Your life’s turning point — whether it happens in an instant or is the culmination of gradual change — could occur tomorrow. Would you be ready for it? How would you reconcile your former self with the person you’ve become? In this week’s TED Radio Hour, we hear from TED speakers forever changed by major and […]Continue reading
Why you should listen
Joshua Prager is billed as a journalist, but he’s really a storyteller. Over a decade-plus career at the Wall Street Journal, where he began as a news assistant and worked his way up to senior writer, Prager excelled in writing enthralling tales that had one thing in common: They were about secrets. While at the paper, Prager uncovered the world’s only anonymous Pulitzer Prize winner, the unknown heir of the author of the children’s book Goodnight Moon, and the hidden backstory of how the 1951 New York Giants baseball team cheated their way to infamy, as told in his book The Echoing Green.
Today, Prager is focused on a personal story: the 1990 bus accident that left him a hemiplegic at age 19. His new book, Half-Life, about the accident, explores identity and what it means to live a life changed in a single moment.
What others say
“Prager is a marvelous storyteller with an intriguing message that goes far beyond an account of personal misfortune.” — Kenneth Mathews, TED.com
Joshua Prager’s TED talk
Almost twenty-three years ago, Joshua Prager experienced a moment that could only be described as “a great hinge in my life,” one that divided it “like the spine of an open book.” Just 19 years old then, Prager was in Israel for a year after high school. He was sitting in the backseat of a minibus […]Continue reading
When Joshua Prager was young, he dreamt he would grow up to play baseball. Or be a doctor. He never imagined that at the age of 19 he would find himself paralyzed in the hospital, and that he’d have to reteach his body to move, to relearn to breathe and speak. In his new book […]Continue reading