The Brain


Unraveling Bolero

Monday, June 18, 2012

In this podcast, a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.

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A World Without Words

Monday, August 09, 2010

One morning, neurologist Jill Bolte Taylor woke up with a headache. A blood vessel then burst inside her left hemisphere, and silenced all the brain chatter in her head. She was left with no language. No memories. Just sensory intake, and an all-encompassing feeling of joy.

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Words that Change the World

Monday, August 09, 2010

Susan Schaller believes that the best idea she ever had in her life had to do with an isolated young man she met one day at a community college. He was 27-years-old at the time, and though he had been born deaf, no one had ever taught him to sign. ...

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Innate Numbers?

Monday, November 30, 2009

In "25 Minutes to Go," Johnny Cash counts down the minutes to his hanging. This precipitates an argument between Robert and Jad about whether you could live without numbers. Jad introduces his newborn son, Amil, and insists that he has no concept of numbers whatsoever. Like father, like son? Producer ...

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Producer Soren Wheeler brings us a story about a friendship between Steve Strogatz and his high school math teacher, Don Joffray. Steve explains how numbers can connect you and where they fall short.

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The Scratch

Monday, September 07, 2009

When executive producer Ellen Horne was expecting a baby, she really had no particular intention of becoming a self-made expert on a parasite named Toxoplasma gondii. Robert Sapolsky explains to us why Ellen had reason to worry when she was scratched by her cat, and he traces the unlikely ...

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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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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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Seeking Patterns

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fine. Randomness may govern the world around us, but does it guide US?? Jonah Lehrer joins us to examine one of the most skilled basketball teams ever, the '82 - '83 '76ers, and wonders whether or not the mythical "hot hand" actually exists.

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The Takeaway

This pill will make you smaller, this pill will erase bad memories

Monday, April 06, 2009

Suppose that scientists could erase certain memories by tinkering with a single substance in your brain. They could make you forget a chronic fear, a traumatic loss, even a bad habit. Benedict Carey, science writer for The New York Times, joins The Takeaway with a report on researchers in Brooklyn who have created an experimental drug that helps you forget.

For more on this fascinating process, read Benedict Carey's article, Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory, in today's New York Times.

You may remember (or not!) that Lacuna Inc. has been promoting a similar process for some time:

From the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind



How Much Is Too Much?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Turns out, Robert is more impulsive than Jad, and Jad is more analytical than Robert. Shocking, right? Sadly for Jad, Robert's style may help him better navigate the overwhelming number of choices available throughout modern life's expanse of options, which may also lead him to a greater sense of well-being, ...

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Pinpointing the Placebo Effect

Thursday, May 17, 2007

All over the world, people say they are healed by things that turn out to be placebo. So it's easy to think that they must have been faking in the first place if all it took was a little sugar pill to assuage their ailments. But keep your scoffing at ...

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