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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: The Rich and the Rest of Us

    Money 2.0: The Rich and the Rest of Us

    Where do you stand on the income ladder? Do you think of yourself as rich, as poor, or as somewhere in between? Our perceptions of wealth — our own, and other people's — can affect us more profoundly than we realize. This week in our Money 2.0 series, we revisit two of our favorite conversations about wealth and inequality. Sociologist Brook Harrington takes us inside the lives of the über wealthy and the people who manage their fortunes. Then, psychologist Keith Payne shares surprising research about income inequality and how it shapes our minds.

    • 48 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33.9K Ratings

33.9K Ratings

Aidaa P. ,

Love this show

This podcast has changed my life. Each episode is intriguing and there is always a scientist or specialist interviewed whose work you can continue to read about on your own. Shankar asks questions that open the important connections to popular concerns in our society, but there is always room to draw your own conclusions or see how the central question of the show is relevant to your life. This show let’s stories and science unravel your heat and take root in your mind.

grtwokie ,

All the knowledge

Shankar is intelligent, funny, and vulnerable in every discussion. Couldn’t appreciate this type of storytelling more!

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Hi! I’m Amy gooding! This is a good podcast but..I’m looking for more artsy stuff. Thank you!

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