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Week of January 4, 2015

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Self Help

January 4, 2015

Every new year brings a fresh start, another chance to remake yourself. We all aspire to be better people, but following through on our goals can often be difficult.

  1. How Habits Work — and How to Change Them

    Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the New York Times, has been researching the scientific and social history of habits for his new book, The Power of Habit. In it, he discusses the unique ways that habits shape our lives, both neurologically and practically. He learned that habits are powerfully hardwired into your brain — and stored separately from your memories — making them rather easy to develop and very difficult to change.

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  2. Scrutinizing Self-Help

    As the daughter of a child psychologist, writer Jessica Lamb-Shapiro grew weary of the simple solutions offered by popular self-help books. So maybe it was only natural that she wanted to understand why people liked them so much. To find out, she read hundreds of books and articles, journeyed to conferences headed by self-improvement icons, and even conquered her fear of flying along the way.

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: Should I Ask For Advice?

    Who do you turn to for advice? A parent, a trusted friend, a therapist? Or maybe you turn to a professional, someone like advice columnist Cary Tennis.

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  4. Help Wanted

    Cary Tennis has been in the advice business for years, writing the Since You Asked column in Salon between 2001 and 2013. Producer Sara Nics caught up with him to find out the key to giving great advice.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: The Multispecies City

    Alastair Bonnett's Dangerous Idea? Let's change our cities to promote urban biodiversity.

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  6. On Our Minds: Nick Bostrom on Computer Superintelligence

    Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom offers a cautionary take on artificial intelligence in his new book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. In it, he imagines what could happen if computers were to ever become smarter than humans. He tells Steve Paulson that it could have catastrophic effects, unless we start thinking about it now.

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Was Marx Right?

June 1, 2014
(was 01.04.2015)

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. 

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  1. "Why Marx Was Right" - Terry Eagleton

    Much of what we think about Karl Marx is wrong, according to cultural critic Terry Eagleton.  And he says Marx admired capitalism, though he was also its most trenchant critic.

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  2. Marx in Soho - Brian Jones

    What if Karl Marx were alive today and came back for a visit?  That's the premise of the one-man show "Marx in Soho," starring Brian Jones and written by the late historian Howard Zinn.

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  3. "Love and Capital" - Mary Gabriel

    For all that's been written about Karl Marx, there's been no book about his marriage to Jenny Marx - until now. Biographer Mary Gabriel explains why Marx's family life had a profound influence on his thinking.

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  4. "Utopia or Bust" - Benjamin Kunkel

    Benjamin Kunkel is not only a bestelling novelist and co-founder of the literary magainze n+1. He tells Steve Paulson why he's also a become Marxist public intellectual. 

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  5. BookMark: Walter Kirn

    Walter Kirn bookmarks "The Dog of the South" by Charles Portis.

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  6. On Our Minds: Colson Whitehead

    Acclaimed novelist Colson Whitehead got the magazine assignment of a lifetime: a week in Vegas, playing in the World Series of Poker.  He tells Doug Gordon about high stakes poker and his own "anhedonia," his difficulty experiencing pleasure.

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