human behavior http://wnpr.org en Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! http://wnpr.org/post/please-dont-take-my-stuffed-animal-away <p>Take a few seconds to reminisce about your childhood "best friend." Maybe it was a boy, a girl, an imaginary friend, or perhaps a stuffed toy. This stuffed toy was your childhood confidant that you dragged everywhere, from the local supermarket to the preschool sandbox, a transitional object that temporarily stood between you and your relationship with your parents.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:06:28 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Katherine Peikes 25700 at http://wnpr.org Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! Miss Manners Takes On Workplace Etiquette http://wnpr.org/post/miss-manners-takes-workplace-etiquette-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "</span>doyenne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of civility," Judith Martin, a.k.a. </span><a href="http://www.missmanners.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Miss Manners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has decided that the fast-changing modern workplace could use some tips on what is and is not okay. And she delivers it in her characteristic dry, witty way, in the book she has co-authored with her son, Nicholas </span>Ivor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Miss Manners Minds Your Business</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:24:18 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25618 at http://wnpr.org Miss Manners Takes On Workplace Etiquette Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel http://wnpr.org/post/dont-fire-comcast-guy-says-caller-who-tried-cancel Ryan Block, whose hilariously tedious <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/15/331681041/comcast-embarrassed-by-the-service-call-making-internet-rounds">customer service experience</a> with Comcast struck a chord with millions, says the customer service rep who harangued him should not be fired.<p>In a <a href="https://soundcloud.com/ryan-block-10/comcastic-service">phone call that went viral</a> (more than 4 million audio plays and counting), Block tries and nearly fails to cancel his Internet service because Comcast's unnamed customer service rep is frustratingly persis Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Elise Hu 25403 at http://wnpr.org Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://wnpr.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25301 at http://wnpr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story http://wnpr.org/post/tell-us-your-stuffed-animal-story <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colin </span>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 Chion Wolf 24358 at http://wnpr.org Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story Drunk Tank Pink http://wnpr.org/post/drunk-tank-pink-3 <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour: the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:57:23 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25192 at http://wnpr.org Drunk Tank Pink Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People http://wnpr.org/post/celebrate-goodness-ordinary-people <p>Celebrate someone you know, even a stranger who offered some kindness. Was a nurse or doctor there for you, a teacher, a neighbor, your mate, or a friend? Today we pay tribute and remember the goodness of ordinary people.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:39:54 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25064 at http://wnpr.org Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wnpr.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 24964 at http://wnpr.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities http://wnpr.org/post/phoniness-resume-fraud-fake-identities <p>Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe &nbsp;resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.</p><p>That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?</span> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Allison Ehrenreich 24935 at http://wnpr.org Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities What's Right And Wrong In The World Of Texting http://wnpr.org/post/whats-right-and-wrong-world-texting In the past decade, texting has become more and more popular, and is even a primary means of communication for many people. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:35:07 +0000 editor 24862 at http://wnpr.org What's Right And Wrong In The World Of Texting How Personality Shapes Our Lives http://wnpr.org/post/how-personality-shapes-our-lives-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:33:47 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24701 at http://wnpr.org How Personality Shapes Our Lives The Nose Bit First http://wnpr.org/post/nose-bit-first <p>This week on The Nose, our culture roundtable, we'll tackle "<a href="http://jezebel.com/columbusing-a-word-for-when-white-people-claim-to-disc-1596239038" target="_blank">Columbusing</a>," the act of believing that something never existed before you discovered it. Also, this week's <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/25/why-do-some-athletes-bite-like-uruguays-luis-suarez-bite/?tid=hp_mm" target="_blank">biting episode in the World Cup </a>makes us wonder if vampires are setting a bad example.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24344 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Bit First Redefining What It Means To Talk In The Age Of Smartphones http://wnpr.org/post/redefining-what-it-means-talk-age-smartphones Of all of the things that were a big deal as a sprouting toddler, learning to talk was one of the major milestones.