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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Why are we so often pulled into memories of the past? This week, we bring you a 2018 episode about our ruminations on what we could have done differently, and what we wish we could do again.

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Tell Me A Story: What Narratives Reveal About The Mind

Thursday, January 09, 2020

We live in a world of stories. They're in movies, books, and plays. They're even in the things that we buy.

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Death And The Great Beyond: How We Grapple With The Idea Of Dying

Thursday, September 26, 2019

There's an event we were all invited to the day we were born. Attendance is mandatory. But we'd rather not think about it. On this week's radio show, the lengths we go to to avoid thoughts of death.

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The Best Medicine: Decoding The Hidden Meanings Of Laughter

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This week, a scientific look at what makes us laugh. Here's a hint — a lot of it isn't funny. We talk to neuroscientist (and stand up comedian) Sophie Scott.

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Fashion Statement: Putting Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Our friends may not be independent thinkers, but we are...right? Not quite. Researchers have found that many of our personal preferences are heavily shaped by the whims and wishes of others.

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Facts Aren't Enough: The Psychology Of False Beliefs

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Sometimes, when we believe something, no amount of data can change our minds. This week, why we cling to our beliefs — even when they're wrong.

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Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Thursday, October 04, 2018

We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity...and excess.

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Creating God

Monday, July 16, 2018

The world is full of complex religious beliefs. This week, we'll explore how religions have evolved, almost like living organisms, to help human societies survive and flourish.

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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

Thursday, June 14, 2018

So often we get stuck in the past, rehashing what we should have done, and what we no longer have. But researchers say our obsession with the past can tell us something important about our future.

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Radio Replay: This Is Your Brain On Ads

Friday, May 18, 2018

How many ads have you encountered today? On this week's radio replay, we discuss the insidiousness of advertising in American media.

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Baby Talk: Decoding The Secret Language Of Babies

Monday, May 14, 2018

To us non-babies, babbles like "ah-gah" and "dadadadada" can sound like cute gobbledygook. But they don't have to be such a mystery. We'll get a primer on how to decipher the dialect of tiny humans.

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Monday, May 07, 2018

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rap star when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." Did public perceptions of rap music play a role?

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

Monday, April 23, 2018

The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who gets to have children.

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How A Budding Astronomer Found Her Universe In 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Before it became a Disney movie, A Wrinkle In Time was a book that inspired generations of readers. One of them was an 8-year-old who loved that the hero was a science-loving girl who didn't fit in.

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