🎧 Podcast 199: Evaluate Your “18 for 2018” List | Happier with Gretchen Rubin

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Evaluate your “18 for 2018” list, we reveal our own successes and failures with “18 for 2018,” plus a popular app for locating lost items.

Try This at Home: Evaluate your "18 for 2018." Looking back on the year, how did you do? What can you learn from what you did and didn't accomplish?

Elizabeth mentions the Happier in Hollywood Facebook Group. Lots of great discussion there.

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Happiness Hack: In response to the discussion in episode 197 about the person who refuses to keep keys in the key bowl, and so kept losing his keys, many people suggested the solution of the Tile app for keeping track of keys, wallet, TV remote control device, etc.

Read a review on the  New York Times review site The Wirecutter here.

Gretchen's Demerit: This is a small, dumb demerit. I realized perfectly well that I kept running over my phone charger's cord with my office chair, and that this was a bad idea, but I did nothing to fix the situation—until my cord got wrapped up into the wheel, and I had to spend twenty minutes trying to get it out. Identify the problem!

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to an old friend in Kansas City, for arranging a gathering of old hometown friends over the holidays.

Trying out a new podcast after hearing a few people recommend it. I’ve read Gretchen’s Happiness book so I don’t expect it to be all bad, but I’m worried there’s more “fluff” in these than the sort of brass tacks bottom line productivity advice I’d really appreciate.

They’re certainly pushing out a lot of advertising in these, even for products that aren’t necessarily paying for time. It was just about what I expected. May sample a few more episodes, but likely playing at 1.40X speed.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Watering Down Democrats’ Power in Wisconsin | New York Times

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Across the country, Democratic candidates for governor and attorney general have won seats that had long been held by Republicans. But Republican-controlled legislatures in some states are resisting that transfer of power.

This kind of crap really drives me crazy and is very non-democratic.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Anonymous Senior Administration Official | New York Times

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The New York Times published an account by an unnamed member of the Trump administration about resistance figures operating inside the government. “I would know,” the official wrote. “I am one of them.” The story behind an unsigned Op-Ed that describes a secret effort within the Trump administration to protect the country from the president.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: A Chaotic Opening Day for Brett Kavanaugh | New York Times

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Protests. Interruptions. Delays. The confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee got an unusual start.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: A 30-Year Plan to Transform the Courts | New York Times

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Republicans have created a pipeline of conservative lawyers to help carry out a sweeping reconfiguration of the federal judiciary.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: When We Almost Stopped Climate Change | New York Times

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The U.S. had an opportunity to solve the climate crisis in the 1980s. What went wrong?

A great history of climate change over the past 30+ years. Interesting to see a lot of the needle move under Republicans while it’s come to a dead stop now.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Believing Putin Will Be Hard This Time | New York Times

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President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin are meeting just three days after the U.S. charged 12 Russians for hacking the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Peter Strzok Wanted to Testify | New York Times

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We look at what happened when the embattled F.B.I. agent appeared before lawmakers to explain his controversial text messages.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: The (Misunderstood) Story of NATO | New York Times

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President Trump called U.S. allies “delinquent” on military spending and attacked Germany as “captive” to Russia. We examine the source of his frustration.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Brett Kavanaugh’s Change of Heart | New York Times

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President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee once made the case for impeaching a president. He now says that was a mistake.

There’s some interesting philosophical question here about whether a sitting president should be “distracted” by lawsuits. I can maybe see the case for knucklehead misdemeanors, but for higher level crimes like collusion with foreign countries or crimes that helped get them into office in the first place? Definitely not. If we have to err on the side of caution, then prosecute, prosecute, prosecute. The president is not above the law, they’re bound to execute on it and this doesn’t get them away from prosecuting themselves.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh | New York Times

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Given Judge Kavanaugh’s conservative record and the political math in the Senate, what happens now?

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Supreme Court Finalists | New York Times

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With the president expected to announce his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, we look at the top candidates.

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🎧 Episode 57: Domination (MEN, Part 11) | Scene on Radio

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Host John Biewen dips into the world of sports talk radio, where guys talk not just about sports but also about how to be a man in twenty-first-century America. What John finds is more complicated than he expected, with revelations both encouraging and sobering. With co-host Celeste Headlee and experts David Nylund and Terry Real.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: A New Climate Tipping Point | New York Times

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Last week, a long-awaited report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change showed that the worst consequences of global warming would occur even sooner than previously thought. Here’s the story behind the findings.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: One Family’s Reunification Story | New York Times

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Since President Trump ended the practice of separating migrant children from their parents, few families have been reunited. Those that have are becoming national symbols.

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