Listen to Episode 69 of Slate’s The Gist:
Can gathering happiness data help countries evaluate the success of public policies? For our regular segment “Is This Bulls--t,” we examine the value of happiness studies with Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker. Also, Arab studies professor Justin Stearns explains how the Muslim world interprets extremist calls for a return to the caliphate. For the Spiel, Mike remembers Robin Williams in light of our recent report on comedy and mental health.
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Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.