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People instinctively reciprocate anger with anger and kindness with kindness, but what happens when someone breaks this ‘complementary behaviour’ chain? Using the story of a home robbery that was disarmed by an offer of wine as a starting point, this cleverly conceived video investigates the surprising power of non-complementary behaviour to diffuse small-scale conflicts and even completely restructure societies. The audio in this video is excerpted from a full-length episode of NPR’s Invisibilia podcast.
Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Claire O’Neill, Liana Simonds
Puppetry: Manual Cinema
Trek alongside spiritual pilgrims on a treacherous journey across Pakistan
Meaning and the good life
The world turns vivid, strange and philosophical for one plane crash survivor
Inside the unique creative space where ‘outsider’ artists find their form
When aggression is viewed as brilliance, it hurts women in science, and science itself
From God’s shoes to satellites in heaven – children weigh in on religion
Technology and the self
Why we should worry less about ‘sentient’ AIs and more about what we’re teaching them
Sleep and dreams
How might the dreamworlds of other animals differ from our own?
Whether above a pub or in a castle, our childhood homes leave an indelible mark
Biography and memoir
The busboy who comforted Robert F Kennedy as he lay dying shares his story