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To the Best of Our Knowledge: How to Fail | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: How to Fail

Failure is a four letter word in America. Most of us do everything we can to avoid it. But what if we've got the wrong idea about failure - and it's all a matter of learning the right way to do it? This hour, one psychologist's take on how to embrace the fall. And comedian Marc Maron on the hit podcast that saved his career and his life. And, columnist Thomas Friedman on why the US is falling behind and how we can come back.
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In this hour, Marc Maron's life was a wreck. He'd been divorced multiple times and his career was in a serious slump. So he and an engineer friend decided to record some conversations with the people Marc knew best – comedians. The result is the hit podcast WTF which has put Marc back on the map and earned him accolades for his honest interviewing style.

Then, Carol Dweck is a researcher at Stanford University. She says everybody fails but not everybody fails the right way. According to Dweck, it's how we think about failure that matters. Dweck is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Next, Alison Weir is a historical biographer and novelist. She examines the life of Mary Boleyn as the sister who lost the king to her sister Anne and married a commoner. Weir is the author of the book Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings.

And finally, Thomas Friedman says the US is falling behind on the global stage, failing to compete in arenas like education, infrastructure and economics. He's the author of That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Created and How We Can Come Back. [Broadcast Date: October 5, 2012]

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