History of postcards, Finding purpose in later life

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Long before online social media, postcards let people swap notes and jokes. We look back at the history of postcards and why they became so popular at their peak. We also talk with an author about finding renewed purpose in life after we accomplish milestones like raising a family and having a successful job.

Featured in this Show

  • A history of postcards and their place in today's communication

    We may think of postcards as a pleasantry you send your family when you’re on vacation, but our guest sees them as much more. She describes them as artifacts at the intersection of history, science, technology, art and culture. We look at how they got started and the role they play today.

  • How to continue progressing in your life — after career successes

    After obtaining a stable career and family, it’s common for people to wonder what they should accomplish next. Our guest shares suggestions for finding renewed purpose and happiness later in life.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Lydia Pyne Guest
  • Arthur Brooks Guest

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