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[Unedited] Joan Halifax with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Neuroscientist Joshua Greene argues that our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them combines neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy to reveal the underlying causes of modern conflict. Dr. Greene is an award-winning teacher and scientist, and he directs Harvard University’s Moral Cognition Lab, which uses neuroscience and cognitive techniques to understand how people really make moral decisions.

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Radiolab

John McCluskey’s Brain

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In our Blame episode, we asked whether the condition of a criminal’s brain should lessen the punishment for his crime. Now there’s a headline-making story about this very question.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Development Deals; Hannukah in the U.S.; Lying

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development projects are making their way through the approval pipeline in the final weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s last term before Bill de Blasio takes office. Charles Bagli of The New York Times talks about the process and why developers are trying to get deals firmed up before the change in City Hall. Plus: your calls on the nature of Hannukah in the United States and how you celebrate the holiday; neuroscientist Sam Harris on his new essay on lying and the harmful deception in our society; and calls from shop owners promoting themselves to other listeners ahead of this weekend’s “Small Business Saturday.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Neuroscientist Joshua Greene argues that our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them combines neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy to reveal the underlying causes of modern conflict. Dr. Greene is an award-winning teacher and scientist, and he directs Harvard University’s Moral Cognition Lab, which uses neuroscience and cognitive techniques to understand how people really make moral decisions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Neuroscience and Morality; Ann Patchett; "Sidewalk Stories"

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Neuroscientist Joshua Green explains how our brains evolved after tribal life to deal with the conditions of our modern societies. Novelist Ann Patchett explores the commitments she’s made in her life in her new memoir, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Charles Lane on “Sidewalk Stories,” his black and white silent comedy that he filmed on the streets of Manhattan in the 1980s. And we’ll find out whether the American military knew about the trove of Nazi-stolen art that’s been in the headlines since the 1950s, decades before German authorities found it.

Radiolab

Fault Line

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kevin* is a likable guy who lives with his wife in New Jersey. And he's on probation after serving time in a federal prison for committing a disturbing crime. Producer Pat Walters helps untangle a difficult story about accountability, and a troubling set of questions about identity and self-control. Kevin's ...

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Radiolab

Forget about Blame?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nita Farahany, who's been following the growing field of Neurolaw for years now, helps uncover what seems to be a growing trend -- defendants using brain science to argue that they aren't entirely at fault. Neuroscientist David Eagleman thinks this is completely wrongheaded, and argues for ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayoral Campaign Ads; Egypt Latest; Left-Brain/Right-Brain

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

With the primary three weeks away, voters are seeing more and more campaign ads and flyers from the mayoral contenders. We take your calls on how the candidates' messages are impacting your decision. Plus: Time's Bobby Ghosh on Egypt; City Council Member Brad Lander on unequal treatment of affordable housing tenants in luxury buildings; a new study debunks the idea of left-brain and right-brain behavior; and the words and phrases that the Chinese government blocks on the social media site Weibo.

→ Reminder: Reddit AMA with Errol Louis at 2pm Today! Will be live at this link a little before 2.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Network Politics; Albany Surprises; Short Science

Monday, August 19, 2013

The RNC has voted to ban two networks from the 2016 primary debates. Ben Smith of Buzzfeed explains the dustup over two planned projects about Hillary Clinton. Plus: Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG talks about the surprises that were in bills Albany lawmakers passed this session. Then, a quick round-up of recent scientific developments including a new study showing there’s no such thing as right-brain and left-brain behavior, and a debate among physicists about what happens to you if you’re in a black hole.

→ Programming Note: Join Brian and NY1s Errol Louis for a Reddit "AMA" Tuesday at 2pm. Check this page for link Tuesday.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Monday, July 08, 2013

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about hallucinations and what they tell us about how the brain works. His book, Hallucinations, weaves together stories of his patients and of his own hallucinatory experiences and explores how hallucinations have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mindless Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As it turns out, brain scans might not necessarily be the best way to understand psychology.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stop and Frisk Stats; Africa Policy; TWA 800; Bad Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg said that the NYPD "disproportionately stops whites too much and minorities too little." We'll take a look at the statistics and why that comment is drawing criticism. Plus: President Obama's Africa policy and U.S. investment there; revisiting the 1996 TWA 800 flight crash with journalist and filmmaker Kristina Borjesson; and Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld discuss their new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Radiolab

Inner Voices

Thursday, June 27, 2013

How the voices in our heads shape us, for better and for worse.

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Radiolab

A Head Full of Symphonies

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A neurologist issues a wild musical dare to a conductor and a ragtime piano player. One gives up almost instantly. But the other pulls off something that shouldn't be possible.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poverty, Race and Addiction

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Carl Hart, associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University and the author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, talks about his own life and his work on the science of drug addiction.

→ Event: Reading at Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd St, today at 7 pm. Details.

 

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WNYC News

One Neuroscientist Rethinks Addiction

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The waiting area of the Brooklyn Family Courthouse isn’t where you’d expect to find a Columbia University neuroscientist. But Carl Hart isn’t your average professor.

+ Carl Hart talks to Brian Lehrer

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: About Time

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich join guest host Jane Curtin for a trio of stories about time, love, and identity.

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Radiolab

Flash Event May 30: Krulwich, nanobots, and neurosurgery

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join us tonight (May 30), at 8pm ET right here on radiolab.org to watch, live chat, and geek out about nanotechnology -- and finally see what Robert Krulwich looks like when he's not on the radio. Find out more here...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Justice Sotomayor; Against Landmines; Primates and Humanism

Monday, May 27, 2013

We’re airing some of our favorite recent segments on this Memorial Day. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about growing up in the Bronx and her path to the highest court. Then, we hear listeners respond to two questions inspired by Justice Sotomayor’s interview: first, is law school worth it? And who inspired you to see the world differently? Plus, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams on her activism against landmines; primatologist Frans de Waal on what animals can teach us about innate morality and therefore about religion; and a discussion about the intersection of art and science with performance artist Marina Abramović and two NYU neuroscientists.