17-35 Segment 1: Mate Choice in Fish and Humans

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Sexual behavior has confused and confounded humans for centuries. Gil Rosenthal, a Texas A&M biology instructor and author, says we can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to other species in the natural world, and considering the sexual lives of fish.

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  • Gil Rosenthal, professor of biology at Texas A&M University, co-director of the Cichaz Field Station, and author of Mate Choice: The evolution of sexual decision making from microbes to humans

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17-35 Segment 2: First Impressions and Their Pitfalls

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We all get gut instincts when we walk into a room of strangers. Do we fit in here? Do these people seem friendly? Snap judgments are simply a part of how we function. But Princton University psychology professor Alexander Todorov says that though these impressions are natural, we should try to resist them.

Guest:

  • Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology at Princeton University and author of Face Value: The irresistible influence of first impressions

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Culture Crash 17-35: Breaking Bad and the Shortcoming of Binge-watching

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Breaking Bad is a modern classic of TV, and insanely compelling. But is binge-watching such shows really the best idea or do the best plots take time?

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