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June 4, 2024

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12:00A

Your Bleeped Up Brain

Memory

People often believe their memory is a perfect record of the events they have experienced. the reality is that human memory is not as good as we think and can sometimes lead to unusual consequences. How much can any of us really trust our memories? It turns out that when it comes to remembering any event, no matter how mundane or how monumental, our ability to recall the past is distorted. In this episode, we'll investigate the story of Lizzie Borden, an ax murderer, an alien abduction and the traumatic events of 9/11 to reveal the secrets of human memory. By end of the show, see how much better you will be at remembering the past.

9:00A

5:00P

1:00A

Your Bleeped Up Brain

Deception

The death of Adolf Hitler; a Bible that promotes adultery, and the brilliant disguises of desperate British sailors--what do these stories have in common? They all hinge on secrets hidden deep inside the human brain. the fact is that history is riddled with examples of people being fooled by simple tricks designed to confuse the human brain. the question is why do they work and why do we keep falling for similar deceptions? In this hour, we'll find out why our brains are so easily fooled by simple tricks of vision, and how these tricks have been used throughout time to change the course of history.

10:00A

6:00P

2:00A

Your Bleeped Up Brain

Superstition

Vampires, ghosts and witches are all part of superstitions that thrive deep within our brains. Ever wonder why so many people believe in superstitions? To find out, we investigate how our minds make connections, spot patterns and attempt to see into the future. By scouring ancient stories of conspiracies and superstitions we will reveal just what our brains are trying to do and how we are hard wired to fall prey to all kinds of superstitions.

11:00A

7:00P

3:00A

Your Bleeped Up Brain

Fact vs. Fiction

We trust our brains to decide what is true or false every day; whether it something we see on TV, read on the internet, or hear from a friend. Most of the time we generally think we get things right; but the truth might be different. It seems most of us are not as good as we think when it comes to separating fact from fiction. From the Loch Ness monster, to the Moon Landing, and even alien life on Mars: a good story can make us believe almost anything. In this episode, we'll explore how our brains separate fact from fiction. Using a combination of magic tricks, psychological experiments, and stories from history, we'll learn how and why our brain gets it wrong, and learn a few tricks to help you better separate fact from fiction in your daily life.

12:00P

8:00P

4:00A

Evolve

Jaws

It's one of the most important developments in the history of life. An adaptation that lets animals kill, butcher, and devour. There is perhaps no instrument more important to survival than a strong set of jaws. From the shark's rows of razor-sharp serrated teeth, the crocodile's overwhelmingly swift-snapping-trap, to the lion's shredding canines--all have evolved in response to the never-ending struggle between predator and prey. But just how did these ultimate killing weapons develop in the first place?

1:00P

9:00P

5:00A

Evolve

Eyes

They are one of evolution's most useful and prevalent inventions. Ninety five percent of living species are equipped with eyes and they exist in many different forms. Learn how the ancestors of jellyfish may have been the first to evolve light-sensitive cells. Discover how dinosaur's evolved eyes that helped them become successful hunters. Finally, learn how primates evolved unique adaptations to their eyes that allowed them to better exploit their new habitat, and how the ability to see colors helped them find food.

2:00P

10:00P

6:00A

Evolve

Sex

In the history of life on earth, sex may be the ultimate survival skill, because the bottom line is: reproduce or die. This episode looks at sex in its many forms, from sharks--among the first vertebrates to have intercourse--to dinosaurs that had to figure out how to join their giant bodies together to mate; from the stick insect (that mates nonstop for 10 straight weeks) to macaques monkeys (about once an hour)... and finally to humans. This driving force of life comes in many forms. How will sex evolve in the future? Are we evolving beyond sex? In fact, is a time coming when we will be able to seize control of our own evolution... not via sex at all, but through genetic engineering?

3:00P

11:00P

7:00A

Evolve

Communication

How has our ability to communicate defined us as a species? Sharing information with each other has allowed humans to rise to the top of the food chain and dominate our environments. But humans aren't the only species that can communicate. Organisms as simple as bacteria can communicate, a strategy that lets them cooperate to take down creatures millions of times their own size. Fish use pheromones to warn each other about predators and find mates. Chemicals are also an effective means of communicating on land, and they've allowed insects--some of nature's smallest and most unassuming animals--to become the most populous and prolific on earth. The ability to interact stretches back billions of years and has often been one of the primary factors in a species ability to evolve and survive.

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