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Maggie Penman


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Past articles by Maggie:


You 2.0: WOOP, WOOP!

American culture is all about positive affirmations. Dream big! Shoot for the stars! But do positive fantasies actually help us achieve our goals? This week, as part of our You 2.0 summer series, we revisit a conversation with researcher Gabriele Oettingen about how we can make our goals more attainable. → Read More


You 2.0: Fresh Starts

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. As part of our annual You 2.0 series on personal growth and reinvention, we revisit two of our favorite stories of loss and the change it brings. → Read More


You 2.0: Loss And Renewal

Maya Shankar was well on her way to a career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. This week, as part of our annual You 2.0 series on personal growth and reinvention, we revisit our 2015 conversation with Maya, in which she shares how she found a new path forward after losing an identity she loved. → Read More


Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn't Always Rational

We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest. → Read More

For isolated older people, pandemic is ‘a cruel event at this time in our lives’

Elderly and younger relatives struggle with social distancing. But some have found the solution in social media, other high tech. → Read More


Why Some People Lie More Than Others

We all lie. But what separates the average person from the infamous cheaters we see on the news? Dan Ariely says we like to think it's character — but in his research he's found it's more often opportunity. Dan Ariely is a professor at Duke University and the author of the book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves. We spoke to him in March 2017. → Read More

The rise of the ‘zombie mall’

Abha Bhattarai explains why most shopping malls are on the decline — and why a few are thriving. Maggie Penman on making sobriety hip. Plus, Lauren Tierney tracks down the origin of your Christmas tree. → Read More

Meet the woman who wants to make sobriety cool in an alcohol-obsessed culture

The popularity of the “sober curious” movement has exploded among young women. → Read More


Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism

Are women named Virginia more likely to move to Virginia? Are people with the last name of Carpenter more likely to be carpenters? This week on Hidden Brain, we bring you a favorite 2017 episode about our preference for things that remind us of ourselves, and why this tendency can have larger implications than we might at first imagine. → Read More


Radio Replay: Playing The Gender Card

Annie Duke was about to win $2 million. It was 2004, and she was at the final hand of the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. But as a woman at a table full of men, she wasn't sure she deserved to be there. In this week's Radio Replay, we tell the stories of two people who grappled with gender stereotypes on the job. Annie Duke shares her experiencing at the World Series of Poker, and… → Read More

New Study Finds More People In Massachusetts Are Struggling With Opioid Addiction

A new study from the Boston Medical Center found that the number of people struggling with opioid addiction in Massachusetts could be much higher than previously thought. → Read More

MIT Is Establishing A New College For Computing And Artificial Intelligence

As part of the initiative, MIT will hire 50 new faculty members and appoint a dean for the college, set to open in September 2019. → Read More

Dunkin' Officially Drops The 'Donuts'

The name change will take effect in January 2019. → Read More

Suspect Arrested After Manhunt In Marshfield

Allen Warner is suspected of murdering his soon to be ex-wife, and fleeing the scene. → Read More

Atul Gawande On Checklists, Coaching, And What's Wrong With Healthcare

To say that the details about the new healthcare nonprofit are scant is generous. It has not been publicly announced what the nonprofit is for or even what it's called. → Read More


Faneuil Hall's Ties To Slavery Spark Debate In Boston

Faneuil Hall is visited by millions of tourists every year. But few know its ties to the slave trade. Boston is trying to figure out how to reckon with that history. → Read More

Informing Doctors Their Patients Overdosed Decreased Opioid Prescriptions

Researchers decided to do an experiment to find out if informing doctors that one of their patients had died of an overdose within a year of their prescribing an opioid would make a difference. → Read More

New Report Finds A Link Between Opioid Overdose Deaths And Construction Work

The state's Department of Public Health says that the higher rate of work-related injuries in these fields might be part of the problem. → Read More

A History To Be Reckoned With At Faneuil Hall

“This is the thing that I think is hard for people,” Locke said. “It is the ‘cradle of liberty.’ Frederick Douglass spoke here, suffragettes spokes here. At the same time, Peter Faneuil was a slaver... Both of those things can be true.” → Read More

Boston Startup Scene On Track To Outpace New York City's In Investment Dollars

For the first time since 2012, venture capital investment in Boston is on track to exceed New York City's, making Boston’s startup scene second only to Silicon Valley’s. → Read More