Podcasts

Humor

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam looks at what we find funny and what, well, crosses the line. Comedian Bill Burr joins us to talk about why race, gender and Caitlin Jenner can be so funny.

Thanksgiving

The holidays are all about generousity, gratitude, and spending time with the people we love. But we all know the whole “spending time with the people we love” part has its challenges. Hidden Brain is here to help — with science-based tips to give you a happier holiday.

Back Up Plans

This week on Hidden Brain, researcher Katy Milkman explains why backup plans may make us less motivated, Dan Pink is back to discuss moral hazard, and NPR’s Adam Cole ties it all together with a song.

The Science of Fear

This week, for Halloween, the Hidden Brain podcast gets spooky. We explore the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy this sensation more than others.

Students and Teachers

In this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast, the connections between students and teachers, and how finding things in common between them might be a tool for closing the achievement gap.

Brain Bonus: Magic Brain

In time for your Friday commute, we introduce you to a new segment called Magic Brain. Shankar explores the social science behind magic, and discovers that free choice is sometimes just an illusion.

Switchtracking

The first episode of Hidden Brain explores switchtracking: a common pattern in conversations you’ll be accusing your partner of in no time! Plus speedy science, a cup of tea and a song from Adam Cole.

Hidden Brain: A Sneak Peek

Check out a few minutes of the latest podcast from NPR: Hidden Brain. Shankar Vedantam explores what happens when two people think they are talking about the same thing, but in reality are speeding down separate tracks. It usually doesn’t end well.