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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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You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause

2019-08-1900:47:4724

Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how, and when, to break the rules that should be broken. So how can you activate your own inner non-conformist? This week, we ponder the traits of successful rebels as we revisit our 2018 conversation with Gino.
You 2.0: Our Better Nature

You 2.0: Our Better Nature

2019-08-1200:26:3147

If you live in a big city, you may have noticed new buildings popping up — a high-rise here, a skyscraper there. The concrete jungles that we've built over the past century have allowed millions of us to live in close proximity, and modern economies to flourish. But what have we given up by moving away from the forest environments in which humans first evolved? This week, we revisit our 2018 conversation about the healing power of nature with psychologist Ming Kuo.
You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

2019-08-0500:36:4088

When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This week, as part of our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite 2017 episode about the psychological phenomenon of scarcity. Researchers say this form of tunnel vision can affect our ability to see the big picture and cope with problems in our lives.
You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

2019-07-2900:53:0599

Some people are good at putting themselves in another person's shoes. Others may struggle to relate. But psychologist Jamil Zaki argues that empathy isn't a fixed trait. This week: how to exercise our empathetic muscles. It's the first episode in our You 2.0 summer series.
Facts Aren't Enough

Facts Aren't Enough

2019-07-2200:51:31120

Sometimes when we believe something, we resist data that can change our minds. This week, we look at how we rely on the people we trust to shape what we believe, and why emotions can be more powerful than facts. This episode features new reporting and favorite conversations with neuroscientist Tali Sharot and philosopher of science Cailin O'Connor.
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

2019-07-1500:34:5275

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

2019-07-0800:38:0054

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

2019-07-0100:33:4686

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

2019-06-2400:49:2771

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

2019-06-1700:47:59108

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.
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H Mensah

Loved this episode! This was my area of study in college!

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

Thank you for sharing a more intimate perspective on some of these ongoing conflicts in the middle east. We (the consumers of media) are constantly bombarded by facts and figures of the inhuman acts perpetrated in these conflicts. Facts and figures which are completely devoid of the human experience.

Aug 22nd
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Rita Moore

mia blu 👏👏👍

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

Speaking from personal experience, disadvantaged white women are treated the same way regarding matters of women's health.

Aug 22nd
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Rita Moore

mia blu Yes... I agree

Aug 22nd
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mia blu

So many lonely people out there...often those who have someone don't appreciate them.

Aug 22nd
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Drew Brid

mia blu Oh, yes...

Aug 22nd
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Alicia Chang

fascinating episode.

Aug 18th
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KateSos75

Alicia Chang I REALLY enjoyed it to!

Aug 21st
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Zach Tabor

as much as I've enjoyed this program... I can't condone the support from Exxon. good luck finding new sponsorship.

Aug 18th
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Deven Johannessen

Zach Tabor I agree!!

Aug 19th
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Nelson da Silva de Jesus

ironically they have a mortgage sponsor on this episode

Aug 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Nelson da Silva de Jesus 😒😒

Aug 16th
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S Duke

scarcity- awesome podcast!

Aug 16th
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Fion Lewis

S Duke Excellent podcast!

Aug 16th
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Jeff B

will this podcast ever put out a new episode, or just continue replaying? unsubscribing

Aug 13th
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Cooper Scott

Jeff B I also want to know, hope it can update

Aug 14th
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Len Conyers

everything...and everything

Aug 13th
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Cassandra Collins

Len Conyers 🙄

Aug 13th
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Cam

Repeat content from "Too Little, Too Much".

Aug 7th
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Cam

Mo U. Yes, I know.

Aug 8th
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Mo U.

Cam "This week, as part of our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite 2017 episode about the psychological phenomenon of scarcity." That's the intent.

Aug 8th
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Sofia Pfayfer

absolutely loved it super educational

Aug 6th
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Santiago

Sofia Pfayfer Great episode!

Aug 7th
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Xavier Doc Jenkins

I’m disappointed that this installation of you 2.0 is an episode that I’ve listened to 10 times.

Aug 5th
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Emmanuel

Xavier Doc Jenkins me too...

Aug 6th
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Becky Barton

weird sucker noise

Aug 5th
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Emmanuel

Becky Barton ah, let me see

Aug 6th
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Teddy Spaghetti

is it just me or does this dude sound like Lou ferigno's brother?

Aug 3rd
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Becca Hall

great episode guys

Jul 31st
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Natalie

Becca Hall 👍👍👏👏

Aug 1st
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Robert Novak

Ah Ha (explains so much)!!

Jul 26th
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Kristin Prior

Stopped listening when it got political. Why do you always find the need to do this Hidden Brain???! Disappointing, and Im an independent.

Jul 25th
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guitarforumdude

Kristin Prior Facts are apolitical.

Aug 19th
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Joseph F

Kristin Prior political? lmao

Aug 13th
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Cassie Coren

There was an annoying beeping at the beginning of the podcast so I decided to turn off the episode. Was it edited in for drama or was it a fluke on my end I could hear it

Jul 24th
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Bryan Shellenberger

6

Jul 24th
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Gideon Ebelebe

Bryan Shellenberger Thanks for sharing

Jul 27th
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Doreen Perry

Bryan Shellenberger 😄

Jul 25th
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