Today on Word of Mouth - laughing! And why we do it. We're getting science-y with the giggles before moving on to a less-than-scientific community: psychics. Then, the art of the brain takes over with a look at graphic novel that takes place inside the brain. Finally, what happens to digital art, and how do we restore it?
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A 2013 Harris Poll survey on belief shows that Americans believe a bit less in angels - down 6 percent since the original survey in 2005 - and a little more in ghosts - up 1%. Less in Heaven - down 6, more in reincarnation - up 3. While our faith in astrology remains level at 29%, our belief in witches has fallen off 5 per cent. NHPR's Sean Hurley isn't quite sure what he believes when it comes to mediums, witches, and astrology - and to find out more, he recently visited two psychic fairs in New Hampshire. A quiet gathering of 6 mediums in Londonderry and a larger fair with vendors at
For the past 40 years, the Amazing James Randi has served as a crusader for skepticism and rational thinking. The magician-turned-professional-skeptic has squared off against alleged psychics and spirit healers, debunking their claims of supernatural powers. Recently, a documentary chronicling his life was successfully backed on Kickstarter. Documentary filmmaker Justin Weinstein is directing the film, and he joins us to talk about the project.