Hidden Brain

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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.


51:13 | Feb 13th, 2018

Marriage is hard — and there are signs it's becoming even harder. This week on Hidden Brain, we examine how long-term relationships have changed over time, and whether we might be able to improve marr...Show More
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Cleopatra and Mark Antony married for the convenience of power. Now we not only want to find partners for love, we also want them to help us...Show More

38:25 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending one email — only to spend an hour scrolling through social media? Maybe two hours? In this episode, we examine the strategies media com...Show More
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37:42 | May 16th, 2017

The Greek poet Archilochus is known for the phrase, "The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one big thing." This week, we'll use this metaphor as a way to understand two different cognitive styles. T...Show More
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Our different ways of thinking are cover brilliantly in this segment of Hidden Brain.

53:54 | Nov 19th, 2019

Many of us believe we know how we'd choose to die. We have a sense of how we'd respond to a diagnosis of an incurable illness. This week, we have the story of one family's decades-long conversation ab...Show More
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on how death is more easily spoken about and dealt with intellectually vs. on a more immediate real life level. this made me feel a lot of t...Show More

51:08 | Mar 3rd

In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he'd been known to use. In this episode, which we originally rel...Show More
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This story 😭😭😭 A daughter discovers who her father really was twice over. One destroyed their relationship. The other she never has a cha...Show More

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