DAN ARIELY

In eight candid conversations called The Upside of Down, social psychologist Dan Ariely explores with his guests what it’s like to live with a serious disability or physical trauma, as well as what can still feel meaningful, worthwhile, even enjoyable… at least sometimes. Combining social science findings with personal insights, these 30-minute episodes cast light on how we might face extreme challenges, whether our own or of those around us.

“Our Reflection in the Eyes of Others”

Episode 1

How should we react to people who are disabled – should we ask them about it, ignore it, or what?

When and how do we use humor, and what about dark humor, which can really only be used by those inside the experience?

Guest: Nicole Kear

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Episode 2

“Pushing Through Tension All the Time”

Gregg Mozgala

NYC actor and artistic director

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Episode 3

“Embodying and Embracing the Barriers”

Yo-EL Cassell

Choreographer/dancer

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Episode 4

“Find the Places You Got Hurt”

Dan Simpson

Published Poet and Musician

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Episode 5

“From the Inside Out”

Ona Gritz

Published Poet, Essayist, Children’s Book Author

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Episode 6

“Different Doesn’t Mean Over”

Ryan DeRoche

Mountain-Bike Adventurer and Enthusiast

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Episode 7

“This Is Who I Am”

Jack Every
Professor of History at Community College of Rhode Island

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Episode 8

“Greater Goods”

Paul Bloom
Professor Emeritus of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto

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About the podcast

Dan Ariely:
Host, Executive Producer

Robin Eldridge:
Creative Director, Producer

A podcast by DDC International and Newfruit Media, with

Production and editing by:
Colby Gottert, Luis Dechtiar, and Daniel Rinaldi

Sound mixing:
Ross Nelson, Daniel Rinaldi
Cover Art: Kyarra Aylse