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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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  • Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy

    Jan 25 2022

    Life is often filled with hardships and tragedies. For thousands of years, philosophers have come up with strategies to help us cope with such hardship. This week, we revisit a 2020 conversation with philosopher William Irvine about ancient ideas — backed by modern psychology — that can help us manage disappointment and misfortune.

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.

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    52 mins
  • What Makes Relationships Thrive

    Jan 17 2022

    Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated. But psychologist Harry Reis says there’s another ingredient to successful relationships that’s every bit as important as love.

    If you like this show, please check out our new podcast, My Unsung Hero! And if you'd like to support our work, you can do so at support.hiddenbrain.org.

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    49 mins
  • My Unsung Hero: Wendy McDowell's Story

    Jan 14 2022

    It's 1979, and Wendy is eight years old, crying alone in an airport. Then she sees a woman in white walking towards her.

    In a few weeks we'll be running these episodes exclusively on the My Unsung Hero feed. Please don’t miss any of these wonderful stories —  subscribe now on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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    6 mins

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Science behind the brain

Amazing program. I hear it on NPR and podcast it. Just today (12/17/20) heard The Stoic Challenge. Very good questions by Mr. Shankar and excellent way to spend your drive, workout time. Thank you.

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Absolutely my favorite

What a fantastic podcast. Every episode allows me to see things differently, whether that’s within my own mind or in the outside world. Thank you for being a part of my life.

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Wonderful Info

Funny, Interesting & well rounded panels! Looking forward to more! Best way to relax, learn & communicate better!

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Doesn't work

I'm in the middle of the podcast and it cuts off and says it can't playback.

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Insightful and useful

Loved this episode! I learned so much that I can apply to everyday conversations with everyone from my life partner to people I just met.

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Very thought provoking episode!

This podcast is great, but this episode was fantastic! Really makes you stop & think about "bad people" vs. "good people".

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Great podcast

Really enjoy the topics this podcast tackles and the host does a great job of digging into complex discussions.

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I absolutely adore shakar vindanden

(I'm sorry if I spelled the hosts name wrong!) I think this show is wonderful. it's a time for me to get fully immersed in amazing stories. I learn so much and even the pacing of it all is delightful but I have to say-this episode stands out to me and I've spent many a day binging Hidden Brain. as the single mother of a great teenager full of potential, I struggle trying to understand how one can inspire ambition, purpose and passion. this talk actually puts into words my hunches, defines them and then gives them life by giving a blue print to HOW to cultivate purpose. Anthony is a great speaker and his ability to start at the the exact beginning needed to understand his thoughts is impeccable. it's such a joy to listen to him speak! such a well spoken man that has this bright excited and sincere crispyness to his voice, both sends a message of passion and a realness that really had me ready to burst! from his ideas, I had ideas for my personal life with my son and then shaker vendatin (spelled wrong I'm sure.I'm so sorry) comes thru with a supporting explanation and clarification of everything to make the listener really get the point and for the speaker to feel and be heard. I never drifted off in thought and at no point did my attention go to anything else while listening to this show. that's a huge feat-as I'm constantly doing too many things at once! I love this podcast. I love this episode. I'm so happy you exist. you both are brilliant.

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Thought provoking.

Always gives me something to think about. Informative and entertaining, often leading me to dive into a subject a little deeper.

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Love this podcast

Every single podcast is full of fun and knowledge, I got hook from the first time that listens to it. Will recommend to anyone.

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Tech glitches all the time

My favourite podcast. I got error messages all the time using the Apple podcast app “episode unavailable” and so I moved to audible - worked for a while but now I get error messages on that platform too. Pls can you find an unsung hero to fix it??