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The Really Big Questions

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 10, 2014 2:44 PM
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The Really Big Questions takes you to a place where science and the humanities meet. This series of five programs hosted by Dean Olsher – brings together scientists, philosophers and regular folks for a scintillating exploration of human nature guided by five enduring questions. The Really Big Questions series is produced by the Peabody Award-winning SoundVision Productions in association with the world-renowned museum, The Exploratorium, in San Francisco. Support comes from the National Science Foundation.  Listen to it Saturday at 8:00pm beginning July 12 on WITF 89.5& 93.3

What Is This Thing Called Love?  July 12
We’ll ponder the why behind humans’ drive to pair up.  Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships?

Why Do We Share? - July 19
Why don’t we share?  What drives us to be greedy one day and giving the next?  We’ll look at the research in psychology, economics, neuroscience, and anthropology as we explore the mysteries of cooperation, resource allocation and collaborative problem solving.

Why Does Music Move Us? - July 26
Music can make us run faster, learn better, buy more, recover from surgery sooner, even live longer.  Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain.

What Is a Good Death? - August 2
Many Americans are trying to take control of their deaths, creating advance directives and asking for “green burials,” but strong forces exist to countermand their wishes. Most of us say we want to die at home, or in hospice, but the number of Americans dying in intensive care units continues to rise. Why don’t we get the death we hope for?

What’s Your Story? August 9
Why do stories have such a powerful influence on our beliefs and our behavior? Research confirms that our minds depend on story as the main roadmap for comprehending, deciphering, recalling and organizing our lives.  But our drive to create a coherent story can come at the expense of accuracy. If some of our stories about ourselves are not true, what can we believe?

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