150 episodes

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.

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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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Special Delivery (2021)

    Special Delivery (2021)

    Original broadcast date: October 29, 2021. What does it take to deliver a message, precious cargo, or vaccines — meant for exactly the right place in our bodies? This hour, TED speakers explore the often perilous journey of crucial deliveries. Guests include theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi, astrophysicist Erika Hamden, chemical engineer Kathryn Whitehead, and entrepreneur Keller Rinaudo.

    • 50 min
    Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

    Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

    From hippie culture to the first personal computers, Stewart Brand has been key to some of the most groundbreaking movements of the last century. This hour, he reflects on his life and career.

    • 50 min
    Changing Our Minds (2021)

    Changing Our Minds (2021)

    Original broadcast date: Friday, December 3, 2021. Admitting we're wrong is painful--even seen as a sign of weakness. But what if we take a more flexible approach? This hour: how rethinking ideas can be good for our brains and our relationships. Guests include former GOP congressman Bob Inglis, organizational psychologist Adam Grant, and civil rights activist Loretta J. Ross.

    • 49 min
    We Contain Multitudes

    We Contain Multitudes

    In an era dominated by labels, how can we fully embrace the nuances of being human? This hour, TED speakers share ideas for reconciling conflicting emotions and circumstances to make art and find joy. Guests include authors Gabby Rivera and Susan Cain, musician and podcast creator Hrishikesh Hirway, and Olympian Allyson Felix.

    • 49 min
    Listen Again: The Public Commons

    Listen Again: The Public Commons

    Original broadcast date: July 23, 2021. 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.

    • 49 min
    Incognito

    Incognito

    Everything is not what it seems. We can easily disguise ourselves in both the digital and physical world. This hour, TED speakers explore the ways we go incognito... from espionage to virtual reality. Guests include former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez, artist Holly Herndon, anthropologist Mary L. Gray and digital fashion designer Gala Marija Vrbanic.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19.5K Ratings

19.5K Ratings

LJ12345668 ,

So many interesting, positive stories!

I am always surprised at the range of uplifting stories by such a wide range of people. Such a bright spot when the news can be disheartening.

ahamblin ,

Love it!

I love listening to the TED Radio Hour. Originally I discovered it via my local NPR station. I used to listen to it on my Amazon Alexa speaker, but now I listen to it regularly as a podcast while I walk my dog. It’s always very intriguing content and makes my walks in the hot, humid Texas summers more bearable.

your podcast lost its spark ,

A deeply sad turn for the worst

I listened to the TED radio hour back in high school from 2014-2018 and was absolutely mesmerized by some of the episodes Guy Raz would be hosting. There was one with interviews with inmates in prison that I’ll never forget, there was one with a Buddhist monk as well that changed my life.

I don’t know how the topics are picked and the people interviewed are picked, but something has gone horribly wrong. This podcast used to have a strong pulse on environmental issues, on creative work, on psychology, (what are the emotions that define us) but NOT in a wishy-washy, surface level way. Topics would get deeply philosophical, there would be researchers, experts in their fields, musicians, writers, and also just regular people with fascinating stories.

I can’t even listen to this show anymore it’s so bad. There’s simply no following Guy Raz.

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