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Noah Wilson-Rich: How city habitats help honeybees to thrive

Friday, July 15, 2022

On a rooftop garden in the middle of Manhattan, honeybee colonies are flourishing. Biologist Noah-Wilson Rich explains how collecting data from honeybee hives can help ensure a healthy future for all.


Marcia Belsky: That time when NASA (almost) sent Sally Ride to space with 100 tampons

Friday, June 03, 2022

Ahead of her 1983 space flight, NASA suggested sending astronaut Sally Ride with 100 tampons for the week-long trip. (That's too many.) In 2020, comedian Marcia Belsky sang a song about it.


Andrew Dent: How everyday materials can make innovative new products

Friday, May 20, 2022

Materials scientist Andrew Dent takes us on a tour of the "materials library" where companies can find existing materials to reuse in their products—from chewing gum, to fish scales, to cow manure.


Anna Malaika Tubbs: The forgotten mothers of civil rights history

Friday, May 06, 2022

MLK Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin are household names, but what about their mothers? This hour, author Anna Malaika Tubbs explores how these three women shaped American history.


Nicola Sturgeon: How can small countries have a global impact?

Friday, April 29, 2022

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shares ideas on leading Scotland, from her approach to climate change and wellness, to the challenges she's faced as a female leader.


Yvonne van Amerongen: How can we reimagine elder care around human connection?

Friday, April 08, 2022

In a small village, residents enjoy time at the pub, the theater, and the park—all while living with dementia. Yvonne van Amerongen shares how we can reimagine dementia care with a social approach.


Jill Heinerth: What can we learn from our planet's hidden waterways?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Underneath the surface, there lies a vast network of natural and manmade waterways. Cave diver Jill Heinerth shares her adventures through our planet's plumbing and the ways it secretly connects us.


Craig Richard: Whispers and haircuts — the science of ASMR

Friday, February 18, 2022

Why do so many people experience brain tingles when watching ASMR videos? Physiologist Craig Richard shares the science behind the "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response," and how it calms the mind.


Irma Olguin: Why We Should Bring Tech Economies to Underdog Cities

Friday, February 04, 2022

Irma Olguin wants to bring the tech industry to cities like her hometown, Fresno. She believes building a support system for tech workers will strengthen communities and revitalize undervalued cities.


Jess Kutch: Can unions address the changing needs of workers today?

Friday, February 04, 2022

From unionizing to striking to quitting, employees are taking power into their own hands. Labor organizer Jess Kutch explores the effectiveness of collective bargaining to affect change.


Ryan Phelan: How gene technology can save species on the brink of extinction

Friday, January 07, 2022

What if we could rescue endangered species before they disappear? Biotech entrepreneur Ryan Phelan explores how genetic engineering tools can save species that would otherwise go extinct.


Phillip Atiba Goff: How can communities reimagine their approach to public safety?

Friday, November 12, 2021

Psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff analyzes data on how racial bias affects police behavior. He shares how communities can rethink their public safety systems, and ultimately better respond to crises.


Puppet of a Syrian girl walks the path of refugees to offer hope for the future

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Amal, a 9-year-old Syrian refugee puppet, has been walking across Europe to raise visibility and empathy for the plight of refugees. Theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi spoke with TED Radio Hour.


Amir Nizar Zuabi: How one puppet's 5,000 mile journey delivers a message of hope

Friday, October 29, 2021

Amal is a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. She's also a giant puppet. Theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi discusses how art can deliver a new message on the plight of refugees in his project "The Walk."


Sandeep Jauhar: How do emotions affect the heart?

Friday, October 01, 2021

Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar explains a case where deep grief caused takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also called "broken heart syndrome." He examines the connection emotions have with our most vital organ.


Alexis Nikole Nelson: How Foraging Restored My Relationship With Food

Friday, September 03, 2021

Forager and TikTok influencer Alexis Nikole Nelson shares how the great outdoors has offered her both an endless array of food options and an outlet to reconnect with her food and her culture.


Shari Davis: What If You Could Decide How The Government Spends Public Funds?

Friday, July 23, 2021

Public places don't always fully meet the needs of a community. Shari Davis explains how participatory budgeting can give us all a voice in creating safer and more equitable public spaces.


Asha de Vos: Why Are Whales Essential To The Health Of Our Oceans?

Friday, June 25, 2021

Whales are more than just beautiful creatures—they play a vital role in the ocean's ecosystem. Marine biologist Asha de Vos explains why protecting whales is crucial for protecting the entire sea.


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

Friday, June 11, 2021

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.


COMIC: Director Jon M. Chu's Long Journey From Home Videos To 'In The Heights'

Friday, June 11, 2021

Hollywood director Jon M. Chu got his start splicing VHS tapes of home videos, but it took him two decades — and acceptance of his cultural identity — to realize what stories he really wanted to tell.