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Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. We started as a radio show, created in 1991 by host and executive producer Ira Flatow. Since then, we’ve grown into much more: We produce award-winning digital videos and publish original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars. SciFri is brain fun, for curious people.

True You

Jun 22, 2017

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Future Self

Jun 21, 2017

This episode contains some disturbing content and might not be appropriate for some listeners.

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The Culture Inside

Jun 14, 2017

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Reality Part Two

Jun 7, 2017

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  • Julianna Barwick and Suicide Squeeze Records and SubPop Licensing for letting us use the song "Call"
  • Peals for their song "Wild Honey"
  • Crazy P for "Errinerige"

Reality Part One

Jun 7, 2017

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Emotions Part Two

May 31, 2017

Note: In this show, we refer to a group of people who live in the Philippines. The name of the group has multiple valid English spellings, including Ifugal and Ifugao. We have opted for the former pronunciation for our story.

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  • Linnea S. - Her Presence is Strong Here
  • Myriadar - Cart Before the Horse

Emotions Part One

May 31, 2017

To learn more about the theory of constructed emotion and the work of neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, check out her book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.

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  • Helena Ahlbäck (formerly of The Broken Assembly) - "Emotional"

Season 3 Trailer

May 18, 2017

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Meet the Contributors

Jul 31, 2016

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Jul 29, 2016

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HANNA ROSIN, HOST:

When he was in college, the thing that annoyed Brett Cohen the most was celebrity culture.

Featured Music

Jul 29, 2016

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Explore the Episode

Jul 29, 2016

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Jul 22, 2016

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HANNA ROSIN, HOST:

Let's begin on October 31.

HANNA ROSIN AND LULU MILLER: Halloween.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: Trick or treat.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Trick or treat.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Happy Halloween.

Featured Music

Jul 22, 2016

Special thanks to musicians Kai Engel and Lee Rosevere, whose music was used under a Creative Commons attribution license.

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Nazi's Shirt

Jul 22, 2016

Hanna Rosin has a story about Martin Greenfield, a tailor in Brooklyn who has dressed the last three presidents, and a host of celebrities – Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal. He learned how to sew when the SS put him to work in the tailor shop at Auschwitz, where he did an amazing thing. After he ripped the shirt of a Nazi officer, and took a beating for it, Martin decided to take the shirt for himself. No other prisoners had a shirt under their uniform but he kept his, throughout the rest of the war.

Shoes

Jul 22, 2016

A short comedic essay by contributor Colin Dwyer who proposes that maybe shoes are to blame, for pollution, climate change, violence, and all the other acts of human insensitivity. Because the moment we slipped a surface between ourselves and the ground, we lost our intimate connection with the earth.

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Jul 15, 2016

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This story starts in Washington, D.C., on a warm summer night. There were eight friends gathered around a backyard dinner table. They were toasting family and friendship. And everybody was having a good time.

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Jul 15, 2016

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Jul 15, 2016

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Featured Music

Jul 8, 2016

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Jul 8, 2016

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Jul 8, 2016

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HANNA ROSIN, HOST:

So let's go back to World War II.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: America goes to war to save the homes and ideals of free men from Axis domination.

ROSIN: America was fighting a terrible dictator determined to take over Europe.

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Jul 1, 2016

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Meet the Experts

Jul 1, 2016

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Jul 1, 2016

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LULU MILLER, HOST:

So let's begin today with the American dream achieved. Gifford Briggs had found himself a beautiful wife.

JENNIFER BRIGGS: My name is Jennifer Briggs.

MILLER: A beautiful home, a great job.

GIFFORD BRIGGS: I work in construction.

MILLER: And then they had a daughter.

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Jun 23, 2016

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Featured Music

Jun 23, 2016

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Jun 23, 2016

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Meet the Experts

Jun 17, 2016

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Listen to the episode

Jun 17, 2016

You probably don't even notice them, but social norms determine so much of your behavior - how you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel. These norms are so entrenched we never imagine they can shift. But Alix Spiegel and new co-host, Hanna Rosin, examine two grand social experiments that attempt to do just that: teach McDonald's employees in Russia to smile, and workers on an oil rig how to cry.

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