Take a Swear Pill
Fuck! The most emotionally versatile word in the english language is wired directly to the emotional component of our brain. In fact all profanity is. This episode talks about the pain relieving qualities of swearing and how the idea of shame can be derived from learning how to speak.
World in Words
If you could talk to Animals
This episode confirms the idea that everything comes down to the males of a species wanting to either assert dominance over others or mate with the ladies. The episode explores how frogs, whales, and monkeys communicate through the sounds they make to either reproduce or compete for dominance.
The Grand Tapestry Of Pepe
Another favorite Wilson program, Reply All. This is a ‘Yes, Yes, No’ episode about a Topkek Pepe meme layered with meaning and references that has to be deconstructed thoroughly to be understood, jumping from 4chan, to Turkish, to Dog Whistling and white nationalism. It’s got it all!
Lost In Translation
The language we speak literally wires our brains differently and if you can speak two languages you basically have a super brain. This episode talk about how the language we speak shapes the way we contextualize space and time. It’s hard to explain with words without just listening to it!
Twenty Thousand Hertz
Evolution of Accents
You know what else grinds my gears? People who make fun of others accents implying that they’re dumb… In fact it’s the complete opposite, the whole idea of accents implies that the person can speak two languages (see Superbrain episod above). Anyways listen to this episode, it’s about accents!