June 09, 2016

It’s summer. Perhaps not officially, but the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and this gif of a dog at a beach is sure making an impassioned case for the start of the season.

So, it’s time to get out the suntan lotion, lay back, put on your headphones, and listen to some of our best segments from the past several months. (Think of it as diving into a pool of awesome audio.)

First up, how well do you know your friends, your parents, and your significant others? Probably not nearly as well as you think.

Nicholas Epley, author of Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want, studies empathy, and says that we get A LOT wrong about other people. Turns out, people are a lot more complex than you’d expect.

Then, if you absolutely hate broccoli, it might not be because you hate the taste of broccoli. There’s smell, texture, and memory to consider. Brandeis University’s Don Katz talks about the multitude of things that go into our taste experience.

Plus, ever wondered if a restaurant’s ambiance can affect its food? It totally can.

Data mining has changed elections, advertising, and now… relationships? Statistics-lover Emma Pierson examined over 5,000 emails that she and her then-boyfriend sent each other.

What she found was surprising. She realized that she emailed her boyfriend more, he apologized more, and she swore more. But that’s not all she learned about the nature of their relationship:

Finally, farmers’ markets are wonderful. Heirloom tomatoes, small-batch honey, cruelty-free kale - it’s easy to think that this is what food should be. But according to Louise Fresco, author of Hamburgers in Paradise: The Stories Behind the Food We Eat, reality is a lot more complicated. To feed eight billion people, we’ll need industrialized agriculture. A look into the future of food, without rose-colored glasses:

Louise Fresco, Emma Pierson, Nicholas Epley, Kara Miller, WGBH, Don Katz, pri

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