The podcast Hidden Brain was developed by and is presented weekly by Shankar Vedantam, an American journalist, writer, and science correspondent for NPR. His reporting focuses on human behavior and the social sciences. Vedantam describes the podcast as follows: Hidden Brain uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. Some recent topics of the podcast: Close Enough: The Lure of Living Through Others [' … a curious thing can happen when we watch experts doing expert things']; The Bomb That Didn't Explode: Why Our Fears About Population Growth Didn't Come True; The Influence You Have: Why We Fail To See Our Power Over Others. Each week, study group members will listen to an episode of the Hidden Brain podcast in advance of each session. Two of the study group members will serve as discussion leaders for each session. As appropriate, we may replay parts of the podcast during the study group and perhaps add a video. It is expected that Canvas will be used extensively.