Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Stories of You - To the Best of Our Knowledge

From NPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge, this is an encore presentation (on their part and mine) of a show that aired on February 3rd, 2013, and originally aired on February 19th, 2012. This show offers 5 interviews on the nature of identity and how our stories (our narratives) shape our sense of self.

Stories of You

Who are you?
A man? A woman?
Are you a success? A failure?
A parent? An athlete? A wallflower?
A Christian? A Buddhist? A baker?
If we are only a collection of stories about ourselves... what's the truth of who "we" are?

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Jonathan Adler Image: Amy Dykens
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So if our identities are just stories... what does that mean for our lives, our memories, our mental health? Jonathan Adler is a psychologist who studies narrative identity. He tells Jim Fleming that his research found that our sense of well-being is based on the tone of our internal narratives rather than the stories themselves.

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Forget Your Self
 
Sara Nics
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02.17.2012

Sara Nics explains the impetus behind this show... a lifetime of attempting to make peace with the stories we tell ourselves.
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You & Your Brain

Julian Keenan
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02.17.2012
Press your thumb to the bridge of your nose. Now draw it slowly over the crown of your head to about where you might have a ponytail. That area under your skull is where "you" are. Research suggests that region houses the web of neurons that holding our narrative identities.
Neuroscientist Julian Keenan takes Anne Strainchamps on a tour of our selves, thinking about our selves, thinking about our selves thinking about our selves, thinking about one another thinking about ourselves...
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Contemplating Our Selves

Gangaji Image: Michael Waha
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02.17.2012

Antoinetter Varner - also known as Gangaji - says she spent decades wrestling with and reshaping her narrative identity. But when she met her true spiritual teacher - a Hindu man vaguely aligned with the nondualist tradition - he told her to stop all stories. Gangaji says that's when she was finally able to connect with the "I" that underlies our selves.

Steve Paulson asked Gangaji about her story, and the end of stories.

Listen to the UNCUT version of this interview here.
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Stories of Us

Jonathan Harris
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02.17.2012

Jonathan Harris is the creator behind “We Feel Fine”, “I Want You to Want Me”, and other projects using new media to reflect human experience. In his latest work, he’s bringing together a community of storytellers in the hopes that combining individual stories might reveal the ecstatic truth of human life.

Harris talked with Anne Strainchamps about learning from our common stories, myths, and sagas.
The storytellers included in the Cowbird audio medley are Annie Correal, Bianca Giaever, Geoffrey Gevalt, Jordan Bower, Lily Virginia, Molly Adams, Paul Louis Archer, Paulo Martins, Scott Thrift, and Jonathan Harris.
Listen in on the UNCUT interview here
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