Hidden Brain The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.
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When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

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Jana Mestecky (left) poses for a cast photo during production of the play 'Des rats et des hommes,' directed by Israel Horovitz (front, third from left). The photo appeared in the French magazine, L'Avant-Scene in 1994. Mestecky is one of many women who have come forward accusing Israel Horovitz of sexual harassment and assault. Courtesy of Jana Mestecky hide caption

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The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo

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Your Team Made It To The Super Bowl. Now Maybe It's Time For Flu Shot.

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Lost In Translation: The Power Of Language To Shape How We View The World

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Hidden Brain: Researchers Delve Into Improving Concentration

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Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump exemplify our contradictory feelings about the rich and famous. As Hidden Brain explores this week, we idolize the powerful, but also relish their downfall. D Dipasupil/WireImage hide caption

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The Power Hour

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Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

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A century ago, many new immigrants to the United States ended up returning home. And it often took a while for those who stayed to learn English and integrate into American society. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

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Study: Great Recession Led To Fewer Deaths

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It may feel like political divisions are deeper than ever before. But historian David Moss argues our democracy has been tested many times — and has proven resilient. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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American Democracy: "Productive Conflict," Or A Dumpster Fire?

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Radio Replay: Fresh Starts

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Our Mental Space, Under Attack

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The Haunting Effects Of Going Days Without Sleep

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The myth that vaccines cause autism has persisted, even though the facts paint an entirely different story. Renee Klahr/NPR hide caption

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When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

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After a long history of civil war and corruption, many Liberians didn't trust their government's attempts to control Ebola. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Radio Replay: Don't Panic!

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How Humans Use 'Strategic Ignorance' When Facts Get In The Way

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Researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says celebrity can be boiled down to a simple formula. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Never Go To Vegas, And Other Unspoken Rules Of Being An A-Lister

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Want your kid to succeed? Don't try that hard. sturti/Getty Images/Vetta hide caption

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The Carpenter Vs. The Gardener: Two Models Of Modern Parenting

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How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential

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What can a personality test tell us about who we are? Shankar Vedantam, host of Hidden Brain podcast and radio show, explores the science behind personality tests, and the industry built around them. Courtesy of Pottermore.com hide caption

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Evaluating Personality Tests

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Don Lowry's con unfolded very slowly over two decades. When it was finally exposed, some of the victims defended the people who had been fooling them. They preferred to believe the lie. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Radio Replay: Loving the Lie

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