Ted Radio Hour: Hero's Journey

On this week's show, TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey

From the Odyssey, to Robinson Crusoe, to Star Wars -- why are we drawn to stories about heroes? And what do they tell us about ourselves? TED speakers explore what makes a hero's journey.

Dame Ellen MacArthur's journey began when she discovered sailing. She describes how years later she undertook her greatest challenge: to sail solo around the world faster than anyone in history.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a successful author and illustrator. But, he says, his life could have gone in a completely different direction, if he adn't had a long line of mentors.

In 1942, the U.S. government interned George Takei and his family in a Japanese-American internment camp. Decades later, the actor describes his journey to forgive the country that betrayed him.

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario spent more than 300 days in Rikers Island's solitary confinement before being convicted of a crime. He describes how every day was a test to survive.