TED Radio Hour

Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 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.

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TED Radio Hour
7:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Are We Alone In The Universe?

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"We should search because it tells us how to collaborate our place in the cosmos." — Jill Tarter
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About Jill Tarter's TED Talk

The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter wants to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.

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TED Radio Hour
7:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

How Can We Defend Earth From Asteroids?

Phil Plait knows the secrets to avoiding a big asteroid catastrophe.
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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Peering Into Space.

About Phil Plait's TED Talk

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. With humor and great visuals, Phil Plait enthralls the TEDxBoulder audience with all the ways asteroids can kill, and what we must do to avoid them.

About Phil Plait

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TED Radio Hour
7:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Is Our Universe The Only Universe?

"All these possibilities are out there. And we live in the one that is hospital to our form of life." — Brian Greene
James Duncan Davidson/TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Peering Into Space.

About Brian Greene's TED Talk

Is there more than one universe? Physicist Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

About Brian Greene

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TED Radio Hour
6:42 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

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Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 10:39 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Ben Saunders' TEDTalk

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside. Not because it's always pleasant and happy, but because that's where the meat of life is, "the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days." In 2004, Saunders skied solo to the North Pole. Saunders' next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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TED Radio Hour
6:42 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 10:39 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Bill Stone's TEDTalk

Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing it.

About Bill Stone

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TED Radio Hour
6:41 am
Fri July 26, 2013

To The Edge

What motivates explorers to venture into the unknown?
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Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:02 am

"Certainly to enter a world of terror, you should not be pushed by someone. You should be called. You should be curious. You should have the heart of an explorer." — Philippe Petit, high-wire artist

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TED Radio Hour
6:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Are We All A Little Psychopathic?

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"Being not normal is the new normal." — Jon Ronson
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Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:50 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unquiet Mind.

About Jon Ronson's Talk

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TED Radio Hour
6:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Where Do Mental Illness And Creativity Meet?

"Everyone is just a little bit mad. How much depends on where you fall in the spectrum. How much depends on how lucky you are." — Joshua Walters
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unquiet Mind.

About Joshua Walters' TED Talk

Comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." He asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away, and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

About Joshua Walters

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TED Radio Hour
6:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

What's It Like To Have A Psychotic Episode?

Elyn Saks, mental health law scholar, speaking at the TEDGlobal conference.
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Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 11:26 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unquiet Mind.

About Elyn Saks' TED Talk

"Is it OK if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, Saks came forward in 2007 with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

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TED Radio Hour
6:51 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Can You Code A Better Government?

Jennifer Pahlka speaking about Code for America at the TED conference.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:06 am

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

About Jennifer Pahlka's TEDTalk

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.

About Jennifer Pahlka

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TED Radio Hour
6:51 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Why We Collaborate

How do you channel mass chaos into order?
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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 6:53 am

What motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.

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TED Radio Hour
6:51 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Why Does Wikipedia Work?

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, speaking at TED.
Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:00 am

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

About Jimmy Wales' TEDTalk

Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating to create a self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

About Jimmy Wales

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TED Radio Hour
6:37 am
Fri July 5, 2013

How Do You Get People To Pay For Music?

Musician Amanda Palmer says she learned about trust and giving when she was a street performer.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 6:37 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Amanda Palmer's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
6:37 am
Fri July 5, 2013

How Can You Give A Community Better Health?

Ron Finley, renegade gardener, says food is both the problem and the solution.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 6:37 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Ron Finley's TEDTalk

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

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TED Radio Hour
6:37 am
Fri July 5, 2013

When Is the Right Time To Give?

Mark Bezos at TED University in 2011.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:26 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Giving It Away.

About Mark Bezos' TEDTalk

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero. Give now.

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