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Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

2019-07-1500:35:0637

At some point in our lives, many of us realize that the way we hear our own voice isn't the way others hear us. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the relationship between our voices and our identities. Plus, we hear how advances in technology might help people with vocal impairments, and consider the ethical quandaries that arise when we can create personalized, customized voices.
The Fox And The Hedgehog

The Fox And The Hedgehog

2019-07-0800:38:0335

The Greek poet Archilochus wrote that "the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This week, we'll use the metaphor of the fox and the hedgehog as a way to understand the differences between tacticians and big-picture thinkers. We'll explore the story of a pioneering surgeon whose hedgehog tendencies led him to great triumphs, and a heartbreaking tragedy. This episode first aired in May 2017.
I Buy, Therefore I Am

I Buy, Therefore I Am

2019-07-0100:33:5565

All of us are surrounded by brands. Designer brands. Bargain-shopper brands. Brands for seemingly every demographic slice among us. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself how brands influence you? This week, we look at how companies create a worldview around the products they sell, and then get us to make those products a part of who we are.
The Lazarus Drug

The Lazarus Drug

2019-06-2400:49:2757

More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017 — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront this crisis is a drug called naloxone. It can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds, and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But in 2018, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behavior — and causing more deaths than it saves. This week, we talk with researchers, drug users, and families about the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there's still so much we're struggling to understand about addiction. This episode originally aired in October 2018.
Our Animal Instincts

Our Animal Instincts

2019-06-1700:47:5992

Does living with animals really make us healthier? Why do we eat some animals and keep others as pets? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with psychology professor Hal Herzog about the contradictions embedded in our relationships with animals.
Me, Myself, and IKEA

Me, Myself, and IKEA

2019-06-1000:25:1067

Are women named Virginia more likely to move to Virginia? Are people with the last name of Carpenter more likely to be carpenters? This week on Hidden Brain, we bring you a favorite 2017 episode about our preference for things that remind us of ourselves, and why this tendency can have larger implications than we might at first imagine.
People Like Us

People Like Us

2019-06-0300:35:1269

Generations of Americans have struggled against segregation. Most of us believe in the ideal of a colorblind society. But what happens when that ideal come up against research that finds colorblindness sometimes leads to worse outcomes?
More Divided Than Ever?

More Divided Than Ever?

2019-05-2700:52:5586

Many of us intuitively feel that the bitter partisanship of American politics is bad for our nation. So should we be concerned about the health of our democracy? This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit two of our favorite conversations about U.S. politics. We start by talking with political scientist John Hibbing about the psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Then, we explore the role of conflict in democracy with historian David Moss.
Losing Face

Losing Face

2019-05-2000:24:2143

It happens to all of us: someone recognizes you on the street, calls you by name, and says hello. You, meanwhile, have no idea who that person is. Researchers say this struggle to read other faces is common. This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit a favorite 2016 episode about "super-recognizers" and the rest of us.
What's Not On The Test

What's Not On The Test

2019-05-1300:45:2358

Smarts matter. But other factors may play an even bigger role in whether someone succeeds. This week, we speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman about the skills that predict how you'll fare in life. We'll also look at programs that build these skills in the neediest of children – and new research that suggests the benefits of investing in kids and families can last for generations.
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Cody Cook

dude people suck ass

Jul 21st
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Colbert Williams

Cody Cook : (

Jul 22nd
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Chris

usually I like hidden brain. like when you discussed if you should feed kittens to snakes. it makes you think. this episode was really bad. it just talks about eugenics being bad but not why. this is not up to your usual mind boggling standards. still love the show though! like how safety makes us live more dangerously. just awesome stuff

Jul 18th
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Chris

Drew Brid did like that episode as well? I still think about it from time to time. the lazurus drug. check it out

Jul 18th
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Drew Brid

Chris I like your comment! especially how safety makes us live more dangerously!

Jul 18th
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Joy Saylor

thank you for letting me know this my friend. God bless ya'll always and everyday my friends.

Jul 15th
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Jennifer Arabella

Joy Saylor thank you : )

Jul 16th
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Foaad Soleymany

wonderful and informative science podcast with excellent host.

Jul 11th
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Charles Lawrence

you never make a real argument against eugenics. you just end the episode saying we shouldn't do it. if you can't afford for your kids you 100% should be sterilized.

Jul 8th
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Matthew Henry

So, I'm wondering, do religions work like brands? has anyone done a study to correlate the two? when I listened to this episode, all I could think about was those following a specific faith, and how that Faith gives them the same strength that Lance Armstrong gave the teacher that taught in this episode.

