Thomas Lu Thomas Lu is an assistant producer for Hidden Brain.
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Thomas Lu

Thomas Lu

Assistant Producer, Hidden Brain

Thomas Lu is an assistant producer for Hidden Brain. He came to NPR in 2017 as an intern for the TED Radio Hour. He has worked with How I Built This, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Pop Culture Happy Hour. Before coming to NPR, he was a production intern for StoryCorps.

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Economist Amir Sufi says debt plays a bigger role in recessions than we typically recognize. erhui1979/Getty Images hide caption

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Hannah Groch-Begley listens to Dylan Matthews play the ukulele at their home in Washington, D.C. Dylan had hesitated to buy the ukulele because it felt like too big of an indulgence. Shankar Vedantam/NPR hide caption

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Red S-shaped rope being tugged by three different knots. Each knot is a different color — blue, orange, and green. Yellow background. Richard Drury/Getty Images hide caption

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Psychologists say we often have a hard time recognizing how much pressure we put on other people when we ask them for something. Malte Mueller/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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What if our economy is built not on traditional theories of rational behavior, but on narratives and psychology? sesame/Getty Images hide caption

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The Story Of Money: How Human Behavior Shapes Economies — And Vice Versa

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Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus: The Psychology Of How We Eat

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Finding Meaning At Work: How We Shape And Think About Our Jobs

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Researchers say there's growing evidence that nature has a powerful effect on us, improving both our physical and psychological health. Angela Hsieh hide caption

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The only surviving photo of Vivian Buck, here with her adoptive mother in 1924. This is the moment Vivian is determined by a eugenics researcher to be "feeble-minded" for not looking at a coin held in front of her face. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY hide caption

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Whose Utopia? How Science Used The Bodies Of People Deemed 'Less Than'

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Our voices convey so much more than just information. They can tell other people something essential about who we are. Angela Hsieh hide caption

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