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Hearing the Sounds of Home

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet…  but what about a song in any other key? Could the Beatles’ guitar gently weep if it were written in a major key? For that matter, would Eric Satie’s nocturnes evoke the same sense of loneliness had the tempo been increased by a few beats per minute?  


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Backstory: The History of PTSD

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It’s Veteran’s Day, and on today’s first Backstory segment: Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill, two of the producers of new documentary Wartorn: 1861-2010, discuss history of post traumatic stress disorder. Wartorn debuts on HBO tonight at 9:00 pm.

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Zoo Story

Monday, November 01, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French gives an account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants: both animal and human. Based on six years of research, his book Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives follows a handful of characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: from an alpha chimp, to a ferocious tiger, to a brilliant but tyrannical CEO.

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Please Explain: Procrastination

Friday, October 29, 2010

Putting thing off until the last minute is a compulsion many people share. On this week’s Please Explain, Dr. George Ainslie, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and Dr. Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University, tell us what causes us to procrastinate, how it affects productivity, and methods for ending procrastination. Dr. Ferrari is the author of Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done. Dr. Ainslie is the author of Breakdown of Will and Picoeconomics.

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Oliver Sacks

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Neurologist Oliver Sacks tells stories of people who manage to navigate the world and communicate, despite losing what many consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the ability to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and to see. In The Mind’s Eye he considers the fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think?

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The Takeaway

You Can't Say That On Television: NPR Correspondent Loses His Job After Making Racially Tinged Remarks on FOX

Friday, October 22, 2010

This week, NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams was fired, after saying on "The O'Reilly Factor" that he was fearful when seeing passengers dressed in Muslim garb aboard airplanes.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

Monday, October 18, 2010

Steven Johnson looks into what sparks brilliant ideas and how innovation happens. In Where Good Ideas Come From, he tells the exciting and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

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Your Future in a Marshmallow

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fate may not be written in the stars, but what if it’s written in our genes? First, Paul Auster raises the specter of "rhyming events," his term for those spooky coincidences that seem more than ordinary mathematical flukes.

Then, a seemingly simple experiment devised by Walter Mischel ...

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Please Explain: Psychedelic Drugs

Friday, October 15, 2010

Please Explain takes a look at LSD and psychedelic drugs. Dr. Nicolas Langlitz, assistant professor of Medical Anthropology at the New School, and Dr. Stephen Ross, Assistant Professor at NYU Medical Center, Departments of Psychiatry and In-Patient Service, explain how psychedelic drugs affect the brain, how hallucinogens work, and new research into therapeutic uses for psychedelic drugs.

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Fate and Fortune

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stories about the tug of war between force of will and fate.

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Backstory: The Ex Gay Movement

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Today’s Backstory segment looks at the ex-gay movement, a collection of religious and psychological groups that espouse discredited theories about sexuality and claim to be able to "cure" homosexuality. We’ll talk with Peterson Toscano, an ex ex-gay with the group Beyond Ex-Gay, and with Dr. William Meyer, a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Duke University.

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The Takeaway

Trapped Chilean Miners May Soon See Light of Day

Monday, October 11, 2010

The 33 Chilean gold miners who have been trapped underground since August 5 may be rescued as soon as Wednesday, according to the country's mining minister, Laurence Golborne.

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The Takeaway

Steven Johnson on 'Where Good Ideas Come From'

Monday, October 04, 2010

Everyone knows what it feels like to come up with a good idea. It comes from someplace, not completely made out of thin air. Usually it’s being formed in the back of your head among all of the little, unconnected thoughts, memories and hunches until... BAM! It arrives.

What if we tracked the history of the most significant ideas that humans have ever come up with, in order to see if there’s a pattern to these little moments of genius? That'd be a pretty good idea all on its own, right?

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'My Lie': A True Story of a False Memory

Thursday, September 30, 2010

In the 80's, the infamous McMartin Preschool sexual abuse trial ignited a hysteria about child sexual abuse. The McMartin trials never found anyone guilty, however, and several of the children, now adults, have come forward, saying no molestation ever happened. Across the nation, though, tens of thousands of people became convinced that they had repressed – and recovered – memories of awful abuse.

Meredith Maran, a journalist and author, found herself caught up in it.  She began to believe that her own father had molested her, and at age 37, she accused him.  Ten years later, she realized that he was innocent and recanted.  But it was almost too late.

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UFO Reports Increase: Why Do So Many Believe?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"President Obama is a Muslim!" ... "The U.S. government was involved in the attacks on 9/11!" ... "Area 51 is full of little green men!"

We've all heard conspiracy theories with no basis in observable fact; it's that last one we're looking at today. 2010 has seen a significant increase in UFO sightings, and according to various polls, around a fifth of all Americans believe in aliens. Why? We discusses the evolution of belief systems and irrational thoughts with Professor William Ramsey, specialist in philosophy of the mind and cognitive science and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

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The Arts File

Women's Fashion on the Classical Stage

Friday, September 17, 2010

Experts Noola Griffiths and Mary Davis on how women's fashion changes audience perceptions.

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Voices in Your Head

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

In this podcast, Jad talks to Charles Fernyhough about the connection between thought and the voice in your head. How did it get there? And what's happening when people hear someone else's voice in their head?

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Political Decision-Making

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

How do you decide who to vote for? Is there one issue that determines which candidate you side with? Are you loyal to one party over another? Andrew Westen, professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of The Political Brain joins us in taking listeners' calls on what's influencing their vote this election season.

Call us at 212-433-9692 to tell us what influences how you vote! Or leave a comment below!

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Positive Psychology

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist and contributor to Harper's magazine, examines how psychotherapy has changed since the days of Freud. Psychology today focuses on winners: strong people who are highly resilient and psychologically fit. His article “The War on Unhappiness,” in the September issue of Harper’s, describes the latest U.S. brand of psychoanalysis—Positive Psychology, which is not being funded not by the National Institutes of Health, but by the Department of Defense.

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Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks

Monday, August 23, 2010

Micah Toub describes growing up with parents who were both Jungian therapists. His memoir, Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, is a personal history and a survey of Jungian psychology, and looks at whether it’s possible for the child of two shrinks to reach adulthood mentally unscathed.

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