how much can we change? This hour, TED speakers on how genes and experience collaborate — and compete — to make us who we are. Guests include neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, epigeneticist Moshe…
Fighting Cancer
Aug 18, 2017 • 52 min
Cancer is merciless. It can strike any time, spread without warning, and return unannounced. In this hour, TED speakers reframe not only how we treat cancer, but how we live with it and survive it. Guests include cancer technologist Jorge Soto, Dr. David…
Rethinking School
Aug 11, 2017 • 52 min
For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change? This hour, TED speakers rethink education.TED speakers include teacher Tyler DeWitt, social…
Shifting Time
Aug 4, 2017 • 52 min
We live our lives by the calendar and the clock, but time is also an abstraction, even an illusion. In this hour, TED speakers explore how our sense of time changes depending on who and where we are. Guests include director Cesar Kuriyama, poet Rives,…
Beyond Tolerance
Jul 28, 2017 • 53 min
Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? This hour, TED speakers on how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding. Guests include social scientist Arthur Brooks,…
Prevention
Jul 21, 2017 • 52 min
We often know how to plan for the future, but find it hard to take the necessary steps. This hour, TED speakers challenge the inevitable and explore what to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow.TED speakers include neuroscientists Daniel Levitin and…
Crisis And Response
Jul 14, 2017 • 53 min
Moments of crisis can upend our lives, but can also help define them. This episode, TED speakers explore how a quick, compassionate or unexpected response can turn crisis into opportunity. Guests include physician Ken Kamler, motivational speaker Matt…
Hidden
Jul 7, 2017 • 52 min
What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives? This hour, TED speakers reveal forgotten cities, underwater canyons, tiny parasites, and a boiling river. TED speakers include computer scientist Abe Davis, ocean…
Peering Into Space
Jun 30, 2017 • 53 min
This hour, we’ll hear from TED speakers who share an infectious sense of wonder and curiosity about our place in the universe and what lies beyond our skies. TED speakers include physicist Brian Greene, astronomer Phil Plait, and astronomer Jill Tarter.…
Truth And Lies
Jun 23, 2017 • 53 min
We live in a time where the line between fact and fiction is increasingly blurry — where each us can live in a constructed reality. This hour, TED speakers share insights on navigating a world where even the facts are up for debate. TED speakers include…
A Better You
Jun 16, 2017 • 51 min
Many of us are lured by the promise of self-improvement, but find it hard to follow through. In our 100th episode, TED speakers reveal ways to discover our better selves, from simple hacks to deep introspection. TED speakers include entrepreneur Jia…
Success
Jun 9, 2017 • 53 min
Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for…
Disruptive Leadership
Jun 2, 2017 • 53 min
In this hour, TED speakers talk about what it takes to become a leader and shake up the status quo. TED speakers include Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, General Stanley McChrystal, educator Bunker Roy, entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin, and leadership…
Wired For Altruism
May 26, 2017 • 52 min
Helping others feels good, but why do some go farther than others? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about altruism — what motivates us to be altruistic, what limits us and do we ever go too far. TED speakers include psychologist Abigail Marsh,…
7 Deadly Sins
May 19, 2017 • 52 min
Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it. TED speakers include psychologist Christopher Ryan, Oklahoma City…
Forgiveness
May 12, 2017 • 52 min
When loss, violence or betrayal test our willingness to forgive — how do we do it anyway? This hour, TED speakers explore the challenges and benefits of forgiving others and ourselves. TED speakers include Sue Klebold, Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger, and…
How Things Spread
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas. TED speakers include Microsoft founder Bill Gates,…
To Endure
Apr 28, 2017 • 52 min
What allows us to endure our darkest moments? What does it take to show resilience in the face of adversity? In this hour, TED speakers explore the outer limits of inner strength. (Original Broadcast Date: February 11, 2016).
The Digital Industrial Revolution
Apr 21, 2017 • 52 min
As machine learning surpasses human intelligence, where does that leave us? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the exciting and terrifying future of human-robot collaboration.
How It All Began
Apr 14, 2017 • 54 min
In this hour, TED speakers explore our origins as a species — who we are, where we come from, where we’re headed — and how we’re connected to everything that came before us. (Original Broadcast Date: October 24, 2014).
Speaking Up
Apr 7, 2017 • 54 min
Whether it’s asking for a raise or asking for equality, speaking up can be risky — even dangerous. This hour, TED speakers share ideas and stories about taking the crucial step to say something.
Building Better Cities
Mar 31, 2017 • 52 min
Cities are among our greatest experiments in human co-habitation. Do they also hold the answers to some of our biggest problems? This hour, TED speakers explore how cities can change the world. (Original Broadcast Date: January 08, 2016).
Painfully Funny
Mar 24, 2017 • 52 min
Humans have a capacity to laugh even in the hardest of times. This hour, TED speakers describe how they use humor as a weapon and a shield, to ward off doubt, discrimination, and even depression.
Open Source World
Mar 17, 2017 • 52 min
The era of open source has led to countless innovations. When does it work and when is it chaos? In this episode, TED speakers explore how open source is changing how we build, collaborate and govern. (Original Broadcast Date: October 23, 2015).
Decisions Decisions Decisions
Mar 10, 2017 • 52 min
Whether you’re choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them.
Spoken And Unspoken
Mar 3, 2017 • 53 min
We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect. (Original Broadcast Date: December 13, 2013).
The Spirit Of Inquiry
Feb 24, 2017 • 52 min
The force behind scientific progress is the simple act of asking questions. This episode, TED speakers explore how a deeper and more humble style of inquiry may help achieve the next big breakthrough.
Playing With Perceptions
Feb 17, 2017 • 54 min
Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes. (Original broadcast date: November 14, 2014)
Getting Better
Feb 10, 2017 • 52 min
We expect a lot of our doctors, but they don’t always have the best tools to treat us. This episode, TED speakers explore new ways to think about disease, diagnosis, and the delicate art of healing.
Screen Time - Part II
Feb 3, 2017 • 53 min
When we go online, we present a digital version of ourselves. How do we transform when we interact inside our screens? In this episode, TED speakers explore the expanding role of our “second selves.” (Original broadcast date: September 18, 2015).