NPR expanding “TED Radio Hour”


NPR / National Public RadioTED Radio Hour, a journey through the world of extraordinary ideas, is getting more space to ponder. Co-producers NPR and TED are expanding it to a weekly program, now with a new host and familiar voice, NPR’s Guy Raz. The show has aired on more than 255 NPR affiliates since its debut as a 10-episode pilot earlier this year; the new season will begin in March. Raz joins TED Radio Hour from All Things Considered, where he’s been the weekend host since July 2009.

TED Radio Hour tackles astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create. Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, bound together by a common theme such as the thrill of space exploration, going to extremes, the source of happiness or ‘when rights goes wrong’ in our justice system.

In the new year, early episodes will mine conversations with compelling thinkers to explore the lessons gaming can teach the real-world; staying one step ahead of future crimes and epidemics; riding the edge between sanity and madness, with the unquiet mind; and how the sounds around us affect our behavior and actions, often without us even knowing it.

TED Radio Hour launched this spring as part of a programming expansion from NPR that also introduced audiences to Ask Me Another, which starts as a weekly show in January. TED Radio Hour is a co-production of NPR and TED. Each year, TED hosts conferences that bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and more.