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Take a Journey Through New Ideas with an Experienced Guide

TED Radio Hour Introduces Listeners to a Wide Array of Ideas Worth Spreading.

Want to take a riveting journey through new ideas with an experienced guide? Since its official launch in March of 2013, TED Radio Hour has become the fastest growing program in public radio history and one of the top podcasts in the United States. Hosted by Guy Raz—the former of host of NPR’s All Things Considered and also the host of two other popular podcasts—TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED. It is available for you to listen to in a variety of formats whether that be through iTunes, the web, or your local NPR station.

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Two TEDxUniversityofNevada Speakers Featured on TED Radio Hour in December

TED Radio Hour is one of my personal favorite podcasts, and it does not disappoint. In TED Radio Hour’s most recent episode, Raz explores the idea of transparency through the lens of four other TED speakers who have all given talks related to transparency. Two of those interviewed include previous TEDxUniversityofNevada speakers David Burkus and Leilani Schweitzer.

In the December 2017 episode entitled “Transparency,” Burkus explores the question of whether or not work would improve if you knew how much your colleagues got paid? His interview was based on the TEDxUniversityofNevada talk he gave in 2016 entitled ‘Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid.‘”

Burkus was recently named to the Global Thinkers50 list. He is also an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership. His talk was later featured on, where it has now picked up over 1.7 million views. He will also be speaking on a new topic at our January 27th event!

Also in this episode, Schweitzer talks about how hospitals can be more transparent when it comes to medical errors. Based on her 2013 TEDxUniveristyofNevada talk about losing her son Gabriel to a series of medical errors, Schweitzer has since gone on to become the Assistant Vice President, Communication & Resolution at the very same hospital where she lost her son. Her work at Stanford affords a unique view of the importance and complex realities of disclosure and transparency in health care. “I’ve been in many meetings where we explain to patients and families what has happened … where no one can lift their heads to look at each other, and by the end of that meeting they are embracing,” she said. Watch her original talk: “Transparency, Compassion, and Truth in Medical Errors.”

Check Out These Additional TED Radio Hour Episodes

This is the podcast for you if you are someone who loves asking big questions and exploring new ideas. It’s also there for those who want a year-round extension of the TEDx experience.

Whenever I listen to an episode of TED Radio Hour, I always leave feeling more impressed, enlightened and surprised than ever before. Perhaps, that’s because the show bases itself on talks given by interesting speakers from the renowned TED stage. These are speakers who have a unique perspective to share on a given topic.  Each discussion forces you to dive into an idea, problem or issue from a variety of perspectives. These perspectives orbit a central theme and allow you to create more connections and insights.

Some of my favorite episodes from this past year include:

Getting Organized (October 6, 2017 )

Even the most seemingly chaotic systems have some order to them. Explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements:

  • Deborah Gordon: Why Don’t Ants Need A Leader?
  • Morgan O’Neill: How Do You Help Your Town Dig Out From A Disaster?
  • Zeynep Tufekci: Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?
  • Ricardo Semler: What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?
  • Bruce Feiler: How Can Kids Help Parents Manage Their Family?

Truth and Lies (June 23, 2017)

We live in a time where the line between fact and fiction is increasingly blurry. These speakers share their insights on navigating a world where even the facts are up for debate:

  • Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?
  • Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?
  • Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?
  • Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?
  • Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Screen Time – Part I (January 27, 2017)

We glue ourselves to our screens – it’s typical. So how are screens changing us, and how will they shape our future? The following TED speakers explore this idea:

  • Amber Case: Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human?
  • Rana El Kaliouby: Will Our Screens Soon Be Able To Read Our Emotions?
  • Dimitri Christakis: When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?
  • P.W. Singer: How Are Screens Changing The Face Of War?
  • Chris Milk: What Happens When We Step Inside The Screen?

In summary, make it a point to check out the dozens of incredible TED Radio Hour episodes available online. These talks become addictive – they help you to see the world in new and exciting ways.

Getting Up and Running with the Podcast

I suggest that you visit the TED Radio Hour website and browse through past episodes – this is helpful if you’re new to the podcast and just getting started. From there you can subscribe and begin receiving new episodes. You can also add the podcast to your iPhone by searching through iTunes.

Personally, I like to listen to podcasts on my iPhone through my headset whenever I go running. (To be completely honest, listening to the podcast is what inspires me to get up and go running!) Or, if you have a car that allows for you to connect your mobile phone to the radio with an adapter, you can simply plug in your phone and play an episode that way. Podcasts are perfect or long commutes or road trips.

Of course, you can always visit the website directly and listen from your home computer or favorite digital device. If you have a home speaker system and a television that allows for you to access YouTube, why not listen to the podcast while doing some work around the house? Or, simply tune in for the live broadcast on the radio.

About Guy Raz, Host of the TED Radio Hour Podcast

Guy Raz, is someone you should know. In 2017, Raz became the first person in the history of podcasting to have three shows in the top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts!

In 2000, at the age of 25, Raz became NPR’s Berlin bureau chief where he covered Eastern Europe and the Balkans. During his six years abroad, Raz covered everything from wars and conflict zones to sports and entertainment. He reported from more than 40 countries including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Macedonia, and the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Raz also served as NPR’s bureau chief in London, and between 2004-2006 he left NPR to work in television as CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent. During this time, Raz chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. In 2006, Raz returned to NPR to serve as defense correspondent where he covered the Pentagon and the US military.

Raz won the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Daniel Schorr Journalism prize for his reporting from Iraq. His reporting has contributed to two duPont awards and one Peabody awarded to NPR. He’s been a finalist for the Livingston Award four times. He also received a National Headliner Award and an NABJ award, in addition to many others. In 2008, he spent a year as a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University where he studied classical history.

As a host and correspondent, Raz has interviewed and profiled more than 6,000 people including Christopher Hitchens, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and many, many others.

Raz has anchored live coverage on some of the biggest stories in recent years. These include the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Newtown School Shootings, and the 2012 presidential election.

He has also served as a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, a Shapiro fellow at George Washington University, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown.

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