+
More

Remember When Kurt Cobain Died? The Difference Between Him And Robin Williams Will Get You Thinking.

Suicide is a tough topic. For people who have been touched by suicide, it's heart-wrenching. For those who have considered suicide, it's much more nuanced. For others, it's just perplexing. But this episode of the "Freakonomics" podcast will get you as close to understanding it as you can get without a Ph.D. It starts with fascinating look at a society in the Amazon where no one ever dies by suicide (you'll be hooked after that) and includes an incredibly valuable study on how media coverage affects people on the brink (18:20).

Just in case you're in a hurry, here's the rundown of the highlights:


0:00 — The story of a (real) society where no one EVER kills themselves

9:00 — The preeminent scholar on suicide discusses who is most likely to die by suicide

18:20 — The suicide contagion phenomenon, Cobain and how the media affects suicide rates, and how to talk about it responsibly

28:00 — The country with the most suicides in the world and what a "suicide triggers"

39:30 — The suicide epicenter of the United States and the "suicidal impulse"

44:10 — Why the rich kill themselves

47:40 — How ancient Greek philosophers and modern-day economists think about suicide

49:40 — What it looks like when someone who isn't depressed decides to end their life

54:00 — Why groups with the most difficult circumstances have lower suicide rates

Photo: Jason DeCrow for United Nations Foundation

Honorees, speakers and guests on stage at We the Peoples

True

Some people say that while change is inevitable, progress is a choice. In other words, it’s a purposeful act—like when American media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner established the United Nations Foundation 25 years ago.

Keep ReadingShow less

Chris Hemsworth and daughter.

This article originally appeared on 08.27.18


In addition to being the star of Marvel franchise "Thor," actor Chris Hemsworth is also a father-of-three? And it turns out, he's pretty much the coolest dad ever.

In a clip from a 2015 interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Hemsworth shared an interesting conversation he had with his 4-year-old daughter India.

Keep ReadingShow less
True

Innovation is awesome, right? I mean, it gave us the internet!

However, there is always a price to pay for modernization, and in this case, it’s in the form of digital eye strain, a group of vision problems that can pop up after as little as two hours of looking at a screen. Some of the symptoms are tired and/or dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain1. Ouch!

Keep ReadingShow less
Identity

Here's what it'll look like if trans people aren't allowed to use the right bathroom

No woman should be forced to use the men's restroom, and no man should be forced to use the women's.

Picture pulled from YouTube video

Transgender man posts photos protesting a series of bill across the U.S. and Canada.

This article originally appeared on 03.31.15


This is a man named Michael Hughes.

Why is he in a women's restroom?


Keep ReadingShow less

This article originally appeared on 08.20.21


Sometimes you see something so mind-boggling you have to take a minute to digest what just happened in your brain. Be prepared to take that moment while watching these videos.

Real estate investor and TikTok user Tom Cruz shared two videos explaining the spreadsheets he and his friends use to plan vacations and it's...well...something. Watch the first one:

So "Broke Bobby" makes $125,000 a year. There's that.

How about the fact that his guy has more than zero friends who budget $80,000 for a 3-day getaway? Y'all. I wouldn't know how to spend $80,000 in three days if you paid me to. Especially if we're talking about a trip with friends where we're all splitting the cost. Like what does this even look like? Are they flying in private jets that burn dollar bills as fuel? Are they bathing in hot tubs full of cocaine? I genuinely don't get it.

Keep ReadingShow less

This article originally appeared on 05.30.15


Men struggle to comprehend the pressures women feel. The same is true of women!

Gah! We'll never get along.

This conversation between comedian Neal Brennan and Amy Poehler is a pretty good example of how hard it can be to figure life out sometimes.

Keep ReadingShow less