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gift giving
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Is it actually possible to give a truly selfless gift? Anthropologist David Graeber says it's not only impossible, the entire concept of a "free gift" is a capitalist construct shaped by impersonal market economies.

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08:32
give the gift of a clean kitchen
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Psychologist Elizabeth Dunn on how to spend money on ourselves and others in a way that maximizes happiness.

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08:54
Heart Wall
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Writer Alice Walker has been thinking about how anger co-exists with peace. She spoke with Shannon Henry Kleiber about her new book of poems, “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart,” and how she works on healing herself when she’s been hurt by others.

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14:10
Crossing the plains of the Gnostic Gospels
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The religion scholar Elaine Pagels introduced the world to the ancient Gnostic Gospels. 25 years later, she's finally ready to talk about how her own grief — after the deaths of her young son and husband — shaped her religious imagination.

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16:15
"Prairie fires of the great west"
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Laura Ingalls Wilder insisted that every detail in her beloved "Little House" books was true. But Caroline Fraser, her biographer, says Wilder heavily edited the story of her family's life on the Great Plains. And in the process, created an American myth based on a lie or two.
 

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14:07
A poison garden
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Amy Stewart is a serious gardener with a side gig – writing about all the plants that could kill you.

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06:38

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