Hidden Brain

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus

Anyone who's tried (and failed) to follow a diet knows that food is more than fuel. This week, we revisit our 2018 episode about the psychology behind what we eat, what we spit out, and when we come back for more.

Nov 11, 2019 • 00:27:51

The Talk Market

Can we affect the rise and fall of the economy? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller about the powerful ways in which stories and psychology shape our economic lives. He argues that narratives affect not just the purchases we make as individuals, but the fate of our entire economic system.

Nov 4, 2019 • 00:37:11

BS Jobs

Have you ever had a job where you had to stop and ask yourself: what am I doing here? If I quit tomorrow, would anyone even notice? This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit our 2018 conversation with anthropologist David Graeber about the rise of what he calls "bullsh*t jobs," and how these positions affect the people who hold them.

Oct 28, 2019 • 00:44:31

EpisodeTimeReleased
The Monkey Marketplace 00:48:40 Oct 21, 2019
The Lonely American Man 00:48:58 Oct 14, 2019
Screaming Into The Void 00:42:26 Oct 7, 2019
Baby Talk 00:31:08 Sep 30, 2019
We're All Gonna Live Forever! 00:39:39 Sep 23, 2019
We're All Gonna Die! 00:32:16 Sep 16, 2019
You Can't Hit Unsend 00:53:52 Sep 9, 2019
You 2.0: Decide Already! 00:25:07 Sep 2, 2019
You 2.0: Deep Work 00:33:45 Aug 26, 2019
You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause 00:47:13 Aug 19, 2019
You 2.0: Our Better Nature 00:26:53 Aug 12, 2019
You 2.0: Tunnel Vision 00:36:41 Aug 5, 2019
You 2.0: The Empathy Gym 00:53:11 Jul 29, 2019
Facts Aren't Enough 00:51:17 Jul 22, 2019
Finding Your Voice 00:35:07 Jul 15, 2019
The Fox And The Hedgehog 00:38:08 Jul 8, 2019
I Buy, Therefore I Am 00:33:29 Jul 1, 2019
The Lazarus Drug 00:47:21 Jun 24, 2019
Our Animal Instincts 00:47:32 Jun 17, 2019
Me, Myself, and IKEA 00:24:42 Jun 10, 2019
People Like Us 00:35:28 Jun 3, 2019
More Divided Than Ever? 00:52:53 May 27, 2019
Losing Face 00:24:24 May 20, 2019
What's Not On The Test 00:45:17 May 13, 2019
Creating God 00:50:41 May 6, 2019
A Dramatic Cure 00:50:32 Apr 29, 2019
Why No One Feels Rich 00:32:29 Apr 22, 2019
The Sorting Hat 00:50:06 Apr 15, 2019
Radically Normal 00:52:14 Apr 8, 2019
Don't Panic! 00:51:14 Apr 1, 2019
What Twins Tell Us 00:30:19 Mar 25, 2019
Never Go To Vegas 00:47:15 Mar 18, 2019
Unreal Sex 00:28:54 Mar 11, 2019
For Sale, By Owner 00:32:31 Mar 4, 2019
Radio Replay: Playing The Gender Card 00:49:24 Mar 1, 2019
Better Than Cash 00:28:09 Feb 25, 2019
Emma, Carrie, Vivian 00:41:31 Feb 18, 2019
Close Enough 00:50:00 Feb 11, 2019
One Head, Two Brains 00:51:26 Feb 4, 2019
Radio Replay: Creative Differences 00:49:03 Feb 1, 2019
Rewinding & Rewriting 00:31:12 Jan 28, 2019
The Vegetable Lamb 00:38:29 Jan 21, 2019
The Best Medicine 00:48:37 Jan 14, 2019
The Cowboy Philosopher 00:51:11 Jan 7, 2019
Loss and Renewal 00:26:37 Dec 31, 2018
Compassion 00:19:09 Dec 24, 2018
Radio Replay: Yum and Yuck 00:49:43 Dec 21, 2018
Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations 00:41:58 Dec 17, 2018
Starving the Watchdog 00:30:34 Dec 10, 2018
Spoiler Alert! 00:29:30 Dec 3, 2018
A Founding Contradiction 00:44:21 Nov 26, 2018
Radio Replay: Bringing Up Baby 00:49:46 Nov 23, 2018
The Edge of Gender 00:52:51 Nov 19, 2018
Zipcode Destiny 00:52:03 Nov 12, 2018
Sounds Like a Winner 00:26:04 Nov 5, 2018
The Lazarus Drug 00:49:31 Oct 29, 2018
Radio Replay: Too Little, Too Much 00:49:05 Oct 26, 2018
Be The Change 00:52:09 Oct 22, 2018
Voting With Your Middle Finger 00:49:14 Oct 15, 2018
Red Brain, Blue Brain 00:26:15 Oct 8, 2018
"Man Up" 00:42:30 Oct 1, 2018
Why Now? 00:52:02 Sep 24, 2018
Radio Replay: Eyes Wide Open 00:49:58 Sep 21, 2018
The Cassandra Curse 00:35:17 Sep 17, 2018
Our Better Nature 00:25:54 Sep 10, 2018
Bullshit Jobs 00:45:23 Sep 3, 2018
You 2.0: Check Yourself 00:51:44 Aug 27, 2018
You 2.0: Originals 00:22:09 Aug 20, 2018
You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard? 00:51:26 Aug 13, 2018
You 2.0: The Ostrich Effect 00:27:01 Aug 6, 2018
You 2.0: Dream Jobs 00:23:17 Jul 30, 2018
You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause 00:47:25 Jul 23, 2018
Radio Replay: Watch Your Mouth 00:49:50 Jul 20, 2018
Creating God 00:53:26 Jul 16, 2018
Snooki and the Handbag 00:25:05 Jul 9, 2018
The Edge Effect 00:38:21 Jul 2, 2018
Fake News: An Origin Story 00:27:19 Jun 25, 2018
Radio Replay: Looking Back 00:50:02 Jun 22, 2018
Summer Melt 00:25:53 Jun 18, 2018
Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus 00:28:39 Jun 11, 2018
When Everything Clicks 00:51:32 Jun 4, 2018
Kinder-Gardening 00:29:21 May 28, 2018
Rewinding & Rewriting 00:30:33 May 21, 2018
Radio Replay: This Is Your Brain On Ads 00:51:15 May 18, 2018
Baby Talk 00:30:29 May 14, 2018
Rap on Trial 00:55:16 May 7, 2018
The Fox and the Hedgehog 00:37:38 Apr 30, 2018
Emma, Carrie, Vivian 00:41:41 Apr 23, 2018
Radio Replay: The Weight of Our Words 00:49:35 Apr 20, 2018
Romeo and Juliet in Kigali 00:51:54 Apr 16, 2018
Liar, Liar 00:29:07 Apr 9, 2018
Tunnel Vision 00:36:40 Apr 2, 2018
Crickets and Cannibals 00:33:11 Mar 26, 2018
The Lonely American Man 00:48:07 Mar 19, 2018
Radio Replay: The Mind of the Village 00:49:38 Mar 16, 2018
Think Fast with Daniel Kahneman 00:48:50 Mar 12, 2018
Men: 45, Women: 0 00:22:10 Mar 5, 2018
Counting Other People's Blessings 00:51:53 Feb 26, 2018
Filthy Rich 00:22:05 Feb 19, 2018
When Did Marriage Become So Hard? 00:51:13 Feb 12, 2018
Why Now? 00:52:00 Feb 5, 2018
Lost in Translation 00:35:25 Jan 29, 2018
Radio Replay: The Power Hour 00:49:48 Jan 26, 2018
Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations 00:42:32 Jan 22, 2018
Give Me Your Tired... 00:21:17 Jan 15, 2018
Radio Replay: I, Robot 00:49:46 Jan 12, 2018
E Pluribus Unum? 00:37:54 Jan 8, 2018
Buying Attention 00:38:25 Jan 1, 2018
Radio Replay: Fresh Starts 00:51:53 Dec 29, 2017
I'm Right, You're Wrong 00:24:31 Dec 25, 2017
Radio Replay: Don't Panic! 00:51:06 Dec 22, 2017
Never Go To Vegas 00:50:36 Dec 18, 2017
