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athlete

You know those moments when everything clicks and you’re performing at your peak? There’s a science behind flow states.More

Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass.

Biographer Laura Dassow Walls on how author Henry David Thoreau offers a timeless model of disruptive social criticism.More

Magic Kingdom

John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, "You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!" about getting high at Disney World.More

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

BookMarks

Karen Russell bookmarks "A High Wind in Jamaica," by Richard Hughes.More

Protest

Who really benefits from conversations about white privilege? Philosopher Naomi Zack believes that if your goal is to fight ...More

Daniel Schorr

Daniel Schorr, a legend and former senior news analyst for NPR who passed away in 2010, reminds us of the role journalists play in holding their feet to the fire of facts.More

A Tiny House

You can interpret the line from Paul Sartre’s 1944 play “No Exit” in a lot of different ways. Philosopher Gregory Sadler has a fascinating take.More

Mingyur Rinpoche

In 2015, Mingyur Rinpoche completed a four and a half year wandering retreat, an experience that nearly killed him. He told Steve Paulson about the incredible journey, and the meditative insights he learned along the way.More

Li

Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.More

Twitterstorm of bots

Computer scientist Filippo Menczer has evidence of a bot campaign targeting one of Twitter's biggest power users: President Trump.More

boats

Novelist and short story writer Ben Marcus is a novelist and short story writer talks about how the addictive quality of language is a big part of what makes short stories so powerful.More

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When you hear "poet", what kind of person comes to mind?  Emily Dickinson in her white dress? Robert Frost in the snowy woods, with...More

basketball

Neuroscientist John Krakauer blasts the “dumb jock” stereotype with research on the cognitive brilliance of athletes.More

Walt Disney

Cultural anthropologist Scott A. Lukas describes the history and cultural significance of theme parks such as Disney World.More

Around 2 million years ago, it’s believed our hominin ancestors settled down and adopted a more communal style of living centered around...More

bedroom

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

BookMarks

Sarah Lewis bookmarks "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell.More

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