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A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds. Learn more about TED.

Can We Fall Prey To Hidden Parasites?

Mar 18, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden

About Ed Yong's TED talk

Science writer Ed Yong delves into the hidden world of parasites. He describes how parasites, once inside a host's body, become masters in the craft of manipulation.

About Ed Yong

Could A Boiling River From A Childhood Legend Exist?

Mar 18, 2016

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden

About Andrés Ruzo's TED Talk

As a boy, Andrés Ruzo heard stories of a mythical boiling river. Years later, as a geoscientist, he recounts his journey deep into the Amazon to see if the river actually exists.

About Andrés Ruzo

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hidden

About Sarah Parcak's TED Talk

Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in space archaeology. She describes her method of using satellite images to locate lost ancient sites.

About Sarah Parcak

There may be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of undiscovered ancient sites — Sarah Parcak wants to locate them.

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How Things Spread

About Yuval Harari's TED Talk

Historian Yuval Harari explains how human imagination powered the growth and spread of homo sapiens around the world.

About Yuval Harari

How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?

Mar 4, 2016

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode How Things Spread

About Nicholas Christakis' TED Talk

Physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis explains how face-to-face social networks and their structures influence behaviors and phenomena in human society and the natural living world.

About Nicholas Christakis

How Can We Prevent The Next Global Health Epidemic?

Mar 4, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How Things Spread

About Bill Gates' TED Talk

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates stresses our dire need for a system that can take on the challenges of the next global health epidemic.

About Bill Gates

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode To Endure

About Monica Lewinsky's TED Talk

Following the White House sex scandal of the 1990s, Monica Lewinsky endured public shame and trauma. Now, she is speaking out about it as a way to help others in similar circumstances.

About Monica Lewinsky

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode To Endure

About Lord Martin Rees' TED Talk

Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.

About Lord Martin Rees

Lord Martin Rees is an emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics at University of Cambridge.

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To Endure

About Zainab Salbi's TED Talk

Humanitarian Zainab Salbi explains how life continues in the midst of war — and how the ones who "keep life going" are women.

About Zainab Salbi

How Can We Prepare For A Graceful Death?

Jan 29, 2016

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking Death

About BJ Miller's TED Talk

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.

About BJ Miller

Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

Jan 29, 2016

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking Death

About Matthew O'Reilly's TED Talk

As an emergency medical technician, Matthew O'Reilly was used to telling a white lie when patients asked if they were dying. O'Reilly describes what happened on one emergency call, when he decided to tell the truth.

About Matthew O'Reilly

Matthew O'Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, N.Y.

Is There A Better Way To Be Buried?

Jan 29, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking Death

About Jae Rhim Lee's TED Talk

Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Jae Rhim Lee says it's possible by using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms.

About Jae Rhim Lee

How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character?

Jan 8, 2016

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Building Better Cities.

About Amanda Burden's TED Talk

For Amanda Burden, a city is defined by its public spaces. The former city commissioner of New York City explains why a promenade, a park or even a park bench, are vital to a city's ability to thrive.

About Amanda Burden

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Building Better Cities.

About Robert Muggah's TED Talk

Fast-growing cities are often riddled with violence, drug trafficking and unemployment. Security researcher Robert Muggah explains how some cities are using new approaches to address these problems.

About Robert Muggah

How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?

Jan 8, 2016

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Building Better Cities.

About Kasim Reed's TED Talk

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.

About Kasim Reed

How Does A Rikers Inmate Become a Hero?

Dec 18, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey.

About Ismael Nazario's TED Talk

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario spent more than 300 days in Rikers Island's solitary confinement before being convicted of a crime. He describes how every day was a test to survive.

About Ismael Nazario

When Ismael Nazario was a teenager, he was arrested for robbery and sent to Rikers Island.

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey.

About Jarrett J. Krosoczka's TED Talk

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a successful author and illustrator. But, he says, his life could have gone in a completely different direction, if he hadn't had a long line of mentors.

About Jarrett J. Krosoczka

How Does The Journey Change The Hero?

Dec 18, 2015

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey.

About Dame Ellen MacArthur's TED Talk

After completing her harrowing solo sail around the world, Dame Ellen MacArthur describes how that journey transformed her.

About Dame Ellen MacArthur

How Did A Mishap Lead To An Artist's Best Work?

Nov 20, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation

About Janet Echelman's TED Talk

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, building-sized sculptures, made of natural and synthetic fibers.

About Janet Echelman

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation

About Rich Benjamin's TED Talk

As America becomes more multicultural, Rich Benjamin has noticed a phenomenon: some communities are actually becoming less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA and moved in.

About Rich Benjamin

How Can You See Without Seeing?

Nov 20, 2015

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Adaptation

About Daniel Kish's TED Talk

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.

About Daniel Kish

When he was 13 months old, Daniel Kish lost both eyes to retinal cancer. He taught himself to navigate by clicking his tongue and listening for echoes — a method science calls echolocation, and that Kish calls flash sonar.

Is There A Healthy Way To Think About Depression?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace.

About Andrew Solomon's TED Talk

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.

About Andrew Solomon

Is It Possible To Put A Band-Aid On A Bad Feeling?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace.

About Guy Winch's TED Talk

Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for practicing emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

About Guy Winch

What Can Fruit Flies Tell Us About Human Emotions?

Nov 6, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace.

About David Anderson's TED Talk

Neurobiologist David Anderson explains why psychiatric drugs don't always work, and how researchers are working to find targeted forms of treatment — including his own experiments with fruit flies.

About David Anderson

How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World

About David Lang's TED Talk

David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers.

About David Lang

How Can You Open Source Building Your House?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World

About Alastair Parvin's TED Talk

Instead of architects creating buildings only for those who can afford to commission them, what if regular citizens could design and build their own houses? Designer Alastair Parvin says it's possible.

About Alastair Parvin

Could We Open Source Democracy?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World

About Pia Mancini's TED Talk

Pia Mancini wants to upgrade democracy with the open source mobile platform Democracy OS. It aims to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and to get politicians to actively listen to what they say.

About Pia Mancini

How Did The World Wide Web Start?

Oct 23, 2015

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World

About Sir Tim Berners-Lee's TED Talk

In the 1980s, scientists at a nuclear research lab in Switzerland were asking how they could share and collaborate on massive, complex projects. Tim Berners-Lee, then a contractor, answered by inventing the World Wide Web.

About Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Meaning Of Work.

About Dame Stephanie Shirley's TED Talk

What's in a name? For tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, bidding contracts under the name "Steve" enabled her to launch and grow a freelance software company with a virtually all-female staff.

About Dame Stephanie Shirley

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Meaning Of Work.

About Dan Ariely's TED Talk

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says we work hard not because we have to, but because we want to. He examines the intrinsic values we need to feel motivated to work.

About Dan Ariely

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