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

    You 2.0: Our Pursuit of Happiness

    You 2.0: Our Pursuit of Happiness

    Sometimes, life can feel like being stuck on a treadmill. No matter how hard you try to get happier, you end up back where you started. What's going on here? We kick off our annual You 2.0 summer series with happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn, who explains how to fight the treadmill feeling.

    • 51 Min.
    Edge Effect

    Edge Effect

    There is great comfort in the familiar. It's one reason humans often flock to other people who share the same interests, laugh at the same jokes, hold the same political views. But familiar ground may not be the best place to cultivate creativity. Researchers have found that people with deep connections to those from other countries and cultures often see benefits in terms of their creative output. This week, we revisit a favorite 2018 episode about the powerful connection between the ideas we dream up and the people who surround us, and what it really takes to think outside the box.

    • 38 Min.
    The Untold Story Of Lyndie B. Hawkins

    The Untold Story Of Lyndie B. Hawkins

    In 2019, a novel by a new author, Gail Shepherd, arrived in bookstores. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins tells the story of a young white girl growing up in the South. The book has been well received, but it is not the book Shepherd intended to write. In her original drafts, Shepherd, a white author, created a Lyndie who was Vietnamese-American, and dealing with issues of race in the deep South. This week we look at what it means to be a storyteller in a time of caustic cultural debate and ask when, if ever, is it okay to tell a story that is not your own?

    • 51 Min.
    Romeo & Juliet In Rwanda

    Romeo & Juliet In Rwanda

    How do you change someone's behavior? Most of us would point to education or persuasion. But what if the answer lies elsewhere? This week, we revisit a 2018 story about human nature and behavior change — a story that will take us on a journey from Budapest to the hills of Rwanda.

    • 50 Min.
    The Night That Lasted A Lifetime

    The Night That Lasted A Lifetime

    Not long after his sixteenth birthday, Fred Clay was arrested for the murder of a cab driver in Boston. Eventually, Fred was found guilty — but only after police and prosecutors used questionable psychological techniques to single him out as the killer. This week on Hidden Brain, we go back four decades to uncover the harm that arises when flawed ideas from psychology are used to determine that a teenager should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    • 53 Min.
    The Founding Contradiction

    The Founding Contradiction

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." These words, penned by Thomas Jefferson more than 240 years ago, continue to inspire many Americans. And yet they were written by a man who owned hundreds of slaves, and fathered six children by an enslaved woman. As we mark Independence Day this week, we return to a 2018 episode with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed. We explore the contradictions in Jefferson's life — and how those contradictions might resonate in our own lives.

    • 47 Min.

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103 Bewertungen

103 Bewertungen

Tod TM ,

Thought provoking

Always a pleasure to listen too. Even wish I have more time for the episodes I missed. Intelligent, balanced and extremely thoughtful. Thanks to all of you at Hidden Brain and contributors to the ideas and conversations we should have!

Shackers72 ,

Love gaining insight with Shankar

There is no didactic tone, but I do learn and better understand what I already know with every episode. I can’t get enough. Thank you Hidden Brain team.

Swiss Cindy ,

top rating for Hidden Brain

I learn something from every episode. My top favourite podcast.

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