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Natural Habitat: Erik Vance

for The Open Notebook
Published: October 2012

To see the slideshow, click here.
In our “Natural Habitat” series, we invite science writers to share their working spaces — offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks — and the accoutrements that help them do their best work. (If you’d like to nominate your office to be featured at Natural Habitat, let …

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The human cost of cocaine

for Mornings with Nicole Dyer (Australia)
Published: February 2015

Conversation about the cultural costs of cocaine use. Click below or visit the website. Start at 7:40

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Story Collider: Is This Biology?


In October 2015, I appeared with Story Collider to talk about porcupines, Satan worshippers, and biology.

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Nieman Storyboard: “Scientists are quirky everywhere”

for Nieman Storyboard
Published: December 2015

Biologist-turned-journalist Erik Vance on incorporating science into narrative stories
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A Day in the Life of Erik Vance

for The Open Notebook
Published: October 2015

An online resource by science journalists dedicated to science journalism as craft.
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Story Collider: The Biology of Pig Shit


In early 2016 I tell a story onstage about the chemistry of pig manure.
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The Mysterious Decline of the Mayan Empire

for The Leonard Lopate Show
Guest: Erik Vance
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Excerpt: Remembering Childhood Trauma That Never Happened

for New York Magazine

Published: November 2016

New York Magazine ran an excerpt from my book, Suggestible You, introducing the concept of false memories.
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Podcast: Erik Vance – Suggestible You

for Learning To Go

Published: Nov 3, 2016

I appeared on the podcast Learning to Go to apply the ideas of suggestibility to the world of development and learning.
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Just a Little Suggestion – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS) – Episode 594

for This Week In Science

Published: Nov 23, 2016

I appeared on the sassy, irreverent podcast TWIS to talk about placebos hypnosis and other crazy, mind-bending business.