The Mind of a Terrorist

March 12, 2017
(was 07.17.2016)

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. What ideology or belief or loyalty would compel someone to do something so horrific? This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.

  1. The Reformed Radical

    Self-described former jihadist Mubin Shaikh recounts his journey into, and out of, extremism.

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  2. The Psychology of Terrorism

    Psychologist Clark McCauley has studied terrorist groups and lone actor extremists for years. He says in many cases, it's not ideology that inspires terrorists -- it's social bonds.

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  3. What Can Americans Learn from a Norwegian Massacre?

    The story of neo-Nazi Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people, most of them teenagers he gunned down on an island summer camp in Norway.

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  4. Let's Change the Way We Think About Thinking

    Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann's Dangerous Idea? To be better adjusted, change the way you think about thinking.

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  5. The Buddhist Master Who Went On A Four Year Wandering Retreat

    Mingyur Rinpoche is a renowned Buddhist lama who runs a network of meditation centers around the world, and just last year he completed a four and a half year wandering retreat, an experience that nearly killed him. He told Steve Paulson about his incredible journey, and the meditative insights he learned along the way.

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