TED Radio Hour

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An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour – 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 – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life. Host Guy Raz talks with each speaker to probe how ideas make waves and get inside people's heads to open up a whole new picture.

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TED Radio Hour
8:42 am
Fri April 24, 2015

How Can Kids Help Parents Manage Their Family?

"[The family is] like a startup — where basically everybody has to contribute, you have to adapt all the time, you need some order, but you've got to keep moving forward." — Bruce Feiler
Courtesy Of TED

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:49 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Bruce Feiler's TED Talk

Parents help their kids manage their lives. But according to Bruce Feiler, it can work the other way around. It just takes a little insight drawn from Japanese computer programming principles.

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TED Radio Hour
8:42 am
Fri April 24, 2015

What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?

"Why does everyone have to be here at the same time? Why do we need to know how many hours a week people work?" — Ricardo Semler
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:49 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Ricardo Semler's TED Talk

When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.

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TED Radio Hour
8:42 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?

"Today's protests have become a bit like climbing Mt. Everest with the help of 60 Sherpas, and the Internet is our Sherpa." — Zeynep Tufekci
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:49 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting Organized

About Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk

These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of our most elusive needs, self-actualization, by seeking moments of "flow."
Asa Mathat TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's TED Talk

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?

"To have self esteem ... it just takes work." - Caroline Casey
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Caroline Casey's TED Talk

Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How Does War Teach Soldiers About Love?

"The bonds of community, of tribe, are a very, very particular thing." - Sebastian Junger
Courtesy Of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Sebastian Junger's TED Talk

Journalist Sebastian Junger was embedded with soldiers in the Korengal Valley during the war in Afghanistan. One of the reasons some veterans miss war, he says, is because it fulfills a deep human need to belong to a trusted group.

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TED Radio Hour
7:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Dr. Stuart Brown says play is a "necessary part of being human."
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:39 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Stuart Brown's Talk

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.

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TED Radio Hour
7:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo says play helps to foster creativity, trust, and cooperation.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:45 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Isabel Behncke's TED Talk

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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TED Radio Hour
7:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

The group Improv Everywhere brings moments of spontaneous fun into the everyday.
Courtesy of Charlie Todd

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:38 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Charlie Todd's TED Talk

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

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TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

"Numbers are beautiful." - Clayton Cameron
Ryan Lash TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

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