Maggie Penman

Intern, The Takeaway

Maggie Penman appears in the following:

You 2.0: Fresh Starts

Friday, August 21, 2020

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. As part of our annual You 2.0 series on personal growth and reinvention, we revisit two of our favorite stories of loss and the change it brings.


The Mind Of The Village: Understanding Our Implicit Biases

Saturday, June 20, 2020

This week on Hidden Brain, research about prejudices so deeply buried, we often doubt their existence. We'll begin with police shootings of unarmed Black men. We also look at how biases affect judges.


Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn't Always Rational

Thursday, May 28, 2020

We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest.


Whose Utopia? How Science Used The Bodies Of People Deemed 'Less Than'

Thursday, July 18, 2019

There is a long legacy of leaders exploiting the bodies of vulnerable people in the name of science. This week, the history of eugenics and medical experimentation on enslaved people in the U.S.


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.


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.


Trying To Do Good

Thursday, March 21, 2019

We know our actions affect those around us. But how do we know whether our impact is positive? This week on Hidden Brain, what it means to do good in the world.


Creative Differences: The Benefits Of Reaching Out To People Unlike Ourselves

Thursday, January 24, 2019

What happens when we connect with people whose view of the world is very different from our own? This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the links between diversity, conflict, and creativity.


Playing The Gender Card: Overlooking And Overthrowing Sexist Stereotypes

Thursday, January 17, 2019

This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we tell the stories of two people who defy gender stereotypes in their jobs.


Fresh Starts: Tales Of Renewal For A New Year

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The turn of the year is a time when we set the old aside and welcomed the new into our lives. When one chapter ends, another begins.


More Divided Than Ever: Excavating the Roots Of Our Political Landscape

Thursday, October 18, 2018

American politics can be nasty. Does that mean that it's broken?


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.


Fires And Explosions Reported In Massachusetts Towns

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dozens of houses have exploded into flames, and a hospital says it is treating victims. People are being told to evacuate, which has led to gridlock and traffic jams.


Can You Handle The Truth?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we explore why people often avoid telling the truth — to others, and to themselves.


Faneuil Hall's Ties To Slavery Spark Debate In Boston

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Faneuil Hall is visited by millions of tourists every year. But few know its ties to the slave trade. Boston is trying to figure out how to reckon with that history.


Why Now?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Decades ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the complaints went nowhere. In 2017, more women came forward. This time, people listened.


Chicago Police Release Body Cam Footage Of Deadly Shooting

Sunday, July 15, 2018

On the city's South Side, residents and activists converged to protest the deadly shooting of a man Saturday. On Sunday police released a 30-second clip of the incident that set off the protests.


Novak Djokovic Beats Kevin Anderson To Win Fourth Wimbledon

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Serbian tennis player won his fourth Wimbledon and his 13th major title with his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa.


Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The giant mountain of ice towers is threatening a tiny village, causing authorities to evacuate residents.


Germany's Angelique Kerber Wins Wimbledon, Beating Serena Williams In The Final

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Serena Williams was on course for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title when she was stunned by Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon on Saturday.