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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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Killing Babies, Saving the World

Monday, November 16, 2009

Robert ambushes Jad with a question we've all been dying to ask him since he became a father. And we revisit some other ideas from our Morality show to think about a few really big modern-day problems (think global warming and nuclear war).

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Helicopter Boy

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A story about a boy, a mom, and a homemade helicopter--and how radio can move you to feel a little bit different about the world.

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New Normal?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Peacenik baboons, a man in a dress, and cuddly tame foxes. Stories of adaptation, and reframing ideas about normalcy.

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Blink

Monday, October 05, 2009

We tackle a question we thought was a no-brainer: why do we blink?

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It Might Be Science

Monday, September 21, 2009

They Might Be Giants celebrate at our season launch party with a live concert, and a conversation about the tricky business of combining science and entertainment.

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Parasites

Monday, September 07, 2009

Tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe).

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