Culture

What if the spread of violence was treated like the spread of a disease? University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gary Slutkin tells us why we need to take a public health approach to preventing violence in America. Read more....

From illuminated manuscripts to your dog-eared copy of The Hobbit, the book has had a tremendously important place in human history. Keith Houston talks about how books changed the world. Read more....

This just in: reading just might help you live longer. Bookworms everywhere celebrate by going to the library. Read more....

Some of America’s best scientists (think Einstein and Tesla) immigrated here from other countries. We talk with a few economists who’ve calculated their impact on American innovation. Read more....

American workers are becoming less mobile. Abigail Wozniak explains what that can tell us about our economy. Read more....

One of the reasons there aren’t more women in leadership positions? Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says that it’s our inability to differentiate between confidence and competence. Read more....

What would your personal utopia look like? Well, it probably wouldn’t involve furniture making and no sex. Chris Jennings talks 19th century American utopias. Read more....

Judy Cockerton saw a problem and decided to do something about it. At 48, she shut down her toy store and created a village of sixty homes. The catch? They were reserved for seniors and families with foster kids. We visited Cockerton's village to learn how she built it. Read more....

Even without cars and computers, the Amish have managed to start and grow successful businesses. Professor Donald Kraybill tells us how they’ve developed a surprising culture of innovation without the help of the latest tech. Read more....

Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others’ pain makes for bad public policy. Read more....

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