NPR Bringing TED To Radio
April 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM (PT)
NPR is about to debut the TED Radio Hour, a new program "that inspires imagination about modern life and places bets on tomorrow, with today’s most compelling minds." The first hour, hosted by ALISON STEWART, is set to air on NPR Member stations beginning April 27th, with additional in-depth content available at NPR.org, and on NPR’s mobile apps.
Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, and centered on a common theme, such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts or inexplicable connections. Host ALISON STEWART injects soundscapes and conversations that bring ideas to life, probing how concepts make waves, gain traction and, ultimately, are realized.
"With TED and NPR, there’s this collective curiosity about the world -- a belief that civil discourse and shared ideas leads to a better understanding of the issues and opportunities we face," NPR VP/Programming ERIC NUZUM said. "TED Radio Hour brims with the possibility of these ideas, engaging us to think hard, and differently. It’s captivating.”
"At TED, we’re always looking for new ways to spread ideas," TED Exec. Producer JUNE COHEN said. "It’s exciting to bring TED to radio -- one of the world’s most powerful mediums -- with a partner that has perfected the art of storytelling. TED Radio Hour is the first collaboration of its kind at TED; given NPR’s wide scope of listeners and journalistic integrity, we’re confident it will inspire curiosity among an entirely new audience."