The Brain-Food Fix

1. Tick Tock Pack: It's About Time We Talk About Time

There are 365 days, 52 weeks, and 12 months in a year — Plenty of time for setting world records, writing critically-acclaimed debut novels, adjusting to Daylight Savings, and listening to podcasts. Like this one: It’s time for Episode 13: Tick Tock Pack

2. "I've Killed People And I Have Hostages"

Blair Myhand is a police officer in the sleepy, 42,000 person town of Apex, NC. One night, he received an unusually disturbing phone call where a person claimed to be holding a woman hostage after murdering several people. Myhand assembled his team, and went to the house, but what they ended up finding was much more bizarre.

3. Cut and Run: Why are Kenyan Runners So Fast?

Legions of athletes, sports gurus, and scientists have tried to figure out why Kenyans dominate long-distance running. In this short, we stumble across a surprising, and sort of terrifying, explanation.

4. Is Going To College Worth It?

What's a college degree really worth these days?

5. The Secret to Success

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for what makes us successful. Life coach Tony Robbins describes why failure should not be an option. Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth says "grit", not IQ, is the new predictor of success. Mike Rowe encourages us not to follow our passion. Ron Gutman shares some compelling research on the hidden power of smiling. And writer Alain de Botton shares a fascinating view about the American paradigm for success and failure.

6. Chris Hadfield’s Lessons From Life in Orbit

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield explores life floating through space and back on Earth.

7. Hacking Your Intelligence

Contrary to popular belief, your IQ is not a fixed number. Learn three ways to cheat your intellectual growth.

8. Blueprint for Armageddon

The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.

9. What's A Bubble?

On today's show, we talk to Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller, who shared this year's economics Nobel. Shiller is a famous explainer of bubbles; Fama is a famous bubble skeptic.

10. Checkmate

Rojelio Garcia was a teenager in jail, playing chess behind bars, when he remembered the fifth grade teacher he used to spar against. He wrote a letter to the teacher, Paul Karrer, and eventually the two started playing chess, writing on pieces of paper and sending it over the mail. Soon it became clear that, for both of them, it was more than a game.

11. What It Is Like To Go To War

Karl Marlantes was a young Marine lieutenent man when he was sent to Vietnam, and he did what he was trained to do: kill the enemy and survive.

12. Space Junk

What is space junk? Where did it come from? Why is it a problem?

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