Pleasure, Pain, and the Brain

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Neuroscientist David Linden describes the complex relationship between pleasure and addiction. They Might Be Giants tell us about their latest album, “Join Us.” Novelist Adam Ross discusses his new collection of short stories. Lisa Kudrow describes adapting her popular web series, “Web Therapy,” for television. And a filmmaker explains how becoming a disaster relief volunteer changed her life.

How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good

David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explores the relationship between pleasure and addiction. The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good combines an evolutionary perspective with cutting-edge research in neuroscience and explores how the two connect. 

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They Might Be Giants Join Us

They Might Be Giants founders John Flansburgh and John Linnell, and drummer Marty Beller join us to talk about their new album “Join Us,” released this month. They Might Be Giants will launch the first leg of their first international tour in over a decade this fall, and they're playing a couple free concerts in New York in July!

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Adam Ross on Ladies and Gentlemen

Adam Ross describes his darkly compelling collection of stories about brothers, loners, lovers, and lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscured motives, Ladies and Gentlemen, the follow-up to his celebrated debut novel, Mr. Peanut.


Lisa Kudrow on "Web Therapy"

Lisa Kudrow talks about the creating and starring in the series “Web Therapy,” on Showtime. She plays a therapist with limited patience for others' problems in the improvised series. Season three premieres July 19 at 11 pm on Showtime

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The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

Filmmaker Alison Thompson describes her journey as a volunteer—from her first real introduction to disaster relief after 9/11 to her efforts in Haiti, where she helped create and run, with Sean Penn, a displaced-person camp and field hospital for more than 65,000 Haitians who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake. In The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story, she provides an inside glimpse into what really happens on the ground after a disaster—and a road map for what anyone can do to help.

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