Ted Radio Hour

How are we inspired? How do we get from an initial inkling of idea to a fully formed work of art? It's often challenging to describe the creative process. In this hour we'll hear from some TED speakers -- a poet, a novelist, and a singer/songwriter -- who explain their craft and the daily challenge of nurturing creativity.

HOST: Alison Stewart

Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, captures readers with his understated wit and profound insight. He offers insight into his own creative process -- which requires a lot of patience, intensity, and trips to the dry cleaners.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. June Cohen, TED's executive producer, explains how she worked with Gilbert on crafting her talk.

TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer working in Beijing, until she picked up a banjo. She tells the story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the US and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Guests: 

Billy Collins, Elizabeth Gilbert and Abigail Washburn

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