This week on the Hero Report podcast, we look at the recent case of a Marine whose heroic actions seem to have fabricated to discuss the way we assign the title of hero and how quickly that can disappear. Also, we spend some time thinking about why there is a fascination for TV series with bad main characters such as “Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards.”

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we’re joined by Elizabeth Svoboda, author of What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness. They discuss the heroism of volunteer firefighters in Australia and protesters in Ukraine.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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We’re back!

This week on the Hero Report podcast, Matt and I return after a lengthy hiatus to discuss Matt’s move to Australia, news items from the last month, and our thoughts on the direction of the podcast for 2014. Not to be missed, also, is my sabbatical beard.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, Ari and Matt return after a hiatus to discuss news items from the last month, such as Kristopher Oswald’s Walmart heroism and the bullying by NFL player, Richie Incognito. They also cover the upcoming Hero Round Table conference.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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On a special Sunday edition of the Hero Report podcast, we discuss the way that heroism and villainy is treated in “Breaking Bad” as the show comes to the end of its spectacular run tonight. Plus, we make some predictions about what the series finale has in store.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we welcome Elizabeth Svoboda, author of What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness. The discussion covers Holocaust rescuers, heroism in times of crisis, the relationship between suffering, personal identification, and heroism, how heroism happens, and how we can prepare ourselves for it.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we’re joined by Brian Riches from Claremont College. Brian is part of ongoing research in the positive psychology field that’s focusing on heroism.

Some of Brian’s research can be found here and here.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we’re joined by David Rendall to discuss his concept of the Freak Factor and how it applies to heroism.

Rendall points out that we tend to identify as weaknesses the very characteristics that make people unique, interesting, or different … especially when they’re young. What would happen if we recognized that every seeming weakness has a positive flip side that could be encouraged? How would this change the way we educate children? How might this expand the ranks of heroes?

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we discuss the many stories of so-called animal heroism. Can animals actually act heroically if we don’t know what they’re thinking? What if they’re not actually making a choice to act heroically but are simply acting instinctually? And, finally, is a horse more or less likely to be labeled heroic than a dolphin?

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we welcome Shawn Furey from the Hero Support Network to the show. Shawn talks about his approach to teaching heroism and shares the thinkers who have informed his lessons.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcastwe return from summer hiatus to discuss Australian animals, the famous Lost Episode of the Hero Report, and the emergent properties of heroism. How important are the situation and surroundings to acts of heroism? Can we all be heroes in any situation?

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we discuss the idea of a Hero School, an elementary or middle school with a curriculum that revolves around the concept of heroism. What would be taught in such a school? How would it be set up? Would anyone want their kids to go there?

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we’re joined by Ilan Emanuel — rabbi and comic book aficionado — to discuss the heroism exhibited in the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel.” Is Superman heroic or is he simply a symbol? Spoilers, of course, abound.

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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On the soon-to-be-released next episode of the Hero Report podcast, which features the return of our very own Comic Book Rabbi, we’ll be talking all about heroism in the new “Man of Steel” film, including the very issue raised here in this photo.
The podcast is positively chock full of spoilers — including spoilers of the second “Man of Steel” movie that probably no one’s even started writing yet; you’re going to love it.
The central question: Is Superman a hero? My personal answer: Not when he’s actually dressed as Superman.

On the soon-to-be-released next episode of the Hero Report podcast, which features the return of our very own Comic Book Rabbi, we’ll be talking all about heroism in the new “Man of Steel” film, including the very issue raised here in this photo.

The podcast is positively chock full of spoilers — including spoilers of the second “Man of Steel” movie that probably no one’s even started writing yet; you’re going to love it.

The central question: Is Superman a hero? My personal answer: Not when he’s actually dressed as Superman.

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This week on the Hero Report podcast, we discuss the controversy over Edward Snowden’s revelation of NSA surveillance details. Why, we wonder, do we ask citizens to “say something” if they “see something,” but then tear down whistleblowers?

Tell us what you think about this episode, discuss these issues with us on Twitter (Matt Langdon / Ari Kohen), and join us every week on Google+ for our live broadcast (where you can chat with us while we’re on the air and contribute to the conversation).

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