NPR News Programs: Ted Radio Hour

Ted Radio Hour is an immensely popular NPR News show. It is an hour-long weekly radio show and podcast that is an exploration through compelling concepts, amazing and surprising creations, and fresh approaches to thinking and inventing. The program is formed on the basis of the pre-established captivating TEDTalks. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences feature talks from the world’s most extraordinary minds on topics that emphasize various scientific, cultural, political, and academic topics. Ted Radio Hour is a joint venture, produced by both TED and NPR News. The program is broadcast on various public radio stations throughout the United States as well as internationally; it is also accessible as a free podcast, distributed every week. Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human.

History of NPR News’ Ted Radio Hour

The concept for Ted Radio Hour was initially brought forth in 2011 by Deron Triff, TED’s head of content distribution to NPR News’ Interim President and CEO Joyce Slocum.

The inaugural episode made its debut on April 27, 2012. It was originally hosted Alison Stewart throughout the first season. At its genesis, NPR News’ Ted Radio Hour was broadcast by 76 of NPR’s member stations. And but he end of the season had been picked up by more that two hundred fifty stations. Starting with the second season, the program selected Guy Raz, formerly of NPR News’ All Things Considered, to host theseries. From this time to presently, theTed Radio Hour is broadcast to more than five hundred radio stations spanning the US and internationally.

Between the first and second season, the program’s team decided to revamp the show. This was guided by NPR News’ VP of Programming Eric Nuzum, Deron Triff, and Series Producer Jeff Rogers. The series was extended to a weekly schedule, and the structure of the show was augmented to encourage stylized sound design.

Structure of NPR News’ Ted Radio Hour

Each episode of Ted Radio Hour is one hour long, throughout which a single subject matter — such as success, happiness, food, or the power of the creative process — is explored through three to four related TED Talks. Each speaker seems to take that idea in wildly different directions, producing a vast covering of the idea. The talks (all of which have been previously recorded and put out by TED) are added to by additional interviews with the original speaker, new reporting, and supplementary sections that help elucidate each the topic. Every Ted Radio Hour show is intricately stylized, adding layers of original sound design beneath each TED Talk and conversation.

Popular Episodes of NPR News’ Ted Radio Hour

  • Making Mistakes: Featuring Brian Goldman, Brene Brown, Stefon Harris, and Margaret Heffernan.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Featuring Christopher Ryan, Mick Cornett, Dave Meslin, Nick Hanauer, Dr. Gary Slutkin, Paul Sehgal, and Ken Jennings.
  • Keeping Secrets: Featuring Frank Warren, Ash Beckham, Chairman Gooch, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden.
  • Comfort Zone: Featuring Tim Ferris, Tanya Menon, Luvvie Ajayi, Ann Morgan, and Dan Pallotta.
  • Getting Better: Featuring Jennifer Brea, Elliot Krane, Dorothy Roberts, and Paula Johnson
  • Changing the World: Featuring Ruby Sales, Dolores Huerta, Jeremy Heimans, Sarah Corbett, and Angela Oguntala.
  • Approaching with Kindness: Featuring AJ Jacobs, Mike Robbins, Laura Trice, and Christine Porath.

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