Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.
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Rest assured, this is not an episode where we're going to argue about politics. Instead, it's about how to maintain our happiness, calm, sanity, generosity, and compassion in the face of an increasingly ugly political dynamic that impacts all of us during this pandemic. Ezra Klein is the founder and editor-at-large of Vox.com, host of the Ezra Klein Show podcast, and author of the new book, Why We're Polarized. In this episode, we talk about the roots of what he calls the "Coronavirus culture war," the role of mindfulness in depolarizing ourselves, and the limited benefits of varying your media diet (and why podcasts are better than Twitter in this regard). As you'll hear, Klein acknowledges his own struggle to remain un-polarized but as a journalist he is committed to providing dispassionate analysis. Towards the end, Ezra speaks candidly about his anxiety and his struggles with his own meditation practice during this crisis.
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Where to find Ezra Klein online:
Twitter: Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) / https://twitter.com/ezraklein
Facebook: Ezra Klein - Home / https://www.facebook.com/ezraklein/
Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein / https://www.amazon.com/Why-Were-Polarized-Ezra-Klein/dp/147670032X
Other Resources Mentioned:
Better Angels / https://www.thebetterangelssociety.org/
Weather Underground / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Underground
Civil Rights Act / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964
Ross Douthat / https://www.nytimes.com/by/ross-douthat
Twitter's Flawed Solution to Political Polarization / https://dupri.duke.edu/news-events/news/twitters-flawed-solution-political-polarization
The Weeds Podcast / https://www.vox.com/the-weeds
Morning Joe / https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe
Pod Save America /https://crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-america/
The Federalist / https://thefederalist.com/
The Ben Shapiro Show / https://www.dailywire.com/show/the-ben-shapiro-show
The Argument / https://www.nytimes.com/column/the-argument
Ethan D. Hersh / https://www.eitanhersh.com/
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