Ep. 74: Why do birds (and insects and whales) sing? With David Rothenberg, PhD

Musicality is all around us in nature! An understanding of the musicality of animals brings vibrance to the world around us in unexpected ways. Dr. David Rothenberg is a musician and naturalist, and has played his clarinet along with birds, whales, and singing insects.

Ep. 27: Are musicians better able to pick up subtle emotional cues? with Dr. Nina Kraus

Brain research shows that musicians’ training increases their sensitivity to the emotion in all sounds – a highly useful skill in personal, business, and academic relationships. Dr. Kraus finds that “sound processing is biologically intertwined with listening and language skills,” and says, “Probably the healthiest thing we can do for our brains is to make music.”