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Shankar Vedantam

Host of Hidden Brain
Shankar Vedantam is an American journalist, writer, and science correspondent for NPR. His reporting focuses on human behavior and the social sciences. Vedantam earned an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering in his native India, and a master's degree in journalism at Stanford University in the United States.
Recent episodes featuring Shankar Vedantam
Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus
Hidden Brain
Anyone who's tried (and failed) to follow a diet knows that food is more than fuel. This week, we revisit our 2018 episode about the psychology behind what we eat, what we spit out, and when we come back for more.
Shankar Vedantam Probes The "Hidden Brain"
The Roundtable
For the past eight years, Shankar Vedantam of NPR has been giving WAMC listeners regular updates on social science research and what it tells us about human behavior. Frequently heard on “Morning Edition,” Vedantam is marking four years of the “Hidden Brain” podcast, where he explains the unconscious patterns driving our choices.
The Talk Market
Hidden Brain
Can we affect the rise and fall of the economy? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller about the powerful ways in which stories and psychology shape our economic lives. He argues that narratives affect not just the purchases we make as individuals, but the fate of our entire economic system.
BS Jobs
Hidden Brain
Have you ever had a job where you had to stop and ask yourself: what am I doing here? If I quit tomorrow, would anyone even notice? This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit our 2018 conversation with anthropologist David Graeber about the rise of what he calls "bullsh*t jobs," and how these positions affect the people who hold them.
The Monkey Marketplace
Hidden Brain
What makes the mind of a human different from that of other animals? Psychologist Laurie Santos says we can't know the answer to that question if we only study humans. This week, we turn to Laurie's work with monkeys to understand which parts of human behavior are distinct, and which we share with other species.
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5 days, 7 hours