The Podcast of the Week is Shankar Vedantam’s Hidden Brain. This podcast uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices, and direct our relationships.
Shankar Vedantam is NPR’s social science correspondent and the host of Hidden Brain. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways. Hidden Brain is among the most popular podcasts in the world, with over two million downloads per week. The Hidden Brain radio show is featured on some 250 public radio stations across the United States.
In this edition of the podcast, Vedantam asks questions about second chances. We can’t go back and change the past. We can’t erase trauma and hardship. But what if there was a way to regain control of our personal narratives? Vedentam explores the possibility of how to recover from the trauma we experience in our everyday lives.
Vedentam narrates a story of a young couple who lived for thrills in their lives. Greg and Rachel two went out on a skydiving adventure when tragedy struck. Greg crashed as a result of a dust storm hitting him as he descended down. Rachel describes the ordeal step by step and the pain that came from not knowing the status of her loved one.
“We were sent home with the hope that Greg would recover from his pain, but the doctor was more cautious, she had to balance keeping her patient from hurting without having him get hooked onto the medication. But Greg told me it was if someone was twisting a knife into his legs”.
Vedentam details this horrific story of Rachel dealing with the love of her life withering away in front of her. Rachels does an incredible job of detailing her feelings at the moment and how she learns about Greg committing suicide.
“This didn’t have to happen, he could have been treated better, even if he had to lose his feelings, he could have been made comfortable. We do not treat even animals like this.”
Vedentam takes listeners on a healing journey while listening to Rachel’s traumatic story. Anyone who wants to learn about dealing with the problems in their lives must listen to the podcast. The podcast has over 300 episodes filled with knowledge to make someone heal from a dark moment in their lives.