TED Radio Hour A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds.

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Turning Points

Life can change radically in an instant. How do we reconcile the before and the after — our former selves with who we've become? In this hour, we hear from TED speakers who have been shaped by profound turning points in their lives.

"I am everything I am today, because of my past. ... It would be very difficult for me to say I wish I were a different person." — Maajid Nawaz Hattie Ellis/Getty Images hide caption

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Unstoppable Learning

Why do we put so much effort in making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the different ways babies and children learn — from the womb, to the playground, to the web.

Babies and young children are "already about as smart as they could possibly be." TED hide caption

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What Is Beauty?

TED speakers suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive? TED hide caption

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Framing The Story

In this hour, TED speakers explore the art of storytelling — and how good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.

"I think stories are necessary, just as necessary as food and love. It's how we make meaning of our lives." — Chimamanda Adichie TED hide caption

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The Violence Within Us

Violence and brutality are grim realities of life. In this hour, TED speakers explore the sinister side of human nature, and whether we're all capable of violence.

This episode, TED speakers uncover surprising realities about violence. Sascha Burkard/iStockphoto hide caption

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