32 episodes

Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

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Love. Touch. Speech. Movement. Consciousness.

What do they all have in common?

From before birth to after death, our brains underpin our experiences and feelings. They make us who we are. But how?

In How We’re Wired, evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin goes behind the scenes of cutting-edge neuroscience research to uncover the fascinating stories of how our brains grow, change, and ultimately die.

Together, we’ll meet the scientists exploding our understanding of how the brain works and head into labs developing life-changing technologies. From hormones to heartbreak, we’re exploring true, personal stories of people’s lives – and brains - from birth to death, taking a deep look at the science that explains us all.

This is How We’re Wired from The Bertarelli Foundation. Subscribe or follow now for free, wherever you get your podcasts, so you never miss an episode.

    When We Ask You A Question

    When We Ask You A Question

    What do you want to know about the brain? What mysteries of human behaviour do you want to understand? And what incredible awards has How We're Wired won in the 13th Annual Lovies?

    In this special episode, Dr Anna Machin shares some good news, and asks a quick favour...

    Send questions to: wired@freshairproduction.co.uk

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    • 2 min
    Finale - How Are We Wired?

    Finale - How Are We Wired?

    How do our brains get wired up in the womb? Why is it important that nerve cells find the correct partners to form connections? And how has our understanding of this vital process changed over the last 40 years?

    In this special episode, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin and producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as they uncover how our brains get wired up with Brain Prize 2023 winner Professor Christine Holt. Plus, hear them reflect on some of their favourite moments - and key takeaways - from the show.

    With special thanks to Christine Holt.

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    • 35 min
    Introducing... Ocean Matters

    Introducing... Ocean Matters

    How We're Wired season 1's final episode will be with you next week, but in the meantime, why not check out our sister podcast Ocean Matters?

    Our ocean is the earth's defining feature.

    But the blue of our blue planet is so much more than just a colour. It is rich with life and plays an important role in keeping our planet stable and healthy. Worryingly, we are seeing our ocean change, for the worse.

    In Ocean Matters, you can join oceanographer and physicist Dr Helen Czerski as she meets the scientists who are working to save our ocean and marine life in one of the most remote parts of our planet. Here you can listen to a clip as she takes us on a journey to the deep sea…

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    • 4 min
    Focus - When We're Unconscious

    Focus - When We're Unconscious

    What does it mean to be in a coma? How can we tell if someone on life support is actually conscious? And how can scientists use synchronised heart rhythms to predict which comatose patients are likely to wake up?

    In this focus episode of How We’re Wired, join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she explores the neuroscience of coma –  from the challenges in knowing for certain that someone isn't conscious, to novel techniques that might help families choose when to cease life support.

    With special thanks to Marzia De Lucia.

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    • 23 min
    When We Die

    When We Die

    What happens in our brains when we die? Where does consciousness come from? And what can out of body experiences teach us about how we create our own realities?

    In this episode of How We’re Wired, join evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin as she unpicks the neuroscience of death and consciousness, from brain activity  during near-death experiences, to the complexities of how we embody ourselves. 

    With special thanks to Gillian, Olaf Blanke, and Kevin Nelson.

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    • 32 min
    Focus - How We Age Well

    Focus - How We Age Well

    Why are some of us more susceptible to dementia? What is a 'Super Ager'? And what might help us protect our brains in later life? 

    In this focus episode of How We’re Wired join producer Dr Eva Higginbotham as she dives into the science of Super Agers, from the genes that increase your risk of Alzheimer's to the structural brain changes seen in those who have aged well, and  meeting a 92-year-old world traveller with a penchant for penguins.    

    With special thanks to Emily Rogalski and June Scott.   

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    • 19 min

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