Kinder-Gardening 00:29:22 Dec 11, 2017
Radio Replay: Loving the Lie 00:49:56 Dec 8, 2017
The Sorting Hat 00:51:36 Dec 4, 2017
Radio Replay: Life, Interrupted 00:50:47 Dec 1, 2017
Money Talks 00:25:46 Nov 27, 2017
An American Secret 00:22:55 Nov 20, 2017
Radio Replay: Crime As A Disease 00:48:31 Nov 17, 2017
Eyes Wide Open: Part 2 00:35:59 Nov 13, 2017
Eyes Wide Open: Part 1 00:24:51 Nov 6, 2017
Radio Replay: Prisons of Our Own Making 00:49:57 Nov 3, 2017
Check Yourself 00:51:18 Oct 30, 2017
Radio Replay: What's In It For Me? 00:51:38 Oct 27, 2017
Misbehaving with Richard Thaler 00:26:17 Oct 23, 2017
The Good Old Days 00:27:48 Oct 16, 2017
The Edge of Gender 00:51:22 Oct 9, 2017
Be The Change 00:51:35 Oct 2, 2017
Just Sex 00:25:09 Sep 25, 2017
The Ostrich Effect 00:26:46 Sep 18, 2017
Regrets, I Have A Few... 00:30:25 Sep 11, 2017
Hiding Behind Free Speech 00:29:24 Sep 4, 2017
You 2.0: Getting Unstuck 00:29:09 Aug 28, 2017
You 2.0: Decide Already! 00:25:35 Aug 21, 2017
You 2.0: WOOP, There It Is 00:20:59 Aug 14, 2017
You 2.0: Embrace the Chaos 00:24:59 Aug 7, 2017
You 2.0: Dream Jobs 00:23:07 Jul 31, 2017
You 2.0: Deep Work 00:36:34 Jul 24, 2017
Summer Melt 00:25:38 Jul 17, 2017
Could You Kill A Robot? 00:33:55 Jul 10, 2017
Losing Face 00:24:54 Jul 3, 2017
Guessing Games 00:28:12 Jun 26, 2017
"Is he Muslim?" 00:27:48 Jun 19, 2017
Rap on Trial 00:55:08 Jun 12, 2017
In The Air We Breathe 00:38:10 Jun 5, 2017
Broken Windows 00:30:47 May 29, 2017
Me, Myself, and IKEA 00:25:12 May 22, 2017
Ep. 71: The Fox and the Hedgehog 00:37:42 May 15, 2017
Encore of Ep. 45: What Are The Odds? 00:25:12 May 8, 2017
Ep. 70: Who We Are At 2 A.M. 00:28:20 May 1, 2017
Episode 69: Money Talks 00:24:52 Apr 24, 2017
Ep. 68: Schadenfacebook 00:27:09 Apr 17, 2017
Encore of Ep. 35: Creature Comforts 00:29:48 Apr 10, 2017
Ep. 67: The Hole 00:26:26 Apr 3, 2017
Ep. 66: Liar, Liar 00:29:46 Mar 27, 2017
Episode 65: Tunnel Vision 00:36:40 Mar 20, 2017
Ep. 64: I'm Right, You're Wrong 00:23:14 Mar 13, 2017
Encore of Ep. 24: Tribes and Traitors 00:30:27 Mar 6, 2017
Ep. 63: "I'm Not A Terrorist..." 00:23:58 Feb 27, 2017
Episode 62: On The Knife's Edge 00:28:18 Feb 20, 2017
Episode 61: Just Sex 00:24:47 Feb 13, 2017
Encore of Episode 20: Remembering Anarcha 00:27:43 Feb 6, 2017
Episode 60: Fortress America 00:22:47 Jan 30, 2017
Episode 59: The Deep Story 00:22:46 Jan 23, 2017
Episode 58: Pedestals and Guillotines 00:23:21 Jan 16, 2017
Episode 57: Slanguage 00:26:04 Jan 9, 2017
Episode 56: Getting Unstuck 00:28:24 Jan 2, 2017
Encore of Episode 15: Loss and Renewal 00:27:45 Dec 26, 2016
Encore of Episode 32: The Scientific Process 00:28:53 Dec 19, 2016
Episode 55: Snooki and the Handbag 00:26:45 Dec 12, 2016
Episode 54: Panic in the Streets 00:25:25 Dec 5, 2016
Episode 53: Embrace the Chaos 00:24:49 Nov 28, 2016
Episode 52: Losing Face 00:24:03 Nov 21, 2016
Episode 51: What Happened? 00:28:22 Nov 14, 2016
Encore of Episode 27: Losing Alaska 00:25:55 Nov 7, 2016
Episode 50: Broken Windows 00:30:01 Oct 31, 2016
Episode 49: Filthy Rich 00:21:34 Oct 24, 2016
