TED Radio Hour
TED Radio Hour

The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.

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13 min

Dallas Taylor: What Can We Learn From Listening To Silence?

What can we discover when we allow ourselves to sit in silence and just... listen? Sound designer Dallas Taylor explores how tuning into silence is key for understanding the beauty of the sonic world.
15 min

Rebecca Knill: Technology Has Come So Far—When Will Our Mindset Catch-Up?

As a deaf person, Rebecca Knill is anti-noise and "neutral" on sound. She explains how technology allows her to hear what she wants to hear, and asks why our mindset about ability hasn't caught up.
10 min

Jim Hudspeth: How Do We Hear — And How Do We Lose Our Ability To Hear?

Over 30 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. Neuroscientist Jim Hudspeth explains how the ear's thousands of hair cells function to amplify sound—and how they can be damaged but not repaired.
9 min

Mary Louise Kelly: How A Veteran Radio Journalist Adapts To Hearing Loss

For years, NPR host Mary Louise Kelly found ways to do her job and manage hearing loss. But now she can no longer rely on reading lips or leaning-in. She describes how she's adapting all over again.
9 min

Ash Beckham: What Can We Learn From Uncomfortable Moments?

When Ash Beckham was misgendered in front of her niece, she wasn't sure how to respond. Her eventual choice taught her a lesson about handling uncomfortable moments — and finding a middle ground.
10 min

Alvin Irby: How Can We Inspire Children To Be Lifelong Readers?

Even though kids learn to read in school, many hate it. Educator Alvin Irby shares insights on inspiring children—especially Black boys—to discover books they enjoy and begin identifying as readers.
18 min

Tracy Edwards: What Can A Sailboat Teach You That A Classroom Can't?

When Tracy Edwards was expelled from school, she wound up working on boats. That led her to form a record-breaking all-female sailing crew, which circumnavigated the world in 1989.
12 min

Stacey Abrams: How Can Your Response to a Setback Influence Your Future?

Stacey Abrams' journey in politics has taught her a lot about life. Her greatest lessons, she says, have come from the setbacks she has experienced along the way.