Standoff in north Philly/Mindfulness and doing nothing

How do we cope with the countless distractions that await us every day? By learning how to do nothing.

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If you’ve spent entire days jumping back and forth between your phone and computer screen, answering emails and scrolling through social media, only to feel that you’ve accomplished very little, you’re not alone. Countless distractions await us every day, and not all of them digital. Our guest ROB WALKER, author of The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday, joins the show to talk about how he’s managed to slow down and find meaning in small acts of paying attention. JENNY ODELL, author of How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, also joins to explain why it’s important to learn how to develop the skill of doing nothing without unplugging from all technology. But first, MAX MARIN walks us through the hourslong standoff between a gunman and police in north Philadelphia that left six officers injured.

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