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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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    • Social Sciences
    • 4.9 • 348 Ratings

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

    Where Gratitude Gets You

    Where Gratitude Gets You

    Many of us struggle with self-control.  And we assume willpower is the key to achieving our goals. But there's a simple and often overlooked mental habit that can improve our health and well-being. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore that habit — the practice of gratitude. 

    • 51 min
    When You Start to Miss Tony from Accounting

    When You Start to Miss Tony from Accounting

    If you're one of the 40 percent of Americans now working from home, you might be reveling in your daily commute to the dining room table. Or you might be saying, "Get me out of here." Economist Nicholas Bloom joins us from his spare bedroom to ponder whether working from home is actually working. 

    • 48 min
    Between Two Worlds

    Between Two Worlds

    Determination, hard work and sacrifice are core ingredients in the story of the American dream. But philosopher Jennifer Morton argues there is another, more painful requirement to getting ahead: a willingness to leave family and friends behind. This week, we explore the ethical costs of upward mobility.

    • 46 min
    From Pedestals to Guillotines

    From Pedestals to Guillotines

    As election season comes to a close, we explore our contradictory relationship with winners and losers. We tend to idolize the powerful, but we also enjoy seeing the high and mighty fall. Today we explore this paradox with a 2017 episode that takes us from Hollywood and the White House to the forests of Tanzania.

    • 22 min
    Not at the Dinner Table

    Not at the Dinner Table

    We typically divide the country into two distinct groups: Democrats and Republicans. But what if the real political divide in our country isn't between "left" and "right"? What if it's between those who care intensely about politics, and those who don’t? 

    This week we talk to Yanna Krupnikov, a political scientist at Stony Brook University, about an alternative way to understand Americans' political views. 

    • 50 min
    Moral Combat

    Moral Combat

    Most of us have a clear sense of right and wrong. But what happens when we view politics through a moral lens? This week, we talk with psychologist Linda Skitka about how moral certainty can produce moral blinders — and endanger democracy. 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
348 Ratings

348 Ratings

JayLZee ,

Different angles

Thank you for all the research and effort you pour into this show. Sometimes the information is so dense and interesting that I have to listen to it a couple of times. Shankar’s caring voice and the guests always make it an interesting listen.

B-L-U ,

Favourite Podcast BUT

... please stop repeating so many old episodes so often! It is annoying for long time listeners. I also don't get it - older episodes are available still - no need to repeat them.
Es nervt! 😡

michenbienchen ,

Love it!

It gives an insight on so many different topics. Oftentimes, I don’t have the time to read about all the things I am interested in and your show gives me these nuggets of information and entertainment about a variety of interesting themes. Keep the amazing work up!

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