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Early Risers Podcast: Bias and the Developing Brain

Early Risers Podcast: Bias and the Developing Brain

The human brain is hardwired to recognize patterns—that’s how we figure out the world, and why humans have been able to adapt and survive over millennia. But the brain’s ability to quickly form cognitive associations can also lead to racial biases, even in very young children. On the season two finale of Early Risers, host Dianne Haulcy speaks with University of Minnesota cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Damien Fair about how we can train our brains to recognize bias and why the first thousand days of a child’s life are so critical for brain development.

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YourClassical Storytime: 'Ada's Violin' in Spanish and English

YourClassical Storytime: 'Ada's Violin' in Spanish and English

Ada Ríos dreamed of playing the violin. She grew up with little money in a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. How could Ada fulfill her dream? Enjoy the true story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash, in the newest YourClassical Storytime episode, Ada's Violin, featuring Ines Guanchez as she shares the story in Spanish and English.

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Beyond Spam: Hormel family's musical legacy thrives to this day

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Grammys postponed to April 3, moved to Las Vegas

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