NPR Podcast 'Hidden Brain" Bows September 22nd
August 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM (PT)
NPR listeners get their wish when SHANKAR VEDANTAM's "Hidden Brain," whose morning social science segment has been described as "a shot of thought-espresso,” becomes a regular 20-minute, downloadable podcast, starting SEPTEMBER 22nd.
A teaser is available now at NPR.org.
"Hidden Brain" connects science with listeners’ everyday experiences. Linking psychology and neurobiology with art, music and literature, the podcast will reveal patterns that drive human behavior, biases that shape our choices, and imperceptible forces that influence our relationships.
“The goal of 'Hidden Brain' isn’t merely to entertain, but to give you insights to apply at work, at home and throughout your life: the way you park your car, the way you read restaurant reviews, will be different once you listen to 'Hidden Brain,'” said NPR Sr. Supervising Science Desk Editor ANNE GUDENKAUF. “SHANKAR has been covering these topics his entire career and will bring not just his knowledge, but his humor and personality to the show.”
“You can take ideas seriously without taking yourself seriously,” said VEDANTAM. “We hope the podcast will help you see your life differently, with fresh eyes -- like a tourist. And provide excellent fodder for dinner table conversation!”
Each episode will find creative ways to make social science research accessible. Recurring segments include “Mad Scientist,” where guests try to predict what an experiment found, and “Stopwatch Science” – a rapid-fire exchange of ideas. Topics from early episodes include “Switchtracking,” which is what happens when two people think they are talking about the same thing but are really on their own tracks, why the bond between students and teachers makes a big difference in education, and how a female poker champion learned to use the stereotypes her rivals had about her to her own advantage.