We revel in stories of creepy critters, cyborgs, zombies and vampires (including the gut-wrenching vampire squid that lurks in the abyss)! We find out why scary music freaks us out, and for all of our listeners looking forward with mingled dread and excitement to NaNoWriMo, we explore how to transform fear into freedom and anxiety into creativity. During an extended music break this week, we feature OMNIA’s live performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work, “The Raven” — we promise you’ll never think of this poem the same way again! — and we wrap up the free portion of this week’s episode with some listener feedback that might just explain why cat people really are a little bit nuts. In our Pro Extension, we share the bone-chilling stories passed among homeless children living in Miami who claim to have seen a demon stalking the streets, one so evil she is feared even by Satan himself: Bloody Mary.
In Episode 103 – Your Brain on Faith, we use our little gray cells to explore the connections between the brain, the body and the blessings of tranquility and creativity to be found in the natural world. We share some of the latest research into how our brains respond to natural stimuli; what new studies can tell us about why all of your creative friends are so weird and wonderful; and why our evolving understanding of the subconscious means you might not be as rational as you think you are – but that might not actually be a bad thing! In the Pro extension, we talk about if there might be a “god-spot” in the human brain that makes religious belief possible, and whether or not the atheists are right when they say you have to be crazy to believe in this stuff. Also, sea monkeys.