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.
The Edge Effect
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The Edge Effect

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Who Gets Power — And Why It Can Corrupt Even The Best Of Us
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Who Gets Power — And Why It Can Corrupt Even The Best Of Us

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Baseball Umpires Don't Get Overtime. Does That Affect Extra Innings?
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Baseball Umpires Don't Get Overtime. Does That Affect Extra Innings?

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Fake News: An Origin Story
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Fake News: An Origin Story

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Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Rates of "summer melt" are highest for students from lower-income backgrounds, especially if their own parents didn't go through the college application process.Hill Street Studios/Getty Images/Blend Imageshide caption

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Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

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When Everything Clicks: The Power Of Judgment-Free Learning

The clicker became a popular tool for dog training in the 1980s. Today, it has also caught on with humans — helping people to become better dancers, fishermen, golfers, and now, surgeons.Angela Hsieh/NPRhide caption

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When Everything Clicks: The Power Of Judgment-Free Learning

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Admit It, Parents: You Play Favorites With The Kids

Researchers say a new study suggests moms are more likely to say they see themselves in their daughters, and fathers are more likely to say they see themselves in their sons.Tom Werner/Getty Imageshide caption

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Admit It, Parents: You Play Favorites With The Kids

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

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

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Don't Panic! What We Can Learn From Chaos

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

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Don't Panic! What We Can Learn From Chaos

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Rewinding & Rewriting: The Alternate Universes in Our Heads

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Rewinding & Rewriting: The Alternate Universes in Our Heads

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The Surprising Benefit Of Moving And Grooving With Your Kid
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The Surprising Benefit Of Moving And Grooving With Your Kid

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Baby Talk: Decoding The Secret Language Of Babies

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Baby Talk: Decoding The Secret Language Of Babies

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Olutosin Oduwole at his home in New Jersey in 2016.Shankar Vedantam /NPRhide caption

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

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In Gerrymandered Districts, Constituents Likely To Lose Economic Security

People stand in line to enter the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Washington, where the court will hear arguments on a gerrymandering case. The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Jacquelyn Martin/APhide caption

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In Gerrymandered Districts, Constituents Likely To Lose Economic Security

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

Psychologist Phil Tetlock thinks the parable of the fox and the hedgehog represents two different cognitive styles. "The hedgehogs are more the big idea people, more decisive," while the foxes are more accepting of nuance, more open to using different approaches with different problems.Renee Klahrhide caption

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

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This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Media Companies Hijack Your Attention
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This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Media Companies Hijack Your Attention

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

Carrie and Emma Buck in 1924, right before the Buck v. Bell trial, which provided the first court approval of a law allowing forced sterilization in Virginia.M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNYhide caption

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

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