The Really Big Questions
By SoundVision Productions
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The Really Big Questions is where scientists, thinkers and people who are generally curious about the world come together to talk about what it means to be human.
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #18 — Tornado Man||What if you had an idea that you believed could change the world? What if that idea was a tornado machine? In this episode we ask, what drives some people to pursue an idea for their entire lives? Download audio Retired engineer Louis Michaud believes h||1/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast — Shortly||A very brief announcement. Really, really brief. MORE AUDIO from TRBQ: Subscribe the to the TRBQ podcast on iTunes. Listen to the TRBQ podcast on Stitcher. Follow TRBQ on SoundCloud.||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #17 — What Is Adulthood?||You can vote when you’re 18 and drink when you’re 21. But when do you really become an adult? Download audio Psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett says people in their 20s are in a different life-stage than people in their 30s. He coined the term “em||9/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #16 — Choosing to Stay||These are the final words of Jennifer Michael Hecht’s most recent book: “Choose to stay.” Hecht argues against suicide as an escape from despair. She offers two reasons. Choosing to stay allows you the chance to be helpful to some||8/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #15 — Things||Maybe it’s a stuffed elephant. Could be a pepper shaker. Or perhaps a very special rock. Many adults have an object that’s particularly dear to them, but it’s not something that most people openly talk about. Unless you ask them. Download audio||8/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #14 — Take My Corpse, Please||Mary Roach wants you to give yourself away. Not yet, though. After you’re dead. She wrote a book called “Stiff,” in which she details what has happened over the years to bodies that were donated—willingly or unwillingly—to science. “I think||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #13 — Is There Really Altruism?||If you ever doubt that animals have the capacity to share, look no further than chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys. Frans de Waal studies primates, and he teaches psychology at Emory University. He says says looking at the way other primates share sheds l||7/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #12 — I, Musician||On the altar of a former cathedral in Duluth, Minn., an ensemble of musicians begins to play. Their notes are piercing and sometimes dissonant. It’s not your typical cathedral music—but then again, these aren’t your typical musicians. They’re ro||7/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #11 — The Triangle Is a Bully||The human instinct to tell stories is strong. So strong, in fact, that sometimes people see stories when they’re not there. Download audio In the 1940s, two researchers set out to demonstrate the proclivity of humans to see stories, even in random ev||6/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #10 — Stories are dangerous||Storytelling is an integral part of human culture. It teaches, enlightens and connects. But according to author and playwright Anne Bogart, it can also be dangerous. Download audio Bogart just released a book called “What’s the Story: Essays about A||6/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #9 — E.O. Wilson on storytelling||Unraveling the truth behind why human beings tell stories requires a scientist who can explain science to non-scientists. Enter E. O. Wilson. Download audio Wilson is a biologist, but he’s also a storyteller. He’s among the world’s top experts on||5/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #8 — A casket for Mom||Tad Hoskins thinks we should face the facts: We’re all going to die. So we should make the necessary preparations. He’s not a morbid guy — just well prepared. That’s why he has his mom’s casket stored in his workshop. Download audio Spring cam||5/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #7 — Chills and the Sons of Thunder||TRBQ paid a visit to the United House of Prayer for All People in Harlem to spend some time with a gospel brass band called the McCullough Sons of Thunder. And we talked with some neuroscientists who study our perceptions of music. Download audio When t||4/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #6 — Steven Pinker on music||Pinning down a definition of music is harder than it sounds. A song composed by a human easily fits into the category of music. But what about a song composed by a bird? Or the rumble of a freight train? Download audio Steven Pinker is a cognitive scien||4/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #5 — Death in Seattle||Americans don’t seem to have much trouble with violent death at the movies. But real death is a different story. Slow, lingering death from old age, funerals, embalming, cremation – these are not really dinner table conversation. A group called The||3/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #4 — Sharing with strangers||Why do people share? In this episode we hear from Yochai Benkler about his research into people who write Wikipedia articles, and we meet Sam Harnett who moonlights giving people rides — and recording their stories. Download audio Any given day, in||2/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #3 — The joy is in the giving||Money can make you happy. Especially if you give it to someone else. A growing body of research shows that giving money to other people is more likely to make you happy than keeping the money. In this episode, Michael Norton from the Harvard Business||2/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #2 — Love in Shanghai||TRBQ pays a visit to the marriage market in Shanghai to talk with parents who are looking for mates for their adult children, and host Dean Olsher talks with scientists about brain scans of people who are in love. The question is, does “love”||1/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTRBQ Podcast #1 — The science of love||We look at brain scans of people who are madly in love. We talk with the neuroscientists who did the scans. And we talk with writer A.J. Jacobs, who compares his love for his wife to a ride on a Segway. Download audio Researchers discover romantic love||1/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Based on the episode titles, my anticipation was high but I left very underwhelmed. 2/10.
Radiolab without the sound design or the insight.
I'm excited to see how this grows and continues to produce great shows.