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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why is 13 an Unlucky Number?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

It's 12/13/13 - and it's a Friday. Are you scared? In this segment from earlier this year (on 1/3/13), psychologist Bruce Hood tells Brian Lehrer why people are so superstitious about the number thirteen. Did you know the Savoy Hotel in London keeps a wooden cat on hand just in case thirteen people show up for dinner?

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The Takeaway

Can Superstition Predict Presidential Elections?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So many dollars, so many votes, so much punditry. But does any of it really matter? It all just comes down to luck, right? Jacopo Della Quercia, a Cracked.com contributor, discusses election superstition.

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The Takeaway

The Playoff Beard: What's Your Superstition?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The NHL playoffs started last night, and for many of these professional athletes that means growing a "playoff beard." A tradition in hockey that goes back three decades, the playoff beard is for both players and fans who refuse to shave during the post-season. This superstition has spread to other professional sports as well, and got us wondering: what other superstitions do professional sports players have? And what superstitions do you have while watching your favorite team?

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Soundcheck

Very Superstitious

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Given the number of things that can go wrong with a production, it’s no wonder that performers are a superstitious bunch. There are just some things you don’t do. Whistle backstage? Never. Wish a co-star “good luck?” How dare you! And, definitely don’t bring a peacock feather inside the theater. We’ll dive into the world of ritual and superstition with Time Out New York theater editor David Cote. And, hear the how and why of our superstitious minds with psychologist Stuart Vyse

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Soundcheck

Knock On Wood!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Given the number of things that can go wrong with a production, it’s no wonder that performers are a superstitious bunch. Today Soundcheck dives into the world of superstitions -- from The Apollo’s famous tree stump to why you never, ever say “Good Luck.”  Plus: Bree Benton, a.k.a. "Poor Baby Bree," gives us a performance from her one-woman show, “I Am Going to Run Away.” And: We remember banjo player and bluegrass revolutionary Earl Scruggs.

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Step On A Crack, Break Your Mother's Back?

Monday, April 06, 2009

In America, three out of four people say they believe in the possibility of ghosts, psychics, telepathy or some measure of the supernatural. Why? Bruce Hood tells Brian Lehrer that it's a product of the brain that creates the mind.

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