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Thrill Seeking: Why Do We Do It?

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Chris Wilkins
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Charity Nebbe takes a tandem skydive jump with Elliot Kelley at Paradise Skydives in Vinton, 2013

Many people are willing to pay a lot of money for thrilling adventures. They ride zip lines and roller coasters, go bungee jumping, paragliding, cliff jumping, and sky diving. For some, thrill-seeking is the ultimate kind of fun. For others, the idea of getting on a plane, let alone jumping out of it, is terrifying. 

On this thrilling edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe recounts her own sky diving experience from 2013 and speaks with Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu about why she decided to jump out of a plane. We also explore the psychology of thrill-seeking with Dr. Tracy Cooper, author of Thrill! The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person. Listeners also share their own thrill-seeking stories.

This program originally aired on 7/17/19

Guests:

Rekha Basu, Columnist Des Moines Register

Dr. Tracy Cooper, Professor of Liberal Arts at Baker University

Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa