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14: The Four Groans

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Another meditation on what happens after the moment of death, this time as Shakespeare envisions it. 

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13: Gone

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We continue our meditations on death with a reading from poet and writer, Mark Doty. This is an excerpt from Doty's 1996 memoir Heaven's Coast.

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12: Proof

Monday, August 10, 2009

This week on the podcast, we continue our meditations on death (our After Life episode had eleven). We'll throw a new one at you each day, all week long, culminating in a very special treat at the end of the week.

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When Am I Dead?

Monday, July 27, 2009

1. Soul Has Weight, Physician Thinks: Biologist Lee Silver tells us the story of a physician’s ambitious 1907 experiment to discover the weight of the soul. 2. Metamorphosis: One possibility of the afterlife from David Eagleman, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor. 3. When Am I Dead?: Is ...

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What’s the Difference Anyway?

Monday, July 27, 2009

5. 4 Seconds Down: Soren Wheeler tells the story of Ken Baldwin, a man who is looking for death but finds a new view on life. 6. Am I Dead?: Neurological psychologist Paul Broks introduces us to a patient who thinks she's dead. 7. If I Only Had A Brain: ...

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In Silence

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

There are some questions that just don't give in to experiments and data. We take on one of those questions.

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Diagnosis

Monday, December 29, 2008

Humans love to solve problems. This hour, Diagnosis -- our attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label.

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How To Cure What Ails You

Monday, December 29, 2008

Now that we have the ability to see inside the brain without opening anyone's skull, we'll be able to map and define brain activity and peg it to behavior and feelings. Right? Well, maybe not, or maybe not just yet. It seems the workings of our brains are rather too ...

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The Frowners

Monday, December 29, 2008

Meet Emanuel Frowner. Ever since he was a little boy, Emanuel was... different. He had trouble making friends. He had trouble looking you in the eye. His brother thought he needed psychological help, but his dad didn’t think there was anything seriously wrong, and worried that a diagnosis would hold ...

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Putting Together the Puzzle

Monday, December 29, 2008

A young woman's apartment goes up in flames and a dashing young man saves the day! But to firefighter Louis Garcia, evidence at the scene didn't quite add up....at least, they didn't quite add up to that. He hunts down the source of the blaze.

Family X ...

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Sperm

Monday, December 01, 2008

We examine our beginnings, take a tour of the animal kingdom, and ponder a world where frozen sperm can last for all eternity.

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Could It Happen Again? (And Again?)

Monday, March 24, 2008

We take an in depth look at a War of the Worlds radio play incident with even more dire consequences. In 1949, when Radio Quito decided to translate the Orson Welles stunt for an Equadorian audience, no one knew that the result would be a riot that burned down the ...

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People Who Lie

Monday, March 10, 2008

What's going on in the mind of a liar? Producer Ellen Horne tells the story of a con woman and the trail of mistrust she leaves in her wake. Then we delve into the brains of pathological liars with Yaling Yang, a psychologist at the University of Southern California. She ...

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Chimp Fights and Trolley Rides

Monday, August 13, 2007

First up, we the streets. Join us in Times Square as we poll dozens of people waiting in line to buy discount Broadway tickets. Share in the outrage and mental grunt-work as these thrifty theater-goers try to answer tough moral quandaries. The questions -- which force you to ...

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Morality

Monday, August 13, 2007

For thousands of years philosophers have debated the essence of morality. Now, neuroscientists may have answers.

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Mortality

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The modern search for the fountain of youth, and personal stories of witnessing death.

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Who Am I?

Monday, May 07, 2007

The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers & priests. But this hour, neurologists lead the charge.

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Take a deep breath -- hold it -- now exhale

Monday, April 09, 2007

We can’t control stress, but what we can do is understand it. Neuropsychologist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour let’s us listen to the sound of our own stress (a sort of a high pitched whine). His theory is that if you can hear your stress you can control it. Not ...

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Stress

Monday, April 09, 2007

Stories of stress -- from a singer who loses her voice, to an author caught in a body that never grew up.

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The Butcher's Assistant

Friday, May 05, 2006

There's a sense so essential to our everyday functioning, it is almost impossible to describe beyond... simply being. Or existing, physically. Called proprioception, and sometimes referred to as the sixth sense, it is the sense that the body uses to detect itself. Radio Lab talks to one man ...

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