fear

Why do(n't) we like horror?

Jul 28, 2016
Hosts Amy Styer and April Reyes.
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Hosts April Reyes and Amy Styer love all things horror, but don't know why. Together in this podcast, they explore the many ways in which humans experience fear. They discuss people's greatest fears, and ask people about their personal experiences with nightmares and horror movies. 

Mary Elder is ticking off a list of 50 fears. Eating a bug is on that list.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

When Mary Elder was set to turn 50 she started thinking, what if she had another 50? What would she do with those years?

"I thought, 'I could save the rainforest!' And then my next thought was, 'Except I really don't like snakes,'" she said. 

Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of Invisibilia, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.

This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected every day — on purpose.

The evolution of Jason Comely, a freelance IT guy from Cambridge, Ontario, began one sad night several years ago.

The Rationale Of Irrational Fears

Aug 8, 2013
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Maybe you are afraid of clowns or heights, spiders or public speaking. Fears are common, and from an evolutionary stand point fear can be very helpful. But what happens when you are so afraid of something that other find totally harmless, that it cripples you? How can you get over those fears?

Dr. Stacy Welch wants you to be afraid, but it isn’t what you think. Dr. Welch is an exposure therapist helping people work through fears, both rational and irrational. Ross Reynolds sits down with Dr. Welch and discusses where fears come from, how fear can help or hurt us and how to overcome fears. 

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This Halloween Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their best costumes, best scares and favorite parts of Halloween.

Last year we spoke with author Jason Zinoman who wrote, "Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror," and took some calls. To celebrate Halloween we've decided to bring you some highlights from that interview and a little more.