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politics & society | Oct 8th, 2019

Is Outrage Hijacking Our Culture? NYU’s Jay Van Bavel Explains Why Some Content Goes Viral for NPR

In his latest paper, Professor of Psychology Jay Van Bavel explores why moral, emotional content tends to capture our attention more than other kinds of content. He expands on this study for the latest episode of NPR’s Hidden Brain.   In his study of thousands upon thousands of tweets, Jay Van... Continue Reading →
social change | Oct 7th, 2019

Megan Phelps-Roper Talks to Good Morning America on Her New Memoir, Unfollow, Out Today

Could you leave your family and lifelong friends behind and start over? The hotly anticipated memoir of former Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper is out October 8th—and Good Morning America featured her and her incredible story, Unfollow, today. Changing her life from one of... Continue Reading →
teaching & learning | Oct 7th, 2019

How Does Giving Advice Benefit the Giver? Angela Duckworth and Lauren Eskreis-Winkler Explain

When it comes to advice, it might be better to give than to receive. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler and her doctoral adviser Angela Duckworth ran a large-scale experiment measuring the surprising motivational effects of advice-giving.   If you know your colleague is struggling to complete a project at... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 7th, 2019

How do Election Polls Affect Voters? Shachi Kurl Explains the Science Behind the Data

Every day, there’s a new poll indicating how political candidates are faring with the public. But how accurate are these numbers? And what are their effects on voters? Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute Shachi Kurl joined CTV to explain.  “How is important but also why is really... Continue Reading →
mental health | Oct 4th, 2019

Author Johann Hari Talks Mental Health on Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop Podcast

In an increasingly connected world—think smart phones, social media, and the like—why are so many people feeling more disconnected than ever? And what can we do about it? Journalist and bestselling author Johann Hari talks to Elise Loehnan this week about why we’re the “loneliest species” on... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Oct 4th, 2019

How the Alt-Right Exploited a Democratic and Free Internet: The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz Explains

Andrew Marantz’ first book Antisocial has been described as a “searching study of the right-wing gate-crashers who have overwhelmed social media in the Trump Era” (Kirkus Reviews). In a new interview with Longform podcast, Marantz reveals what inspired him to write the book, and why he doesn’t shy... Continue Reading →
technology | Oct 4th, 2019

The Origins of “An Epoch-Defining Bestseller”: The Guardian Profiles Shoshana Zuboff

We’re being watched, listened to—spied on—by the technology we interact with daily. In 2019, that’s not hyperbole, it’s fact; and one that even the companies harvesting our data openly admit. What does this mean for the future of human society? Few have tackled this topic with as much impact, vigor... Continue Reading →
technology | Oct 4th, 2019

I, Robot: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Explores Our Changing Relationship With Technology for NPR.

When we want to figure out where to eat, what to see, or the answers to our embarrassing questions, we turn to Google. Seth Stephen Davidowitz, a former data scientist for the search engine, explains how our search history reveals more about us than we know.   Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is the... Continue Reading →
education | Oct 3rd, 2019

Angela Duckworth Honored as One of Eight Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf honored eight women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, each recognized for their “extraordinary service and contributions to the Commonwealth.” Among them was the New York Times bestselling author of Grit Angela Duckworth.... Continue Reading →
journalism the media | Oct 1st, 2019

Journalist Matt Taibbi Talks to The Hill About His Upcoming Book, Hate Inc.

Author of four New York Times bestsellers, and an award-winning columnist for Rolling Stone, journalist Matt Taibbi tackles the current state of the media, with The Hill’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. How did we get here, and how we can get out of this toxic spiral of fearmongering, clickbait... Continue Reading →
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