TED Radio Hour

Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.


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#477: Waiting For Robot Nannies

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Episode 386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

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#476: The Return Of The Indicator*

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#422: Schoolhouse Rock Is A Lie (Or, How The Filibuster Ate Washington)

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#472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming

Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be. On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: Tax carbon emissions. A carbon tax could be paired with cuts in the income tax. And it would drive down emissions without picking winners or losers, and without creating complicated regulations.


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#471: The Eddie Murphy Rule

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