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Bonus Video: Words

Monday, August 09, 2010

Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video (made to accompany our Words episode), filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of the power of language.

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Words

Monday, August 09, 2010

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But in this hour, we try to do just that.

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Secrets of Success

Monday, July 26, 2010

Robert and Malcolm Gladwell duke it out over questions of luck, talent, passion, and success.

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The Luckiest Lobster

Monday, July 12, 2010

An unlikely escape story begins in a supermarket, and ends in a boat off the coast of Maine.

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Oops

Monday, June 28, 2010

Stories of unintended consequences -- from a psychologist who may have helped create a terrorist, to a toxic lake that spawned new life.

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Strangers in the Mirror

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oliver Sacks, the famous neuroscientist and author, can't recognize faces. Neither can Chuck Close--the great artist known for his enormous paintings of ... that's right, faces.

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Deception

Monday, March 10, 2008

Lies, liars, and lie catchers. And the strange power of lying to yourself.

 

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Famous Tumors

Monday, May 17, 2010

Say hello to the growth that killed Ulysses S. Grant, & get to know the woman whose cancer cells changed modern medicine.

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Vanishing Words

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When scientists treat words like data, clues to the real-life mysteries of human aging are found in the writings of Agatha Christie and 678 nuns.

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The Loudest Miniature Fuzz

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Music duo Buke and Gass talk to Jad about coaxing delightfully twangy sounds from their homemade instruments.

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Limits

Monday, April 05, 2010

A journey to the edge of human limits -- from a bike race that makes the Tour de France look like child’s play, to a mind-stretching memory competition.

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The Bus Stop

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lulu Miller talks to a nursing home in Düsseldorf, Germany that came up with a novel approach to caring for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients.

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Do I Know You?

Monday, March 08, 2010

A rare and haunting disorder called Capgras turns loved ones into imposters--and reveals that recognizing people, even the people we know the best, is more about how they make us feel than what we see in front of our eyes.

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Lucy

Friday, February 19, 2010

Chimps. Bonobos. Humans. We're all great apes, but that doesn’t mean we’re one happy family.

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The Shy Baboon

Monday, February 08, 2010

Biopsychologist Barbara Smuts takes us to a remote area of Kenya, where she tried to gain the trust of a troop of baboons in the 1970s.

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Fu Manchu

Monday, January 25, 2010

A showdown between a zookeeper and an orangutan named Fu Manchu raises a question: can an animal know what's in your head well enough to manipulate and deceive you?

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Animal Minds

Monday, January 11, 2010

Communicating across species -- from bringing pets to church, to a rescued whale that may have found a way to say thanks.

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Placebo

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The healing powers of belief, from the symbolic power of the doctor coat, to the very real stash of opium in your brain.

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In C

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jad talks to musicians Michael Lowenstern and Zoe Keating about their remixes of Terry Riley's In C.

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Numbers

Monday, November 30, 2009

Love 'em or hate 'em, you rely on numbers every day. We ask how they confuse us, connect us, & even reveal secrets about us.

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