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May 16, 2020

Why do we remember certain things and forget others? Do some people simply have a better memory than others, or is it something we can practice and get better at? Perhaps most intriguing of all: how reliable are our memories really? Do our stories change to fit our perception of ourselves?

This week, we muse about the nature of memory, particularly in regard to the fact that we’re all living through an unprecedented moment in living history. We wonder, are we more likely to remember the details of this time as opposed to our “regular” lives, or less so?

We’re also joined by Susan Engel, psychology professor and author of, among other titles, forthcoming The Intellectual Lives of Children. Engel is an expert on memory who answers some of our most pressing questions, and debunks some of our long-held beliefs about memory.

***Find the book we talk about on the show, Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, here.***


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