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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.