Neuroscientist David Eagleman says everything we think, do and believe is determined by complex neural networks battling it out in our brains. His book Incognito, in which he explains what scientists are learning about this hidden world of cognition, is now out in paperback.
In Wyoming, as in several Western states, many wildfires are fought by prison inmates. Daniel Ross, serving time in a Wyoming prison for assault, has spent two seasons fighting fires. He says he's been overwhelmed by the gratitude of the townspeople his team has helped.
In this week's New Yorker, the journalist details how the electoral climate since the Citizens United ruling in 2010 has negatively affected the Obama campaign's appeal to Democratic donors. Mayer tells Fresh Air that Obama has to make a "terrible choice between his principles and politics."
The author's new memoir, Winter Journal, is a history of his body — scars, panic attacks and near-death experiences. He tells Fresh Air how he got a reputation as a dirty fighter, why he doesn't drive and how hard it was to see his mother's dead body.
Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer, says he needs a character to be funny. Hader tells Fresh Air that he doesn't know how people do standup — and that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood.
The comedian co-wrote a film with Ira Glass, of public radio's This American Life, about his life and sleepwalking disorder. But making Sleepwalk With Me, based on Birbiglia's one-man show and comedic memoir, caused Birbiglia anxiety — which exacerbated his disorder.
Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and a colleague were captured in 2008 while covering the civil war in Somalia and held for ransom. They spent more than a year in captivity before their families paid the kidnappers $1.3 million. Brennan shares his story, the subject of an hourlong broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.
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