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Alison Nastasi

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Does sex actually sell?

Does sex actually sell?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we wondered, does sexual imagery really help push products?

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Why are people obsessed with true crime?

Why are people obsessed with true crime?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know that they’re talking about. Today we wondered, what accounts for the popularity of crime dramatizations in TV, books and film?

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Is divorce really that bad?

Is divorce really that bad?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. We asked economists, sociologists and marriage and family experts whether divorce's bad rap is warranted.

Why horror movies are obsessed with creepy kids, dolls and clowns
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Why horror movies are obsessed with creepy kids, dolls and clowns

We asked filmmakers, actors, writers and professors of horror what makes innocence lost such a compelling horror genre staple.

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Does being self-deprecating help or harm you socially?

Does being self-deprecating help or harm you socially?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we ask psychologists and communication experts if making fun of ourselves makes us look bad.

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Is it ethical to genetically engineer higher intelligence?

Is it ethical to genetically engineer higher intelligence?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today we ask if it's right, or even advisable, to tweak the human brain's capacity for higher intelligence.

Why do hangovers induce guilt?
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Why do hangovers induce guilt?

We're all familiar with the physical effects of drinking too much, but what about the psychological sense of guilt that dogs us the morning after? We asked the experts.

How long does it really take to break a habit?
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How long does it really take to break a habit?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we ask psychologists, scientists and self-help experts how long it takes to ditch a harmful behavior.

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Why does it take so long to get a doctor's appointment?

Why does it take so long to get a doctor's appointment?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder why must we wade through so much red tape just to be seen by a doctor.

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What's the difference between erotica and pornography?

What's the difference between erotica and pornography?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder is one person's smut another person's sensuality, or not at all?

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Why do we turn the music down when parking?

Why do we turn the music down when parking?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we ask researchers in cognitive science why multitasking is such a problem.

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How long does it take to cross the US on a horse?

How long does it take to cross the US on a horse?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we're asking equine enthusiasts to calculate how long it takes to traverse the country on horseback.

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Why do people seem to care more about the suffering of animals than humans?

Why do people seem to care more about the suffering of animals than humans?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts. We talk to sociologists, anthropologists and philosophers about the disproportionate outcry over the death of Cecil the Lion.

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Are some people just forgettable?

Are some people just forgettable?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts. Today we wonder what makes some people more memorable than others.

I'm a Ben Franklin impersonator and the ladies love me
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I'm a Ben Franklin impersonator and the ladies love me

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears’ anonymous interview series, we talk to a neighborhood fixture who gets into character as Ben Franklin for a living.