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Airdates: 
December 08, 2018

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.More

Ways to help Jay
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In 2015, Jay Costello was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer. His family couldn't handle it alone, so his daughter Megan started asking for help online, fundraising via a GoFundMe page. 

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07:11
Wheelchair
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Writer Haddayr Copley-Woods says she's been trying to figure out how to deal with unsolicited help since she was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For the helpers, it’s a nice thing to do. For her, it’s patronizing.

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10:28
gift giving
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Is it actually possible to give a truly selfless gift? Anthropologist David Graeber says it's not only impossible, the entire concept of a "free gift" is a capitalist construct shaped by impersonal market economies.

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08:32
give the gift of a clean kitchen
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During the holiday season, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time thinking about gifts for others. But what are you giving yourself? Psychologist Elizabeth Dunn has an idea -- find ways to give yourself more time. 

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08:54
Cash
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Journalist Anand Giridharadas says that sometimes, major philanthropic gifts are a lot less altruistic than they may appear.

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15:11

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