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Watch Your Mouth

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Psychologist Phil Tetlock thinks the parable of the fox and the hedgehog represents two different cognitive styles. "The hedgehogs are more the big idea people, more decisive," while the foxes are more accepting of nuance, more open to using different approaches with different problems. Renee Klahr hide caption

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

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Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

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Researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says celebrity can be boiled down to a simple formula. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Never Go To Vegas, And Other Unspoken Rules Of Being An A-Lister

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How President Trump's Rhetoric Is Changing The Way Americans Talk

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A woman wins the lottery not once, not twice, but four times. What are the odds? According to mathematician Joseph Mazur, it depends on how you ask the question. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Magic, Or Math? The Appeal Of Coincidences, And The Reality

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Country music singer Kacey Musgraves says she's not "pageant material." But she holds her own in a game of Mad Scientist with Shankar Vedantam on this week's episode of Hidden Brain. Wade Payne/AP hide caption

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Near Wins, And Not Quites: How Almost Winning Can Be Motivating

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Having a safety net can make us less motivated to achieve our primary goals ... like, for example, preventing our boats from sinking. Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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The Best-Laid (Backup) Plans...

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Angels came in different flavors. Most were young and all were eager to please — dream women for a certain kind of man — dreamed up, of course, by another man. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Lonely Hearts

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The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh is curated in part by sociologist Margee Kerr. Rachellyn Schoen/ScareHouse hide caption

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Things That Go Bump In The Lab: Halloween And The Science Of Fear

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The World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas in 2014. When Annie competed in this event, just 3 percent of the entrants were women. AP hide caption

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An Ace Up The Poker Star's Sleeve: The Surprising Upside Of Stereotypes

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