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The TED Radio Hour 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. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED. Follow the show @TEDRadioHour.More from TED Radio Hour »

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As adults, we experience childhood as a series of flashbacks. And those memories — however few and faulty — form the foundation of who we are.

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Growing Up

What makes us who we are? How do parents mold children into who they are? In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our upbringing shapes us. (Original broadcast date: August 1, 2014)

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Can we improve technology and preserve human dignity?

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Do We Need Humans?

In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology. (Original broadcast date: March 15, 2013)

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Why does time exist in the first place?

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Shifting Time

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.

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What drives discovery?

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From Curiosity To Discovery

Why do some people spend years trying to answer a single question, or even risk their lives to discover something new? In this hour, TED speakers describe how curiosity leads to unexpected places. (Original broadcast date: September 12, 2014)

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"I've learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen."  - StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

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The Act of Listening

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.

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What can animals teach us about ourselves?

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Animals and Us

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. (Original broadcast date: September 5, 2014)

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Will aging become a thing of the past?

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The Fountain of Youth

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.

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"Trust is absolutely essential for  human survival and even for our ability to thrive." - Simon Sinek

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Trust and Consequences

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.

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Each of us has a sense of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. But is identity assigned at birth? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time?

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Identities

Is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose? This hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I? (Original broadcast date: October 11, 2013)

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"I think there's something natural to us about physical competition. It's such a direct and pure way to measure achievement" — David Epstein

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Champions

From Little League to the Olympics, athletic mastery plays a major role in our sense of achievement. This hour, TED speakers explore the minds and bodies of champions who achieve extraordinary physical feats. (Original broadcast date: July 18, 2014)

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