Hell is Other People

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Karina Carvalho(CC0)

January 22, 2017

How do you cope with unpleasant people? Like the jerk in the next cubicle or your loud-mouth brother-in-law?  When there’s no escape and you’re stuck with someone you can’t stand, what do you do?  In this show, we consider the adage “hell is other people.” Plus a conversation with writer T.C. Boyle on the limits of his own tolerance for other humans. 

  1. What Sartre Meant by “Hell is Other People”

    Philosopher Gregory Sadler has a fascinating take on the famous line from French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre’s 1944 play, “No Exit.”

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  2. His Other Name Rhymes with “Glass Poles”

    The guy who cuts in line at the coffee shop – people, usually men, who take advantage of others because they have a heightened sense of entitlement that they feel gives them a free pass. You and I have a word for these people. But is that really what you want to call the President of the United States?

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  3. The Case Against Empathy

    Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom recently startled a lot of people by coming out with an argument against empathy.

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  4. Why It Pays to Be Civil

    Christine Porath is trying to do something about workplace negativity with her book, “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.”  

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  5. Two Years Living Under Glass

    It’s 1994.  Eight scientists—four men and four women—have been selected to be part of a grand experiment focusing on the future of humanity. The only catch is that they have to stay in this structure for two whole years.  

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