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51% Show #1287

Denise Carrasco

Socializing – the whys and the changing ways we do it. This week on 51%, bonding over Facebook, what we can learn from worms and the oral history of children's games.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? A wallflower or the life of the party? What determines how social we are? Dr. CoriBargmannof Rockefeller University studies how biology, our genes, and the environment we live in can affect the way we act. She is especially interested in understanding social behaviors. Believe it or not, she studies worms to examine the underlying biology that can switch an individual from being a loner to a party animal, and vice versa. 

Dr. Cori Bargmann is a professor at The Rockefeller University and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also leading President Obama's initiative to map the human brain. This interview comes to us courtesy of Carry the One Radio.

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In the information age, it seems the art of communication is changing forever. Commentator MindaZetlin reflects on the what a quiet night together has become now that Facebook has joined the family.

MindaZetlin is a columnist at Inc.com and the author or co-author of five books. This essay is adapted from her blog. 

Communication isn't just about tweets and status updates; sometimes it's about stories. Children have their own kind of oral history in the form of rhymes and handclapping games that are passed down from generation to generation. What they offer is continuity, and a head start in literacy.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.

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