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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.

    Money 2.0: Emotional Currency

    Money 2.0: Emotional Currency

    What’s the point of money? The answer might seem obvious: we need it to get paid for our work and to buy the things we need. But there’s also a deeper way to look at the role of money in our lives. This week in our Money 2.0 series, we revisit a favorite 2020 episode for an anthropologist’s take on the origin story of money. What if the cash and coins we carry are not just tools for transactions, but manifestations of human relationships?

    • 35 min
    Money 2.0: Why We Bust Our Budgets

    Money 2.0: Why We Bust Our Budgets

    Have you had a recent surprise expense? You're not alone. More than half of American households report facing an unplanned financial shock in the last year. This week, in the second part of our new "Money 2.0" series, psychologist Abigail Sussman points out our blindspots around money, and how we can be smarter about spending and saving.

    • 52 min
    Money 2.0: Rewrite Your Money Story

    Money 2.0: Rewrite Your Money Story

    Money worries are one of the biggest sources of anxiety in the lives of Americans. This week, we kick off our new "Money 2.0" series with psychologist Brad Klontz. He says that while external economic forces often shape our financial well-being, our unconscious beliefs about money also contribute to how well we manage our money.

    • 49 min
    The Logic of Rage

    The Logic of Rage

    Neuroscientist Doug Fields was on a trip to Europe when a pickpocket stole his wallet. Doug, normally mild-mannered, became enraged — and his fury turned him into a stranger to himself. This week, we revisit a favorite 2020 episode about the secret logic of irrational anger.

    • 49 min
    When Doing Right Feels Wrong

    When Doing Right Feels Wrong

    Have you ever been in a position where you had to choose between someone you care about and a value that you hold dear? This week, we tell the story of a Detroit police officer who found himself in this sort of dilemma, forced to choose between people he loved and the oath he swore to serve his community. What happens in our minds when we have to decide what is right and what is wrong?

    • 48 min
    A Conspiracy of Silence

    A Conspiracy of Silence

    We all self-censor at times. We keep quiet at dinner with our in-laws, or nod passively in a work meeting. But what happens when we take this deception a step further, and pretend we believe the opposite of what we really feel? In this favorite episode from 2020, economist and political scientist Timur Kuran explains how our personal, professional and political lives are shaped by the fear of what other people think.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
914 Ratings

914 Ratings

Mrs MacMoff ,

Fascinating

The podcasts are always interesting and insightful. I really enjoy them. I always come away from listening with new knowledge and a different perspective.

Julia revies ,

Sit back and savour

Well paced, excellent storytelling combined with any possible bias-awareness and exploratory nature of the conversations.

The host is wonderful, and has great listening skills and frequently offers humbling (to listeners or himself) insights.

Could not recommend this podcast enough, each episode offers a joyful experience, an “aha-moment”, and helps you to slow down in a fast-paced world.

Fb077777 ,

It’s like therapy

I can’t believe it’s free, this podcast helped me grow and understand my self so much. I literally wait for the podcast to drop every week and schedule a walk in the woods in my diary to listen and take everything in.

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