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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.

    We Broke the Planet. Now What?

    We Broke the Planet. Now What?

    We’ve grown accustomed to viewing climate change as an enemy we must urgently defeat. But is that the right metaphor for the greatest existential problem of our time? This week, we consider how to reframe the way we think about life on a changing planet. 

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    • 48 min
    My Unsung Hero: Rick Mangnall's Story

    My Unsung Hero: Rick Mangnall's Story

    Today we're sharing another episode of our new podcast, My Unsung Hero. Subscribe, and enjoy!

    In 2008, while driving to work, Rick Mangnall crashes into a slab of granite rock. He's hanging upside down in his seatbelt when he sees an old Ford truck pull over across the road.

    • 5 min
    The Halo Effect

    The Halo Effect

    In 1978, Judy, Lyn and Donna Ulrich were driving to a volleyball game when their Ford Pinto was hit from behind by a van. The Pinto caught fire, and the three teenagers died. This week, we revisit a 2020 episode with a former Ford insider who played a key role in weighing the risks associated with the Pinto. And we consider what his story tells us about a question we all face: is it possible to fairly evaluate our past actions when we know how things turned out?

    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
    Being Kind to Yourself

    Being Kind to Yourself

    Self-criticism is often seen as a virtue. But psychologist Kristin Neff says there’s a better path to self-improvement — self-compassion. She says people who practice self-compassion are more conscientious and more likely to take responsibility for their mistakes.

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    • 51 min
    My Unsung Hero: Jackie Briggs' Story

    My Unsung Hero: Jackie Briggs' Story

    My Unsung Hero is here! We're excited to share one of the first episodes of our new podcast. Episode one features listener Jackie Briggs from Portland, Oregon. In 2006, a stranger noticed an unusual mark on Jackie's arm, and realized something was wrong.

    You can subscribe to My Unsung Hero here.

    • 5 min
    When You Need It To Be True

    When You Need It To Be True

    When we want something very badly, it can be hard to see warning signs that might be obvious to other people. This week, we bring you two stories about how easy it can be to believe in a false reality — even when the facts don’t back us up. 

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
32.3K Ratings

32.3K Ratings

Monalistens ,

Best podcast

Being Kind to yourself is probably the best podcast I have ever listened. You have done an amazing job with weaving hard to understand concepts of human mind into a very compelling story. It might just help millions of people to understand that kindness is important in this world not just for others but for oneself too. Thank you

DonP50 ,

Could die without the liberal slant

I like the show science in ge real but could die without the very liberal political slant on many of the shows.

Different_Drummer ,

Pleasantly surprised!

I have a background in hard science, so the social sciences seem to me less valuable because they are more qualitative than quantitative. However the host of this series has a speaking style that makes psychology very engaging, and his research is outstanding. Kudos to SV!

I am revising my review, and changing my ranking from 5 stars to 3. Why? SV, this is a show on psychology, not your personal soapbox to express your concerns about the environment. For the record, I am not a climate change disbeliever.

Stick to your area of expertise.

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