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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.

    My Unsung Hero: Tony Ludlow

    My Unsung Hero: Tony Ludlow

    Tony is angry at his English teacher, Mrs. Holman, for making him stay after class. But on the last day of school, she takes his hand, and tells him something he'll never forget.

    • 5 min
    Work 2.0: Rebel with a Cause

    Work 2.0: Rebel with a Cause

    Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice "positive deviance" and achieve incredible feats of imagination. 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 Francesca.

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.

    • 48 min
    Work 2.0: Life, Interrupted

    Work 2.0: Life, Interrupted

    Many of us spend our workdays responding to a never-ending stream of emails and texts. We feel stressed out and perpetually behind on our to-do list. But what if there was a better way to work? This week, we revisit a favorite conversation about "deep work" with computer scientist Cal Newport. And we'll visit a lab that's studying whether brain stimulation can improve our ability to handle multitasking and interruptions. 

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at news.hiddenbrain.org.

     

    • 50 min
    My Unsung Hero: Terri Powers' Story

    My Unsung Hero: Terri Powers' Story

    Today we're sharing another episode of our new podcast, My Unsung Hero. To hear more stories like this, subscribe, and enjoy!

    It's a few days after her mother's death, and Terri Powers is at the checkout line in a grocery store. As she turns to leave, the bagger stops her, and asks a question.  

    • 4 min
    Work 2.0: Game On!

    Work 2.0: Game On!

    The world of play and the world of work are often seen as opposites. But they may have more in common than we think. In the second installment of our new Work 2.0 series, Ethan Mollick makes the case that we can make our jobs more engaging by incorporating elements of games. 

    If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at support.hiddenbrain.org. And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter atnews.hiddenbrain.org.

    • 53 min
    Work 2.0: The Obstacles You Don't See

    Work 2.0: The Obstacles You Don't See

    Introducing new ideas is hard. Most of us think the best way to win people over is to push harder. But organizational psychologist Loran Nordgren says a more effective approach is to focus on the invisible obstacles to new ideas. 

    If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at support.hiddenbrain.org. And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter atnews.hiddenbrain.org.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
32.6K Ratings

32.6K Ratings

*kat61 ,

Consistently interesting and entertaining

I immediately feel comforted when I hear Shankar’s voice. Innovative & interesting one of the best podcasts there is.

Heromant93 ,

Great dialogs!

I really enjoyed the “The Edge of Gender” episode. Very informative and educational. Thank you!

Jamal - NMSU ,

Great show - highly recommended

As an Economist, I absolutely recommend this podcast to anyone who’s slightly interested in why we behave the way we behave. Kudos to Shankar for being such an amazing story teller, and same goes to the behind the scenes fellas.

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