The Week Unwrapped: Birds, Podcasts and Painless Nostalgia

Olly Mann and The Week go behind the headlines and discuss what really matters.

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When hundreds of blackbirds were filmed last month appearing to fall from the sky in northern Mexico under mysterious circumstances, the footage quickly went viral, stunning millions of viewers. This week the phenomenon was finally explained, but in the gap between the event and the explanation, all sorts of rumors and theories have been floated, from climate change to 5G to pollution, electrocution in the air, and even extraterrestrial activity. What does that tell us about the way we process information and try to make sense of the world?

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This week marked the release of Matt Hancock’s first in-depth interview since his career-devastating affair with an assistant last year. But this exclusive reveal with the former health secretary was not granted to a veteran broadcaster. Instead, Hancock appeared on The Diary of a CEO, according to a podcast that he was “completely hooked.” The sonic smash came less than two weeks after the BBC’s Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis announced they were leaving the company to start “a big new podcast” and co-host a radio show. But why are so many famous people leaving the small screen for audio – and what does that mean for the future of television news?


A new study has found that nostalgia can act as a pain reliever, reducing pain in a group of patients who were shown pictures and videos reminiscent of their childhood. It seems to work by not simply distracting people from pain, but by reducing activity in the parts of the brain that transmit and perceive pain. What does that tell us about the power of nostalgia? And could it benefit us in other unexpected psychological ways? The Week Unwrapped: Birds, Podcasts and Painless Nostalgia

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