We’ve seen the grainy video footage of Neil Armstrong, and heard the recording of his famous words about the “small step." In our imaginations, this unbelievable achievement has essentially been distilled down to that. But it was the result of a massive team of people laboring for a decade on an effort unlike anything that came before it.
This episode shines the spotlight on some individuals, companies and organizations who have looked beyond the "bottom line."
Finland has just been named the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row. The U.S., meanwhile, has fallen in the rankings. People in America and around the world are asking: What is Finland doing right? Why are the Finns happy? Can the Finnish model be exported to other countries? For this episode, we traveled to Finland to observe and speak with its people and to try to get some insight into those questions.
On this episode, we discuss the "Curse of Knowledge," how each of us can overcome it, and why it is worth the effort.
When Irena Sendler saw the Nazis begin herding Jewish populations in Warsaw, Poland into squalid ghettos, she felt she had to help them. She decided to risk everything by trying to "rescue the drowning."
On this episode, we take a look at some buzzing, winged, armored and leggy aspects of the natural world. We put them under the magnifying glass and consider a few lessons we can learn from them.
“A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” Those were the words of Joseph H Taylor Jr., who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993. This episode examines several recent scientific findings that provide confirmation of an ancient authority.
A growing body of evidence shows that language doesn’t just give people a set of words to express their thoughts. It actually can have a heavy influence on those thoughts and on the behaviors they lead to. What would this mean for the thinking and behavior of a person who speaks a “pure language”?
The story of a group of men who undertook a mission so dangerous and so rapidly prepared that only a fiction writer would have been optimistic about how it would turn out. But they refused to compromise with evil, so they charged into it wholeheartedly. The episode is built around an exclusive interview with Dr. Iddo Netanyahu, notable historian and brother of Israel's Prime Minister.
On this episode, we discuss three remarkable yet mostly forgotten stories of heroism that occurred in Soviet Armenia in the 1970s and 80s—and a twist that connects them.