April 16, 2012
Anna Christopher, NPR




It all starts with an idea - a seed that spawns astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think, to create.

Journey through the world of extraordinary ideas with TED Radio Hour, a new program from NPR and TED that inspires imagination about modern life and places bets on tomorrow, with today's most compelling minds. The show's first season will air on NPR Member stations across the country beginning April 27 (check local stations for varied carriage and broadcast plans). Each program and additional in-depth content will be available at NPR.org, and on NPR's mobile apps.

"With TED and NPR, there's this collective curiosity about the world - a belief that civil discourse and shared ideas leads to a better understanding of the issues and opportunities we face," says Eric Nuzum, vice president for programming at NPR. "TED Radio Hour brims with the possibility of these ideas, engaging us to think hard, and differently. It's captivating."

Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, and centered on a common theme, such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts or inexplicable connections. Host Alison Stewart injects soundscapes and conversations that bring ideas to life, probing how concepts make waves, gain traction and, ultimately, are realized.

"At TED, we're always looking for new ways to spread ideas," says June Cohen, executive producer at TED. "It's exciting to bring TED to radio - one of the world's most powerful mediums - with a partner that has perfected the art of storytelling. TED Radio Hour is the first collaboration of its kind at TED; given NPR's wide scope of listeners and journalistic integrity, we're confident it will inspire curiosity among an entirely new audience."

Over the course of its first season, TED Radio Hour will explore the wellspring of invention with a close look at the creative process, and study the amazing brain and its ability to generate ideas. The show also plans to explore how "ideas worth spreading" can turn the tide on issues confronting society, with talks about rethinking cities and urbanization, and connecting the dots between food production and sustainability. Listen as a whole new picture emerges from those championing such thinking, including chefs Jaime Oliver and Dan Barber; poet Billy Collins; behavioral economist Dan Ariely; and author Kathryn Schulz.

Delta Airlines and Lexus are the exclusive launch sponsors of TED Radio Hour. The program is a co-production of NPR & TED. Each year, TED hosts conferences that bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and more.

Alison Stewart hosts the TED Radio Hour. A Peabody Award-winning journalist, Stewart has developed a knack for interpreting the unconventional and examining the cutting-edge issues of today. She's a familiar voice for NPR, as the previous host of the Bryant Park Project, and guest host for Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition. She has also reported and anchored for ABC, CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC and MTV News.

About NPR
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization that reaches 27 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 25 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. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.