Short Wave: When A Listener Calls...

It’s our first-ever listener questions episode!

On this Short Wave, Andy from Grand Rapids, Michigan, asks why some people seek out scary experiences. We reached out to Ken Carter, a psychology professor at Oxford College of Emory University, for answers. Turns out, some of us may be more wired to crave the thrill. Follow Maddie on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at

Related Links:

Buzz!: Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies, by Kenneth Carter

The Science Of Scary: Why It’s So Fun To Be Freaked Out, by Maddie Sofia and Emily Vaughn

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.


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