The Really Big Questions

(Rochester, NY) – The Really Big Questions, a new radio series that  brings together scientists, philosophers, and regular folks for a scintillating exploration of human nature guided by enduring questions, airs Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning July 13, 2014 on AM 1370. Hosted by writer, broadcaster and composer Dean Olsher, the series explores questions about what makes us human.

What is This Thing Called Love?, the premiere episode, airing Sunday, July 13 at 9 p.m., ponders the “why” behind humans’ drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships?

Why Do We Share? airs Sunday, July 20 at 9 p.m. There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate. The featured editor of this episode is the award-winning environmental and science journalist, Michelle Nijuis. She is widely known and respected in the science writer community with her work appearing in places like National Geographic.

Why Does Music Move Us? airs Sunday, July 27 at 9 p.m. Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain – with musicians and researchers. Michelle Nijuis is also the featured editor of this episode.

Pictured: Host Dean Olsher
Credit: TRBQ 


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