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TED Radio Hour

Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

Friday, November 21, 2014

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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TED Radio Hour

How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Megan Washington is one of Australia's most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

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TED Radio Hour

Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

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TED Radio Hour

What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

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All Things Considered

These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Explore the guts and glory of pumpkin science with Skunk Bear's latest video.

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Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Friday, October 24, 2014

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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TED Radio Hour

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

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TED Radio Hour

Are All Human Beings Related?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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TED Radio Hour

Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

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TED Radio Hour

What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Friday, October 24, 2014

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

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All Things Considered

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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