TED Radio Hour

Saturdays at 4:00 pm
  • Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi

The popular TEDTalks gatherings that have taken the country by storm come to radio. This show will take you on “a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.” As each episode takes on a new theme, a series of riveting speakers will talk to that theme with personal recollections, advancing new or transformative ideas, or challenging you to think or act differently.

Helen Walters: Ideas That Bring Us Joy

Apr 17, 2020

About The Episode

More than ever, we need to make time for joy. This hour, Manoush and TED's Head Curator Helen Walters explore talks that surprise, inspire, and delight.

About Helen Walters

Helen Walters is a British-born, New York City-based writer and editor. Since 2018, she has been TED's head of curation, leading the team that finds new generations of world innovators for the TED stage.

Postcards From The Pandemic

Apr 10, 2020

About The Reflections:

Over the past weeks, most us have had to adapt to a new normal. We reached out to a few TED speakers to ask how their lives have changed and what they're thinking about these days.

Who We Hear From:

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Inoculation

About Anupam Jena's TED Talk:

Anupam Jena has made a practice of looking at big data and natural experiments to ask questions others overlook. He describes how the COVID-19 pandemic could have several unexpected consequences.

About Anupam Jena:

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Inoculation

About Daniel Streicker's TED Talk:

MERS, Ebola, and COVID-19—the viruses that cause these diseases likely have the same patient zero: bats. For researcher Daniel Streicker, the key to preventing an outbreak is the bats themselves.

About Daniel Streicker:

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Teaching For Better Humans 2.0.

About Jacqueline Woodson's TED Talk

Novelist Jacqueline Woodson is a slow reader. Taking her time lets her savor each word, brings her closer to each story, and it lets her pay respect to her ancestors who weren't allowed to read.

About Jacqueline Woodson

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Teaching For Better Humans 2.0.

About Thomas Curran's TED Talk

Many students feel unrelenting pressure to be ... perfect. Social psychologist Thomas Curran warns that striving for perfectionism isn't just impossible — it's also dangerous to children's health.

About Thomas Curran

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Teaching For Better Humans 2.0.

About Liz Kleinrock's TED Talk

When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth grade students made a cringeworthy comment about race, rather than change the subject, she chose to turn the moment into a teachable one—and start a conversation.


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About The Episode

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode IRL Online.

About Margrethe Vestager's TED Talk

When we shop in a store, we're used to having options. But in a digital economy controlled by tech monopolies, choice isn't built in. Margrethe Vestager is on a mission to change that.

About Margrethe Vestager

Claire Wardle: Why Do We Fall For Misinformation?

Mar 20, 2020

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode IRL Online.

About Claire Wardle's TED Talk

How does a set of misleading videos online turn into a dangerous health crisis... all in the span of three days? Claire Wardle discusses the real life consequences of misinformation online.

About Claire Wardle

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode IRL Online

About Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk

With so much data collected on our online behavior, it's bound to be misused. Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci says to rebuild trust in the internet, we need to entirely restructure how it operates.

About Zeynep Tufekci

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reinvention.

About Nick Hanauer's TED Talk

Billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer says that today's inequality results from decades of bad economic theory. He argues for a reinvention of our capitalist system and our definition of prosperity.

About Nick Hanauer

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reinvention.

About Michael Tubb's TED Talk

Michael Tubbs has been saying "reinvent Stockton" since he ran for city council. Having grown up in Stockton himself, Tubbs takes a community-oriented approach to creating positive change in the city.

About Michael Tubbs

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reinvention.

About Valorie Kondos Field's TED Talk

Former gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field led her team to victory by creating a supportive environment, instead of a cutthroat one. The impact of that decision, she says, echoes far beyond the gym.

About Valorie Kondos Field

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wisdom In Hindsight.

About Curtis Carroll's TED Talk

When Curtis Carroll was sentenced to life in prison, he decided to teach himself the ins and outs of the stock market. Today, he advocates for teaching others the importance of financial literacy.

About Curtis Carroll

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wisdom In Hindsight.

Guy Raz reflects on seven years of wisdom gained through hosting the TED Radio Hour, in a conversation with the new host Manoush Zomorodi.

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Wisdom In Hindsight.

About Indre Viskontas' TED Talk

How do you decide between two different life passions? After years of struggling to choose, neuroscientist and operatic soprano Indre Viskontas learned that science and opera can inform the other.

About Indre Viskontas

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Accessing Better Health.

About Rachel Wurzman's TED Talk

Circumstances like who we are and where we live can impact our health. But Rachel Wurzman says another critical factor is loneliness. She studies the connection between isolation and opioid addiction.

About Rachel Wurzman

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Accessing Better Health.

About Michael Hendryx's TED Talk

For over a decade, Michael Hendryx's research has shown mountaintop removal is connected to cancer and other diseases in nearby towns. He says awareness is key for changing policy around the practice.

About Michael Hendryx

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Accessing Better Health.

About Mary Bassett's TED Talk

How does race affect the medical attention you receive, your baby's chances of living, and your life expectancy? Mary Bassett says structural racism can impact every aspect of health.

About Mary Bassett

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