Social Science

3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Psychology Behind Racial Profiling

Callie Crossley explores  how unconscious bias affects us all when it comes to racial profiling, and whether it can be avoided during the type of behavior screening the TSA uses at Logan Airport.


1:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

To Lie... or Not

It’s lunchtime in Brighton and a group of people are sitting around a table at an outdoor seating area outside of an office building. I ask if they mind telling me about a time they fudged the truth. This is not an easy task. 

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2:31 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Exits: The Endings That Set Us Free

Do you remember the first time you quit a project or your job?  What about the first time you moved away from home? Or, moved on from a relationship?  Sociologist  Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot says all of these are exits we should pay attention to and learn from. Callie Crossley spoke with Lightfoot about her new book Exits: The Endings That Set Us Free.

10:31 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Mass Shootings Force US to Reexamine Gun Access

In the wake of mass killings in Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gun laws have fallen under increased scrutiny.

This past Sunday a gunman opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, killing seven people and injuring four more. This came on the heels of last month’s Colorado theater shooting, where twelve were killed and scores more injured.

Both tragedies have reignited the gun control debate. Law enforcement in every big city — from L.A. to the streets of Boston — face the unenviable task of keeping firearms out of the hands of would-be criminals.

Today Boston Public Radio begins a series of discussions on what can be done, from renewing an assault weapons ban, to restricting internet sales and strengthening background checks.

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10:51 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Innovation Hub for 8/4/12: The Brain. Brian Greene.

Physics at CERN hunt for the Higgs boson by slamming protons into each other and looking at the shower of particles that are created.

This week on Innovation Hub, we talk to masters of the invisible, the barely visible and the just plain hard to see. Listen at 7 a.m. on Saturday or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

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9:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Innovation Hub for Saturday, July 28, 2012

A market porter pedals a locally made goods carrier tricycle in Tamilnadu, India.
Etan Doronne Wikimedia Commons

Here's what's on Innovation Hub this week.

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9:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

How to Spot an Invisible Gorilla

The "monkey business" illusion.

Our minds deceive us. All the time. Sometimes in extraordinary and surprising ways.

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6:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Would Tighter Security Have Deterred the Colorado Shooter?

An Aurora, Colo., police officer talks on his walkie-talkie after the shooting.
Ed Andrieski AP

BOSTON — Local cinema operators are reviewing their security measures in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado at the July 19 midnight showing of the latest Batman movie that killed at least a dozen people and wounded at least 50.

James Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, said a mass shooting like this is typically not an impulsive act of madness.

CinemaSalem said it was making sure all emergency exits are locked to outsiders. Norwood-based National Amusements said the safety of its patrons and staff is of the “utmost importance.” 

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3:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Boston Medical Center's House Calls

Courtesy of Time

The idea of a doctor showing up on your doorstep, with a doctor’s bag in hand, ready to treat whatever ails you probably sounds like something from another era. But a new initiative that’s part of the Affordable Care Act is bringing this bygone way of practicing medicine into the future.

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1:35 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Research on Internet Dating

What does the newest research tell us about online dating?

We look at the huge business of online dating. Why is the industry so powerful? How does it work? And what’s the best way to actually find someone? We look at why people are lured online — and what sites really work. Kara Miller talked with Bob Seay about Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Piskorski's research on the topic.

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11:22 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The XL Factor: Why We're Fooled by Super Sizes

Gabrielle Plucknette/The New York Times

We haven’t found a way to cure obesity in America but we sure have found a lot of culprits to blame it on.  Supersized sodas are among the villains that we impugn for making us fat. Mayor Bloomberg’s gotten a real beating for banning them in New York, but one person who is on Bloomberg’s side is marketing professor Pierre Chandon. He says that without this mandated portion control, battling the bulge is going to be really hard.

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