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Shankar Vedantam, NPR social science correspondent, will speak at Carnegie Library

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Shankar Vedantam, NPR social science correspondent and host of the “Hidden Brain Podcast,” will speak at a free event at 7 p.m. on March 21 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
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Shankar Vedantam, NPR social science correspondent and host of the “Hidden Brain Podcast,” will speak at a free event at 7 p.m. on March 21 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

Shankar Vedantam, NPR social science correspondent and host of the "Hidden Brain Podcast," will speak at a free event at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland. He will discuss the unconscious patterns that drive our behavior.

Through his job, Vedantam offers insights into how our unconscious biases affect the decisions we make. He is the author of "The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives."

Vedantam's visit is the culmination of the library's "Beyond Big Data," two-year initiative, which is focused on increasing the capacity of the library and community to access and use civic data. The initiative demonstrates the many ways data, and data-informed research, impacts communities and shapes public policy. The goals of the initiative are to help residents have informed conversations, make better decisions through the use of data, and learn how to protect the privacy of their personal data.

Before joining NPR in 2011, Vedantam spent 10 years as an award-winning reporter at The Washington Post, including working as a columnist from 2007-09.

Details: 412-622-3114 or carnegielibrary.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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