<p>"Ma-Ma," we uttered, wide-eyed, to camcorder lenses and disbelieving parents. "Da-Da."<p>Talking is a big part of who we are as humans: as families, as business partners — as a society. It's arguably one of the most powerful forms of expression, alongside writing and art. We use our voices to ask questions, to deliver bad news, to tell someone we love them.<p>But the way we talk to each other is changing. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:04:39 +0000 editor 24097 at http://wnpr.org Redefining What It Means To Talk In The Age Of Smartphones To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym http://wnpr.org/post/boost-attendance-milwaukee-schools-revive-art-music-and-gym In the stuffy, little gymnasium at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee, 16 boys and girls are stretching, jumping and marching to music. <em></em><p>Two years ago, the school had no gym, art or music classes due to budget cuts. But now, Kluge students get a so-called "special" class three days a week.<p>Milwaukee Public Schools is one of several school systems across the country — including Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn. — that are re-investing in subjects like art and physical education. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:32:00 +0000 editor 24083 at http://wnpr.org To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym Practical Strategies for Treating Rejection, Guilt, Failure http://wnpr.org/post/practical-strategies-treating-rejection-guilt-failure-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The emotional cuts of daily life are endured by all of us, but one of the most frequent cuts, rejection, can lead to profound consequences—four different psychological wounds. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to our show guest, Dr. Guy Winch, </span><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-squeaky-wheel" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Squeaky Wheel blogger for <em>Psychology Today</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, "Rejections elicit emotional pain so sharp it affects our thinking, floods us with anger erodes our confidence and self-esteem, and destabilizes our fundamental feelings of belonging."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:39:16 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23360 at http://wnpr.org Practical Strategies for Treating Rejection, Guilt, Failure Gina Barreca: What Would You Take Back If You Could? http://wnpr.org/post/gina-barreca-what-would-you-take-back-if-you-could <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A remark? A cash loan? An affair? It's impossible to get through this life without wishing you could take something back. Torturing your sibling? Deciding to leave one job for another? Or, deciding to stay at a job long after you realized you had bigger fish to fry?</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:41:11 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23114 at http://wnpr.org Gina Barreca: What Would You Take Back If You Could? Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women http://wnpr.org/post/study-americans-less-fearful-storms-named-after-women A study published Monday suggests Americans are less afraid of hurricanes with female names.<p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111.abstract?sid=79a9dd5a-51c7-4dfe-95b0-25c41fec04e9" target="_blank">This is a real study</a> in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> — not <em>The Onion</em>.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State looked at deaths caused by hurricanes between 1950 — when storms were first named — and 2012.<p>Even after tossing out <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938823/hurricane-katrina" target="_blank" Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:36:54 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 22952 at http://wnpr.org Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients http://wnpr.org/post/how-well-designed-doctors-office-could-help-patients <p>Doctor's offices and hospitals may not always be stunning examples of architecture, but both architects and doctors are thinking of how designs can put patients at ease and help them heal.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:05:51 +0000 Alan Yu 22664 at http://wnpr.org How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too http://wnpr.org/post/dont-overlook-unsung-umpire-referees-can-be-pretty-too Not so long ago, while enjoying a libation in a decorous saloon, the proprietor — who happened to hail from the fabled Windy City — suddenly jarred the genteel assembled by turning on the Cubs game. Just at that moment, a Cubby was heading toward the plate when the throw came in, and the runner (spoiler alert!), being a Cub, was tagged out.<p>Visualize the tableau: The runner. The catcher. But also a third figure: the umpire. And see him now: feet spread well apart, solidly grounded, mask off in his left hand, and his right arm flies up, thumb to the heavens. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Frank Deford 22631 at http://wnpr.org Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies http://wnpr.org/post/states-consider-bills-crack-down-workplace-bullies Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a <a href="http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/" target="_blank">recent Zogby poll</a> commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.<p>Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.