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Hidden Brain

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Nov 23, 2020

Where Gratitude Gets You

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Many of us struggle with self-control.  And we assume willpower is the key to achieving our goals. But there’s a simple and often overlooked mental habit that can improve our health and well-being. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore that habit — the practice of gratitude. 

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Nov 16, 2020

When You Start to Miss Tony from Accounting

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If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans now working from home, you might be reveling in your daily commute to the dining room table. Or you might be saying, “Get me out of here.” Economist Nicholas Bloom joins us from his spare bedroom to ponder whether working from home is actually working. 

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Nov 09, 2020

Between Two Worlds

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Determination, hard work and sacrifice are core ingredients in the story of the American dream. But philosopher Jennifer Morton argues there is another, more painful requirement to getting ahead: a willingness to leave family and friends behind. This week, we explore the ethical costs of upward mobility.

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Nov 02, 2020

From Pedestals to Guillotines

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As election season comes to a close, we explore our contradictory relationship with winners and losers. We tend to idolize the powerful, but we also enjoy seeing the high and mighty fall. Today we explore this paradox with a 2017 episode that takes us from Hollywood and the White House to the forests of Tanzania.

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Oct 26, 2020

Not at the Dinner Table

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We typically divide the country into two distinct groups: Democrats and Republicans. But what if the real political divide in our country isn’t between “left” and “right”? What if it’s between those who care intensely about politics, and those who don’t? 

This week we talk to Yanna Krupnikov, a political scientist at Stony Brook University, about an alternative way to understand Americans’ political views. 

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Oct 19, 2020

Moral Combat

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Most of us have a clear sense of right and wrong. But what happens when we view politics through a moral lens? This week, we talk with psychologist Linda Skitka about how moral certainty can produce moral blinders — and endanger democracy. 

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Oct 12, 2020

Beyond Doomscrolling

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There’s no question that 2020 has been a tough year. We’re grappling with a global pandemic. A deep recession. Fresh reminders of racial injustice. But today — without minimizing the justifiable pain that 2020 has brought to so many people — we wanted to explore another way of seeing things. We talk with psychologist Steven Pinker about why it’s so hard to see things that are going well in the world. 

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Oct 05, 2020

The Logic of Rage

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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. Today on Hidden Brain, we explore the secret logic of irrational anger. 

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Kevin Williams
Dec 07, 2019

This show jumped the shark years ago. It used to have thoughtful and insightful reporting and editing. Now about half of the episodes are repeats from 3-4 years ago, and the other half are just straight interviews with little research. The science also takes a backseat to the show trying to push ideologies onto people. Very low quality. Other psychology podcasts are far more ambitious and well done.

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.