November 30, 2012
Anna Christopher, NPR




TED Radio Hour, a journey through the world of extraordinary ideas, is getting more space to ponder. Co-producers NPR and TED are expanding TED Radio Hour to a weekly program, now with a new host and familiar voice, NPR's Guy Raz. The show has aired on more than 255 NPR Member stations since its debut as a 10-episode pilot earlier this year; the new season will begin in March 2013.

TED Radio Hour tackles astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create. Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, bound together by a common theme such as the thrill of space exploration, going to extremes, the source of happiness or 'when rights goes wrong' in our justice system.

"The audience's response to the concepts and energy generated by this show was, quite simply, overwhelming," says Eric Nuzum, Vice President for NPR Programming. "With 'the idea' as its only mandate, there's an infinite well for Guy and our producers to draw from - the perfect recipe for great radio."

In the new year, early episodes will mine conversations with compelling thinkers to explore the lessons gaming can teach the real-world; staying one step ahead of future crimes and epidemics; riding the edge between sanity and madness, with the unquiet mind; and how the sounds around us affect our behavior and actions, often without us even knowing it.

"We've been overwhelmed, in the best of ways, by how TED supporters and public radio fans have received TED Radio Hour. We are thrilled that the program will become a weekly show," says Deron Triff, director of content distribution at TED. "We want every episode to help listeners perceive the world differently, leaving them not only a little smarter, but actually a bit changed in some way."

Raz joins TED Radio Hour from All Things Considered, where he's been the weekend host since July 2009. During his tenure on the show (which he will host through December 23), Raz transformed the sound and format of the program, introducing the now-signature "cover story" and creating the popular Three-Minute Fiction contest. Raz started as an NPR intern in 1997, and worked his way through the ranks of the organization. He spent six years as an international correspondent for NPR and later CNN, covering stories in more than 40 countries, including Israel, Eastern Europe and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Raz was also NPR's defense correspondent.

TED Radio Hour launched this spring as part of a programming expansion from NPR that also introduced audiences to Ask Me Another, which starts as a weekly show in January. TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and 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.

TED Radio Hour airs on public radio stations across the country. All shows are also available as a podcast, on NPR's mobile apps and at

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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 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.