27 episodes

Why you do what you do! Exploring our loves, our fears, our habits and hopes, Dessa takes a deeply personal look at what lies behind our thoughts and behavior. Can a better understanding of human nature help us be more generous with other people’s weird behavior and even our own?Deeply Human is a BBC World Service and American Public Media coproduction with iHeartMedia.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 707 Ratings

Why you do what you do! Exploring our loves, our fears, our habits and hopes, Dessa takes a deeply personal look at what lies behind our thoughts and behavior. Can a better understanding of human nature help us be more generous with other people’s weird behavior and even our own?Deeply Human is a BBC World Service and American Public Media coproduction with iHeartMedia.

    Sleep

    Sleep

    Is insomnia really a problem of modern life... or is the struggle for sleep older than you think?

    It's a common lament: this new world of smartphones and constant connectivity makes it nearly impossible to get enough sleep. But Shakespeare's characters were up all night, sleepwalking, and freaking out about their daily lives. Just how have our sleeping patterns really changed since the invention of the electric light?

    Dessa dives deep into the science of sleep to find out what we need, what we're missing, and why it can be so hard to get a full night's rest.
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    • 26 min
    Born With It

    Born With It

    Why are we so judgemental about how others beautify themselves?

    Do you wear eyeliner? Dye your hair? Ever gone under a laser, needle, or knife? When it comes to beautification, how far do you think is too far? And why are there such strong moral overtones to our conversations about where to draw the line?

    From Instagram Face to pretty privilege, the male gaze to “anti-feminism”, cultural appropriation to the capitalist machine - a tour of the cosmetic cuts surprisingly deep.
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    • 26 min
    Hate

    Hate

    Why do we hate one another - and how can we stop?

    How and when does conflict metastasize into hatred? Dessa picks apart the science of hostility, with help from a criminologist who identifies the tipping point between prejudice and hate, and an Israeli psychologist who's studied one of the longest conflicts in the world today.
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    • 26 min
    Stuff

    Stuff

    Why do you have all that stuff?

    What drives us to get and keep so much stuff - even objects that we rarely, if ever, use? Psychologists working on cortisol levels found that living in a messy or cluttered home may correlate to higher rates of depression and that conspicuous consumption may be affecting our well-being. When does your stuff start to own you?

    Dessa talks with experts about how animal hoarding behaviors compare with our own, and speaks to a money-saving guru who might make you rethink your relationship to things.
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    • 27 min
    Pulling Rank

    Pulling Rank

    Why do we form social hierarchies?

    From corporate ladders to military chains of command, formal caste systems to playground pecking orders, humans are particularly sensitive to social status. And we display our rank in all sorts of ways, even without realizing it - through our posture, vocal pitch, and patterns of eye contact.

    Join Dessa to learn how social hierarchies are formed, how they might be dismantled, and the many ways in which they color our daily exchanges.
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    • 26 min
    Divisible Love

    Divisible Love

    Why do you love the way you do?

    We're expected to love only one romantic partner at a time. But we can love more than one parent, sibling, and friend - so why do so many cultures demand monogamy in romance? Is it time to reconsider the old model?

    Dessa speaks with a philosopher, an economist, and sexpert Dan Savage to talk about love, sex, and commitment.
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
707 Ratings

707 Ratings

6-29-21 ,

Makes me feel smart

I love listening while grocery shopping. It’s super fun and feels very smart without being overly technical or boring. Dessa is a top notch podcaster.

Kacky07 ,

Don’t Miss Out on Deeply Human!

So happy that I discovered you at the beginning! I’m thoroughly enjoying each new Episode! Keep up the awesome work! I’m learning stuff I didn’t know I wanted to learn. UPDATE: I just finished listening to all Episodes (07/14/22) and am already feeling sad there aren’t more. Looking forward to a new Season. 🧚‍♀️🦋

ptownmegglez ,

Thank you!

Man. I was on a podcast hiatus, tired of everything, then clicked randomly on this. Now I’m in love with the show and a little bit with Dessa. The production value is super high (music, editing, etc.) and the subject matter well covered. That said, my favorite part is the writing. I believe most of the high fives go to Dessa for that, but props to all the others involved. You’ve all made an accessible, meaningful podcast that I’m talking to everyone about.

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