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College students on the left are demanding protection from words and ideas they consider harmful. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt worries that the end result will be a generation that doesn’t know how to have real debates or constructive arguments.

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Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music.

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Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it?

Kenyan landscape

Kenyan literary scholar James Ogude believes ubuntu — a concept in which your sense of self is shaped by your relationships with other people — might serve as a counterweight to the rampant individualism that’s so pervasive in the contemporary world.

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Staff meetings, family reunions, dinner parties — even with all the digital ways we have to connect, face-to-face gatherings are still a regular part of our lives. Priya Parker thinks we need new traditions to make those gatherings meaningful.

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We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful?

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Over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places.

Traveling in Canada

Barry Lopez is an anthropologically-minded travel writer with deep interests in environmentalism and human nature. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" executive producer Steve Paulson asked Lopez why he travels, and how he writes about the people he encounters.

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