Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Legendary music producer Clive Davis talks about working with some of music’s biggest names over the last five decades, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Kelly Clarkson. Marketing professor Jonah Berger helps us understand why some products and ideas catch on while others don’t. Carlene Bauer talks about her latest novel, Frances and Bernard. Plus, one woman’s experience growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its high-profile protests and extreme beliefs.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Our habits—good and bad—shape our lives, and understanding how habits work is key to losing weight, being more productive, exercising regularly, and achieving success.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
On today’s show: Alicia Menendez fills in for Leonard Lopate. Jesse Prinz examines nature versus nurture in human development and tells us why our DNA is not necessarily our destiny. Massimo Montanari on his new book Let the Meatballs Rest, about food culture, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout history. Dena Kaye talks about the centenary celebration of her father, the award-winning entertainer Danny Kaye. And Cali Williams Yost tells us how small, consistent, everyday changes can help us all find a better fit between work and life.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Psychologist Jeremy Dean tells us how habits are formed and broken. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits he explains that while people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought. He draws on hundreds of studies to show how to make any change stick.
Friday, August 10, 2012
This week’s Please Explain takes a look at the art and science of teamwork. We’re joined by Scott Wiltermuth, Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and Dr. John Krakauer, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Director, Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurology.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux describes the underlying brain mechanisms that make us feel emotions. He's the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, which investigates the origins of human emotions such as fear, love, hate, anger, and joy, and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive. He is also the singer and song writer in The Amygdaloids, a rock band that sings about mind and brain, and with which Rosanne Cash has recorded.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Leonard Mlodinow explores how we misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; how we misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions; and how we misremember important events. Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior explains how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Charles Duhigg, New York Times staff writer and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, joins us to talk about the importance of habitual behavior and the role it plays in our lives both on and offline.
Monday, December 12, 2011
The holidays involve a lot of standing on line—in museums, at the movies, and, of course, at stores. Wall Street Journal reporter Ray Smith discusses the science of lines, looking at what’s really happening at checkout. His article “Find the Best Checkout Line” appeared in the Wall Street Journal December 8. He’s joined by Narayan Janakiraman an assistant professor of marketing at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona who has researched how impatient shoppers get while waiting on line.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga argues against the common belief that physical laws govern our behavior and that there’s no such thing as free will. In Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain shows how determinism weakens human responsibility, and he shows that the latest insights into the mind reveal that we are responsible for our actions, not our brains.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Daniel Kahneman, who received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, talks about how we think. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, he looks at how intuitive and emotional thinking and slower, more deliberative, and more logical thinking shape our behaviors, judgments, and decisions.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang discuss how a child’s brain develops, from conception to college, looking at language learning, sleep problems, gender differences, and behavior issues. They debunk myths and look at the factors that matter—and those that don’t—in children’s brain development. They’re the co-authors of Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
Common sense seems simple enough, but it can be more complicated and less helpful that you would expect. Duncan J. Watts, sociologist and Yahoo! Principal Researcher, explains the benefits and limitations of common sense and looks closely at how common-sense reasoning can be misleading. His book Everything You Know Is Obvious once You Know the Answer draws on the latest scientific research and real-life examples to show how common sense attempts to predict, manage, and manipulate social and economic systems often fail, and looks at the implications in politics, business and everyday life.
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Monday, August 30, 2010
It is still unclear when the 33 Chilean miners trapped 700 meters below ground will be rescued. The Chilean mining minister says it will before Christmas, a shorter timeline than originally anticipated. The group received its first solid food from the surface today: ham sandwiches. Even if the miners are trapped for 60 days, rather than the previously announced 120 days, it is still a very long time to be trapped in a confined space with the same people. We've been asking our listeners: What would happen if you were trapped underground with your coworkers?