Father’s Day Insight: You Never Know Unless You Ask

“An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you've given it away.” –TED Radio Hour

I have a confession to make.  I am addicted to National Public Radio (NPR).

From “Morning Edition” to “This American Life” to “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”  I can’t get enough.  NPR is the first station I have programmed into my car radio & if you see me with headphones on, it’s a safe bet I’m listening to the NPR app on my smartphone

And so there I was, racing from one activity to the next while I was listening to a show that aired on TED Radio Hour several weeks ago.  It was one of those shows that grabbed me & wouldn’t let me go.  I literally stopped what I was doing to give the story my full attention…and to wipe the tears from my eyes.

If you and your dad are close & share every triumph and heartache; if you’ve never met your father; if your dad has passed and you still miss him so much it hurts; whether your relationship has had more ups and downs than you can even remember…I can’t think of a more moving story to share with you for Father’s Day. 


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[For those unfamiliar with the TED Radio Hour, here’s how its website describes it:

Welcome to TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz – a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.

Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.”]


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown into a global platform for identifying and spreading those world-changing ideas. The annual TED Conference and TEDGlobal Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com and through TED distribution partners.

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