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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.Get more brainy miscellany with TED Radio Hour+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/ted

TED Radio Hour TED Radio Hour

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    • 4.2 • 130 Ratings

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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.Get more brainy miscellany with TED Radio Hour+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/ted

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    How cloned black-footed ferrets may help save the species (TED Radio Hour+)

    How cloned black-footed ferrets may help save the species (TED Radio Hour+)

    To protect endangered species from extinction, biotech entrepreneur Ryan Phelan uses genetic tools like cloning. In April 2024, Manoush caught up with Phelan about how her non-profit worked to create two cloned black-footed ferrets, Antonia and Noreen. In this bonus episode, Phelan explains how collaborating with government agencies is enhancing diversity through genetic rescue. Ryan Phelan was featured in the episode (https://www.npr.org/2022/01/07/1071086405/ryan-phelan-how-gene-technology-can-save-species-on-the-brink-of-extinction). To get access to this and other bonus episodes, sign up for TED Radio Hour+. When you do, all your episodes also become sponsor-free. That's because you are directly supporting our work at NPR. Learn more at http://plus.npr.org/ted

    Body Electric: Type, tap, scroll, BREATHE! How our tech use impacts our breath

    Body Electric: Type, tap, scroll, BREATHE! How our tech use impacts our breath

    Do you have "screen apnea"? Our special series Body Electric continues with former Microsoft executive Linda Stone who coined the term. Around 2007, Linda noticed she had an unhealthy habit while answering emails: she held her breath. On this episode, she tells host Manoush Zomorodi how she tested her friends and colleagues for "screen apnea" and what she's done since.

    Then, Manoush talks to the bestselling author of Breath, science writer James Nestor, who explains how shallow breathing impacts our physical and mental health. He takes us through a simple exercise to 'reset' our breath and relieve screen time stress.

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    Pain Relief: New approaches to how we live with pain

    Pain Relief: New approaches to how we live with pain

    Thirty years into the opioid crisis, we still struggle to find other options for pain relief. This hour, TED speakers explain new understandings of how the brain interprets pain and new ideas to cope. Guests include equestrian Kat Naud, physician and researcher Amy Baxter and opioid reform advocate Cammie Wolf Rice.

    TED Radio Hour+ subscribers now get access to bonus episodes, with more ideas from TED speakers and a behind the scenes look with our producers. A Plus subscription also lets you listen to regular episodes (like this one!) without sponsors. Sign-up at plus.npr.org/ted.

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    A Love Letter to the Ocean: Life, death and mating in the sea

    A Love Letter to the Ocean: Life, death and mating in the sea

    Oceans cover nearly 75% of the Earth. While they seem vast and frightening, they're also enchanting and whimsical. This hour, TED speakers dive into stories of connection — and even love — in the sea. Guests include adventurer Catherine Mohr, marine biologists Marah Hardt and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and venom scientist Mandë Holford. Original broadcast date: June 11, 2021

    TED Radio Hour+ subscribers now get access to bonus episodes, with more ideas from TED speakers and a behind the scenes look with our producers. A Plus subscription also lets you listen to regular episodes (like this one!) without sponsors. Sign-up at plus.npr.org/ted.

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    How to talk about death with your parents. A death doula's guide (TED Radio Hour+)

    How to talk about death with your parents. A death doula's guide (TED Radio Hour+)

    No one wants to talk to a loved one about their end-of-life plans. It's hard. But death doula Alua Arthur says it's one of the most important conversations you can have. In this bonus episode, Arthur shares tips on how to make that talk less scary. Alua Arthur was featured in the episode "Relationship Repair" (https://n.pr/44ZdWR3).

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    Body Electric: Your earbuds and you—what all that listening is doing to us

    Body Electric: Your earbuds and you—what all that listening is doing to us

    Our special series, Body Electric, is back! This time, host Manoush Zomorodi does a deep dive into our headphone habits... because many of us wear them for hours at a time, and all that listening is taking a toll on our hearing.

    Manoush speaks with exposure scientist Rick Neitzel, who has partnered with Apple on a first-of-its-kind study to find how our daily listening patterns are affecting our hearing. Neitzel offers advice on safe listening habits that can help protect our ears in the long term.

    Later, Manoush takes us into the future of "consumer hearables" and how tech companies want us to never — ever— take our earbuds out.

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