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Working Nights
Produced by: Stephan Smith
We're all animals, and like the bears and deer, our bodies are governed by Circadian rhythms -- biological imperatives to sleep and to wake. So what happens if your job is in conflict with those rhythms? Producer Stephen Smith stays up late with some night workers and some biological experts to examine the effects of the graveyard shift on the human body and mind.

Program Credits

Working Nights was produced by Stephen Smith, and co-produced by Minnesota Public Radio. Additional reporting by Stephanie Curtis, and production assistance from Charles Maynes. The Music was composed by Bill Frisell. This program was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.


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Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World after Dark
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