What science teaches us about being human

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Learn what science teaches us about being human from the authors of these books: “Saving Us,” by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, “Heartbreak” by journalist Florence Williams and “The Grieving Brain,” by grief researcher Mary-Frances O’Connor.
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How to use science to help us manage life’s toughest moments is the theme of this week’s Big Books and Bold Ideas.

Here, we revisit three discussions MPR News host Kerri Miller had with authors this past year and learn what they’ve discovered about grief, heartbreak and talking with people with whom we fundamentally disagree.

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe kicks us off with a conversation about how we can find common ground when talking about climate change.

Then we turn to Florence Williams, and her personal and clinical look at what science now knows happens in our bodies when we are dealing with heartbreak.

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Last, we hear from grief researcher Mary-Frances O’Connor about what loss looks like in the human brain.


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