An earworm expert explains how to unstick that song that’s stuck in your head, and why it got lodged there in the first place. Plus, your earwormholes — the songs that transport you through time and space.
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Guests: Elizabeth Margulis, cognitive scientist and musicologist, Princeton University. Thanks to listeners Shelby, Emily, David, Laura, Celso, Jack, Kirsten, Luke, Nicole and everyone who called in with a story.
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Caller Janice accidentally flushed a favorite earring down the toilet and she wants to know where it ended up. Sewer experts Ted Gogol and Bruce Todd take us on a journey down the pipes, and historian Andrew Wallace Hadrill digs up a tale about the ancient jewelry that shared a similar fate.