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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11 min

Mandë Holford: Could Snail Venom Someday Save Your Life?

Cone snails are deadly sea predators; their venom can kill fish and even humans. But chemical biologist Mandë Holford says that powerful venom can actually be used for good — to treat human diseases.
6 min

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: Why The Strange and Wonderful Parrot Fish Is In Trouble

Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is obsessed with one research subject — the parrot fish. She says there is urgent work to be done to save them and their home, the coral reefs.
18 min

Marah Hardt: What Can We Learn From The Sex Lives Of Fish?

Marine biologist Marah Hardt is fascinated with the mating habits of marine life. If we want to save the oceans, she says we have to understand the weird and whimsical sex that helps populate it.
12 min

Catherine Mohr: A Love Story... That Begins With A Sea Urchin

Catherine Mohr shares the story of a scuba diving trip gone wrong, where getting stabbed by a sea urchin transformed her relationship with the ocean... and ultimately led her to the love of her life.
52 min

Jen Gunter: The Truth About Our Bodies

What does it mean to be healthy and to care for our bodies? This hour, physician and writer Jen Gunter empowers us to cut through false medical claims and make informed decisions about our health.
12 min

Lee Mokobe: How Can We Make Sense Of Ourselves Through Poetry?

How can art be a tool to better understand ourselves and the world around us? Poet Lee Mokobe shares what it was like to grow up trans in South Africa, and how language can be a tool for change.
5 min

Amanda Gorman: Using Your Voice Is A Political Choice

Poet Amanda Gorman has often been asked to write poems that aren't "political." In her 2018 TED Talk, she explains why her writing inherently carries messages greater than her words.
18 min

Jon M. Chu: Why Does Representation On Screen Matter?

With his film Crazy Rich Asians, director Jon M. Chu made his mark on Hollywood — opening doors for Asian American representation on screen. He reflects on how his heritage informs his cinematic work.