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‘Hidden Brain’ explores why people behave the way they do

Some of the best podcasts sound a lot like documentaries. They’ll take an issue and let you know as much about it as the format will allow.

One of the most fertile grounds for this kind of documentary is the social sciences – after all, wouldn’t you like to know more about why you and the people around you behave the way you do?

Into this steps the NPR podcast “Hidden Brain.” It’s described as helping curious people understand the world – and themselves. “Hidden Brain,” NPR says, “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 host, Shankar Vedantam, digs into such fields as faith, language, power and even food. He looks at the new areas of research in the social sciences (psychology, sociology, economics) and connects it with the ways we live and manage our lives.

“Hidden Brain” also does a great job of making complex scientific ideas understandable and relatable.

Check out “Hidden Brain” and learn something new.

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