Saturday, August 25, 2012

Impossible "Moral Quandaries" - Radio Lab

Radio Lab: Season 2 | Episode 3

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Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? We peer inside the brains of people contemplating moral dilemmas. 
Train tracks(jdj150/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)
We watch chimps at a primate research center sharing blackberries, observe 3-year-olds fighting over toys, and tour Eastern State Penitentiary -- the country's first penitentiary. Plus, a story of land grabbing, indentured servitude, and slumlording in the fourth grade.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary's Board of Commissioners hoped the building's grim facade would instill fear in the hearts of lawbreakers.“The exterior of a solitary prison should exhibit, as much as possible, great strength, and convey to the mind the misery which awaits the unhappy being who enters within its walls.” -Book of Minutes of the Board of Commissioners. March 26, 1822.
Photo: Albert Vecerka, 2001

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 Dr. Joshua GreeneSally Herships and Dr. Judi Smetana

Chimp Fights and Trolley Rides

First up, Radiolab hits the streets. Join us in Times Square as we poll dozens of people waiting in line to buy discount Broadway tickets. Share in the outrage and mental grunt-work as these thrifty theatre-goers try to answer tough moral quandaries. The questions--which force you to decide ...

Kiddie Morality

How do we develop our sense of morality? Even toddlers know there is a right and wrong beyond the rules in a classroom. While host Jad Abumrad attends playgroup, Robert Krulwich concludes that children are sociopaths. Dr. Judi Smetana refutes that claim while guiding us through her research ...

Crime and Penitence

Immorality, criminality, that is the stuff of the outside world. Well, that's what some people thought, like the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, back in the 1820's. So they opened up the Eastern State Penitentiary, an experiment in correcting criminal behavior through solitary ...

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