The Takeaway

Why Bad Habits Come Back to Bite Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new study finds that giving up one bad habit often leads to picking up another. For example, people switching from plastic to reusable grocery bags will start buying more junk food.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lengths People Will Go To Preserve a Coffee Habit

Friday, February 20, 2015

The internet is a cruel place to learn how to make coffee. One company made that process simple and became enormously popular, but customers turned on it after a recent upgrade. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Do We Keep the Resolutions We Make? Harness The Power of Habits.

Friday, January 02, 2015

In time for New Years resolution-making (and keeping), Charles Duhigg will explain habits, why we form them, and how we can break them.

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New Tech City

How to Be Smarter than Facebook

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.

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Coffee, Deadlines and Bathroom Habits: The Odd and Interesting 'Daily Rituals' of Artists

Friday, June 28, 2013

A new book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" offers a glimpse into the mundane daily lives of some of the world's most productive and creative people, from Mozart to John Updike to Maya Angelou. Author Mason Currey shares some of the habits held by musicians and composers -- from drug use to rigid writing timetables -- and guest host (and singer-songwriter) Erin McKeown talks about her own creative schedule. 

Do you have certain habits or routines that aid your creativity? Leave us a voicemail at 866 939 1612, or write a comment below. 

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Daily Rituals

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mason Currey describes the daily rituals of Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, and other other great minds. In Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, he describes the routines that enable novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians to do the work they love to do.

Do you have daily rituals that help you get your work done? Share them—leave a comment below!

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February’s Book: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Our habits—good and bad—shape our lives, and understanding how habits work is key to losing weight, being more productive, exercising regularly, and achieving success.

More Leonard Lopate Show book club

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Tweak It: Small Changes, Big Differences

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cali Williams Yost explains how resolving the job-versus-life conflict doesn't require the kind of big, disruptive, scary transformation that so many time-management "experts" recommend. Instead, you can make small, consistent, everyday changes to improve your job performance and your well-being. In  Tweak It she gives examples of people who have tweaked their lives and guides readers on how they can improve their lives, both on off the job.

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Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Psychologist Jeremy Dean tells us how habits are formed and broken. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits he explains that while people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought. He draws on hundreds of studies to show how to make any change stick.

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio: Save Me From Myself

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dates and times for this program: Wednesdays: 8pm on 93.9FM; Saturdays: 6am on 93.9FM and NJPR, 2pm on AM820 and 4pm on 93.9FM; Sundays: 8pm on AM820 and NJPR

Sometimes we have a hard time committing ourselves – whether it’s quitting a bad habit or following through on a worthy goal. In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, we share stories about “commitment devices.” They’re a clever way to force yourself to do something that you know will be hard. Host Stephen J. Dubner talks to a struggling gambler who signs himself up for a program that bans him from state casinos – only to return, win a jackpot, and have it confiscated. We’ll also hear from a new father trying to shed bad habits. So he makes a list of things he wants to change and vows to pay a penalty if he can’t shape up in 30 days. The penalty? He’d write a $750 check to someone he really dislikes: Oprah Winfrey. Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt offers a few of his own off-the-wall commitment devices and the Brown economist Anna Aizer talks about using commitment devices to fight domestic violence.

Then we’ll take a look at some misadventures in baby-making.  First, the story of how China’s one-child policy was inspired by a couple of scholars having a beer in the Netherlands.  Also: Levitt discusses his controversial research showing that legalized abortion lowered the U.S. crime rate.  We’ll also talk to the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Unnatural Selection, which looks at how the introduction of the ultrasound led to the disappearance of tens of millions of baby girls.  Finally: Stanford professor Stephen Quake ponders the consequences, intended and otherwise, of a new genetic test he has developed.