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Word of Mouth
1:39 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

9.4.14: A Documentary On Alzheimer's & Do You Believe In Soul Mates?

Plaque from the birthplace of Dr. Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915).
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An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with about 200,000 diagnosed under the age of 65. On today’s show, a new documentary provides a glimpse of a family grappling with early onset Alzheimer’s.

Then, romantic comedies capitalize on romantic notions of people finding their one true love, but a social psychologist explains why the concept of discovering your soul mate may not be the best strategy for long term relationships.

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Word of Mouth
1:41 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

9.3.14: Prank Advertising, Childhood Amnesia & Simulating Surgery

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With so many screens vying for consumer's attention, marketers are going to great lengths to catch our eye…even if it means scaring us out of our wits. On today’s show, a look into the prankstervising trend, where passers-by become unwitting props in extreme ad campaigns.

Plus, while we may think we remember the first day of kindergarten, current research indicates that accurate childhood memories begin around the age of seven. We’ll talk about the phenomenon of what Freud called childhood amnesia, and what our brains choose to forget.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Clive Thompson's "Smarter Than You Think"

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When the IBM supercomputer dubbed “Deep Blue” defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, it was considered a major blow for human intelligence, and a big moment for artificial intelligence.  But, as Clive Thompson explains in his new book, Kasparov went on to outsmart computers with human-machine teams.  It turned out that the combination of computers and human intelligence was unbeatable.  With digital realms at our fingertips, Thompson argues, our abilities have been enhanced to an extraordinary degree.

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