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Week of December 25, 2016

Self Help

December 25, 2016
(was 01.04.2015)

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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How to Love Your Body

December 25, 2016
(was 06.21.2015)

When did "fat" become a four-letter word?  Leaders of the body acceptance movement say we've become a fat-phobic nation, and it's time to stop shaming fat people.  In this hour, curvy girls and plus-size women talk about the emotional and physical costs of America's toxic obsession with weight and body image. 

  1. Brittany Gibbons on Fat Shaming

    Meet the popular blogger who launched a national conversation when she stripped down to her size 18 swimsuit on national television.  Brittany Gibbons is a body image advocate who wants to help women everywhere feel comfortable in their own skin.  Every inch of it. 

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  2. The Science and Politics of Weight Obsession

    Science journalist Harriet Brown says the medical establishment has demonized fat and misrepresented the science behind dieting and weight loss.  She unpacks the four most toxic medical myths about weight and health.

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  3. A Reading from Dietland

    Plum Kettle weighs 300 pounds and would do anything to lose weight.  But then something unexpected happens.  She gets angry.  Very angry.  Hear an excerpt from Sarai Walker's new novel, "Dietland."

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  4. Sarai Walker on Dietland

    "Fight Club" for women -- that's the book Sarai Walker wanted to read.  So she wrote it herself.  "Dietland" is a revenge fantasy and feminist manifesto for fat girls and women everywhere. If you've ever felt ashamed of your body, this is the book for you.

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  5. The History of the Gym

    Plenty of men are obsessed with body image, too.  Eric Chaline traces the cult of the male body beautiful back to ancient Greece, in "The Temple of Perfection" -- his new history of the gym.

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  6. Ruth Reichl on Food Culture

    Ruth Reichl draws on her career as a high-profile food writer and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in her first novel -- "Delicious".  It's the story of a magazine writer with a superhuman sense of taste, who discovers a secret cache of letters from the legendary chef and cookbook writer James Beard.

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