July 6th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, the criminal mind, and psychopaths.  In our second hour, long road to adulthood, and "Cash Cab".
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July 6th Show

Jim Fallon's brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control. The normal scan on the left is his son's. Courtesy of Jim Fallon hide caption

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Inside the Criminal Mind
Breakthroughs in neuroscience are changing the way criminals are defended and raising the question: Can genes or brain abnormalities make you more likely to kill?  NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty just completed a three-part series that included a look at how the debate is playing out in the court room. She joins Neal Conan, along with Stephen Morse, Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Pennsylvania, and Joshua Greene, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard, to talk about what we've learned about the criminal mind and whether or not it belongs in criminal and civil trials. Later in the hour: Are developments in neuroscience telling us that once a psychopath, always a psychopath? Kent Kiehl, a neuroscience specialist at the University of New Mexico who studies the brains of psychopaths, examines the mind of a psychopath.

Redefining Adulthood
For years, we've heard about boomerang kids and an extended adolescence.  Now, more and more new college graduates can't find jobs and must rely on mom and dad.  And the new health care law seemingly institutionalizes the trend: parents can cover their kids until they're 26.  Research shows the road to adulthood in America is indeed getting longer.  Researcher Frank Furstenberg talks about the cultural and institutional shifts that often lead to young people taking so much longer to make it on their own.  Financial columnist Michelle Singletary also weighs-in on the consequences for families and young adults, and offers advice on when to help out your adult kids, and when to draw the line.

"Cash Cab's" Ben Bailey

When you hop into Ben Bailey's taxi, it's no ordinary cab ride. He'll greet his customers, and ask them where they're headed. But when the ceiling lights flash and the music blares, it's game time. On the Discovery Channel show Cash Cab, Bailey gives unsuspecting contestants the chance to win money for correctly answering a series of trivia questions. Answer three questions wrong and you're out on the street.  Bailey talks about the success of his show, which has just won two daytime Emmys, and his career in the entertainment business.