State of the Human

Series produced by Stanford Storytelling Project

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SSP's hour-long radio show

Started in 2012, this series brings together stories that deepen our understanding of single, common human experiences—fighting, giving, lying, forgiveness—all drawn from the experiences and research of the Stanford community.


23 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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In this special episode, Drs. Philip Zimbardo and Christina Maslach tell the story of what ended up being one of the most infamous psychology studi...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 56:03
  • Purchases: 5
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When is wildness on our side, and when does it have to be eliminated?

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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Today on State of the Human, no blue print, no roadmap. Stories of people figuring it out for themselves.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 4
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We can't live without stories, so today on State of the Human, we're investigating what stories do to us and for us.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 5
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A cold-water, slap on the face, static-electric jolt reminder of just how powerfully spaces can affect the way we think and act.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:30
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Today on our show, four stories of people who tried to see themselves clearly

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:53
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This week on State of the Human, stories of people whose vision changed, first throwing them in the dark, then revealing something new.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 01:59:24
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This week, on State of the Human, people are changing radically in order to recover

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:52
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This week, we take a deep look at how and why we learn to lie, and what lying does to you

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week we're asking what it takes to get us to give, and how we know if we're doing it right.

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:53
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Whether or not there's a cape, a sword, or a noble steed involved, we all go on quests.

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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October is full of ghosts, but in our show we will not be talking about little kids who wear white sheets.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Sometimes, the only way to voice our feelings is to break into song.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:57
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On this week's episode, stories about looking for answers in the wrong places, mercury in the water, and...bigfoot.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 2
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This week on State of the Human we’re investigating how people use joking to create new realities for themselves and the people around them.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:18
  • Purchases: 2
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This week on State of the Human, an 18th century historian, a poet, a computer scientist, a composer, and a mysterious future being confront data.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, four stories of people who don’t quite belong in the world where they live, who take matters into their own hands to create belonging.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Four very different Crises appear at four very different scales in this episode, affecting a person, a species, a city, and a human body.

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:24
  • Purchases: 2
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What is it like to be a student who has fought in a war?

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 02:01:50
  • Purchases: 1
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In this week's show, a parakeet, a Spanish-language learner, and a professor help make the human voice weird again.

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:40
  • Purchases: 3