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.


Billy Collins, Elizabeth Gilbert and Abigail Washburn

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