Here are three things you need to know to stay in the fast lane:

1. Stereotyped as lazy or entitled, most millennials are actually embracing community and creating a sharing culture that may profoundly distinguish them from previous generations.

2. The right way to get through to college students might be with texting. And one non-profit has seen positive results.

3. Stop worrying about how that Big Mac affects your arteries, and start worrying about how it affects your brain. A University of Toronto researcher found that fast food actually speeds us up.


Millennials have been lauded and lamented, but many issues this generation faces are universal. Anya Kamenetz, author of Generation Debt, and David D. Burstein author of Fast Future discuss what it really means to be a millennial. Read More...

Carnival masks

Is increased consumerism making people too impulsive? If so, Paul Roberts, author of The Impulse Society, has a few solutions. Read More...


Fast food has been studied in connection with Americans’ expanding waistlines, but new research suggests that fast food may also affect mental states, making people more impatient. Read More...

Marc Maron

When life handed him lemons, Marc Maron decided to create a podcast - and it took off. Read More...


Schools are helping low-income and first generation students transition to college, with the help of a few well-timed text messages. Read More...

the Thinker

Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Men are more optimistic about how much money their companies will make. Which may explain why there are so few women running companies in Silicon Valley.

2. Mix some Milton with your molecular biology. According to Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, people at the intersection of the humanities and technology are uniquely positioned to develop great products and come up with breakthrough solutions.

3. Think you know where Obamacare came from? It didn’t start with politicians - or even voters. Think tanks shape the government to a greater extent than most people realize.

old books

Are Chaucer and Milton destined to disappear? As college students increasingly gravitate towards STEM fields, fewer are majoring in the humanities. Pulitzer Prize winners and Harvard professors Stephen Greenblatt and Louis Menand discuss evolving college curriculums. Read More...


English major? That’s no excuse not to learn the language of code, says Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Read More...

U.S. Capitol

Think tanks are a quiet, powerful player that continue to shape American government and public opinion. We look at where they come from - and how they get their money - with Andrew Selee of the Wilson Center. Read More...

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