Absorbing Information and Focusing on the Here and Now

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On today’s show: Science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how we learn. Josh Charles, late of “The Good Wife,” talks about his role in a new film called “Bird People.” Joseph O’Neill, tells us about his latest novel, The Dog. How the pursuit of short-term self-gratification has become a guiding principle for our society.