TED Radio Hour Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
ted radio hour
NPR

TED Radio Hour

From NPR

Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.

Most Recent Episodes

Setbacks

The TED Radio Hour: Setbacks George Clerk/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
George Clerk/Getty Images

Setbacks

Failure can feel lonely and final. But can we learn from failure, even reframe it, to feel more like a temporary setback? This hour, TED speakers on changing a crushing defeat into a stepping stone. Guests include entrepreneur Leticia Gasca, psychology professor Alison Ledgerwood, astronomer Phil Plait, former professional athlete Charly Haversat, and UPS training manager Jon Bowers.

Setbacks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/726153288/726224310" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Going Undercover

The TED Radio Hour: Going Undercover Dian Lofton/iStock hide caption

toggle caption
Dian Lofton/iStock

Going Undercover

Original broadcast date: December 15, 2017. Are deception and secrecy categorically wrong? Or can they be a necessary means to an end? This hour, TED speakers share stories of going undercover to explore unknown territory, and find the truth. Guests include poet and activist Theo E.J. Wilson, journalist Jamie Bartlett, counter-terrorism expert Mubin Shaikh, and educator Shabana Basij-Rasikh.

Going Undercover

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/723523201/723545684" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Jumpstarting Creativity

The TED Radio Hour: Jumpstarting Creativity iStock hide caption

toggle caption
iStock

Jumpstarting Creativity

Our greatest breakthroughs and triumphs have one thing in common: creativity. But how do you ignite it? And how do you rekindle it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on jumpstarting creativity. Guests include economist Tim Harford, producer Helen Marriage, artificial intelligence researcher Steve Engels, and behavioral scientist Marily Oppezzo.

Jumpstarting Creativity

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/721741595/721819041" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Becoming Wise
Cherish Bryck

Becoming Wise

Original broadcast date: June 10, 2016. We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn't mean we have to grow up to wise up. This hour, TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life. Guests include journalist Joshua Prager, writer Adora Svitak, conservationist Boyd Varty, advocate Tony Porter, and psychiatrist Robert Waldinger.

Becoming Wise

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/719555967/719608110" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Keeping Secrets

"Every day we make that decision: what do we conceal, what do we reveal?" — PostSecret founder Frank Warren iStockphoto hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto

Keeping Secrets

Who should get to keep secrets, and who should demand to know them? In this hour, TED speakers talk about the damage secrets can do, and the shifting roles we play when we keep, or share them. In a special updated interview, Global Witness co-founder Charmian Gooch explains how secrecy and corruption have changed in the five years since she gave her TED talk. Other guests from the original 2015 episode include PostSecret founder Frank Warren, equality advocate Ash Beckham, and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Keeping Secrets

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/717119988/717184394" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Failure Is An Option

Failure Is An Option iStock hide caption

toggle caption
iStock

Failure Is An Option

Original broadcast date: July 29, 2016. Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. This week, TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Guests include entrepreneur Astro Teller, economist Tim Harford, author Casey Gerald, and writer Lidia Yuknavitch.

Failure Is An Option

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/712287281/714368599" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Changing The World
iStockphoto

Changing The World

What does it take to change the world for the better? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas on activism—what motivates it, why it matters, and how each of us can make a difference. Guests include civil rights activist Ruby Sales, labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, author Jeremy Heimans, "craftivist" Sarah Corbett, and designer and futurist Angela Oguntala.

Changing The World

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/712287234/712344008" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
How Things Spread
iStock

How Things Spread

Original broadcast date: March 4, 2016. What makes an idea, a brand, or a behavior catch fire? This hour, TED speakers explore the mysteries behind the many things we spread: laughter and sadness, imagination, viruses and viral ideas. Guests include neuroscientist Sophie Scott, entrepreneur Seth Godin, philanthropist Bill Gates, social scientist Nicholas Christakis, and historian Yuval Harari.

How Things Spread

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/709856335/709941924" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Confronting Racism
Dian Lofton/iStock

Confronting Racism

Racism isn't always obvious, but it can be found almost everywhere. This hour, TED speakers explore the effects of everyday and systemic racism in America—and how we can work to defeat it. Guests include authors Brittney Cooper and Monique Morris, journalism professor Pat Ferrucci, clinical psychologist Howard Stevenson, and anti-racism educator Travis Jones.

Confronting Racism

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/707709197/707710153" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Shifting Time

"Maybe our universe is just one of those things that happens from time to time," says theoretical physicist Sean Carroll. iStockphoto hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto

Shifting Time

Original broadcast date: June 19, 2015. 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. Guests include director Cesar Kuriyama, poet Rives, psychologists Dan Gilbert and Laura Carstensen, and cosmologist Sean Carroll.

Shifting Time

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/705531119/705593018" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top
or search npr.org