Category: TED` Radio Hour

Elise Hu: The Beauty Ideal

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s also shaped by global norms. This hour, journalist Elise Hu reflects on what’s considered beautiful now, and how we’ll think about beauty in the future.

Listen Again: It Takes Time

Original broadcast date: February 5, 2021. We live in an era of instant gratification. But some things–to reach their full potential–simply cannot be rushed. This hour, TED speakers explore what we can learn from ideas … that take time. Guests include zoologist Lucy Cooke, neuroscientist Matthew Walker, architect Julia Watson, and NASA engineer Nagin Cox.

The Public Commons

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.

Listen Again: Uncharted (2020)

Original broadcast date: March 27, 2020. There’s so much we’ve yet to explore—from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello.

An SOS From The Ocean

For centuries, humans have relied on the oceans for resources and food… but even the deepest sea has its limits. This hour, TED speakers discuss how we can save our seas to save our planet. Guests include marine biologists Asha de Vos, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and Alasdair Harris, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

A Love Letter To The Ocean

Oceans cover nearly 75% of the Earth. While they seem vast and frightening, they’re also enchanting and whimsical. This hour, TED speakers dive into stories of connection — and even love — in the sea. Guests include adventurer Catherine Mohr, marine biologists Marah Hardt and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and venom scientist Mandë Holford.

Bonus Episode: Jon M. Chu

Ever since he started shooting home movies with his family’s bulky video camera, Jon M. Chu knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. But after early success in Hollywood, having directed several big-budget features including G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Now You See Me 2, Jon realized he felt uninspired by the projects he was bringing to the silver screen. Inspired by a growing campaign to feature more Asian actors and creators on-and-off screen, Jon decided to use his influence to cast and direct 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians, the first Hollywood film with a majority Asian cast in 25 years. Fueled by a fervent grass-roots campaign, Crazy Rich Asians went on to be the most successful romantic comedy of the 2010s. We featured Jon M. Chu in TED Radio Hour’s recent episode The Artist’s Voice. With the premiere of his latest movie In The Heights, wanted to share a special extended cut of his interview with Manoush.

Listen Again: Clint Smith

Original broadcast date: June 5, 2020. The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in 2020 sparked massive protests nationwide. This hour, writer and scholar Clint Smith reflects on this moment, through conversation, letters, and poetry.