| TED Radio Hour draws from the vast archive of TED Talks and weaves in new interviews to tackle a central theme or question. It’s a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create.
Hosted by Guy Raz
Airs Saturday 2:00 to 3:00pm
FOR August 10, 2017

Rethinking School

Listen to episode

52 min 32 sec
Download episode 4.3MB
For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change? This hour, TED speakers rethink education.TED speakers include teacher Tyler DeWitt, social entrepreneur Sal Khan, international education expert Andreas Schleicher, and educator Linda Cliatt-Wayman.
See full episode >

Recently on TED Radio Hour

How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

|

Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs.

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

|

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?

|

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

|

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

|

Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs.

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

|

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?

|

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

|

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

Can Schools Exist In The Cloud?

|

After years of offering children self-supervised access to the Web, Sugata Mitra says kids can teach themselves. He argues that self-organized classes are the future of education, and he puts forward a bold vision: to build a school in the cloud.

What Do Babies Think?

|

Alison Gopnik's research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are doing when they play. She offers a glimpse into the minds of babies and young children, to show how much and how fast they learn.

When Does Learning Begin?

|

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks about how fetuses in the womb begin taking cues from the outside world, from the lilt of our native language to our favorite foods.

How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

|

Sugata Mitra talks about tackling a big problem: The best schools don't exist where they're needed most. For years, Mitra has given kids in Indian slums self-supervised access to the Web, and the results have changed how he thinks of teaching.

Is The World A Less Violent Place?

|

Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Why Don't Domestic Violence Victims Leave?

|

Writer Leslie Morgan Steiner tells the harrowing story of her abusive relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence.

New to this series? We suggest starting with this episode.

Prevention