Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

https://npr.org/series/423302056/hidden-brain

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian


The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who could have children.


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   41m
 
 

Close Enough


Today, more and more of us are living through the people on our screens and in our headphones. It's not real, but for many of us, it's close enough.


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   49m
 
 

One Head, Two Brains


It's long been a mystery why the brain is divided. Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist explains why our brains are split, and how these divisions are reflected in Western society.


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   51m
 
 

Radio Replay: Creative Differences


What happens when we connect with people whose view of the world is very different from our own? We look at the links between diversity, conflict, and creativity.


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   49m
 
 

Rewinding & Rewriting


All of us think back to turning points in our lives, and imagine how things could have unfolded differently. Why do we so often ask ourselves, "What if?"


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   31m
 
 

The Vegetable Lamb


We like to think that science evolves in a way that is...rational. But this isn't always the case. This week, we look at how information and misinformation spread in science.


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   38m
 
 

The Best Medicine


This week, a scientific look at what makes us laugh. Here's a hint — a lot of it isn't funny. We talk to neuroscientist (and stand up comedian) Sophie Scott.


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 2019-01-15  48m
 
 

The Cowboy Philosopher


In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he'd been known to use. In this episode, we trace the life of Riley Shepard, a hillbilly musician, writer, small-time con man and, perhaps, a genius.


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 2019-01-08  51m
 
 

The Cowboy Philosopher


In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he'd been known to use. In this episode, we trace the life of Riley Shepard, a hillbilly musician, writer, small-time con man and, perhaps, a genius.


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 2019-01-08  51m
 
 

Loss and Renewal


Maya Shankar was well on her way to an extraordinary career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. She eventually found a new path forward in a very different field.


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 2018-12-31  26m