Happiness, "Without You There is No Us"
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 151
- Oct 2, 2015 9:00 pm
- 1:43:40 mins
Happiness (1:03) Guest: Ed Diener, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah and University of Virginia, Author of “Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth” The US and many other countries obsessively track interest rates, employment and economic output as a sign of national health. They measure disease and death rates to track individual health. After decades of research, psychologist Ed Diener has become convinced countries should also be measuring the happiness of their people, and taking steps to boost it. What would that entail? Distributing anti-depressants? Sending people on vacations? Handing out cash? What is happiness and what causes it? Without You, There is No Us (51:16) Guest: Suki Kim, Author of “Without You, There is No Us” We know very little about what goes on in the famously-closed nation of North Korea. Nicknamed “the Hermit Country,” almost nobody goes in or out and any information is limited to satellite photos, defector’s experiences, and whatever glimpses North Korea decides to give the world. But journalist Suki Kim managed to spend six months inside North Korea teaching English to sons of the country’s elite officials in 2011. She’s written a memoir about her time there. It’s a rare – and often disheartening – look at what it’s like to for even the most privileged youth of the country to live in constant fear. The book is called, “Without You, There is No Us.”