March 15, 2013
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Cara Philbin, NPR


   

NPR'S 'TED RADIO HOUR' IS PUBLIC RADIO'S LATEST HIT PROGRAM

TOPS THE ITUNES PODCAST CHART

SUCCESSFUL PILOT SEASON NAMED
"BEST NEW AUDIO PODCAST OF 2012" BY ITUNES EDITORS

TED Radio Hour, the weekly public radio program that explores "ideas worth spreading," premiered at the top of the iTunes podcast chart and on more than 300 public radio stations across the country - an unprecedented debut for a new NPR program.

Each episode of TED Radio Hour tackles a central theme or question, such as: How do we define beauty? Are we alone in the universe? What happens to our humanity as we become increasingly dependent on machines? Drawing from the vast archive of TED Talks, delivered by remarkable people from around the world, TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz digs deep into each subject through conversations with TED speakers and other guests.

Music and sound weave throughout each episode, bringing the themes and concepts to life through vivid radio storytelling. Listeners hear intimate, sound-rich portraits of what it's like to have a psychotic breakdown, to feel a massive asteroid strike the earth, or to fall deeply in love with a robot. "We have concentrated on how to make the program and its exploration of ideas more sonically sophisticated and deep," says Eric Nuzum, Vice President of NPR Programming. The result is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create.

The program - produced in collaboration by NPR and TED - debuted as a 10-episode pilot season in 2012, recognized as the "Best New Audio Podcast of 2012" in iTunes year-end best-of lists.

"We're constantly looking for opportunities to innovate and share TED ideas as widely as possible," says June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media. "With TED Radio Hour, we saw the opportunity to adapt TED Talks for a listening audience. NPR was the ideal creative partner. That so many people have responded to TED Radio Hour is truly thrilling, and is a testament to the journalistic work by host Guy Raz and the entire team at NPR."

To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations. TED Radio Hour is also available as a podcast at ted.npr.org and on NPR's mobile apps. Visit the show's Facebook page and follow its Twitter account (@TEDRadioHour) to learn more.

About NPR
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization that reaches 26 million listeners each week, and nearly 23 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and spreading those world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com and through TED distribution partners. TED's other initiatives include the Open Translation Project; the TED Prize; educational initiative TED-Ed; TEDBooks; TED Fellows; and TEDx. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.