What's in a Name? (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
This hour on The Infinite Mind, host Dr. Peter Kramer explores the psychology and history of names, and how they shape our identity. We take a closer look at the curious coincidence of people whose names match their profession, and we speak with film makers Alan Berliner and Grace Lee, who both made documentaries charting their quest for the people who share their name. We analyze how products like IPod and Viagra were named with Steve Manning, managing director of Igor, a "naming company." William Bright, a linguist and anthropologist specializing in place names, tells us how places like Boring, Oregon and Intercourse, Pennsylvania got their names. And commentator John Hockenberry explains why names will never hurt him.