Rebecca McInroy

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Rebecca McInroy is an award-winning show creator, host, and executive producer for KUT, KUTX, and KUT.ORG.

Rebecca believes it is important that Public Media directly connects with the community it serves. Many of her programs combine the talent, and knowledge of the Austin community with the production arm of KUT/X Public Media to produce content that bridges the gap between the public and higher education.

She can be heard co-hosting the fortnightly food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with food and agriculture corresponded for Mother Jones, Tom Philpott, and Raj Patel of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

She is also the creator, executive producer, and host of the live discussion program in Austin, Texas Views and Brews.

She is the creator, executive producer, and editor of the national weekly radio program Two Guys on Your Head hosted by professors Art Markman and Bob Duke.

With her most recent projects she is the executive producer and editor of the documentary series Stuart Hall: In Conversations with host, Dr. Ben Carrington about the life and legacy of the cultural theorist Stuart Hall, and the executive producer of This Is Just To Say a podcast about poetry hosted by poet and novelist Carrie Fountain.

McInroy’s other programs include: The Write Up with Owen Egerton; In Perspective; and Liner Notes.

Ways to Connect

It turns out our relationship to the present has more to do with how we imagine the future than we might think. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of futurism.

Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Traci Brimhall about how hard it is to write a love poem, let alone a funny one. They swap quotes and discuss living the life of a "poet," and Traci reads her poem, "Love Poem Without A Drop Of Hyperbole In It."

Predictions about the future can make us feel good, but only to a certain extent. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the psychology behind why and what we want to know when it comes to the future.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about The Imposter Syndrome. What is the real problem when you feel inadequate? How can you help yourself overcome it when you recognize it?

Random unbidden thoughts can be unsettling, especially when they are persistent, perhaps frightening and seemingly out of the blue. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke demystify the phenomenon of intrusive thoughts.

Poet and music writer Hanif Abdurraqib talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about his new book A Fortune For Your Disaster, following rabbit holes, and how he became a poet, on this edition of This Is Just To Say.

 

Many factors play into how we make sense of the world and our place in it. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how the accessibility of certain explanations frames our understanding.

It turns out that our motivational system has a lot to do with how we present ourselves. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology behind motivation and self-presentation and what that means when it comes to gender.

Amicable Dissent

Jan 16, 2020

Turns out it is hard to change your mind, not to mention biologically expensive. But as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, there are many reasons we should learn how to do it better and more often.

We give for many reasons, and most of the time it feels pretty good. But when you're on the receiving end of generosity, feelings can be mixed.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of giving and receiving.

Norm Theory

Jan 16, 2020

You win some, you lose some, right? It turns out that when it comes to the psychology of winning and losing, there is a lot more at play.

In part two of our series on the psychology of awards, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke of Two Guys on Your Head talk about Norm Theory.

Awards are a double-edged sword. Whenever someone wins, someone else is left out. It turns out that there is a lot more than merit wrapped up in winning awards.

In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the social and psychological aspects of awards.

Many people chase after goals that seem to them important and promising—getting into the right college, getting the dream job, moving to a big house. But what do you really need to be happy? To have a sense of fulfillment and joy? And why is it important?

OK, Boomer

Dec 6, 2019

When Millennials use a phrase like "OK, Boomer" to dismiss what older people say or do it is deleterious on everyone. Why is that?

As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, categorization is a double-edged sword.

It turns out there is a lot to learn about when studying the psychology of near misses. One thing we learn is that the memories of these events--like the time you almost ran into a tree with your bike, or the time you stuck your head out of a moving train and then pulled it back in just before another train rushed passed by-- are different from other memories. Psychologists call these "flashbulb memories."

In this episode, our first in our series on near misses, Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about flashbulb memories and how they influence our decision-making process.

Listen back to Two Guys on Your Head recorded live at The Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas for a Views and Brews, as KUT's Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology of happiness.

In this episode, we answer an audience question about money and happiness.

Listen back to Two Guys on Your Head recorded live at The Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas for a Views and Brews, as KUT's Rebecca McInroy talks with Dr. Art Markman and Dr.

***This episode references guns and suicide and may be upsetting for some of our listeners***

Data can be a tricky thing to bring into discussions around guns and suicide. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, being more critical about the way information is framed can help us make more informed decisions when thinking about preventing tragedies.

Why can experiencing art in a museum be significant? It turns out there's much more to it than just the pictures on the walls.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of museums and art.

It turns out the idea that women are better than men at multitasking is not true at all. In fact, men and women are equally bad at multitasking. Why does this notion persist? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on multitasking and gender.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to rethink your approach to work for a happier life.

Bad Science

Sep 20, 2019

Why do we continue to believe in ideas that sound scientific long after they have been scientifically proved to be incorrect? That is the question Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head.

What is the real problem when you feel inadequate? How can you help yourself overcome it when you recognize it? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the "imposter syndrome."

Our environment affects our thinking in ways beyond our conscious awareness – even if we happen to be scientists.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about science and society.

Warning: This episode contains explicit content and adult language.   

Olivia Gatwood, author of Life of The Partytalks on This Is Just To Say with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about her practice of reading poetry out loud while writing, taking a feminist look at true crime, embracing obsessions and much more.

See Oliva Gatwood read in Austin on Sept. 15 at the North Door.

Most of us know what we need to do to be healthy, even if we don't always do it. However, when a doctor prescribes a medication for what ails us, we might take it more seriously. What happens psychologically when a doctor prescribes a social activity to heal our ills?

In light of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, we are rebroadcasting an episode of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke about the psychology behind the ongoing debate about firearms and gun control.

We may be drawn to loud sounds in the environment, but do we really know why? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of volume.

Growing pains are inevitable and the frustration associated with them can often magnify existing issues or create new ones altogether.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of population – and why this all matters.

Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about some problems with research on embodied cognition and look at what it means and what it doesn't.

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