Great New Podcast: Hidden Brain

This week, long-time NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is launching Hidden Brain—his ongoing fan-favorite segment—as a full-fledged podcast. Vedantam’s stories primarily revolve around patterns in everyday human behavior that you aren’t even aware of—though once you realize your brain has a tendency to act or make decisions based on pre-wired biases or environmental situations, you’re actually empowered to change your behavior. For example, one early episode talks about switch tracking, a pattern in conversation when one person gives the other feedback, but the reaction to that feedback changes the subject altogether—like when you’re arguing with your boyfriend about laundry and you end up yelling at each other about vacation plans instead. Hidden Brain is definitely winning a post in the weekly rotation.