6 Jan 2016

Adaptation

From TED Radio Hour, 9:00 am on 6 January 2016

Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? Five TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt.

Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human instinct to run: how did endurance help early humans survive - and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today?

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.

As America becomes more multicultural, Rich Benjamin has noticed a phenomenon: some communities are actually becoming less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA and moved in.

The conversation continues with writer Rich Benjamin, who is an African-American man, moved into some of the whitest communities in America. Benjamin wanted to know -- what's driving some white Americans to pick up and move to more homogeneous communities?

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing - which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, building-sized sculptures, made of natural and synthetic fibers.

From NPR's TED Radio Hour.