Episode 48: Men: 44, Women: 0 00:21:12 Oct 17, 2016
Episode 47: Give Me Your Tired... 00:22:22 Oct 10, 2016
Episode 46: Blessings in Disguise? 00:21:51 Oct 3, 2016
Episode 45: What Are The Odds? 00:29:32 Sep 26, 2016
Trailer: Hidden Brain 2.0 00:02:17 Sep 21, 2016
Update: #AirbnbWhileBlack 00:25:06 Sep 19, 2016
Episode 44: Our Politics, Our Parenting 00:23:21 Sep 12, 2016
Episode 43: The Perils of Power 00:26:21 Sep 5, 2016
Encore of Episode 21: Stroke of Genius 00:25:21 Aug 29, 2016
Episode 42: Decide Already! 00:24:11 Aug 22, 2016
Encore of Episode 11: Forgery 00:24:57 Aug 15, 2016
Episode 41: Defeated 00:21:03 Aug 8, 2016
Episode 40: Silver and Gold 00:22:24 Aug 1, 2016
Encore of Episode 7: Lonely Hearts 00:33:00 Jul 25, 2016
Episode 39: Vacations 00:16:43 Jul 18, 2016
Episode 38: Me, Me, Me 00:24:58 Jul 11, 2016
Episode 37: Smoke & Mirrors 00:25:02 Jul 4, 2016
Episode 36: Science of Deception 00:17:05 Jun 27, 2016
Episode 35: Creature Comforts 00:29:02 Jun 20, 2016
Encore of Episode 13: Terrorism 00:26:43 Jun 13, 2016
Episode 34: Google at Work 00:26:32 Jun 6, 2016
Episode 33: Food for Thought 00:19:39 May 30, 2016
Episode 32: The Scientific Process 00:28:17 May 23, 2016
Episode 31: Your Brain on Uber 00:30:02 May 16, 2016
Episode 30: WOOP, There It Is 00:21:34 May 10, 2016
Episode 29: Traffic 00:17:01 May 2, 2016
Episode 28: #AirbnbWhileBlack 00:22:29 Apr 25, 2016
Episode 27: Losing Alaska 00:24:56 Apr 18, 2016
Encore of Episode 16: Misbehaving 00:24:24 Apr 11, 2016
Episode 26: Grit 00:29:27 Apr 4, 2016
Episode 25: Dream Jobs 00:21:44 Mar 28, 2016
Episode 24: Tribes and Traitors 00:28:29 Mar 21, 2016
Episode 23: Boredom 00:21:22 Mar 14, 2016
Encore of Episode 9: Aziz Ansari on Modern Love 00:27:51 Mar 7, 2016
Episode 22: Originals 00:21:21 Feb 29, 2016
Episode 21: Stroke of Genius 00:24:43 Feb 22, 2016
Episode 20: Remembering Anarcha 00:26:41 Feb 15, 2016
Episode 19: Dating and Mating 00:23:30 Feb 8, 2016
Encore of Episode 2: Near Victories 00:25:34 Feb 1, 2016
Episode 18: The Paradox of Forgiveness 00:20:06 Jan 25, 2016
Episode 17: Resolutions 00:23:38 Jan 18, 2016
Episode 16: Misbehaving 00:23:34 Jan 11, 2016
Encore of Episode 3: Stereotype Threat 00:22:25 Jan 4, 2016
Episode 15: Loss and Renewal 00:26:29 Dec 28, 2015
Episode 14: Christmas 00:22:40 Dec 21, 2015
Episode 13: Terrorism 00:27:05 Dec 14, 2015
Episode 12: Humor 00:20:39 Dec 7, 2015
Episode 11: Forgery 00:24:21 Nov 30, 2015
Episode 10: Thanksgiving 00:19:42 Nov 23, 2015
Episode 9: Aziz Ansari on Modern Love 00:27:12 Nov 16, 2015
Episode 8: Back Up Plans 00:25:35 Nov 9, 2015
Episode 7: Lonely Hearts 00:33:07 Nov 2, 2015
Episode 6: The Science of Fear 00:21:35 Oct 26, 2015
Episode 5: Compassion 00:20:05 Oct 19, 2015
Episode 4: Students and Teachers 00:20:14 Oct 12, 2015
Episode 3: Stereotype Threat 00:22:59 Oct 5, 2015
Brain Bonus: Magic Brain 00:04:46 Oct 2, 2015
Episode 2: Near Victories 00:24:17 Sep 28, 2015
Episode 1: Switchtracking 00:30:45 Sep 21, 2015
Hidden Brain: A Sneak Peek 00:05:32 Sep 3, 2015
Welcome to the Hidden Brain Podcast 00:01:23 Aug 9, 2015