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Less is more: how a 4-day workweek could make you and your company more productive

Friday, September 22, 2023

Economist Juliet Schor leads four-day workweek trials in countries like the US, Brazil and Ireland. The results so far have been overwhelmingly positive, from revenue growth and lower turnover.


Helicopter or hands-off parenting? The choice won't impact a kid as much as you think

Friday, August 11, 2023

Kids are their own people. And the data suggests parents' decisions don't have as much sway as we think. Psychologist Yuko Munakata says it's a good thing that there's no right way to parent.


How one man survived a deadly king cobra bite and debunked 185 years of science

Friday, July 14, 2023

For 185 years, science has assumed there was only one species of king cobra. Herpetologist Gowri Shankar shares his near-death experience that led to a groundbreaking discovery for the snake world.


How placing kids with family can radically change the way foster care works in the US

Friday, June 30, 2023

Sixto Cancel experienced the failings of foster care firsthand. Now he advocates for its reform and the expansion of "kinship care" so that young people can have a say in who raises them.


Future generations can't speak up for themselves — how we can advocate for them today

Friday, June 16, 2023

With today's insatiable wants, it's easy to forget that we borrow the earth from future generations. Philosopher Roman Krznaric warns against short-term thinking and shows us how to be good ancestors.


Why some societies successfully prepare for the future — and others fail

Friday, June 16, 2023

Journalist Bina Venkataraman says some disasters are due to a short-sighted view of the future and a shallow memory of the past. She urges us to be smarter citizens and better ancestors.


There's a secret to learning many languages — and it has nothing to do with smarts

Friday, May 19, 2023

Learning a new language can be daunting, especially if you don't think you have the skill for it. But polygot Lýdia Machová says the secret is in the process of learning itself.


How to teach economics — but make it ridiculous, funny and easy to understand

Friday, May 05, 2023

Economics jargon can be intimidating. That's why Jack Corbett decided to make educational TikTok videos that make economic concepts and financial literacy simple... and silly.


The best spark of creativity? Letting go and simply observing

Friday, March 17, 2023

It can be daunting to come up with an original idea. Poet Sarah Kay shares how the simple act of observing the world around us can open our minds to a universe of inspiration and creativity.


What children can teach us about asking for help

Friday, February 24, 2023

Sometimes we learn lessons from unexpected sources. Former kindergarten teacher YeYoon Kim learned from her students how to be brave enough to ask for help.


Take your date to the grocery store

Friday, February 10, 2023

Cancel your dinner reservations and grab a cart. You'll get to know your date better wandering through a supermarket. Because what could be more wonderful than regular love?


Want to spend more time with family? Expand your definition of ... family

Friday, January 13, 2023

We often resolve to spend time with family. A.J. Jacobs may have found one solution: treat everyone like family. He says genealogy platforms have linked him to family trees with millions of cousins.


Hey adults, fun is one antidote to stress. Try it more

Friday, January 13, 2023

How often have you resolved to stress less? But what does that mean? For journalist Catherine Price, she found the first step to making us happier, healthier, and more present is to ... have more fun.


Better late than never! Take it from these late bloomers who followed their dreams

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

We asked NPR's audience to share their late bloomer stories. From Antarctic scientists to zookeepers to children's book authors, there are a lot of late-in-life adventurers out there.


Our Late Bloomer Stories: Listener Voice Memos

Friday, November 18, 2022

We asked you: Do you consider yourself a late bloomer?


Do you consider yourself a 'late bloomer'? We want to hear from you

Friday, October 28, 2022

Milestones don't always follow the schedule we imagine for our lives. If you bloomed later in life, we want to hear your story.


Follow the money: An intelligence agent's methods for busting wildlife traffickers

Friday, October 21, 2022

Pangolins are shy, nocturnal creatures covered in scales. They're also the most trafficked animal in the world. Intelligence expert Sarah Stoner explains how her team disrupts wildlife trafficking.


Jennifer Vail: How tribology can change the way you view the material world

Friday, October 07, 2022

Have you brushed your teeth today? Or gotten a shot recently? As tribologist Jennifer Vail explains, these mundane activities are among the many in our daily lives that are made possible by friction.


Gala Marija Vrbanic: How a fashion designer creates clothes for our digital selves

Friday, August 26, 2022

Fashion designer Gala Marija Vrbanic creates digital clothes that defy physics and outshine superheroes' wardrobes. Vrbanic says the future of AR and VR will change how we express our identities.


Marlene Zuk: What humans can learn from the sex lives of insects

Friday, July 15, 2022

Insects experience the world very differently from humans--but they still have a lot to teach us. Behavioral ecologist Marlene Zuk explores what insects can teach us about sex and sexuality.