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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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  • Jun 20 2022

    When Paul Burnham was a teenager, he received what felt like a premonition: he would die at the age of 54. Now, he's 54. This week, what his story of confronting death reveals about life.

    If you like this show, be sure to check out our other work, including our recent episode about the power of doing less.

    Also, 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
  • Jun 13 2022

    From the time we are schoolchildren, we are ranked and sorted based on how smart we are. But what if our assumptions about intelligence limit our potential? This week, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman proposes a more expansive notion of what it means to be "smart."

    If you like this show, be sure to check out our other work, including our recent episode about the power of subtraction.

    Also, 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
  • Jun 6 2022

    The human drive to invent new things has led to pathbreaking achievements in medicine, science and society. But  our desire for innovation can keep us from seeing one of the most powerful paths to progress: subtraction. Engineer Leidy Klotz says sometimes the best way forward involves removing, streamlining  and simplifying things.

    If you like this show, be sure to check out our other work, including our recent episode about the psychological traps we fall into when it comes to money. 

    Also, 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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    53 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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Good

Good to hear and eager to hear upcoming episode and its very dramatic story and can hear it fully without any hesitation.

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The Best Podcast

Absolutely the most informative, interesting, well made, well presented, thoughtful and intriguing podcast I've found. The topics are so relevant and presented in a non-biased, apolitical and clear manner to appeal to everyone. I'm hooked.

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so very poignant and applicable

whether you're in a rough patch or not, this is a must- listen for your current and future self

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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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  • 11-14-21

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??