BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra have partnered with NPR in America to broadcast the TED Radio Hour from January.
Each episode focuses on a different theme that is explored through a curated selection of TED Talks. Hosted by NPR’s Guy Raz, the programme combines original studio conversations and soundscapes whilst also including previous TED Talks.
The first hand-picked TED Radio Hour will be broadcast on 4th January on Radio 4 Extra and investigate where creativity comes from, why we all have it and how to find it. Contributors include Sting, who recalls daydreaming while delivering milk with his father in Walsall, research scientist Charles Limb, who explains how studies of the brain are now able to pinpoint where creativity is generated, and Sir Ken Robinson, the well-known educationist responsible for one of TED’s most watched talks ever.
TED Radio Hour will be broadcast on Radio 4 Extra on Sundays at 11:00 and 19:00. An episode will also be broadcast on Radio 4 at 23:00 one Sunday each month for an initial period of six months.
The collaboration also involves Radio 4 content being made available via the TED website, where users who have watched a talk will be able to listen to a relevant Radio 4 programme. Radio 4 will work with TED to select good matches for the most watched talks on TED.com.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller, BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra, said: “Radio 4 listeners have an insatiable appetite for ideas and ideas lie at the heart of what we do, so I’m delighted to be working with TED on this collaboration around thought-provoking content.”