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Why People Get Happier in Old Age

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Life gets better for people in their 60s and 70, according to lots of recent studies. Why? Geriatric psychiatrist Dilip Jeste says people often become wiser with age.



Invisibilia: The Power Of Categories

Friday, February 06, 2015

How categories define us—and how, if given a chance, humans will jump into one category or another—is the subject of this episode of Invisibilia.

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Invisibilia: Entanglement

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Explore the ways in which all of us are connected – more literally than you might realize -- in the next episode of Invisibilia.

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Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Learn about the surprising effects that your expectations can have on the people around you in the next episode of Invisibilia.



Invisibilia: Fearless

Friday, January 16, 2015

What would happen if you could make fear disappear? A group of scientists believe that people no longer need fear — at least not the kind we live with — to navigate the modern world.

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Invisibilia: The Secret History Of Thoughts

Friday, January 09, 2015

Invisibilia is a new series about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs and assumptions. Hear it Sunday nights on WNYC for the next six weeks.


The Takeaway

New Migraine Drugs Signal Hope for Millions

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Over the past 50 years, there hasn't been a single preventative drug developed that specifically targets migraines. But some new research in its early stages shows hope that a preventative drug may be within reach.

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The Takeaway

Turns Out Humans Only Feel Four Basic Emotions

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Brains on Trial"

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Alan Alda, discusses the PBS program, “Brains on Trial,” about how developments in neuroscience may dramatically affect criminal trials. He’s joined by psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Bea Luna. “Brains on Trial” airs on PBS  September 11and 18.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ethics and Fashion; Alan Alda and "Brains on Trial"; Love Survived WWII in Hungary; Kirk Johnson's List Project

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Five months ago, a building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 garment workers. We’ll find out how the fashion industry has been changing how overseas workers are treated. Alan Alda and neurologist Bea Luna talk about how developments in neuroscience could change criminal trials. We’ll hear one woman’s story of how her parents’ love survived war and the Holocaust. And Kirk Johnson describes going to Baghdad in 2005 with USAID, his struggles with depression and PTSD, and how he’s now trying to help Iraqis find refuge in the United States.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Study Debunks Left-Brain, Right-Brain Theory

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new study has found no evidence to support that some people display "right-brained" or "left-brained" personality traits. Jeff Anderson, neuro-radiologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study that just came out in PLOS ONE, explains the findings and what it changes about our understanding of how we think.

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Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Neuroaesthetics is an emerging field of studying art through neuroscience to find out what it is about certain works of art that moves us. David Freedberg, the Pierre Matisse Professor of the history of art at Columbia University, and Neuroscientist Ed Vessel, research scientist at the NYU Center for Brain Imaging, explain what happens in our brains when we see artwork that we find beautiful and what the neuroaesthetics is revealing  how we look at art and the mind. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This spring, parts of the East Coast will turn squishy and crunchy -- the return of the 17-year cicadas means surfaces in certain locations (in patches from VA to CT) will once again be coated in bugs buzzing at 7 kilohertz. In their honor, we're rebroadcasting one of our favorite episodes: Emergence.

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The Great Rat Mother Switcheroo

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One of the most-asked questions after Radiolab's Inheritance show had to do with the benefits of rat-licking -- or, as Molly Webster explains, how researchers knew it was a mom's behavior, not genes, that was impacting the very DNA of her rat pups.


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Mapping the Bilingual Brain

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chris Berube -- intrepid Radiolab intern, and monolinguist -- sets aside his ego to delve into a listener's question about intelligence and speaking more than one language.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Revealing the Secret of Human Thought

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

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Music Lessons Impact The Brain Into Adulthood

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A recent study shows that even limited childhood musical training can improve brain functions in adulthood. 



Krulwich Wonders: When You're Visited by a Copy of Yourself, Stay Calm

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


You know Carl Linnaeus, right? The great Swedish naturalist who categorized plants and animals in the 1750s? He was a singular figure in botany. But when he got a headache, he stopped being singular. He doubled, from one Carl to two.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Neurologist Oliver Sacks was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about hallucinations, how they're caused, and why we experience them so vividly. He also told us he's a fan of ferns. Find out what else Dr. Sacks is a fan of!