Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam covers the social sciences for NPR. Follow him @HiddenBrain and on Facebook.

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Dec. 5 2011 5:24 PMThe Royal Road to RomneyRepublicans always nominate the runner-up from four years ago. Is Mitt next?
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March 1 2011 7:04 AMPsych-Out SexismThe innocent, unconscious bias that discourages girls from math and science.
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Jan. 18 2011 12:03 PMThe National Brain-Damage LeagueThe epidemic of head injuries in football is even worse than you thought.
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Dec. 7 2010 7:18 PMNo, You Can'tOur ever-reasonable president needs a bit more spite.
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Nov. 12 2010 3:04 PMParents Are JunkiesIf parenthood sucks, why do we love it? Because we're addicted.
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Oct. 20 2010 1:31 PMThrow the Bums InAmericans distrust the GOP. So why are they voting for it?
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Oct. 6 2010 7:03 AMWhat Would Scooby Doo?What marriage counseling can teach liberals and conservatives.
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Sept. 15 2010 10:07 AMIs Obama the Antichrist?Why we believe propaganda.
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July 27 2011 5:16 PMWhy Congress Deserves an "A"Don't blame Congress for not passing laws. It's designed that way.
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Jan. 24 2011 6:48 PMPartisanship Is the New RacismDemocrats and Republicans may sit together for Obama's speech, but partisanship won't budge.
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Dec. 22 2010 5:13 PMWalking Santa, Talking ChristWhy do Americans claim to be more religious than they are?
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Dec. 2 2010 12:32 PMSmart Republicans, Stupid DemocratsIf Democrats are the big spenders, why do Republican states get the money?
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Oct. 25 2010 1:27 PMWe Are All Juan WilliamsAssociating minorities with crime is irrational, unjust, and completely normal.
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Oct. 14 2010 2:01 PMRick Sanchez's Prejudices—and MineFinding your inner bigot.
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Sept. 27 2010 10:13 AMSenile McCain, Extremist ObamaHow political operatives get us to believe the worst about their opponents.



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.