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TED Radio Hour
Friday at Noon and Monday at 8pm

An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away. Welcome to TED Radio Hour hosted by Manoush Zomorodi – a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

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  • What if you could control a device, not with your hand, but with your mind? Physician and entrepreneur Tom Oxley talks about the implantable brain-computer interface that can change the way we think.
  • Temple Grandin's story changed the way the world understands autism. She speaks about the many ways people interpret the world, the different kinds of thinkers and how to support them all.
  • Sometimes that nagging inner voice is your own worst enemy. Author and podcast host Dan Harris explains how loving-kindness meditation can quiet your inner critic and improve your relationships.
  • It can be daunting to come up with an original idea. Poet Sarah Kay shares how the simple act of observing the world around us can open our minds to a universe of inspiration and creativity.
  • We are constantly surrounded by a vast jungle of tiny creatures we can't see. Self-described "microbe wrangler" Anne Madden explains the power these microscopic organisms have to help humans.
  • Languages are complex and our words are powerful. Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky discusses how even small variations in language may mean big distinctions in how we experience the world.
  • Landmines are scattered across many countries threatening to kill or harm unsuspecting civilians. Bart Weetjens founded an organization training rats to protect humans by sniffing out these landmines.
  • Sometimes we learn lessons from unexpected sources. Former kindergarten teacher YeYoon Kim learned from her students how to be brave enough to ask for help.
  • Family dynamics are shaped by identity, mental health and more. Andrew Solomon explores the lives of dozens of families — and challenges the concept of what an "ideal" family looks like.
  • In 1989, CM Ralph created "Caper in the Castro", the first LGBTQ+ video game. Nearly lost when diskettes became obsolete, this piece of gaming and queer history found new life in the Internet Archive.