Erika Janik

Erika Janik is the producer and editor of the Wisconsin Public Radio series Wisconsin Life. She is the author of four history books and has written for publications such as SmithsonianMental Floss, and Midwest Living.

  • The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind
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    The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

    How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.

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A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

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The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

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This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

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What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

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