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3.19.15: The Science Of Scarcity & The Life Of A Courtroom Sketch Artist

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What happens to our minds when we have too little, and how does that shape our choices and behaviors? On today's show, we'll talk to a pair of Princeton professors who set out to answer those questions. Plus, the inspiration for our Good Gig series was a conversation with a person who has one of the most unique gigs on the planet: sketch artist for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Science of Scarcity

  • Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton set out to find evidence for what happens to our minds when we have too little – and how scarcity shapes our choices and behaviors.  He's coauthor of the book Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and Why It Means So Muchwhich is now out in paperback.

The Science of Scarcity

Courtroom Sketch Artist

  • Sketch artist Art Lien spoke to Virginia about his long career as a sketch artist in courtrooms across the country and his main beat, The Supreme Court of the United States.

Courtroom Sketch Artist

The Speed of Light for Pyramids

  • Whether it’s a leaky ceiling, a washing machine on the fritz, or windshield wiper blades that last a season, at some point, you may have wistfully thought to yourself: they just don’t build stuff like they used to. But are things built to last anymore? And were they ever? Roman Mars from the podcast 99% Invisible tackles those very questions. 
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