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JA: Hello, I’m Jad Abumrad.
RK: And I’m Robert Krulwich.
JA: Robert you feeling okay? You seem a little out of sorts
RK: Well, to be truthful, I have been feeling a little agitated, maybe kind of short-tempered.
JA: And I think I know what's wrong with you.
JA: I think your Dopamine levels are down.
JA: Because of this pledge drive.
RK: That makes no sense.
JA: Sure it does. So you know how you eat chocolate, you feel good...that's because, in part, there is a little gang of neurons in your head that sees a chocolate, gets excited, and spits out some Dopamine.
JA: The same thing happens when you have sex, do drugs, or when you listen to public radio.
JA: Studies have shown that the same neurons that get excited by sex and chocolate, also get fired up at information...you know, like the kind you crave.
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