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Week of April 23, 2017


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April 23, 2017

Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing?

  1. The Psychology of Why You Can’t Stop Checking Your Phone

    Science writer Sharon Begley on how anxiety drives modern day compulsions.

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  2. Tracing the Patterns of an Obsessive Mind

    To The Best Of Our Knowledge producer Doug Gordon explains what it’s like to live with obsessive compulsions. 

    Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
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  3. When Obsessive Thoughts Take Control Of Your Life

    How Ethan Smith overcame OCD and a crippling fear of self harm.

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  4. How Obsession and Compulsion Powered American Genius

    What do Steve Jobs, Estee Lauder and Ted Williams have in common? They were driven by individual compulsions.

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April 23, 2017
(was 12.06.2015)

More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they need another scarf or afghan, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. This hour explores the therapeutic value of drawing, knitting and other handcrafts.  And, this year's most coveted gift for writers, English majors and luddites? The manual typewriter.

  1. Can Knitting Improve Your Health?

    Betsan Corkhill founded Britain's therapeutic knitting movement -- the clinical application of knitting to treat a variety of mental and physical ailments.  She teaches knitting to patients through the National Health Service and coordinates medical research on its benefits.  

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  2. How Hands Have Shaped Humanity

    Humans are the only creatures on the planet with hands that can knit, draw, throw pots and build houses.  Philosophy Colin McGinn thinks hands made us human -- and deserve more respect.

    Average: 4.9 (15 votes)
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  3. Lynda Barry's Radio Drawing Lessons

    The celebrated cartoonist Lynda Barry has a deep theory of creativity that she's explored through books and popular workshops.  Now she's working with scientists and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to investigate the  relationship of the hand to mental health and creativity. Grab paper and pens before you listen.

    Average: 4.8 (25 votes)
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  4. The Magical Mechanical Typewriter

    First it was vinyl; now, the typewriter is back. Vintage Smith-Coronas and Olivettis are hot items on Ebay.  Cities around country are hosting "type ins".   Hipster fad or analog rebellion?  Philosopher Richard Polt assesses the typewriter revolution.

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  5. The Typewriter Poet

    A few years ago, Tyler Knott Gregson challenged himself to compose a daily poem on a vintage typewriter.  Now he's a best-selling poet with a vast social media following.  And he still writes on a typewriter.

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