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Prodigy

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Why do we do the things we do? Lowell Brillante investigates the complex details of our minds - from psychopathology to excellence, nature to nurture. We've sequenced the human genome and explored Mars, but we still don't really understand how our brains work. Join Lowell as he talks to leading expe… read more

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A Stroke of Insight

May 5th, 2022

31:41

A DNA test sends me down the rabbit hole of ancestry until I’m stuck with a dilemma that could change my life. 

 

I don’t remember my grandparents. …

Part 1: The Polgar Sisters

April 7th, 2022

33:50

Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his …

Part 2: The 10,000 Hour Rule

April 7th, 2022

35:40

Is elite performance just a matter of how much and how well you practice? I interview a man known as the expert on experts, Dr Anders Ericsson and discuss the controversy surrounding Deliberate Practice. Learn about how …

Part 3: The Source Code

April 7th, 2022

35:23

Every human being shares a 99.9% identical DNA code. It's that .1% that makes us unique. We could see the influence of genetics before we unlocked …

The Dark Forest

January 3rd, 2022

50:05

In 2017 the New York Times released an article disclosing 3 videos taken by US Navy pilots of unidentified aerial phenomenon. Is intelligent life …

Festivus for the Rest of Us

December 24th, 2021

22:56

It's been another crazy year. So time for another holiday episode on gift giving. I'm joined by Dr. Mary Eberhardinger who adapted her award winning …

Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

October 19th, 2021

39:00

Nobody wants to be hacked through their toaster. Or even worse, their toaster joining an army of toasters that attack critical infrastructure and send me 50 spam emails a day. The Internet of Things is the idea that any …

Time Management

September 12th, 2021

27:21

Time is democratic. We all have the same amount of hours in a week. Laura Vanderkam studied how the most successful people allocate their time and …

ADHD not about Privileged White Dudes

August 12th, 2021

49:26

This episode is fun and packed with tips for living with ADHD. I got influencer, streamer, and podcaster Catieosaurus on to explain what it's like to be a gifted, non-privileged white dude with ADHD and some tips for …

Are Chiropractors legitimate?

August 5th, 2021

43:41

Chiropractic was born out of holistic mysticism from the magnetic healer D.D. Palmer. Is there any value in it or is it complete bulls**t? I spoke …

How to Money

July 28th, 2021

44:26

Is it better to spend your energy saving money or investing in making more? I spoke with Joel and Matt, the finance guys from the How to Money Podcast. They have some excellent advice on how to make your money work for …

Algorithm Episode Drop: 1 | Afrikka Didn't Need to Die

July 20th, 2021

38:38

When Afrikka Hardy was strangled in 2014 it seemed completely random. But it wasn’t. It was part of a pattern.

Lori Townsend reminisces about her daughter Afrikka, and journalist Thomas Hargrove says Afrikka's death …

The Algorithm

July 20th, 2021

25:17

I spoke with Ben Kuebrich, the producer and host of the new true crime show Algorithm. Algorithm follows the investigation into Afrikka …

The Undiagnosed

July 14th, 2021

43:25

How many people are living their life undiagnosed? This episode is about ADHD but the message is about disorders. The barriers that exist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment are criminal, and it's time we address …

Psychedelics

July 9th, 2021

35:09

LSD and psilocybin aka magic mushrooms are gaining in popularity for the therapeutic benefits, especially using the technique of microdosing. I spoke …

Body and Brain

July 7th, 2021

35:37

A psychosomatic disorder or illness refers to one that is caused by stress and emotions. Can stress actually cause severe, chronic pain? I spoke with Dr David Hanscom, a former orthopedic surgeon who quit his practice …

Lucid Dreaming

June 29th, 2021

38:27

Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness where a person is aware they're dreaming. This gives them a level of control over it. With practice you …

Sex, Status and Stuff

June 23rd, 2021

45:35

We've all encountered at least one narcissist in our lives. They make up 2% of the population. They're typically extroverted and charming. It's not …

Penetration Testing

June 16th, 2021

28:53

With an onslaught of ransomware attacks disrupting our supply chains, cybersecurity is more important than ever before. The best way to strengthen your defenses is to hire hackers to discover your weaknesses. I spoke …

Hacking Humans

June 9th, 2021

43:15

The days of robbing banks at gunpoint are gone. It's much more profitable to hijack networks. To better protect themselves companies hire people to test their security, but no firewall is going to stop a social …

Introducing: Prodigy Season 2

June 2nd, 2021

2:50

One of the most fascinating and unknown fields of science is human psychology. In this season of Prodigy we'll cover interesting topics like human …

The 50 Year Vaccine

April 23rd, 2021

17:17

There's a lot of misinformation going around about a "brand new" vaccine, but mRNA vaccines have been worked on since the 1970's. Luckily they were perfected just in time for the biggest crisis in modern history. Learn …

The Legend of Speedrunners

February 28th, 2021

38:12

Speedrunners are gamers that want to beat a game as fast as possible, but it isn’t just about speed. It’s about love. It’s about obsession... over all the ins and outs of a game, down to the very programming.


Alex …

Violet Violins

February 6th, 2021

29:41

Conversation with Alex Rivers, a professional busker and late bloomer trying to make a name for himself as a violinist. I also spoke with Noel Brown, …

Joshua Bell the Violin Virtuoso

January 30th, 2021

37:27

Joshua Bell debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 14. Since then he's received a ton of awards and played with nearly every major orchestra in the world. His performance radiates emotion and rings with precision as …

ADHD and Me

January 22nd, 2021

28:54

I was diagnosed with ADHD at 35 years old. I describe my experience, the testing and the disorder. I also speak with a student with ADHD and Dr Gail …

Synesthetes and Seekers

January 15th, 2021

27:36

Synesthesia is a connection between senses. It could be the key to understanding brilliance. Most people are born with it, but in a few rare cases …

The Versatile Von Neumann

January 8th, 2021

31:10

John von Neumann made major contributions to multiple fields including computers, physics, mathematics, economics and statistics. He helped design …

The Unabomber

January 1st, 2021

41:15

Ted Kaczynski had a higher IQ than Einstein and used the postal service to deliver handmade bombs to targets over the course of a 17 year long domestic terrorism campaign. It became the longest and most expensive …

Gifts and Gambits

December 24th, 2020

23:08

Learn about the queen’s gambit opening strategy, the indian defense and Paul Morphy. Also the psychology of gift giving with Dr. Jeff Galak, a …

The Source Code

December 18th, 2020

35:23

Every human being shares a 99.9% identical DNA code. It's that .1% that makes us unique. We could see the influence of genetics before we unlocked …

The Origins of Expert Performance

December 10th, 2020

35:40

Is elite performance just a matter of how much and how well you practice? I interview a man known as the expert on experts, Dr Anders Ericsson and discuss the controversy surrounding Deliberate Practice. Learn about how …

The Polgar Sisters

December 3rd, 2020

33:50

Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his …

Introducing: Prodigy

July 29th, 2020

1:54

Prodigy examines questions about our psychology and performance. For example: What determines our behavior, environment or genetics and how can we …

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