Radiolab*: Radiolab is a nationally syndicated science radio show which is quite creatively produced. You can download and listen to their podcasts for free - FREE I TELL YOU!
Below, I have listed out podcasts I use as artifacts in class. Sometimes these are stand-alone and just supplement our learning; other times these are mandatory listening for your projects (and subsequently your grade). Check your course calendar to see which podcast you should listen to.
I place them here for folks who are absent and
need to make up work. I also place them here in the hope you will
become naturally curious about something - anything - they discuss and that
you get addicted to their show. They are one of the reasons why I know
so much about thinking, evolution, human nature, life, the universe, and
LEARNING & EDUCATION
Singled Out (0:00-10:30): Malcolm Gladwell questions the notion of picking our 'gifted and talented students' at the age of 9, debunks the concept of "natural talent," explains the Matthew Effect, and explains why love (and hard work) is at the heart of what makes a genius, a genius. Some of the content in "Singled Out" is taken from "Secrets of Success" below.
Secrets of Success (0:00-24:00): The first six minutes is the same as Singled Out above because they are from the same interview. The two segments have a different focus though. Malcolm Gladwell and Robert Krulwich discuss generational success and the Janklo family is covered around 7:00 minute mark: why does the son succeed where the father failed? The 10,000 hour rule is discussed at the 12:00 minute mark: In order to be good at something, you have to practice 10,000 hours. Regarding Bill Gates: "Here's a teenage boy who is willing to surrender his sleep five nights a week to program from two to six in the morning. THAT'S what's special about Bill Gates." Talent + persistence + the Matthew Effect + practice = GENIUS! 17:00 minute mark = talent as the "magic dust" that turns hard work into "something." Maybe what makes someone a genius is an extraordinary LOVE for a particular thing. Hmmm?
Your Future in a Marshmallow (0:00-18:24): "Rhyming Events" are oddly coincidental events - do they point to the concept of fate (0:00-4:30)? Robert and Jad also revisit a famous experiment with marshmallows, children, and delayed gratification. Can a marshmallow determine your success? Choice vs. fate (4:30-14:15). We can learn techniques that may affect our fate - a bag of tricks can make a difference (14:15-18:24).
WORDS, THINKING, LAUGHTER, & COMMUNICATION
Deception: Are all lies created equal? Are all lies negative and harmful? How do lies help Olympic athletes succeed?
Musical Language: Listen to spoken words that suddenly burst forth into song. How does music affect our brains? How does sound get processed in the brain? How did music cause old ladies to riot in the 1800's? Good stuff!
Is Laughter Just a Human Thing? Can animals laugh? Why would one even ask that in the first place - how silly! (or is it?) This is a smaller segment within the larger episode called Laughter. Jaak Panksepp believes he found evidence of rats laughing.
Animal Minds: Where does empathy come from? Is sharing an exclusively human trait or does it have evolutionary roots? How are thoughts and feelings connected?
Talking to Machines: Chatbots, Furbies, & Bina48, oh my!
Emergence: How do ants accomplish their amazing feats without thinking?
Cities: Cities have an "intelligence" which can be measured by how quickly its inhabitants walk. Take a listen and try to think about what these characteristics communicate about your hometown.