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12.30.15: "Heroin: Cape Cod, USA" & What to Talk About

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re in an elevator and your boss steps in. You scan your brain for something clever to say and come up with…bupkis. On today’s show we'll get some tips on how to get a good conversation started with anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Then, conversations between the deaf and hard of hearing rely on near constant eye contact, which turns walking and talking into an elaborate dance of avoiding obstacles to maintain sightlines. Later in the show, we'll hear about a University with buildings and spaces designed for how deaf people communicate.

Listen to the full story. 

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki talks about the other side of Cape Cod, in a documentary called: Heroin: Cape Cod USA which is now available on HBO Go.

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA


Hotwiring Habits

For decades scientists have used animal models and human technologies like MRI, to learn how habits work in the brain, and how they take control. Now neuroscientist Kyle Smith and his team of researchers are fighting back. Kelly Prime brings us the story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

What to Talk About

In their book What to Talk AboutChris Colin and Rob Baedecker offer tips on how to start a good conversation with anyone, anywhere. 

What to Talk About


The acoustics of a building are a big concern for architects. But for designers at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, it’s the absence of sound that defines the approach to architecture. Gallaudet is a university dedicated to educating the deaf and hard of hearing, and since 2005, they’ve re-thought principles of architecture with one question at the forefront: how do deaf people communicate in space? Roman Mars from the podcast 99% Invisible brings us the story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The Sound of Blindness

Without sight, the blind must rely on the soundscapes around them to navigate through the world, but that can be complicated for those living in cities, where the hustle and bustle brings with it lots and lots of noise. Seattle producer Noel Clark brings us this story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

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