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I am currently hooked on this nerdy but relatable podcast from the US’s National Public Radio.

In its own words, Hidden Brain "reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships".

It’s basically about why we do what we do.

Host and longtime science journalist Shankar Vedantam breaks down complex scientific ideas into understandable tidbits.

You can start at #67 (titled The Hole), where he takes a look at the reality of solitary confinement at prisons across the US, as well as the psychological effects of being alone for long periods of time.

Oh, and #64, titled I’m Right, You’re Wrong, is pretty good too. You know how there are topics for which no amount of data will change people’s minds? Vedantam delves into why we tend to stick to our beliefs and disregard any new information that contradicts them.

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