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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Slowing Down

About Tim Urban's TED Talk

Blogger Tim Urban explains his process of extreme procrastination in which his brain wages war between instant gratification and the moment of pure panic just before a deadline.

About Tim Urban

When Was The Last Time You Did Absolutely Nothing?

20 hours ago

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Slowing Down

About Andy Puddicombe's TED Talk

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says one path to happiness is ten minutes, each day, to stop and enjoy the sensation of doing nothing.

About Andy Puddicombe

What Can We Gain By Writing A Letter By Hand?

20 hours ago

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Slowing Down

About Lakshmi Pratury's TED Talk

Lakshmi Pratury reflects on the dozens of letters she received from her father, while he was alive, and on the painstaking time it takes to pen a letter.

About Lakshmi Pratury

Can Slow-Moving Art Disrupt Our Hectic Routines?

20 hours ago

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Slowing Down

About Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's TED Talk

Early in his career, video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo noticed the way people breeze past works of art. He describes how his deliberate, slow-moving installations encourage people to stop and think.

About Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Amy Scott

Shayla Thacker had a rough start at the University of Minnesota. There were the usual freshman adjustments, like living away from home for the first time and a heavier workload.

“Then in the classes, there’s not too many students that kind of fit my profile,” she said.  

Thacker, now 22, is African-American and was raised by a single mother whose income fell below the poverty line. She’s also the first in her family to go to college.

“Just finding other students to relate to, it wasn't a natural process to connect with some of my peers,” she said.

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Marketplace Weekend Staff

As August winds down, it's time to go back to school. The United States spends $12,296 per public school student, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That money helps take care of school operations and maintains school property.

For this week's conversation, we want to know about how you spend on education. Are you splurging on school stuff for your kids? Or maybe you're still paying off the degree you completed years ago? What have you learned?

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Ben Markus

Some people might see Sara Garton, a 74-year-old former copy editor, as a threat to Aspen’s affordable housing system. She’s lived in her one-bedroom condo in an affordable housing unit for 30 years and has no intention of moving out.

“We are in what we call the black hole of affordable housing — can’t get out,” she said. “I can’t afford this lifestyle in New Castle.”

New Castle is about an hour and a half away, a town on the interstate where housing prices are a lot cheaper.

Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen cries hawk

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Molly Wood

Markets closed mixed after Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen said interest rates definitely, could, maybe go up in the next few to several months, probably. That kind of vagueness is nothing new.

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Donna Tam

The burkini just keeps making waves. France’s highest administrative court has made it possible to overturn the bans implemented on the full-body swimsuit, the BBC reported today.

The court said the ban  in one Mediterranean town "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms," and the ruling could set precedent for other towns with similar bans. The burkini covers everything, but a person’s hands, feet and face.

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