Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.
The Public Commons
How can we create public places that feel welcoming and safe for everyone? This hour, TED speakers examine our physical and digital spaces—how they run, who they serve, and how to make them better. Guests include community organizer Shari Davis, researcher Eli Pariser, Wikipedia Library founder Jake Orlowitz, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and artist Matthew Mazzotta.
Listen Again: The Biology Of Sex
Original broadcast date: May 8, 2020. Many of us were taught biological sex is a question of female or male, XX or XY ... but it's far more complicated. This hour, TED speakers explore what determines our sex. Guests on the show include artist Emily Quinn, journalist Molly Webster, neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi, and structural biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu.
Listen Again: The Power Of Spaces
Original broadcast date: July 24, 2020. How do spaces shape the human experience? In what ways do our rooms, homes, and buildings give us meaning and purpose? This hour, TED speakers explore the power of the spaces we make and inhabit. Guests include architect Michael Murphy, musician David Byrne, artist Es Devlin, and architect Siamak Hariri.
Listen Again: Uncharted (2020)
Original broadcast date: March 27, 2020. There's so much we've yet to explore—from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello.
An SOS From The Ocean
For centuries, humans have relied on the oceans for resources and food... but even the deepest sea has its limits. This hour, TED speakers discuss how we can save our seas to save our planet. Guests include marine biologists Asha de Vos, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and Alasdair Harris, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Listen Again: Our Relationship With Water
We need water to live. But with rising seas and so many lacking clean water — water is in crisis and so are we. This hour, TED speakers explore ideas around restoring our relationship with water. Guests on the show include legal scholar Kelsey Leonard, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, and community organizer Colette Pichon Battle.
Lots of “Ah-ha” Moments in Fantastic Conversations and Interviews
Every week or so, Manoush revisits a theme through conversations with various speakers from different TED talks.
I love how Manoush interviews them, never shying away from toufh questions but always personable and making us at ease, while uncovering fantastic ideas and revelations.
Great balance between conversational interviews, commentary and extracts from TED talks.
Manoush has gone a great job as the new host. I love this show. Lots of inspiration for how to have more impact on the world and your own life. Its a great way to catch all the ideas in TED talks with summaries from 3 or 4 in each episode.
Needs a change of tone
I’ve been a long time listener of Ted Radio hour since Guy Raz was presenting. I have noticed since Manoush has taken over the style of the show has changed significantly. Change is great, and it’s good to put your own spin on the show as Guy and Manoush are different people with different styles.
That being said, the reason I loved Guy’s presenting was for his natural charisma, inquisitive nature, passion for learning, and fascination behind each discussion. I don’t feel that in the current podcasts. There’s been a significant shift to covering American social issues which aren’t relevant to the international listener. Guy’s talks tended to cover the complexities behind how we work as people, the earth, future of AI and technology, space, and other fascinating global issues. There’s only so much of American race issues that someone from Europe wants to listen to. While I recognise it’s an American program, why shift to narrowing your focus to the American demographic?
Additionally, I find Zomorodi tends to trivialise complex issues rather than tease out key information. I don’t want to listen to people boil down big issues into relatable concepts, it can be seen as patronising. I want to hear about the significance of developments and what that means for us now and in the future. I would recommend Manoush learning from other great radio hosts like Anne McElvoy, Mishal Husain, Ira Glass, or Martha Kearney, who dig into issues without making it feel like they’ve got a specific agenda and want to learn.
I think moving forward I’ll be skipping most of these podcasts unless something really intrigued me.