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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

"It's one of the weird illusions we all live under: that there is a right way to parent." β€” Jennifer Senior
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 2:53 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Jennifer Senior's TEDTalk

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

"As the boundaries of what we determine as the safety zone grow ever smaller, we cut off our children from valuable opportunities to learn how to interact with the world around them." β€” Gever Tulley
TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Gever Tulley's TEDTalk

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

"You need to fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph, evincing a better self in response to things that hurt." β€” Andrew Solomon
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Andrew Solomon's TEDTalk

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

"We are our story β€” whether we suppress it, whether that is our nature, or we speak it. Family is a group of people who are building story for each other." β€” Lemn Sissay
Paul Clarke TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Lemn Sissay's TEDTalk

Poet Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" β€” Diana Nyad
Marla Aufmuth TED

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 2:35 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" β€” Sarah Lewis
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

"It's fulfilling to me to find out what those limitations are, or to blow through the limitations that you thought you had" β€” Amy Purdy
Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Amy Purdy's TEDTalk

Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.

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TED Radio Hour
9:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" β€” David Epstein
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About David Epstein's TEDTalk

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.

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TED Radio Hour
10:05 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Does Copying In Fashion Keep It Fresh?

Johanna Blakely on the TED stage.
Steve Cohn Photography TED

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 1:27 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Johanna Blakley's TEDTalk

Copyright law barely touches fashion β€” and the industry benefits in innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. She explains what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

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TED Radio Hour
9:58 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Steven Johnson on the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Steven Johnson's TEDTalk

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk decided to give away his company's patents for free. It might seem like a strange business move, but Musk said he wanted to inspire creativity and accelerate innovation. Writer Steven Johnson says this is the way great ideas have been born throughout history.

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TED Radio Hour
9:58 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Is Everything A Remix?

Kirby Ferguson from the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

About Kirby Ferguson's TEDTalk

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas β€” and transform them into something new.

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TED Radio Hour
8:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Behavorial economist Dan Ariely speaks at TED.
Asa Mathat Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Dan Ariely's TEDTalk

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational β€” and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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TED Radio Hour
8:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?

Eric Mead speaks at TED.
Michael Timmons Courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Eric Mead's TEDTalk

The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.

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TED Radio Hour
8:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Why Do We Believe In Unbelievable Things?

Michael Shermer speaks at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Lie.

About Michael Shermer's TEDTalk

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

"When you build it they will come β€” we've seen quadrupling of bike commuting in New York City since 2000" β€” Janette Sadik-Khan
Ryan Lash TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Janette Sadik-Khan's TEDTalk

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

"If you live in a city and don't need a car to get to work, you're crazy to be owning one" β€” Robin Chase
Robert Leslie TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Robin Chase's TEDTalk

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

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TED Radio Hour
9:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

"When the rocket stops, you will be in space, there will be complete silence, you will unbuckle, you will float around" β€” Richard Branson
Robert Leslie TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Richard Branson's TEDTalk

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Is There A Cure For Stage Fright?

"I've always wanted to be able to be in front of people ... but then, in reality, whenever I've been presented with that opportunity, it just seems a different thing is going on." β€” Joe Kowan
Ryan Lash courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About Joe Kowan's TEDTalk

Folk singer Joe Kowan talks about the visceral, body-hijacking experience he feels when he's performing in front of an audience, and how a song helped him cope with stage fright.

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

"Because we've got these massive brains, we can generalize and abstract and so we can worry about things that aren't even right in front of us." β€” Stephen Cave
courtesy of TEDxBratislava

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About Stephen Cave's TEDTalk

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

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TED Radio Hour
9:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Is It Possible To Be Fearless?

"I was a fearless kid. I was a man at a young age β€” more of a man back then than i am now." β€” David Blaine
Michael Timmons courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What We Fear.

About David Blaine's TEDTalk

Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine explains how he has made a career out of fearlessly performing death-defying feats.

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

What's The Difference Between Real And Perceived Value?

Marketer Rory Sutherland speaking at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Rory Sutherland's TEDTalk

Marketer Rory Sutherland says advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. He says perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider "real" value.

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Why Do We Like What We Like?

Psychologist Paul Bloom speaking at TED Global.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Paul Bloom's TEDTalk

Why do we like an original painting better than a perfect forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it.

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TED Radio Hour
9:21 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Is Authenticity Real?

Joseph Pine speaking at TED.
Asa Mathat Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Brand Over Brain.

About Joseph Pine's TEDTalk

Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but consultant Joseph Pine says creating "real" authenticity is a challenge.

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TED Radio Hour
9:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

A Father-Daughter Dance β€” In Prison?

