TED Radio Hour

Sunday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on KUOW

TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds.

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Jane McGonigal's TED Talk

When Jane McGonigal was bedridden after a concussion, she gave herself a prescription: play a game. She says games helped her get better, and for many of us, virtual games can improve our real lives. Here's her first TED Talk about using games to solve real world problems:

About Jane McGonigal

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

About Jeff Mogil

How Does Play Shape Our Development?

22 hours ago

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.

About Stuart Brown

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

22 hours ago

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.

About Isabel Behncke

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

22 hours ago

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.

About Charlie Todd

Can Math Make You A Better Musician?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 8 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Drummer Clayton Cameron tells a story about how his math skills helped him impress the godfather of soul, James Brown.

About Clayton Cameron

Why Is 3 A Magic Number?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Clayton Cameron's TED Talk

Percussionist Clayton Cameron continues his thoughts about the relationship between math and rhythm and why the number three "feels great."

About Clayton Cameron

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Randall Munroe's TED Talk

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

About Randall Munroe

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

Mar 6, 2015

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.

About Clayton Cameron

Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Hannah Fry's TED Talk

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

About Hannah Fry

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Kevin Slavin's TED Talk

Netflix, Uber, and the stock market are governed by algorithms. Entrepreneur and artist Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture, and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

About Kevin Slavin

Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve for X

About Terry Moore's TED Talk

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

About Terry Moore

Can Math Answer Absurd Questions?

Mar 6, 2015

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solve For X

About Randall Munroe's TED Talk

When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math -- Star Wars.

About Randall Munroe

Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

Feb 24, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Mike Rowe's Talk

Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today — and might be the most successful people.

About Mike Rowe

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Feb 20, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain

About Rebecca Saxe's TED Talk

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

About Rebecca Saxe

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