Jul 6th
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Alee M

Maybe just be your own person and embrace your own sexuality without embarassment. empower yourselves, men and women.

Jul 3rd
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Lesly Carter

Classic victim blaming. Dump resources into any household and it will improve. The question is what created the deficit. Couldn't possibly be redlining or the systematic exclusion of poor blacks from the mainstream economy or wealth generation. No it must be that parents don't know how to raise kids. Unbelievable.

Jul 2nd
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Sawyer  Martinez

Exactly. Healthy and happier people have pets. Huge for the owner who already stuff from eating disorder and dogs hovering creates ptsd.

Jul 2nd
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Oscar

Seems fitting to have a smart water ad. Talk about a useless product

Jul 2nd
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Pathum Weerasinghe

This reminds me of a book Post Politica https://www.amazon.com/dp/0992583780/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_G4RgDbQG5TSFR Hilarious and disturbing I'd say.

Jul 2nd
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Danny H

is it just me or is the recording for this episode corrupted around the 7min30 mark? it's glitching out on me

Jul 1st
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Michael Leslie

Danny H Danny, I listened back to the episode... didn't notice a "glitch" around that time stamp; worked just fine for me.

Jul 2nd
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Mohammad Issvand Nassiri

you are just fabricating this issue so that seems more sophisticated whereas it is not. and it is so simple. women are different physically and mentally. women as a group of human beings have almost similar physical and emotional characteristics. nonetheless there are some minor differences and maybe exist some disturbances like bisexuals. the universe is based on these differences and these differences are not necessarily bad or even good. these differences has made our world a good place to live.

Jun 30th
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Edvarts Mezulis

This episode is pure insanity, there are 2 genders.... as far as I can tell

Jun 29th
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MRK LMRK

Trump 2020

Jun 25th
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Zion Sky

There isn't so much we are struggling to understand about it.... It's really clear why it happens and that's because it's good to become blind and intoxicated away from this hellish place people call a society.

Jun 24th
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Zion Sky

Hobbes Zanzabar Fuck the solutions I'll just burn the problems. Too many solutions get ignored by this ugly species.

Jun 25th
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Zion Sky

Hobbes Zanzabar Lol look at you tryna know it all 😂 what makes you so sure this is the only life?

Jun 25th
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Angelo Di Meo

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Jun 22nd
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Jason Huntley

I love how this episode destroys the LGBTQ narrative when it addresses sexual binary. I also love how Shankar pressures the woman to accept the logical conclusion to her findings. The world needs more critical thinking like that.

Jun 21st
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Jason Huntley

JJ Todilinus And that's your version. Gays are more than happy to stand arm in arm with everyone else in the LGBTQ "community". There is no evidence that anyone is in fact "born this way". The gays you're speaking about are in the minority.

Jul 7th
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JJ Todilinus

Jason Huntley It is NOT an LGBTQ narrative. Don't you see how media manipulates and controls people with polarizing ideas? For 40+ years gays have been saying "we are born this way," and then this lot of retarded narcissists comes along and says "I can be one gender in the morning and one at night" - in other words, you're NOT born that way. No one gave them the right to speak for gay people. They are egomaniacal tyrants - and they all come out of gender studies movements filled with radical feminists. LGBTQ is just a proxy arena for the bigger war of an extended penis resentment by some women against the men.

Jul 7th
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Mae Lee Arant

I am furious with this episode. it only looks at one simple broad brush statement of "anthropormorphism" rather than the deep dive of how animals function with the myriad of communicative intent as well as emotions. man is an animal, the worse as we raise ourselves above the rest with hypocrisy and self centered blindness.

Jun 20th
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Jason Huntley

Mae Lee Arant A few questions. How do you know that no other "animal" raises itself up? Do you think that morals (standards of right and wrong) exist? If so, are we the only "animal" with morals? If not, why and who else does?

Jul 9th
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Cheryl Martin

Mae Lee Arant seriously

Jun 28th
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Sean Noonan

This was a stupid episode, I can't believe this guy has spent 30 years thinking about this, his reasoning and conclusions sound so simplistic.

Jun 19th
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Inna S

Sean Noonan It sounds like his pushing towards embracing hypocrisy rather than explaining why people act like this. "We want our pets to be like us" doesn't say much. He himself hasn't changed his lifestyle (except for not getting a dog) so I suspect his own unwillingness to take action or a higher moral stand tint a lot of his opinions.

Jul 5th
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