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A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TED Talks from the world's most remarkable minds.

How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?

Jan 8, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Building Better Cities . About Kasim Reed's TED Talk Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says. About Kasim Reed Mayor Kasim Reed is the 59th mayor of Atlanta. Reed ran for the position in 2009, after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives and the state Senate. He won the mayoral election by a margin of...

How Does The Journey Change The Hero?

Dec 18, 2015

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey . About Dame Ellen MacArthur's TED Talk After completing her harrowing solo sail around the world, Dame Ellen MacArthur describes how that journey transformed her. About Dame Ellen MacArthur Setting off in 2004, Dame Ellen MacArthur sailed 26,000 miles in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds — becoming the fastest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. She was made a dame by the queen in 2005. During her record...

How Does A Rikers Inmate Become a Hero?

Dec 18, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey . About Ismael Nazario's TED Talk As a teenager, Ismael Nazario spent more than 300 days in Rikers Island's solitary confinement before being convicted of a crime. He describes how every day was a test to survive. About Ismael Nazario When Ismael Nazario was a teenager, he was arrested for robbery and sent to Rikers Island. Nazario's story was part of a report by the Center For Investigative Reporting focusing on teens in solitary...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey . About Jarrett J. Krosoczka's TED Talk Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a successful author and illustrator. But, he says, his life could have gone in a completely different direction, if he hadn't had a long line of mentors. About Jarrett J. Krosoczka Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been a storyteller since the age of eight, when he wrote, The Owl Who Thought He Was The Best Flyer , about an owl who challenges Hermes to a flying race. He has since...

How Did A Mishap Lead To An Artist's Best Work?

Nov 20, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation About Janet Echelman's TED Talk Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, building-sized sculptures, made of natural and synthetic fibers. About Janet Echelman Artist Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light— and become inviting focal points...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation About Rich Benjamin's TED Talk As America becomes more multicultural, Rich Benjamin has noticed a phenomenon: some communities are actually becoming less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA and moved in. About Rich Benjamin The author of Searching for Whitopia , Rich Benjamin observes modern society and politics. Benjamin is a senior fellow at Demos, a multi-issue think tank, and is just completing a novel on money,...

How Can You See Without Seeing?

Nov 20, 2015

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation About Daniel Kish's TED Talk Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation. About Daniel Kish When he was 13 months old, Daniel Kish lost both eyes to retinal cancer. He taught himself to navigate by clicking his tongue and listening for echoes — a method science calls echolocation, and that Kish calls flash sonar. In 2000, Kish founded World Access for the Blind as a platform to...

Is There A Healthy Way To Think About Depression?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace . About Andrew Solomon's TED Talk Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories. About Andrew Solomon Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture, and psychology. His most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity , tells stories of parents who have children coping with deafness, Down syndrome, schizophrenia and...

Is It Possible To Put A Band-Aid On A Bad Feeling?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace . About Guy Winch's TED Talk Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for practicing emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions with the same diligence we take care of our bodies. About Guy Winch Guy Winch is a licensed psychologist who works with individuals, couples and families. His most recent book is Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts . He writes the " Squeaky Wheel Blog " on PsychologyToday...

What Can Fruit Flies Tell Us About Human Emotions?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace . About David Anderson's TED Talk Neurobiologist David Anderson explains why psychiatric drugs don't always work, and how researchers are working to find targeted forms of treatment — including his own experiments with fruit flies. About David Anderson David Anderson is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. By studying the brains of lab...

How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World About David Lang's TED Talk David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers. About David Lang David Lang is the co-founder of OpenROV , a community of citizen ocean explorers who build small remote-operated underwater robots. Lang is also the author of Zero to Maker and a 2013 TED Fellow. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr...

How Can You Open Source Building Your House?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World About Alastair Parvin's TED Talk Instead of architects creating buildings only for those who can afford to commission them, what if regular citizens could design and build their own houses? Designer Alastair Parvin says it's possible. About Alastair Parvin Alastair Parvin is an architect and co-founder of WikiHouse , an open-source construction kit. It allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded,...

Could We Open Source Democracy?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World About Pia Mancini's TED Talk Pia Mancini wants to upgrade democracy with the open source mobile platform Democracy OS. It aims to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and to get politicians to actively listen to what they say. About Pia Mancini After a disappointing brush with traditional political parties in Argentina, Pia Mancini realized that the existing democracy was disconnected from its citizens — and that no one was...

How Did The World Wide Web Start?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World About Sir Tim Berners-Lee's TED Talk In the 1980s, scientists at a nuclear research lab in Switzerland were asking how they could share and collaborate on massive, complex projects. Tim Berners-Lee, then a contractor, answered by inventing the World Wide Web. About Sir Tim Berners-Lee Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) , which maintains standards for the Web and continues to refine its design. He's...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Meaning Of Work . About Dame Stephanie Shirley's TED Talk What's in a name? For tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley , bidding contracts under the name "Steve" enabled her to launch and grow a freelance software company with a virtually all-female staff. About Dame Stephanie Shirley In 1962, Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded Freelance Programmers, an innovative software firm that initially only hired women, a rarity in the male-dominated...

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Meaning Of Work . About Dan Ariely's TED Talk Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says we work hard not because we have to, but because we want to. He examines the intrinsic values we need to feel motivated to work. About Dan Ariely Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He is the author of the bestsellers Predictably Irrational , The Upside of...

How Can A Monotonous Job Be Meaningful?

Oct 2, 2015

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Meaning Of Work . About Barry Schwartz's TED Talk Psychologist Barry Schwartz says our current thinking about work focuses too much on paychecks and too little on all the ways we find fulfillment — even in jobs many might consider mundane. About Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz has been a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College for over 40 years. He's the author of several books, including The Paradox of Choice , in which he argues the abundance of...

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Screen Time - Part II About Abha Dawesar's TED Talk After Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, writer Abha Dawesar watched people scrounging for outlets to charge phones. She wondered: Do we miss out on what's real when we dive into our digital lives? About Abha Dawesar Abha Dawesar began her writing career as an attempt to understand herself — at age 7. It's a goal that remains at the center of her work: Sensorium , her most recent novel, explores the nature of...

From Our Listeners: Screen Stories

Sep 18, 2015

As part of our episode Screen Time - Part II , we asked listeners to send us stories of a time when their digital lives affected their real ones. Here are some of our favorites. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. GUY RAZ, HOST: By the way, last week we asked for audio messages of your screen stories, about a time when your digital life bumped up against your real one. Here's some of what you said. UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I got text - pick up my phone and started texting...

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Screen Time - Part II About Adam Ostrow's TED Talk Many of us have a second self, a virtual personality composed of posts and tweets stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks: What happens to that personality after you die? About Adam Ostrow Adam Ostrow is the editor-in-chief at Mashable, a role in which he is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization. Ostrow has been quoted by numerous mainstream media outlets,...

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