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    Why We Need Rest

    This hour, we’ll talk about the idea of “deliberate rest” – and about strategies to incorporate it into our busy schedules – with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a visiting scholar at Stanford.

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    Staying Calm In A Crisis

    This hour, we’ll talk about how to think clearly and keep our feelings in check when the going gets tough with Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, author of “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.”

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    The Casino Trap

    This hour, we’ll talk about how nearly every element of casinos is designed to keep the player playing with John Rosengren. His story “How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts” appears in the December issue of The Atlantic magazine.

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    The Distracted Mind

    This hour, we’ll talk about strategies for working on one task at a time – and about how we can block out the interference that keeps us from getting things done – with Adam Gazzaley, director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UC-San Francisco.

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    Hidden Minds

    This hour, we’ll talk about how doctors search for brain function with Dr. Nicholas D. Schiff and Dr. Joseph J Fins of Weill Cornell Medicine. Their story “In Search of Hidden Minds” appears in the current issue of Scientific American Mind.

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    Preventing Child Abuse

    This hour, we’ll talk about the possibility of using technology to predict when child abuses might happen with Dyann Daley, executive director of the Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment, and David Sanders, chair of the Presidential Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

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    The Power Of Faith

    This hour, we’ll talk about how scientists are studying how our thoughts, feelings and faiths contribute to our well-being with Erik Vance. His story “The Healing Power of Faith” appears in the December issue of National Geographic magazine.

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    Is Medicare Over?

    This hour, we’ll talk about how Medicare will be funded going forward – and about how it relates to the Affordable Care Act – with health journalist Trudy Lieberman. Her story “Is Medicare on Its Last Legs” appears in the current issue of Harper’s magazine.

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    Transplanting Organs

    This hour, we’ll talk about the possibility of growing replacement human organs inside cows, pigs and other animals – and we’ll talk about the ethics of the practice – with Christine Gorman, senior editor for health, human biology and medicine at Scientific American.