Angela Patton tells the story of a father daughter dance in prison.
Ryan Lash Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 5:07 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Angela Patton's TEDTalk

Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives β€” but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. Patton tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance.

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TED Radio Hour
9:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What Makes Siblings Bond?

Writer Jeff Kluger speaking at TEDxAsheville.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 5:07 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Jeff Kluger's TEDTalk

Writer Jeff Kluger explores the profound lifelong bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry.

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TED Radio Hour
9:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Spouses?

Psychotherapist Esther Perel says a good and committed relationship draws on the conflicting needs of security and surprise.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 5:07 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How We Love.

About Esther Perel's TEDTalk

How can couples sustain desire? Psychotherapist Esther Perel argues that a good and committed relationship draws on the conflicting needs of security and surprise.

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TED Radio Hour
9:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Maybe the reason that money doesn't make us happy is that we're always spending it on the wrong things. --Michael Norton
Justin Ide Courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Michael Norton's TEDTalk

Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness β€” when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

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TED Radio Hour
9:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

How Much Does Money Motivate Us?

The solution is not to do more of the wrong things, to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick. --Daniel Pink
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Daniel Pink's TEDTalk

Writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators.

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TED Radio Hour
9:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Does Money Make You Mean?

As a person's levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and...their ideology of self-interest increases. --Paul Piff
Margot Duane Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Money Paradox.

About Paul Piff's TEDTalk

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

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TED Radio Hour
9:38 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Why Can't We Talk About An Injustice?

"It makes sense to fight for peace and justice and to protect basic human rights and dignity." β€”Bryan Stevenson
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 2:55 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solving It.

About Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk

Lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about how America's criminal justice system works against the poor and people of color. He argues that these issues are wrapped up in America's unexamined history.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 1:13am

    Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we β€” as adults β€” assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? 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 on their own β€” from the womb, to the playground, to the web. Education researcher Sugata Mitra explains how he brought self-supervised access to the web for children in India’s slums and villages β€” with results that have made him rethink teaching. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul discusses how fetuses begin taking cues from the outside world while still in the womb. Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik argues that like scientists, babies and young children follow a sophisticated systematic process of exploration when they play. Veteran teacher Rita Pierson says children need relationships and human connection in order to be inspired to learn. Sugata Mitra returns later in the episode to talk about his vision to build a school in a cloud where children drive a new kind of self-organized classroom.

  • Friday, August 22, 2014 7:50am

    We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen. And when they do, how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those darker moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head on. Dr. Brian Goldman tells a profound story about the first big mistake he made in the ER, and questions medicine's culture of denial. Professor Brené Brown explains how important it is to confront shame. Also, jazz composer Stefon Harris argues that a lot of our actions are seen as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately. Plus, Margaret Heffernan, the former CEO of five businesses, tells the story of two unexpected collaborators, and how good disagreement is central to progress.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:28am

    This recording of "Beauty and the Brain," a session hosted by Guy Raz at TED 2014, brings popular speakers back to the TED stage with updates on their work and personal lives.  Tierney Thys talks about how being in the natural world engages your brain; Dan Gilbert discusses why we so often make decisions that our future selves regret; Jane McGonigal explores a video game that is better than morphine at relieving pain; seventeen-year-old Taylor Wilson details his progress on the nuclear reactor he built in his garage; and Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuro-scientist who lived through a stroke, explains how her life has changed since her TED Talk went viral. 

  • Friday, August 15, 2014 1:33am

    We all want to find happiness, but it seems elusive. Can we learn more about happiness through science? Or are there simpler ways to achieve it? Host Guy Raz feels happy listening to Pharrell’s song “Happy”, so Guy asked Pharrell to share his ideas on happiness. Then we hear from five TED speakers who contemplate different paths to finding happiness. Researcher Matt Killingsworth says we're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. Journalist Carl Honore believes our society's emphasis on speed erodes our quality of life. Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.  Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want.  Brother David Steindl-Rast reflects on slowing down, looking where you’re going, and being grateful.

  • Friday, August 8, 2014 1:26am

    Violence and brutality are grim realities of life. So why are some people violent, and others aren’t? Are some of us born that way, or can anyone be pushed into committing acts of cruelty? What would it take for an ordinary person to become violent? In this hour, TED speakers explore the sinister side of human nature, and whether we’re all capable of violence. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo tells the story of his notorious Stanford Prison experiment and how easy it is for people to turn violent. Neuroscientist Jim Fallon uncovers the wiring of a psychopathic killer. Writer Leslie Morgan Steiner tells the harrowing story of her abusive relationship, and shares why victims of domestic violence often don’t leave. Psychology professor Steven Pinker charts the whole of human history, and says we are living in the most peaceful time in our existence.