Week of February 19, 2012

Week of February 19, 2012

Stories of You

Stories of You

February 3, 2013
(was 02.19.2012)

Who are you? A man? A woman? Are you a success? A parent? An athlete? A wallflower? A Christian? A baker?

If we are only a collection of stories about ourselves... what's the truth of who "we" are?

  1. Narrative Identity 101

    The evidence is mounting... "we" are mostly who we think we are. Our identities are mental constructs, cobbled together from memory and stories. Jonathan Adler gives us a crash course in narrative identity and mental health. 

    Average: 4.8 (36 votes)
  2. Forget Your Self

    Producer Sara Nics on the story behind this show... how she's tried to come to terms with our narrative selves.

    Average: 4.9 (28 votes)
  3. You & Your Brain

    Neuroscientists say that about a quarter of our mental energy is dedicated to maintaining our narrative identities. Julian Keenan says there's got to be an evolutionary benefit for all that "self".

    Average: 4.8 (30 votes)
  4. Contemplating Our Selves

    American spiritual teacher Antoinette Varner - also known as Gangaji - says it's possible to transcend our stories about ourselves. She tells Steve Paulson that to truly know yourself, just drop who you think you are, and pay attention to the "I". You can also hear the UNCUT version of this interview here.

    Average: 4.6 (30 votes)
  5. Stories of Us

    Rather than making our stories better - or attempting to stop telling them altogether - Jonathan Harris is helping people combine their stories in a bid to unveil the "ecstatic truth" of human life. Anne Strainchamps asked Harris about his storytelling platform, Cowbird.

    Listen to the UNCUT interview here.

    Average: 4.2 (13 votes)
How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

February 19, 2012
(was 02.13.2011)

Have you ever thought about disappearing... wiping out your old identity and starting fresh with a new name, a new life, a new self?

  1. Frank Ahearn on Helping People Disappear

    Have you ever thought about disappearing? We'll explore how people do it.

    Average: 5 (6 votes)
  2. Gerald Shur on the Witness Protection Program

    If you really want to know how to disappear, you might want to talk to the U.S. Marshall Service, which runs the Federal Witness Protection Program.

    Average: 4 (4 votes)
  3. Keren David on "When I Was Joe"

    Keren David is a young adult author who has imagined just what living in the Witness Protection Program might mean.

    Average: 4 (5 votes)
  4. Paul Kinsler on Space-Time Holes

    Optical Physicists at the Imperial College in London have created blueprints for the perfect hiding place.

    Average: 5 (4 votes)
  5. David Bond on His Own Disappearing Act

    David Bond got scared when he received a letter from the government saying they'd lost his newborn daughter's data. He decided to see if he could disappear himself.

    Average: 5 (5 votes)