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June 25, 2016

Nice Kids Finish First
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Do bullies win in life over nice kids? An educational psychologist says despite our dog eat dog world, nice kids do finish first. Then, can computer science help you make better decisions in your daily life? An expert has a surprising answer.
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Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Studies have found that kids today are 40% less empathetic than kids were thirty years ago. Michele Borba, EdD, parenting expert and author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World explained why kids are more stressed and less happy these days, and what parents can do about it. She explained why having a caring and kind attitude can lead to success later in life.
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Algorithms to Live By
Brian Christian, science writer, co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions explained how computer algorithms can be applied to everyday life, helping to solve common decision-making problems. He believes the wisdom of computer science can help consumers to determine when to leave things to chance, how to deal with an overwhelming array of choices and how best to connect with others.
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Power Down to Save Cash
Sumir Karayi, computer expert, CEO of 1E, a software company that helps companies improve their environmental impact discussed the results of a report by the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy and 1E that found that companies are wasting energy and losing sizable amounts of money by leaving computers on 24 hours a day. He explained why companies choose to do this, and what employees can do to convince corporate leaders to change the policy.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Michelle Borba
Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

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Brian Christian
Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, New York Times editors' choice, and New Yorker favorite book of the year. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Paris Review, as well as scientific journals such as Cognitive Science, and has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in San Francisco.

Algorithms to Live By