human behavior

Where We Live
10:56 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Changing Marriage Rates

Ruddington Photos (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, just 51% of adults over 18 are married, dropping from 72% in 1960. It’s a record low.

Instead, more people are living in alternate arrangements, including cohabitation, single-person households and as single parents.

The numbers come from a Pew Research Center analysis of census data - and we’ll be trying to figure out what it means on today’s Where We Live.

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Mormon Voting Trends

Chion Wolf

A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican.

It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone who worked on this study, Juhem Navarro-Rivera and take listener phone calls about the media's coverage of the Mormon presidential candidates.

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Reporting Child Abuse

USAG-Humphreys

Last week, two more men accused Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them when they were children. The case has raised questions about what one is required to do when child abuse is seen or suspicioned. Policymakers in CT are discussing whether to make all adults “mandated reporters,” but some worry this could mean a flood of reports that would clog the system.

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Manners
10:01 am
Sat December 10, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 25

Cindy Papish Gerber

Episode 25 was recorded at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange (there's also a Chips in Fairfield) where we feasted on award-winning pancakes. (Thanks to Dina for her award-winning hospitality!)

Our guest editors were Susannah Bailin, Jaki Valensi-LauperRandye Kaye, and Helen Kauder.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:39 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Home for the Holidays and Finding Freedom

Justin Russell/flickr creative commons

Complex encounters when you go home for the holidays. How to have freedom in a confining atmosphere. And understanding autistic people.

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Where We Live
10:19 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

Rex Roof, Creative Commons

When you make a decision, do you carefully deliberate? Or do you go with your gut?

It seems as though those are our choices...but as scientists dig deeper into the human mind, they’re discovering that this is not actually how the brain works.

Our best decisions - they find - are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation.

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Where We Live
11:02 am
Tue October 4, 2011

#OccupyWallSt

carwil, creative commons

It started three weeks ago with a small group of protesters, a vague list of objectives, and a central message: Occupy Wall Street.

The movement has picked up steam - adding thousands of protesters, with a still evolving list of concerns.  Aimed at corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of the nation’s taxpayers, another central theme of the protest is: “We are the 99%.”

For the better part of a week, the biggest story in the media was the perceived lack of coverage of the protests... by the media.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:25 am
Tue September 20, 2011

What Are Your Responsibilities to Your Dinner Host if You Have Food Issues?

Kristin Andrus

Confessions of a Tarot Reader: Practical Advice From This Realm and Beyond

Lessons learned from the cards, and the incomparable Jane Stern

Tarot cards have been used to foretell the future for centuries. In the hands of a sensitive and gifted reader like Jane Stern they can help clarify the decisions we make every day and realign our lives to work more effectively.

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Where We Live
11:13 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Leadership In Business

MiiiSH, Creative Commons

Steve Jobs’ departure from Apple has people talking about what makes a great business leader.

You’d have thought the pope or the president was stepping down.  Such was the adulation laid on the outgoing leader - and such was the worry.  Can he be replaced?  

Jobs made such an impact at Apple not because he’s good at computers, but because he’s been able to transform a successful business several times through the force of personality, his vision and charisma.

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Where We Live
8:05 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Scared Sick

All the news about health and medicine we’re exposed to might lead some to healthier lifestyles...but to some people, all this information can cause a problem.

For hypochondriacs, a little knowledge about health and medicine can lead to a fear of everything that can possibly go wrong with their bodies.

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Three

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WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Two

by sanderovski & linda / Creative Commons

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
10:46 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day One

Rachel Chapman

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Online Civility

Photo by Basheer Tome (Flickr)

We used to discuss the news around the water cooler, at the barbershop and sometimes at dinner. Now, we can get right online and tell people how we REALLY feel...

Is there anyplace more cringe-worthy than the “comments section” of a news website?

The intentions were good: providing readers with a place to discuss the stories.

But all too frequently there’s name-calling and hateful comments, all disguised by anonymous “handles.”

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Media Fast
8:08 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Do Children Get the Short End of the Stick?

blakespot via Flickr

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
7:53 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter

Rachel Chapman

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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News
10:51 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Collaborative Consumption

Book Cover Design by Nicholas Blechman

We all have junk...maybe too much. You know, the stuff we just don’t use that much. But what if there was a way to make better use of it?

For instance, you use a lawn mower once every few weeks. Your weed-whacker might get used once a year. So why spend hundreds of dollars on something that only occasionally gets used?

That’s one of the questions being asked by people taking part in what is being called “Collaborative Consumption.” Why buy something when you can swap, share, barter, trade or rent for it instead?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

When Is It OK To Applaud?

Flickr Creative Commons, Cameraman Phil

A couple of weeks ago, I got a press release from a Connecticut theater company touting the merits of a play they had up and running.

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Putting Humanity Back Into Medicine

Brittany G, Creative Commons

Doctors get years of training in medicine, but what’s often left out is humanity.

The relationship between doctor and patient is among the most important many of us will have in their lives, yet it’s becoming increasingly depersonalized thanks to overwhelming patient loads.

But there’s a growing field of study - and practice - that aims at putting the humanities back into doctor’s training...to better treat the humans they serve.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:38 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Traffic

The Faith Middleton Show
1:09 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

One Soul, One Love, One Heart

How do we heal difficult relationships and nurture healthy ones?  What is the significance of relationships in our spiritual life?  In his book, John E. Welshons says:  

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Where We Live
10:23 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Memorials

karu101, Creative Commons

Connecticut is host to hundreds of war memorials and monuments dating back all the way back to the Civil War. These memorials are usually very literal - depictions of heroic figures or commemorations of the war dead. Or they are truly monumental: points of civic pride meant to be gathering places for the community. But over time, memorials have grown increasingly conceptual and abstract, and are often a touchstone for controversy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:24 am
Fri May 27, 2011

The Liar in Your Life

In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:15 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Loyalty

The Faith Middleton Show
11:09 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Playdate

Inside their picture-perfect homes, the residents of this quiet California suburb are not at all what they seem.

Lance is a former weatherman, now a buff yogi, stay-at-home dad, and manager of his daughter’s Girl Scout troop’s cookie distribution. Belle is his precocious and quick-witted daughter. Darlene is a classic Type A work-a-holic, she has little time or patience for the needs of her husband and daughter.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Thu May 19, 2011

The Science Of Annoying

Editor B, Creative Commons

You’re on the train, listening to only one half of somebody else’s inane conversation.  That is so annoying!

What else annoys you?  Lip-smacking at the dinner table, slow drivers in the left lane, someone singing (ever so slightly) off key.  Let’s see, I’ve gotten some of these from people: Close talkers, crying kids on a plane, the toilet seat left up (sorry ladies), texting during a movie (or during dinner, or during an important conversation)...

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Being Pagan

Flickr Creative Commons, epimetheus

In 1979, Margot Adler's book "Drawing Down the Moon" drew back the curtain on a highly developed and surprisingly well-populated world of of wiccans, covens, neopagans, goddess-worshipers, druids and even a group of people calling themselves "Radical faeries."

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Roots of Prejudice

Linda, Creative Commons

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature

It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been devoted to understanding how adult humans come to have these biases in the first place.  So a Yale study set out to discover the roots of human prejudice, by studying groups of rhesus monkeys.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Thu May 5, 2011

The Bro Show

creative commons

Hank Mandel lives by a motto: When you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.

But real friendships between men - that’s not always easy.  

So awkward, in fact, that it seems they’re always the stuff of comedy - beer commercials and “buddy” flicks.  They’re called “bromances” and “man crushes” and anything to distract from the truth.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:06 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

Mastering Creative Anxiety

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