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The Hypnotist and the Warts

In 1951, Dr. Albert Mason began treating a patient whose skin was so ravaged, plastic surgeons agreed they could do nothing else to help him. But Dr. Mason had an idea: he was going to try hypnosis. If you haven't listened to Placebo yet, do that before you read this ...

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On-Air This Week: Placebo

The healing powers of belief, from the symbolic power of the doctor coat, to the very real stash of opium in your brain. Listen to Placebo on a station near you!

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

A pair of swans suggests Love Eternal. You often see them in twos, gliding together. But they're not Nature's Coupliest Birds. Which are?


So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.


'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp — and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.



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Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

"Oh Romeo, oh Romeo," cried Juliet. Being human, she and her boyfriend had names. Is there any other animal that does this? Has names for each other? Oddly enough, yes!


The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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