<p>Lisa-Marie Mulkern says her boss — the commandant of a retirement home for veterans in New Hampshire — turned on her after she expressed con Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 22555 at http://wnpr.org States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies Exploring the Difference Between Curing and Healing http://wnpr.org/post/exploring-difference-between-curing-and-healing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pediatric oncologist Mark Greenberg says </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wj6i0lijK8" style="line-height: 1.5;">in his riveting TED talk</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, that medicine is losing its vision of healing. “We are not health care providers,” he notes pointedly. “We traffic in healing.” Greenberg knows what he's talking about, and not only because of his long history treating severely ill children. He lost his own child to cancer.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:11:23 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22326 at http://wnpr.org Exploring the Difference Between Curing and Healing How Personality Shapes Our Lives http://wnpr.org/post/how-personality-shapes-our-lives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:29:29 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 22103 at http://wnpr.org How Personality Shapes Our Lives The Nose Leaves Connecticut to Get Over Donald Sterling http://wnpr.org/post/nose-leaves-connecticut-get-over-donald-sterling <p>This hour on The Nose, we lead off with a Gallup poll in which Connecticut ranked second, just a tick behind Illinois, as one of the states people are most eager to leave. Half of the Connecticut people polled said they'd like to move out.</p><p>Now, it would be a mistake to ascribe this to any one thing. Property taxes, job market, unfriendly people, dormant cities, and cold weather all play a role, but I can't help but wonder whether Connecticut temperament itself also plays a role. People from Wisconsin would be less likely to say a bad word about the place, even if they had all their belongings packed. That's just now how they talk about life.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21129 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Leaves Connecticut to Get Over Donald Sterling The Anatomy of a Villain http://wnpr.org/post/anatomy-villain <p>A couple of weeks ago, I was sick with the April flu, lying in bed in a New York apartment, and trying to distract myself by watching one of the film adaptations of "Nicholas Nickleby". I found myself repeatedly moved to tears, especially when anything good or kind happened. Okay, part of this was that I felt a little vulnerable, and may have over identified with poor tubercular Smike. But another part, I'm convinced, was the excitement generated by pure moral language, which you don't encounter so much in modern culture.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 20995 at http://wnpr.org The Anatomy of a Villain 3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Talking About Race http://wnpr.org/post/3-pitfalls-avoid-when-talking-about-race My first hint that a recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/21/305477556/dominated-by-1-point-of-view-late-night-tv-needs-new-voices" target="_blank">column on diversity in late-night TV</a> had made an impact came when I saw a tweet from an old acquaintance.<p>He runs a website and blog devoted to covering television and had decided to write a <a href="http://thetvpage.com/2014/04/22/critic-many-white-guys-late-night" target="_blank">post</a> based on my audio story on late-night TV. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:31:49 +0000 Eric Deggans 20851 at http://wnpr.org 3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Talking About Race Pondering Modern Love http://wnpr.org/post/pondering-modern-love-0 <p>It's hard to improve on the poet, Rilke, who wrote, "Love consists of this, that two solitudes meet, protect, and greet each other." But did Rilke have to deal with Angry Birds and Snap Chat? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan 20239 at http://wnpr.org Pondering Modern Love Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach http://wnpr.org/post/mind-over-milkshake-how-your-thoughts-fool-your-stomach <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIfhxt0JCok</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 20098 at http://wnpr.org Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All http://wnpr.org/post/how-stereotypes-explain-everything-and-nothing-all A few days ago,<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/02/297287958/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment"> I wrote a post in which I was mulling just why so few Asian-Americans played</a> Division I basketball in the 2012-2013 season. The numbers were striking. Of the 5,380 men's players in the top tier of college basketball, only 15 were Asian-American. Asian-American ballers weren't just underrepresented. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:25:07 +0000 Gene Demby 20012 at http://wnpr.org How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales http://wnpr.org/post/no-laptops-no-wi-fi-how-one-cafe-fired-sales Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of <a href="http://augustfirstvt.com/">August First Bakery & Cafe</a> in Burlington, Vt., but there's something different here. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Annie Russell 19889 at http://wnpr.org No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins http://wnpr.org/post/why-fans-connecticut-and-us-riot-when-their-team-wins <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font size="2">Fans watching major sports championship games in the U.S. sometimes riot afterwards. But unlike the fist fights that happen between fans of opposing teams in Europe, researchers found that U.S. fans riot if their team wins.</font></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:38:52 +0000 Alan Yu 19783 at http://wnpr.org Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins