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Pooped: The Second Brain Inside Us

An illustration of a masculine-presenting person sitting on a toilet with their pants rolled down and above their head is a thought bubble with an illustration of the human brain. Above them is the text "Pooped." The background of the illustration features images of a variety of bacteria.
Charnel Hunter

Anita has a gut feeling none of us know as much as we should about the connection between our intestinal health and how our minds work.

Meet the guests:

  • Ian Carroll, assistant profession of nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill teaches us what we need to know about our gut microbiome.
  • Lin Chang, a gastroenterologist and co-director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, explains the science behind the "gut feeling."
  • Lydia Greene, a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Lemur Center, explains what lemur poop teaches us about humans.
  • Anita's parents talk about why it was okay to talk about poop at their family dining table.

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.