Maria Konnikova on synesthesia and what the hand jive has in common with David Schwimmer.

Blue Equals Rhombus? Can You Teach Yourself Synesthesia?

Blue Equals Rhombus? Can You Teach Yourself Synesthesia?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 3 2016 5:52 PM

Are Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?

About 4 to 5 percent of the population experiences unique sensory connections. Where does that come from? Is it BS? 

The synesthesia and hand jive episode of The Gist.

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On The Gist, we don’t mention Iowa once! First, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker separates the gold-tinted truth from the rubber-scented fiction when it comes to synesthesia. She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, what if your host was born to hand jive?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.