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The World's only radio rock talk show. Listen Mondays at  6 p.m. Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show. Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation. For over a decade they were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College.  Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun. Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch.  Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe. To learn more and listen to past shows, click here.

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Risk.

About Dylan Evan's TED Talk

Dylan Evans spent years studying pro gamblers and found that the savviest risk-takers are better at calculating probability. He says we can make better decisions by learning from expert gamblers.

About Dylan Evans

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Risk.

About Ian Firth's TED Talk

As a bridge designer, Ian Firth is responsible for building safe, reliable bridges. But he also manages the risk involved with designing bridges that are beautiful — not just functional.

About Ian Firth

Ian Firth is a structural engineer and bridge designer based in the UK.

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Risk.

About Kashfia Rahman's TED Talk

Teenagers are often depicted as reckless. But what is it that seems to propel them to take careless risks? As a budding neuroscientist, high school student Kashfia Rahman set out to find some answers.

About Kashfia Rahman

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reframing Anger.

About Russell Kolts' TED Talk

Why are some of us more likely to struggle with anger, and how can we learn to manage it? Psychologist Russell Kolts offers strategies for using compassion to transform our approach to anger.

About Russell Kolts'

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reframing Anger.

About Dan Moshavi's TED Talk

If you think getting angry isn't a sign of emotional intelligence — think again, says Dan Moshavi. He says research shows anger might actually be a powerful, constructive motivator in the workplace.

About Dan Moshavi

Soraya Chemaly: Who's Allowed To Get Angry?

Oct 18, 2019

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Reframing Anger.

About Soraya Chemaly's TED Talk

Women are often discouraged from expressing anger — and if they do, they're penalized. Writer Soraya Chemaly explains the ways women are socialized to suppress anger.

About Soraya Chemaly

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Erasing The Stigma.

About Jordan Raskopoulos' TED Talk

Comedian Jordan Raskopolous wanted to push past the stigma of mental health and talk about her anxiety disorder publicly. She says she, like everyone else, just needed the right audience.

About Jordan Raskopoulos

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Erasing The Stigma.

About Sangu Delle's TED Talk

As a child, Sangu Delle learned "real men" don't struggle with emotions. But when he later experienced anxiety and depression, he realized seeking help was actually a sign of strength—not weakness.

About Sangu Delle

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Erasing The Stigma.

About Olivia Remes' TED Talk

Researcher Olivia Remes says different levels of anxiety exist for everyone, but there are things we can do to help mitigate it. She explains simple anxiety coping strategies to practice daily.

About Olivia Remes

Olivia Remes is post doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she focuses on anxiety and depression.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Teaching For Better Humans.

About Jacqueline Woodson's TED Talk

Novelist Jacqueline Woodson is a slow reader. Taking her time lets her savor each word, brings her closer to each story, and it lets her pay respect to her ancestors who weren't allowed to read.

About Jacqueline Woodson