18-44 Segment 1: Looking Into Our Minds: How our brains perceive the world

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There are all sorts of myths about how we can avoid dementia or how to best brainstorm a new idea. We talk to a psychologist and author to get the inside scoop on how our minds really work, and why we just can’t resist the urge to watch cute animal videos online.

Guest:

  • Bob Duke, professor at the University of Texas-Austin, expert on music and human learning, co-host, “Two Guys on Your Head,” co-author, Brain Briefs: Answers to the most (and least) pressing questions about your mind

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18-43 Segment 1: Spiders & Bats: The truth behind the Halloween icons of fear

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Spiders and bats are two of the most indelible symbols of Halloween fear across the country. We talk to experts to get the truth behind these traditionally scary creatures, and hear why neither of them are nearly as scary as we’ve been made to believe.

Guests:

  • Nancy Troyano, entomologist and director of technical education and training for Rentokil North America
  • Merlin Tuttle, ecologist, wildlife photographer, conservationist, and author of the book, The Secret Lives of Bats: My adventure with the world’s most misunderstood mammals

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18-42 Segment 1: The Art of Video Games

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Video games are often considered child’s play, or at least something below “real” art. Author Andrew Ervin argues that’s not true, and that video games are now big-business for TV networks and advertisers, as well as a source of true artfulness.

Guest:

  • Andrew Ervin, author, Bit by Bit: How video games transformed our world

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18-41 Segment 1: Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Fillers

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If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.

Guest:

  • Michael Erard, author, Um: Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders and What They Mean

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18-40 Segment 1: The Joy of Retirement: How people can look forward to retiring and make it the best time of their lives

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Retirement can be bittersweet. On one hand, it’s something you build toward your whole life, but it can also be intimidated to lose your purpose in the workplace. We talk to Helen Wilkes about how she found a new passion in her retirement, and how she’s helping others make their retirements more fulfilling.

Guest:

  • Helen Wilkes, author, The Aging of Aquarius: Igniting passion and passion and purpose as an elder

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18-39 Segment 1: Hank Green on the Internet, Fame, and Our Reaction Culture

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Hank Green has a massive internet presence as a podcaster, vlogger, tweeter, and more. Now, he’s become an author. His new book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, deals with internet fame and our reactionary culture head-on. He joins the show to discuss these issues, and whether is the internet is good.

Guest:

  • Hank Green, author, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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18-38 Segment 1: The Uncertain Future of Cash

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As technology evolves, more and more of us are relying on credit cards, debit cards and even apps like Venmo or Zelle to make payments. Gone are the days of physically cashing your check, now almost all of us use all direct-deposit. So what is the future of cash? We talk to one expert who lays out some of the nefarious uses of bills and coins.

Guests:

  • Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University and author, The Curse of Cash

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