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Social Studies - Why Do We Help Each Other?

Social Studies - Why Do We Help Each Other?
Social StudiesHelping others is one of the things that makes humans human. It’s a simple concept, but one with surprisingly complex roots. Compassion is a highly evolved social response. And it is one that we still don't fully understand. What we do know is that compassion is a limited resource. Our capacity to care can be overloaded. It’s not always rational. And, ironically, it's not always helpful. Our etiquette and human behavior expert Robin Abrahams helps us understand why we help each other, and how we can avoid compassion fatigue.

Recommended reading from Robin on this subject
  An article on compassion fatigue from the New York Times
  "Helping" by Ed Schein, at MIT
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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