TED Radio Hour for Friday, May 23, 2014

How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.
Through the story of the whale ship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker describes how our most vivid fears are often not the most realistic.

Is There A Cure For Stage Fright?

Folk singer Joe Kowan talks about the visceral, body-hijacking experience he feels when he's performing in front of an audience, and how a song helped him cope with stage fright.

Is It Possible To Be Fearless?

Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine reveals how he has made a career out of fearlessly performing death-defying feats.

Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?
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